Staff

Executive Director
MYRA SHINDLER

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.

Contact Myra at myras@bjephoenix.org


Director of Adult Learning & The Jewish Community Library
ELAINE HIRSCH

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 23 years.

Elaine served as Director for the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School, and currently serves as regional director for the Alexander Muss High School in Israel.

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.

Contact Elaine at elaineh@bjephoenix.org


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Director of Family Education
LINDA FELDMAN

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.

Contact Linda at lindaf@bjephoenix.org


Outreach Coordinator
ANDRE IVORY

Andre is a dynamic Jewish educator. Specializing in experiential Jewish education, he has served congregations and Jewish institutions in his hometown of Los Angeles, Toronto and Phoenix.

Andre's commitment to the Jewish community is driven by his love for the values: Torah, Avodah, and G'milut Chasadim. Each day, Andre strives to impart these values on the adults and teens he instructs. He serves as coordinator for ACT, a service learning project aimed at connecting young Jewish professionals with their basic Jewish values.

In addition to his service with the BJE, he proudly serves as Religious School Director at Temple Beth Shalom in Sun City, AZ. Away from teaching Andre is a certified hockey coach with USA Hockey and has 18 years of coaching experience.

Contact Andre at andre.ivory@gmail.com


Office Manager
HOPE WEISS

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.

Contact Hope at jewished@bjephoenix.org