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Dr. Orit Kent

Co-Director, Pedagogy of Partnership

Orit  is a long time Jewish educator, teacher-educator, researcher and writer, with experience teaching both children and adults. She has been involved in the design and implementation of numerous professional and leadership development programs and was a lecturer in the education program at Brandeis University for many years. As a senior research associate at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education, she led a multi-year research and design effort focused on developing conceptual and practical tools for improving peer-based learning with elementary, middle school and university students. In her role as a senior researcher at Helix Learning Partners, she conducted targeted investigations of educational programs to help explain how and how well they worked.

Orit’s early professional experience as a community organizer provides her with a lens into how leaders develop and build values-based organizations. Orit has published and lectured widely on her work and is co-author of the award winning book, A Philosophy of Havruta.

An alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, Orit holds a doctorate in Education and Jewish Studies from Brandeis University, an Ed.M. in Teaching and Learning from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in history from Yale University.


Orit can be reached at [email protected].


Allison Cook

Co-Director, Pedagogy of Partnership

Allison Cook is a teacher educator and educational designer specializing in the creation of vibrant Jewish learning programs for students of all ages as well as substantive professional communities of practice in Jewish education. Allison has published both scholarly and popular articles on this work, has created practical tools and frameworks to improve teaching and learning, and conducts trainings, consultations and coaching with educators.

Bringing to her work a rich background in informal education, Allison has designed and led numerous professional development programs across educational contexts to improve teaching practice as well as educational leadership. As the founding Coordinator of the Clinical Mentor Faculty Program at Hebrew College, Allison worked with cohorts of congregational school leaders to mentor their teachers and graduate students in Jewish education. She also served as the Senior Educator on a multi-year initiative on the implementation of “Pluralism” at Boston’s Jewish Community Day School, leading the full faculty and parent community in a comprehensive effort. 

An alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, Allison earned her Ed.M. in Teaching and Learning from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and M.A. in Jewish Studies from Hebrew College. Her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan combined the study of Cultural Anthropology, Hebrew Studies and Education in her early quest for understanding the power of intentionally creating cultures of learning.


Allison can be reached at [email protected].


Lauren Luger

Operations and Communications Manager

Lauren Luger is the Operations and Communications Manager of Hadar's Pedagogy of Partnership. Lauren attended Brandeis University where she earned a B.A. in Education Studies, receiving the Sizer Education Studies Award, and minored in French and Judaic Studies. While at Brandeis, Lauren worked for Hillel for 3 years, the Gateways Program -tutoring children with cognitive disabilities for their B’nai Mitzvah- and was a Roosevelt Fellow. Upon graduating, Lauren became the Assistant Director of Education at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation where she created and facilitated formal and informal educational programs for all ages, with a focus on youth engagement. She co-launched an 8th-12th grade program that connects teens to their Judaism through flexible, unique, and immersive programming.

A Davidson Scholar through the Wexner Fellowship, Lauren earned her MA in Jewish Professional Leadership and MBA in Nonprofit Management from the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program. Lauren aims to build a stronger foundation for Judaism to take shape; a foundation that connects with modern trends and breathes Judaism into every aspect of living and learning.

Lauren can be reached at [email protected].


Deena Messinger

School Partnership Manager and Coach

Deena Messinger is thrilled to join PoP as School Partnership Manager and Coach.  Deena has 25 years of experience teaching in Jewish day schools.  She has written and implemented a variety of curricula, mentored new teachers, and been an instructional coach.  She is passionate about Jewish education and loves to create and foster learning communities.  

Deena holds a master’s degree in education from the Bank Street College of Education.  Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Michigan.  Deena lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.

Deena can be reached at [email protected].



Rabbi Devin Maimon Villarreal

PoP Senior Coach and Program Manager

Rabbi Devin Maimon Villarreal is  a Senior Coach and Program Manager with Pedagogy of Partnership.  He has worked in Jewish education for thirteen years as a classroom teacher and administrator in both Orthodox and community day schools during which he was awarded the Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Prize for emerging Jewish educators. He has also worked as an Education Consultant for various Jewish education organizations throughout North America. At the center of all of his work is his belief in Judaism’s ability to help people discover and nourish their best selves. Devin received semikha (rabbinic ordination) from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, as well as from Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo. A graduate of UCLA in the Study of Religion, he also holds a Master’s Degree in Teaching from the American Jewish University.

Devin can be reached at [email protected].


