Executive Director

Serving as Executive Director and Hebrew High Principal, Mrs. Shindler is a lifelong Jewish Educator. Through her endless energy, she has implemented a variety of experiential programming complementing the Hebrew High curriculum; including 8th grade Retreats, Hebrew High Care-A-Van, Cookies for Hunger, and Bikkur Cholim Team, to name a few. During the 2014-2015 school year, Hebrew High, under Mrs. Shindler's guidance, successfully completed an extensive external review process for accreditation for Hebrew language credit through AdvancED Accreditation.

Myra is an avid sports fan, and active in numerous fitness pursuits, both for enjoyment and to keep up with the teens. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa, with a Masters degree in Jewish Studies from Spertus College of Judaica.

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Director of Adult Learning & The Jewish Community Library

Elaine Hirsch is an award-winning Holocaust educator, having coordinated the Bureau of Jewish Education's Annual Educators' Conference on the Holocaust for public and private school educators in Arizona for 25 years. She is currently Director of Adult Learning and runs the BJE’s Community Library and the BJE’s annual PASSAGES Series.

Elaine assists teachers with curriculum advisement and conducts workshops on how to inculcate Jewish values and Israel in the classroom. In her capacity as Director of Adult Learning at the Bureau of Jewish Education, she “kvells” at the site of adult learners making a fixed time for study, reclaiming their Jewish Heritage. Elaine earned a master’s degree in Jewish communal service from Brandeis University.

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Director of Family Education

Linda Feldman has been working at the BJE for over 19 years creating programs and bringing families into our Jewish world. From Chicago and Washington, D.C., her numerous teaching opportunities helped her to become a master educator. Linda was the former Director of the Temple Solel Preschool before joining the BJE.

Linda created Jewish Baby University for Expectant Parents and Baby & Me Shabbat for young families in addition to Jewish Marriage University - a marriage preparation program. She administers the hands-on holiday experiences; Let's Make Olive Oil for Hanukkah, and Let's Make Matzah for Passover. Through these and other creative programs, Linda helps participants experience Judaism and become part of our Jewish community.

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Office Manager

Hope has been with the Bureau for over eight years. She provides administrative support to all BJE staff and is frequently working on special projects.

Hope is the cheerful voice you hear when calling the BJE office and the friendly face when you visit.

Hope moved to Arizona from New Jersey in 1981. On her free time she enjoys hiking, golfing, yoga and swimming.

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