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Our Education Team

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Rabbi Kerrith Solomon, Director of Education

Rabbi Kerrith Solomon, Director of Education, joined Adas Israel as Director of Education in the summer of 2014, overseeing and directing all aspects of congregational education for members age 0-18, and their families. She has a rich and varied background in education and Jewish learning and her educational practice and philosophy is based on her experiences working in synagogues, day schools, camps, campus, Federation and Israel. She previously served as Senior Jewish Educator at Tufts University Hillel and Director of Teen Programming and Family Life Educator at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in New York and has worked in a variety of other formal and informal settings. Kerrith completed the Hartman-Hillel iEngage Fellowship for Campus leaders and is currently a participant in the second Senior Educators Cohort of M²: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education. She enjoys sharing her learning with the Adas community.



Leilah Mooney Joseph Director of Schools, K-12

A seasoned nonprofit manager and education advocate, Leilah most recently served as Senior Director of Communications at Hillel International, where she led both external and internal communications, managing Hillel’s public voice and supporting the work of Hillel professionals and students at more than 850 colleges and universities around the world. She also previously led communications for the Institute of Educational Leadership and worked in communications and educational policy roles with the American Federation of Teachers. Leilah is a graduate of Barnard College and earned a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from The George Washington University. A Cincinnati native and the daughter and granddaughter of teachers, Leilah lives in the 16th Street Heights neighborhood of DC with her husband David, and their sons Tom, Elijah, and Ronan.



Jenna Shaw, Assistant Director of Schools, K-12

Jenna Shaw is in their final year of Rabbinical School at Hebrew College in Newton, MA. They have served as an educator and rabbi in a variety of Jewish educational settings across the country, including BBYO, Temple Israel of Boston, Hill Havurah in DC, Boston University Hillel, and Camp Herzl in Webster, Wisconsin. Jenna most recently served Temple Sinai in Brookline, MA and Hebrew College's Teen Learning Department. They oversaw the development of curriculums, including writing a pre-B'nai Mitzvah curriculum focusing on spiritual growth, mental health, identify exploration, and social justice. Adas Israel was the community that first inspired Jenna to become a Rabbi; they are excited to be returning to our community! 



Tessa Rudnick, Youth Engagement Specialist

Tessa Rudnick came to Adas Israel after graduating with a degree in Women's Studies, beginning her work here as an Education Fellow. She has worked as an educator in many Jewish settings, from early childhood, to summer camp, to community centers. She loves the opportunity to create rich and meaningful programming for the students at Adas as well as support their growth and Jewish development.



Lindsay Kagin, Director of Youth and Family Programs

Lindsay lives in Washington DC with her husband and two children. She grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and attended Michigan State University, achieving a bachelors in International Relations. Shortly after graduating, she found a new passion in teaching and went on to achieve a Masters in Special Education from American University and taught students in both private school and the DC Public School system for seven years. Since leaving full-time teaching, she has volunteered her time to work on Jewish programming for children at Kesher Israel and most recently worked as the Director of Jewish Family Engagement at the Edlavitch DC JCC.



Ariela Greengart, Education Department Administrator

Ariela Greengart joined the Adas community last year as a Religious School Teacher in the second grade classroom. By transitioning into the position of Education Department Administrator, she can bring a teacher's perspective into her administrative role. Ariela has taught at Edlavitch Jewish Community Center as a preschool teacher since 2020. Before teaching, she had six years of administrative experience, three of those years assisting in a university setting. She is a 2017 graduate of Yeshiva University, and an alumnus of the Disney College Program. Ariela grew up in Pawtucket, Rhode Island and her entire school experience, Pre-K-12, was attended at Jewish day schools. She is an active member of Kesher Israel Congregation in Georgetown, DC, where she resides. In her new role at Adas, Ariela hopes to provide support for teachers and the congregation. She is happy to join the team that strengthens Jewish youth education.  

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