Deborah E. Tract joined the Temple Or Elohim community in July 2013. She has been in the field of Jewish education for over 29 years. Deborah has just completed a decade of service as Director of Education at Temple Beth Elohim, Old Bethpage, NY. During her tenure at this congregation.
Deborah created innovative programs as well as a class for Special Needs. In addition to overseeing the Religious School, Deborah also brought informal Jewish education via junior and senior Youth Groups to the students; bringing them together, strengthening friendship and building community.
Deborah is a graduate of Adelphi University School of Social Work. She has worked in various not-for-profit agencies. She was Assistant Director for Nassau County Supervised Visitation and a fundraiser for United Jewish Appeal Federation of New York, Long Island Women’s Campaign and Long Island Business and Professional Women.
Deborah is a "graduate" of the Leadership Institute for Congregational School Principals, a joint program of Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute for Religion and the Jewish Theological Seminary, a professional development program for Jewish educators. Deborah also completed the Jewish Leadership in Congregational Schools (TLC's).
A daughter of a Reform Rabbi who serves at a local Long Island Congregation and a mother who was a Reform Jewish Educator. Deborah has devoted her time to ensuring that all children receive a solid Jewish education. Deborah is committed to creating an educational journey that is based on creative experiences and will give children a foundation for lifelong learning and community.
Deborah is a Zionist and spent two years studying at Haifa University. She has traveled to Israel many times and is fluent in Hebrew. She considers Israel her second home.
Deborah is the President of the Long Island Temple Educators (LITE). She is a member of National Association Temple Educators (NATE), a professional organization for Jewish educators in the Reform movement. Deborah has held numerous positions on Parent-Teacher Association School Boards and PTA Council. Deborah resides with her husband and children in Huntington, NY.
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