Director of Youth & Family Education – Scott Newman
Director of Youth Engagement & High School Coordinator – Kyle Herman
Kyle Herman recently moved to MA from Ft. Collins, CO where he had been working as the Madrechim Director (and VP of Fundraising) at Congregation Har Shalom. He graduated from Western State Colorado University (deep in the cold mountains of western Colorado) with a double major in Economics (He’s an Econ Nerd) and Business Administration, but found a passion for Jewish Education which dictated his professional path. He is a proud Coloradoan and especially enjoys hiking, rafting, skiing (and skiing, and skiing), and any other outdoor activity. Of course he loves sports: Go Broncos (football), Mariners or anyone other than the Yankees (baseball), Avalanche (hockey), Nuggets or Pacers (Basketball)! He’s open to having a conversation about adopting some New England teams into his shuffle.
Kyle spent the last 10 years of his life working in Jewish Youth Education, at summer camps and religious schools teen programs-(Shwayder Camp in Colorado, Camp George in Parry Sound, Canada) as a counselor, Unit Head, Program Director, Food Facilities and Logistics Coordinator, Director of Counselors in Training, Teacher, Youth Group Director, and Madrechim Director; and is very happy to be continuing this career path at Congregation Beth El.
Kyle’s passion for Jewish Education comes from the overlap between his personal values and the traits which Judaism considers important. Values like Empathy, Honesty, Debate and Analysis, Acceptance of all people/cultures, etc.
“Being in a position to show and teach young people how Judaism influences their life-via their community, their social network, their professional lives, etc. allows me to share my values with a larger community-and to positively impact teens as they develop and mature. I can’t think of any job more satisfying.”