Phyllis Adler, MSW
Phyllis Adler has been working in the field of Jewish Education in Denver for 30 years. Phyllis received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Denver. Associated with Stepping Stones since its inception in 1984, Phyllis served as an original member of the Stepping Stones Advisory Committee, eventually serving as the Executive Director. Phyllis had spent the majority of her professional life welcoming, supporting, and educating unaffiliated and interfaith families; and she looks forward to continuing CAJE’s tradition of embracing all who are eager for Jewish education. As the Executive Director of CAJE, Phyllis is committed to continuing the high standard of learning that has been associated with CAJE for many decades. She has made it a priority for CAJE to serve as a valuable resource to Colorado’s Jewish community.
Chief Financial Officer
Tammy Themel joined CAJE in 2008 and serves as the organization’s Chief Executive Officer. In her current role, Tammy directs all agency operations and works closely with its Board of Trustees to implement CAJE’s wide range of Jewish educational services and programs.
Tammy’s 25 years of experience in education, operations and project management has helped her stay focused on the organization’s mission, Making Jewish Life Sacred Through Learning, while ensuring that CAJE is fiscally sound. Specifically, she focuses on growing capacity, reducing overhead and improving performance data analysis. Tammy is passionate about the transformative powers of education and believes in finding greater efficiencies from existing resources to ensure high quality programming is available to all.
In her spare time, Tammy practices fiber arts, is an avid reader, a Florence Melton Adult Mini-School student and enjoys the company of her adult children.
Director of Early Childhood Education
Judi Morosohk, Director of Early Childhood Education, has been working in her field for over 35 years and has been in her present role with CAJE, overseeing and implementing the Colorado Early Childhood Education Initiative, since July 2008. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Special Education and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education and Educational Psychology. Judi began her career as a therapeutic early childhood teacher of children with special needs. She also has extensive experience coaching, consulting and training ECE providers on a variety of topics related to teaching children aged birth through five. Judi has been employed by the Boulder JCC Preschool for 13 years, ten of which were devoted to directing the preschool and camp programs.
Director of Operations
Susan Chayet has been with CAJE since 2010 and with Stepping Stones since 2000. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business from California State University Northridge. As Director of Operations at CAJE, Susan truly shows her dedication to Jewish education, her service to the Colorado Jewish community, and her commitment to the entire staff. Her extensive management and customer service background is key to making all program participants feel welcome and informed. Susan is a CAJE Melton graduate of the class of 2012.
Director of Israel Study Tour
Josh Samet joined CAJE full time in June 2013 as the Israel Study Tour (IST) Director. He is a Denver native and has worked in many different areas of the Jewish Community in Denver including teaching religious school at Temple Sinai, Hebrew tutor, summer camp counselor & Administrative manager for Shwayder Camp, Youth Group Advisor, member of AIPAC, and worked for 3 years as the Hillel Campus Director at Colorado State University and then another 3 years as the Hillel Campus Director at University of Denver. Josh earned his BA in Judaic Studies at the University of Arizona. He has been to Israel eleven times including as an IST participant in 1990, and as an IST counselor in 2011 and 2012, and in 2013 & 2014 as the IST Director. Josh staffed four separate Taglit-Birthright Israel trips with college students & young adults. In November 2014, Josh married Paula Mermelstein and they are the happy parents to their 7-year old Wheaten Terrier named Lilah. Josh is excited to have the opportunity to make an impact in IST and create meaningful Jewish experiences for all the participants of CAJE’s Israel Study Tour.
Dr. Sarah Levy
Director of Adult Education
Sarah Levy joined CAJE in June 2014 as our Director of Adult Education. Sarah has over 12 years of experience in the field of Jewish education, including day school teaching and synagogue experiential and supplementary education. Sarah holds a masters degree in Jewish Education and a doctorate in Education, with certificates in Day School Education, Advanced Jewish Studies, and Jewish Leadership Studies. In addition to her work with CAJE, Sarah teaches at Denver Jewish Day School, works with Congregation Rodef Shalom, and develops curriculum for organizations locally, around the United States, and in Israel. Although a Colorado native, Sarah recently moved to Denver from the East coast with her family and is excited to be working with CAJE, continuing to bring high-quality Jewish education to the community.
Karen Silverman, JD
Executive Director of Jewish Youth Professionals Council
Karen Silverman has spent the past 18 years working in non-profit organizations on behalf of children and families in both the secular and Jewish communities. She began her career in nonprofits, working in public policy and advocacy, and gradually moving into nonprofit management. She is passionate about working with teens and served as the Executive Director of Smart-Girl for 5 years prior to joining CAJE. She is excited to be part of the newly funded Denver Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Initiative and looks forward to creating more avenues for teens to get involved in current programs, as well as new ones, in the Denver/Boulder community.
Karen earned her BA from the University of Colorado and her JD from George Washington University School of Law. She is the proud product of Jewish camps, Hebrew School, Hebrew High, and IST. Karen currently serves as co-chair of the Religious School Committee at B’nai Havurah. When not working, she can be found chauffeuring her own teens around town.
Cindy Coons, MS, OTR
Director of Jewish Explorers
Cindy Coons joined CAJE in 2013 as the Director of Jewish Explorers, creating the curriculum for our newest program. Jewish Explorers brings Judaic programming, for children ages 2-10, to the communities where families live. Cindy helped establish and grow this program in both the Stapleton and Highlands communities. Additionally, Cindy has helped build community by offering monthly Shabbat dinners, which are open to program participants and the greater community, as well as special family programs during the year. Cindy also serves as Director of Community Engagement, helping to increase awareness and visibility of all programs offered through CAJE.
Cindy earned her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy with a specialty in Pediatrics from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from the University of Delaware. She has 30 years of experience working with children and their families as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist and Educator in both the secular and non-secular community. Additionally, she has over 5 years of experience working as a Marketing Consultant. Cindy is excited to share her love of working with children and passion for Judaism, meeting families where they are on their Jewish journeys and providing opportunities to explore Judaism together in fun and meaningful ways.