Rabbi Miriam-Simma Walfish

PoP Senior Coach and Hadar Faculty

Rabbi Miriam-Simma Walfish is faculty at Hadar and a Senior Coach for Pedagogy of Partnership. She holds a PhD in Rabbinics from Harvard University. Her interests include rabbinic approaches to gender, parenting, and education. She has published several articles, including, "Upending the Curse of Eve: Reframing Maternal Breastfeeding in BT Ketubot" (2017). Rabbi Walfish has taught Tanakh, Talmud, and Jewish Law in numerous settings including the Conservative Yeshiva, Hadar, Harvard University, Hebrew College, and the National Havurah Committee's summer institute. She revels in the process of learning Torah with and from her students.

Miriam-Simma can be reached at [email protected].






Rabbanit Tanya Farber

Rabbanit Tanya Farber,  a 2021 graduate of Yeshivat Maharat, serves as Gemara faculty, as well as the sho'el u'mayshiv, resource teacher for Halacha at Yeshivat Maharat. She is the 2022 Clergy Fellow at the Beis Community in Washington Heights, NYC...Over the years, Rabbanit Tanya has taught Torah learners of all ages from preschool to adults! Rabbanit Tanya Farber served as a Jewish educator in yeshiva high schools in NY and NJ, coordinated a high school beit midrash and taught and developed her own experiential 4th grade curriculum. Her teaching integrates text study with improv and other creative modalities, and Tefillah, prayer, with mindfulness and movement. Rabbanit Tanya also worked for a decade with Jewish adults with developmental disabilities, and remains committed to accessibility and inclusion in religious communities. Havruta, partner study, has been foundational in R. Tanya's own Torah study and spiritual development, as well as a central  component in her teaching; and she is excited to coach and collaborate with dedicated teachers through the Pedagogy of Partnership! 

Tanya can be reached at [email protected].





Marion Gribetz

Marion Gribetz has spent her professional life devoted to teaching, mentoring and creating in Jewish educational settings. She is on the faculty of Hebrew College in Newton, MA where she teaches and advises graduate students... in Jewish Education. Her areas of interest are contemporary Jewish life, Pluralism in Jewish life, Jewish art, teacher development, and the context and content of Jewish education and identity building. Marion believes that the Pedagogy of Partnership (PoP) provides students and whole school communities with a vocabulary and model for creating communities of caring individuals who have empathy for each other and for text (both traditional Jewish text and any human creation that deserves to be respected and explored) and that PoP can be a lever to imbue our students with the habits of heart and mind that will create a better future. Marion lives in Sharon MA with her husband, Rob Rubin, where they raised their 3 sons.

Marion can be reached at [email protected].





Rabbi Laurie Hahn Tapper

Rabbi Laurie Hahn Tapper is an Associate Dean for Religious and Spiritual Life at Stanford University. Previously, she was the School Rabbi and Director of Integrated Learning at Yavneh Day School. In this role, she coached and mentored teachers and worked with school administrators and parents in making Jewish learning relevant, purposeful and meaningful. She also led the middle school beit midrash.... Rabbi Hahn Tapper was first trained in the Pedagogy of Partnership (PoP) over eight years ago, integrated it in her classroom, and supported teachers across Yavneh to put it into practice. She loves that teaching with the Pedagogy of Partnership approach lets every student know they matter. Rabbi Hahn Tapper is a graduate of Stanford University earning a B.A. in History and graduating with Honors in Jewish Studies. She was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary and received an M.A. in Education. She is also an alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship. She lives in Redwood City with her partner, Dr. Aaron J. Hahn Tapper, along with their two children and two cats.

Laurie can be reached at [email protected].




Shira Horowitz

Shira Horowitz is a teacher, mentor, and teacher-educator. Her current work is built on an extensive foundation of more than 15 years as a kindergarten and first grade classroom teacher teaching Judaic and General studies in Boston-area Jewish day schools. She currently serves as a coach in the Teacher Leadership program... at Brandeis University, where she coaches experienced Jewish day school teachers. She has also taught in the MAT program at Brandeis and was a field instructor and mentor teacher in the DeLeT program, preparing novice teachers to teach in Jewish day schools. She has worked as a coach and mentor in several local schools and has led workshops supporting teachers in developing curriculum for their classrooms.

Shira has always been passionate about teaching Jewish texts to young children, integrating Jewish and General studies, and creating collaborative classroom and school communities. She is excited to be coaching for PoP, which pulls together so many of these themes.

Shira holds a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Language and Literacy and an Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in Psychology from Brandeis University. Shira lives in Brookline, MA with her family.

Shira can be reached at [email protected].




