As you’re reading this, I’m probably wearing jeans and a t-shirt. If you passed me on the street, you wouldn’t realize that my bag is overflowing with Jewish texts and source sheets, and I’m on my way to the mikvah, or to teach a class on Jewish philanthropy. Because I’m not your typical Jewish educator. I don’t believe Judaism belongs in the classroom, or the synagogue, or even the beit midrash. My mission is to bring Jewish education everywhere – to your house. To the gym. To the beach. To the city streets you walk every day.
So who am I? My name is Samantha Vinokor-Meinrath, and I’m a Jewish educator. I’m passionate about connecting with Jewish teens and emerging adults, talking about Israel, history, philanthropy, and food, and sharing meaningful icebreakers as often as I can. By day, I work in the Washington DC Jewish community and am in the process of pursuing an EdD in Jewish Educational Leadership (for more info check out my resume here). By night, I’m here for you – to be your partner in exploring Jewish content and topics and making them relevant, and your resource for brainstorming, curriculum development, and teaching.
I believe in teaching to the whole person. Not just to my learners when they’re wearing their ‘Jewish hats’ for the couple of hours a week/month/year that they intentionally create Jewish time for themselves, but to the complex, evolving, incredible people that they are. I see my job as meeting each individual where they are on their lifelong journeys and creating a relationship that enables them to move a step - either forward, sideways, or diagonal - towards the next step on those journeys. I see the work of Jewish education as a sacred responsibility (check out my whole educational philosophy here!).
So what does all of that mean? I’d love to partner with you! If you’re looking for sources, lesson plan ideas, and activities that make Judaism relevant and meaningful for Jewish families, teens, and young adults, check out my resources! If you want insights into an ongoing Jewish journey, my blog goes deep into the complexities of my own explorations of Judaism and Jewish identity. If you'd like to follow along with my research as I explore Jewish identity questions through interviews with emerging adults, subscribe today. And if you’re looking for an educational thought partner to collaborate with in speaking, teaching, and curriculum development, reach out to me – I’d love to see what we can build together!
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