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 is a Denver native and has worked in many different areas of the Jewish Community in Denver including teaching at Temple Sinai, Hebrew tutor, Administrative manager for Shwayder Camp, Youth Group Advisor, member of AIPAC, Jewish Summer Camps, and working as the Hillel Campus Director at the University of Denver. Josh earned his BA in Judaic Studies at the University of Arizona. He has been to Israel nine times including as an IST participant in 1990, and as IST staff in 2011 and 2012, and 2013 as the Director of IST. Josh staffed three separate Taglit-Birghright Israel trips with college students. Josh is excited to have the chance to make an impact and create meaningful Jewish experiences for all the participants of CAJE’s Israel Study Tour.
Director of Adult Education
Yael Weinstein joined CAJE in June 2013 as our Director of Adult Education. Yael has been present in CAJE’s community since 2009 when she joined the Melton faculty after earning her M.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University in 2006, focusing on the topics of Anti-Semitism and Jewish Identity. While at Brandeis, Yael had the opportunity to work as a teaching assistant for Dennis Ross, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel, for his course on the Arab-Israeli conflict. A recipient of numerous academic awards and fellowships, Yael has taught in both the U.S. and Romania, where, as a volunteer member of the Jewish Service Corps, she created and directed the first ever Jewish youth summer camp in Bucharest. Yael also works with the curriculum development team at the international Melton office at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, helping to revise and write current Melton course material.