Mike Witman

Director, Family Life and Learning

Mike Witman

Biography

Michael Witman currently serves as the Director of Family Life and Learning at B’nai Jeshurun in New York City. He previously served as the Director of Education at Temple Beth-El of Great Neck. Michael is a graduate of the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford. Upon graduation, Michael joined the staff of Central Synagogue in Manhattan, initially as a member of the first full-time teaching team for supplementary religious school education. He then served as their Assistant Director of Informal Programming and worked as a liaison to the World Union for Progressive Judaism in Belarus. Michael also previously worked at Temple Beth Shalom of Roslyn, where he helped redefine the way in which families engage in Jewish life through the use of experiential learning.

In 2012, he became the first winner of the Jewish Education Project’s (JEP) Young Pioneers Award for Congregational Learning. The JEP recognized Michael for creating “a passionate and inspirational vision of what a Congregational School and Congregational education can look like,” and for having “translated that into powerful learning experiences for children and families.” In June 2013, The Jewish Week recognized Michael as one of its “36 Under 36,” citing, in particular, his role in making Temple Beth-El a warm and welcoming house of gathering in the days following hurricane Sandy. Michael lives in Manhattan with his wife Rabbi Melissa and three daughters Josie, Lily and Nessa.

Articles Written by
Mike Witman

Family Life and Learning Health and Safety Protocols

This plan has been formulated based on guidelines from The CDC, The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene...

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Kadima@BJ 2020-21 Virtual Plan

We have made the decision to hold Kadima@BJ virtually from September-December. This decision was made to en...

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Hebrew School Educators 2020-2021 Search

B’nai Jeshurun is seeking part-time creative, dedicated, and tech-competent educators to teach in our Hebre...

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Preservation of Human Life

I haven’t had a moment yet to really process all that has happened in our world. At first, each fragment of...

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Family Life & Learning – Pesah Resources

As we begin our preparation for Passover, our amazing Family Life and Learning Team has together resources ...

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Coronavirus Update for Families: March 15

Early last week we shared the news that one of our families might have been exposed to the coronavirus. Tod...

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Coronavirus Update for Families: March 12

Out of an abundance of caution, we are canceling Family Life & Learning programming on Wednesday, March 11,...

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Coronavirus Update for Families: March 10

Out of an abundance of caution, we are canceling Family Life & Learning programming on Wednesday, March 11,...

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Coronavirus Precautions for Families: March 6

In light of the coronavirus and out of an abundance of caution, we have made the difficult decision to canc...

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