- Judi Morosohk, Director of Early Childhood Education
- Susan Chayet, Director of Operations
- Josh Samet, Director of The Joyce Zeff Israel Study Tour (IST)
- Cindy Coons, MS, OTR, Director of Jewish Explorers
- Karen Silverman, JD, Executive Director of jHub
- Rabbi Michael Sunshine, Director of Jewish Student Connection
- Jessica Schpero, