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Heilicher Welcomes Assistant Director of Jewish Life Wendy Goldberg
We are pleased to announce that Wendy Goldberg will be joining the Heilicher administration as Assistant Director of Jewish Life, a role we are colloquially and lovingly referring to as “משגיח רוחני/Mashgiah Ruhani” which roughly means “Spiritual Curator.”
Her main responsibilities will include enhancing the Jewish spirit/culture of the school and building school pride; helping to develop the תפילה/tefillah/prayer curriculum and program; facilitating תפילה/tefillah/prayer in grades 4-8; deepening the impact of Jewish Social Justice/Service Learning education and adult-child volunteering opportunities; and teaching Jewish Studies classes. Wendy will officially begin this new role on November 1, 2017.
About Wendy Goldberg
Wendy is a veteran Jewish educator, a Minneapolis native, and parent of day school students Maya and Noam Halpern. Wendy taught at the Talmud Torah of St. Paul Day school for seventeen years and comes to Heilicher after having spent seven years as the Director of Spiritual Engagement at Shir Tikvah Congregation. She also leads Shir Harmony, a women's a cappella group dedicated to raising funds for local and Israeli women's groups, and "serenading people at meaningful moments."
Educated at Brandeis University, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and at Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies, Wendy brings a depth to prayer life. She has a long history of working on issues of race and class, which will intersect with our social justice initiatives. Wendy will be at Heilicher part time while she is also a Christensen Interfaith Fellow at Augsburg University this year.
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