Connecting Colorado’s Jewish Teens

jHub Steering Committee

The Denver/Boulder Jewish Teen Engagement Steering Committee serves to guide, and advocate for, the enhancement of programs and professionals that serve Jewish teens in the Denver/Boulder area.

Mission:

To broaden Jewish communal awareness about the importance of the teen years as a time for identity development, better inform and engage local lay leaders, professional leaders and parents about strategies to effectively educate and engage teens and strengthen the professionals and networks of institutions that serve Jewish teens.

Phyllis Adler
Executive Director, Colorado Agency for Jewish Education

Phyllis Adler has been working in the field of Jewish Education in Denver for 30 years. Phyllis received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Denver. Phyllis has spent the majority of her professional life welcoming, supporting, and educating families; and she looks forward to continuing CAJE’s tradition of embracing all who are eager for Jewish education. As the Executive Director of CAJE, Phyllis is committed to continuing the high standard of learning that has been associated with CAJE for many decades. She has made it a priority for CAJE to serve as a valuable resource to Colorado’s Jewish community.

 

Jennifer Berg
Executive Assistant & Data Manager, PEBC

A recent Denver transplant, Jennifer Berg works at PEBC as an Executive Assistant and Data Manager for the Boettcher Teacher Residency program. Prior to her relocation, Jennifer taught for two years in Atlanta as a Teach For America Corps Member; worked as a Grants Manager at a multi-service non-profit in Manhattan; and managed an after-school program in the Bronx. Jennifer received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her Master’s degree in Education Policy from Columbia University’s Teachers College.

Gary Brandt
Director, Denver Boulder Jewish Teen Initiative

Gary Brandt graduated in 2006 from the University of Arizona with a Bachelors in Middle Eastern History and Modern Politics. Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Gary has spent the past six years serving as the Senior Assistant Director of the URJ Jacobs Camp in Mississippi where he created meaningful community experiences focused on fun activities, personal growth, and skill building for the Deep South’s Jewish youth. Before working full time at Jacobs Gary was an ambulance driver, taught English in Japan, worked as a bicycle mechanic, and designed and constructed an ecological living area in Israel – a modern Renaissance man! Gary is dedicated to living a “slow” lifestyle; one that constructs time to enjoy food, friends, and our natural surroundings in healthy and sustainable ways. He brings his experience as an informal and experiential educator, Challenge Course Facilitator, and as an Eagle Scout to inspire and engage the teens in the greater Boulder area.

 

Lisa Farber Miller
Senior Program Office, Rose Community Foundation

As senior program officer at Rose Community Foundation since 1997, Lisa Farber Miller directs the Foundation’s Jewish Life program area. During her tenure, she has stewarded over $54 million in grants. Farber Miller has also been instrumental in creating initiatives including The Endowment Challenge, Rose Youth Foundation, Roots & Branches Foundation, BUILDing Jewish ECE, Live On: Build Your Jewish Legacy, and MazelTot.org. Farber Miller’s expertise includes collaborative philanthropy groups and Jewish giving circles, teen philanthropy, endowment building and bequest giving, Jewish early childhood and teen engagement, and innovation.  She served as an advisor to many national Jewish projects, including the Jim Joseph Foundation Teen Advisory Committee, the National American Jewish Giving Study Connected to Give Research Advisory Committee, and she has been a Slingshot: A Resource Guide for Jewish Innovation evaluator for many years. 

Farber Miller was a consultant to nonprofits prior to joining the Foundation. Co-author of the book Nonprofit Piggy Goes to Market, Lisa was also the editor of Apples & Honey, a publication for young Jewish families. Her writing is featured in Jewish Family and Life, Traditions, Holidays, and Values for Today’s Parents and Children. Lisa and her husband David are parents of two sixth-generation Denverites, and have three grandchildren. Farber Miller graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Scripps College and is a graduate of the Museums Collaborative/Columbia University Graduate School of Business Management course for Nonprofit Managers.

 

Ray Merenstein
Owner, RDM Communications

In 2002, Ray Merenstein returned to his native Denver after a decade of health care advocacy work in Washington, DC.  Four the next four years, he served as Vice President for The Children’s Hospital Foundation’s $250 million Imagine the Miracles comprehensive campaign.  In December 2005, Ray launched RDM Communications tying his political, media and fundraising acumen into one package on behalf of government, nonprofit and corporate clients. He holds a Masters Degree in Mass Communication from the University of Florida and a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from Tulane University. He is a State Board of Education appointee to Colorado’s Special Education Advisory Committee, and Ray currently serves on the national board of Safe2Tell. Ray and his wife, Ilana Steinberg, live in Denver with their son and two daughters.

Shauna Morgan Sherman
Senior Software Quality Engineer at Abacus, a division of Epsilon

Shauna Morgan-Sherman is currently a Senior Software Quality Engineer at Epsilon, a division of Alliance Data Services. As a 19-year veteran of the marketing database business, her experience spans joining Abacus in its startup days, riding the internet boom highs and surviving the lows of the bust with DoubleClick, to currently understanding the beneficial complexities of working within a Fortune 500 company. Prior to entering the world of technology, Shauna gained valuable experience working in Nursing Administration at University Hospital and in the business office for the City of Aurora Parks and Recreation Department (all appropriate positions for a University of Denver Psychology major, regardless of what her parents have said!) “Holding jobs in corporate America, government and the nonprofit sector helped me value diversity in all forms and realize that a work-life balance should weigh heavier on the life side.”  When not earning a living, Shauna flexes her spiritual muscles volunteering at B’nai Havurah on the School Committee and as Membership Chair—previously as a board member and board co-chair. A dedicated Denver West-Sider, she is still waiting for a good bagel place to open up west of Federal Blvd.  Until that happens Shauna is more than content to bask in the true blessings of her life: her partner, Rivka, and their 10 year old son, Rafi. They have loads of fun together in between homework and begging their dogs to stop barking.

Jill Roblyer
Principal, On the Mark Consulting

Jill Roblyer is the Principal Consultant with On The Mark Consulting, a strategic marketing firm specializing in working with clients to understand their customers and their target market. Jill¹s work with multiple clients in a variety of industries across the country, internationally, and in Denver have given her a well-rounded understanding of multiple companies the Data Networking and Internet Technology space, Human Resource and Staffing Industry, as well as Law Firms, Retail Distribution, and SaaS companies.

Jill is actively involved in her children¹s school (Douglas County – Rock Canyon High School) as well as a volunteer and supporter of Community Resources of Denver, Freedom Service Dogs, Golden Retriever Freedom Rescue, and Reading Buddies in Douglas County.  Jill is also an active member of the Denver Jewish Center (Chabad) in Lone Tree.  Jill lives with her husband, Kyle, and two teenage sons – Jake (16) and Ben (14) and their two dogs Axel and Allie.

 

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