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Director of Jewish Education

August 11, 2022

We are excited to introduce Alex Malanych, KI’s new Director of Jewish Education.  Alex (they/them) brings a wealth of education and experience to this role, and will coordinate the day-to-day operations of our Sunday religious school, supervise teachers, communicate with parents, and oversee special programs.  They will be assisted in these endeavors by Rabbi Phil Cohen, who will also be teaching the Confirmation class, and Sean Boyle, who will handle some school administrative duties in addition to running KI’s active and exciting library.

Alex has master’s degrees in both English (University of Vermont) and Jewish Education (Gratz College), and is currently a rabbinical student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia.  Over the summer, they have been working as the education director Camp Havaya, the Reconstructionist camp in the Poconos, and have just started as the new student rabbi at Am Haskalah. 

Alex has a strong background in Jewish education as a teacher, youth advisor, education director, and prayer leader at various synagogues, Jewish summer camps, and college campuses.  Their focus on experiential learning will be especially valuable as KI looks to enhance our religious school program to make it more engaging for both students and families.

We understand the many challenges our families have faced over the last 2-1/2 years, and we are enthusiastic to begin this new phase of our religious school program.  As a sign of our appreciation, we are offering a reduced religious school tuition for this year of $360 per student, which applies to both continuing students and new students joining the program.

We look forward to seeing all of our religious school families at the Noah Aronson concert and Welcome Back BBQ on Sunday, August 28 starting at 5:00 PM.  This will be a great opportunity to interact with Alex, Rabbi Phil, Sean, and lay leadership, and to learn more about the religious school program this year.  If you have not already registered, please do so as soon as possible, since our exciting school kickoff on Sunday, September 11 is rapidly approaching.

Please visit our website at kilv.org or contact the office at 610-435-9074 if you would like to learn more about Alex, the upcoming religious school year, or have questions about registration or tuition.

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Wed, September 28 2022 3 Tishrei 5783