Our Educators

Ivy G. Schreiber
Director of Education for Youth and Family

Ivy Schreiber

Ivy was born and raised in Coral Springs, Florida. Her formal Jewish education began at Temple Beth Am in Margate, FL, and was enhanced with informal Jewish experiences including many years in United Synagogue Youth (USY), and summers at Camp Ramah in New England and Camp Ramah Darom in Georgia. Following her graduation from Brandeis University, where she received a B.A. in Psychology, Ivy worked in Human Resources in the Healthcare Technology industry. However, Ivy never left Jewish education, as she continued teaching in Hebrew Schools and Judaica high schools, in addition to tutoring b’nai mitzvah students. Ivy completed a Master of Arts degree in Jewish Education at the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she completed her practicum in synagogue education at Congregation Habonim.

Ivy joined the B’nai Jeshurun team in July, 2006. For the first two years, she oversaw the B’nai Mitzvah Program, served as the Assistant Principal of the Bnai Jeshurun Hebrew School and supervised the Ozrim (teachers’ aides) program. In July 2008, Ivy became the Director of Education for Youth and Family at BJ, leading BJ’s Hebrew School and the Youth and Family Education team. Ivy views Jewish education as a lifelong pursuit that requires each person to embrace and challenge a rich tradition, culture and community. Ivy is committed to helping develop the next generation of knowledgeable, participating, committed and dedicated Jewish leaders.

In her spare time Ivy enjoys spending time with her family – her husband, David, and their baby Brady! She loves traveling, cooking, and curling up with her cats and a good book. Ivy also volunteers her time as an interviewer for prospective students at Brandeis University and by reading with children in the New York public schools.

Emily Walsh
Assistant Director of Education for Youth and Family

Emily Walsh

Emily is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, where she attended religious school at The Valley Temple and was active in the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization. While working toward a BA in Journalism at Indiana University, Emily spent her summers working at Goldman Union Camp Institute (URJ Camp) in Zionsville, Indiana. After graduation, she served as a Jewish Campus Service Corps Fellow at the St. Louis Hillel at Washington University. Emily recently completed Masters in Arts degrees in Jewish Education and Jewish Communal Service at the Rhea Hirsch School of Education and the School of Jewish Communal Service, respectively, from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles, studying as a Wexner Graduate Fellow and Davidson Scholar. There, she had internships at the Los Angeles Jewish Federation and Temple Beth Sholom in Santa Ana, California.

Emily joined the Youth and Family team at B’nai Jeshurun in June, 2009. She is responsible for the B’nai Mitzvah programs, and works closely with families with young children, coordinating Shabbat and Holiday services and program. Her commitment to Judaism brings alive her passion for fusing learning with action. She is dedicated to inspiring Jews of all ages to follow a path of Jewish education that they find rich, meaningful, and even challenging.

Emily is thrilled to be living in New York where she can take advantage of all that the city has to offer. As a child she dreamed of staring in Broadway musicals, and is now, at least, geographically closer to making that dream a reality! She also enjoys spending time outdoors, practicing yoga, and traveling.

Kristen Kersey
Administrative Assistant for Youth and Family

Kristen Kersey

Kristen Kersey was born in Brookhaven, NY, and currently resides in Scotch Plains, NJ . She is a graduate from American University in Washington, DC, where she received a B.A. in History. After taking a course in American Jewish Women’s History her sophomore year, Kristen discovered a passion for Jewish history and culture, and an interest in Jewish communal service. Her previous work experience includes summer internships with the National Museum of American Jewish Military History and Tudor Place Historic Home and Garden. When she is not working, Kristen enjoys reading, creative writing, and spending time with friends and her boyfriend Josh.

Mick Fine
Rabbinic Intern for Youth and Family

Mick Fine

Mick Fine grew up in Beachwood, Ohio, and graduated from Ohio State University with a major in Hebrew Language and Literature. Mick attended Brandeis University for graduate school, where he focused on education and Hebrew-language acquisition. In addition to teaching, Mick has developed curricula for congregational and day-school settings. After teaching for a few years at Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan, Mick became a Rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Mick enjoys playing the guitar and Israeli music and poetry, and got married in August 2010. Mick will be leading Junior Congregation on Shabbat and teaching 7th grade at BJHS.