Michelle Janoschek

Michelle Janoschek is a K-5 Math Coach/Specialist and grades 3-5 Literacy Coach/Specialist at the Jewish Community Day School in Watertown, MA, and a Senior Coach with Pedagogy of Partnership. Previously she taught 4th grade and was a teacher leader for Grades 3-5. Michelle’s passion is providing students with the skills and space to engage deeply with various content matter. She believes that a safe learning environment where students can be curious, question one another, and provide opinions with... strong evidence to support their opinions is crucial to a positive learning experience. She uses the Pedagogy of Partnership (PoP) in her classroom in ELA and math to support her learning goals. As an educator, Michelle gets much joy from seeing students using PoP as a guide to help them deeply explore their wonders and curiosity about a text or subject. In addition to Michelle’s classroom teaching, she works with teaching teams on differentiation and executive function skills, has worked on a school-wide Pluralism committee, is a member of the Mindfulness team at JCDS, is a teacher mentor, and is trained in the Pedagogy of Partnership. Michelle received her M.Ed. in Elementary Education at Lesley University and her B.A. in Biology from Clark University.

Michelle can be reached at [email protected].



Ayelet Lipton

Ayelet Lipton is the Hebrew and Spanish Languages Department Chair at the Rashi School in Dedham, MA and is trained in the proficiency approach for teaching Hebrew. Prior to this, she was a 4th grade Hebrew and Judaics team teacher at the Jewish Community Day School in Watertown, MA for eight years. At JCDS, Ayelet implemented the Pedagogy of Partnership (PoP)... Ayelet has taught Hebrew and Jewish Studies in a variety of contexts, formal and informal, led the Boston-Haifa Connection project at JCDS, which is a collaborative bilingual education project with a school in Haifa, Israel, served on the Mindfulness Team at JCDS for three years, was a member of the Pluralism taskforce at JCDS, and was a teacher mentor for Hebrew and Judaics teachers. Ayelet has been working with Allison Cook and Orit Kent to support the training of PoP teachers and leaders at Hadar for over four years. Ayelet also worked at Middlebury College mentoring students in the MA in the Teaching Hebrew program, at Hebrew College leading a Parenting Through a Jewish Lens group, and with the Institute for Jewish Spirituality developing curriculum for Jewish day schools. Ayelet has a passion for Jewish education, teaching Israeli and Jewish culture, and creating a learning environment that allows each student to access the curriculum in a deep and engaging manner. She believes that PoP not only provides students with the skills needed to engage with classroom materials and one another in a meaningful way, but fosters important understandings about relationships that support students, teachers, and communities throughout their lives.

Ayelet can be reached at [email protected].



Rabba Claudia Marbachl

Rabba Claudia Marbach is the Director of Teen Beit Midrash of Hebrew College, a Talmud focussed after-school program for teens with both local and national cohorts. In this role, she oversees programs, designs curriculum, teaches and mentors other faculty. She also teaches a weekly Daf Yomi class for women and is a founder of a pop-up beit midrash for women ...in Boston, called One Night Shtender. Before Yeshivat Maharat, Rabba Claudia developed and taught the Rabbinics curriculum at Jewish Community Day School in Boston for fifteen years. Rabba Claudia received her BA in English from Barnard College, JD from Boston University and ordination from Yeshivat Maharat. She studied at Michlala, Drisha and Pardes and completed two units of chaplaincy training at Hebrew Senior Life in Dedham, MA.

Claudia can be reached at [email protected].




Mallory Rome

Mallory Rome has taught history and English since graduating college. She completed a master’s degree in history at Stanford and then taught history at the Commonwealth School in Boston. While at Commonwealth she took on administrative roles, including serving as Director of Studies and taking responsibility for faculty professional development and growth....Mallory is drawn to the way that PoP centers the work teachers are trying to do with students - deepening their critical and expressive skills in concert with relationship-building and empathy development - in a deceptively simple and straightforward way. Mallory loves that PoP provides manageable opportunities to improve student learning by giving teachers the chance to strengthen their skills in ways that immediately create a learning environment that is supportive, challenging, and respectful.


Mallory can be reached at [email protected].



Judith Talesnick

Judith Talesnick, Managing Director of Professional Learning and Growth at The Jewish Education Project, is passionate about collaborating with other educators. In her work, Judith collaborates with Yeshiva/Day School leaders to create professional learning experiences that will move their stakeholders closer to the school’s mission.... Judith has worked as both a school administrator and classroom teacher. In her own teaching, she focuses on learning experiences that promote personal sense-making, joyful learner engagement and critical thinking. Her first educational collaboration, at 14 years-old, was co-teaching Israeli dancing at her synagogue with her mother. In addition to coaching with the Pedagogy of Partnership (PoP), Judith also serves on PoP’s advisory group. Judith is a mother and step-mother to 4 kids.

Judith can be reached at [email protected].





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