Director of Youth & Family Education – Scott Newman
Scott joined Beth El in July of 2015, a year following his family’s relocation to the greater Boston area from Stamford, CT. Having grown up in a small but impactful Jewish setting in Monroe, NY, Scott’s life experience has prepared him well for his current position.
Scott discovered his Jewish professional path after graduating from SUNY Albany with a BA in Communication, and a double-minor in Business and Hebrew Language. Scott’s college experience included a year abroad in Israel on the Hebrew Union College “College and Kibbutz” program in Israel which more deeply ignited his love for Eretz Yisrael (Land of Israel) and Am Yisrael (the Jewish people). Scott founded ‘RUACH!’, a Reform Chavurah (group) on campus that still exists to date. Subsequent similar successes in this area motivated him to continue what he considers to be the holy work of fostering Jewish community and continuity through a ‘Jewish Journey’ lens.
He says, “Journeys are not necessarily physical movements, although they can be. They are experiences which include memorable moments that affect us deeply.” Quoting scholar Martin Buber he continues, “All Journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” Scott adds that good Jewish teachers (whom he hires) create learning out of both the intended and unintended parts of a journey. He is very proud of his faculty and encourages them to use their many varied gifts in their authentic teaching styles.
Scott loves playing the guitar and utilizing Jewish music as a teaching tool for families and children at Beth El. He is also an avid technophile, and cannot get enough gadgets and techie toys. (His wife disagrees!)
Scott presently lives in Natick with his wife Andrea, son (7) Gabriel, and daughter (6) Eliyana. They have a cat named Simba, and their children are enrolled in the BE InSpirEd Education Program at Beth El.
Scott’s door and phone are always open. You can email him at email@example.com .
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.”