Disability Inclusion Network
About this Network:
This is a national network for educators working in congregational and supplemental school settings to build a network of peers to troubleshoot challenges, share resources, and develop collaborative learning opportunities. This network is designed for educators working directly with students and educators, whether inclusion coordinators, learning specialists, or special needs coordinators. This network is geared towards professionals who are working to make their institutions inclusive of all people.
This network will be virtual and will meet approximately three times a year, virtually.
This network will have open enrollment– all new participants will be asked to have an initial conversation with one of the facilitators prior to the first session.
About the Facilitators:
Alison Lobron is the Inclusion and Program Development Coordinator at Temple Shalom of Newton. Alison joined the Temple Shalom staff in 2018. Alison began her career as a public-school teacher, then moved into the field of social/emotional learning and eventually into Jewish education. Alison is ardent about creating learning environments where students of all abilities feel confident, capable, and eager to learn. Alison graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994 with a degree in Elementary Education and Communications. She earned a Master’s in the Risk and Prevention program at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education in 2000. Alison lives in West Newton with her husband, David, their children Shira and Gabriel, and their bunny, Buzz.
Michelle Steinhart has been working in Jewish Education and Jewish Special Education for over twenty-five years, teaching in day schools and synagogue schools, serving as a counselor in summer camps, advisor in youth groups and is currently the Director of Learning and Inclusion at Temple Israel Center in White Plains, and the Director of Special Projects for MATAN. Michelle graduated Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women with a B.A. Degree in Education and an Associate’s Degree in Judaic Studies. Michelle went on to earn her M.A. degree in Special Education at Hunter College of the City of New York. Michelle has led professional development sessions for varying synagogues, schools and agencies and serves as a consultant for synagogues working to build inclusivity in their communities. Michelle is a 2002 recipient of the Grinspoon Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. Michelle and her husband Yaakov live in Rockland County, NY with their four children, Avi, Shaina, Shael and Shaya.
Eliana Rubin (she/her) is a queer and trans artist and educator. She aims to help people better understand themselves and the world around them through Jewish, theatre, and inclusive education. Eliana is a proud employee of The Jewish Education Project, serving as their Education Manager, Inclusive Models. She is a graduate of HUC-JIR, where she received her Master of Educational Leadership. Eliana also received her BFA from NYU / Tisch (ETW). Eliana is a musician, playwright, and screenwriter, and enjoys intertwining her artistic and Jewish passions through her creation of Jewsicals (Jewish musicals), short musical numbers centered around Judaic texts. She will never say no to a bag of movie theater popcorn.
Mondays, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ETOct 30, Jan 29, Mar 25, and May 20
Alison LobronMichelle SteinhartEliana Rubin
- New members
- Target audience
Associate / Assistant DirectorClergyDirector / Principal / Head of SchoolEducator / TeacherIndependent EducatorYouth Professional / Teen Engagement
- Geographic regions
- Area of work
After School and BeyondCongregational LearningDay Schools and YeshivasEarly ChildhoodFamily Engagement