STAFF

 

Clare Goldwater

Director of Consulting Services

Clare Goldwater is a Jewish educator and leadership coach with expertise in professional and organizational development and experiential education. As Director of M²’s consulting services, she works with a wide range of organizations and educators in the Jewish world to spread M²’s approach widely. Clare has a BA in English Literature from Oxford University, an MA in Jewish Education from Hebrew University and a Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University. She also holds passports from those 3 countries and lives in Jerusalem with her family. Clare can be reached at clare@ieje.org.

Michelle Lackie

Senior Director of Community Engagement

Michelle is the Senior Director of Community Engagement at M²: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education. She has over 23 years of experience in the field of education, most recently at Hillel International as Associate Vice President for Student Engagement. Michelle has an MBA in non-profit management, a Bachelors of Education and a certificate in Experiential Jewish Education. Michelle lives in Washington, DC with her husband and son.  Michelle can be reached at michelle@ieje.org.

Stephen Markowitz

Senior Director of Research

Stephen has devoted his professional career to creating meaningful Jewish experiences and empowering others to design and implement them. In his current role as Senior Director of Research at M²: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education, Stephen is developing the conceptual and practical framework for M²’s current and future initiatives. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife and four children and is a graduate of the Hebrew University. Stephen can be reached at stephen@ieje.org.

Jonah Potasznik

Intern

Jonah grew up in Rockville, MD and is a self-described “camp and youth movement Jew.” He graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2014 and has worked as an experiential Jewish educator in the youth movement, camping, and day school worlds. Jonah is currently pursuing a Masters in Jewish Education through the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators and Hebrew College. He is committed to helping young people connect meaningfully to Jewish tradition and community. Jonah can be reached at jonah@ieje.org.

Kiva Rabinsky

Chief Program Officer

Kiva Rabinsky is the Chief Program Officer at M²: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education, and lives in Jerusalem with his wife, Deb, and daughter, Nava. Prior to working at M², he directed a range of Jewish Service Learning initiatives and developed and taught in a series of Experiential Jewish Education training programs through his role at Yeshiva University. Kiva holds an MPA in Nonprofit Management, and an undergraduate degree in Education and Archeology. Kiva can be reached at kiva@ieje.org.

Jaclyn Singer

Project Coordinator

The values of Zionism and Jewish education have been the leading forces behind Jaclyn’s life journey, both personally and professionally. After graduating from San Diego State University, Jaclyn made Aliyah to Israel to serve as an Educational Coordinator in the Israel Defense Force’s Tank Corps. After her service in the IDF, Jaclyn went on to receive her Master’s Degree from Tel Aviv University. Upon returning to the States to be closer to her family, Jaclyn further pursued her passion for building Jewish community. In her role as Project Coordinator at M², Jaclyn is able to pair her logistically-minded skill-set with her passion for the organization’s mission and core values. Jaclyn can be reached at jaclyn@ieje.org.

Hayley Sklar

Program Associate

Hayley is the Program Associate at M²: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education. Hayley has lived in Maryland, Florida, and Chicago, and decided to put roots down in Israel in August 2018 when she made Aliyah. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Nonprofit Management and Leadership at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In her role as Program Associate, Hayley works directly with the Chief Program Officer and ensures a smooth operation of M²’s programmatic initiatives. Hayley lives in Jerusalem. Hayley can be reached at hayley@ieje.org.

Shuki Taylor

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Shuki is the founder and CEO of M²: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education, providing educators and organizations with knowledge, tools and skills to advance the theory and practice of experiential Jewish education. Shuki studied Jewish philosophy, education and scriptwriting. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife Natalie and their four children. Shuki can be reached at shuki@ieje.org.

Heather Wolfson

Chief Operating Officer

Heather Wolfson is the Chief Operating Officer at M²: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education. She’s worked in the Jewish communal field for nearly 15 years, including most recently as the Chief Program Officer for the Jewish Federation of San Diego County. Heather holds an MBA in Management from Loyola Marymount University, undergraduate degrees from the University of Arizona in Journalism and Communication, and a certificate in Experiential Jewish Education. She lives in San Diego with her husband and two sons. Heather can be reached at heather@ieje.org.

Neta Polizer

Education Associate

Neta Polizer was born and raised in a small communal settlement in the north of Israel. He’s married to Toot and lives in Jerusalem. In addition to his work for M2, Neta is working at the Bronfman Youth Fellowship, as the educational manager of the Israeli fellows’ program. Neta holds a BA in Arabic literature and comparative literature from the Hebrew University and he is currently doing his MA in Muslim studies at the ‘Freie Univrsitat’ in Berlin, focusing on cultural and spiritual encounters between Muslims, Jews and Christians. He has extensive experience in the fields of education and Israeli-Jewish identity, having spent the last Ten Years working in the field. Neta Polizer can be reached at neta@ieje.org.

Zach Truboff

Research Fellow

Zach is a Jewish educator with a passion for using Jewish texts and ideas along with contemporary thought to address issues of Jewish identity. In his role as research fellow, Zach serves as a Judaic resource and assists in the development of M2’s underlying educational framework. In addition to his past work as a synagogue rabbi, he has taught in a variety of adult education settings and published in various journals. He received a BS from the University of Massachusetts and has studied at the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies and Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. Zach Truboff can be reached at Zach@ieje.org.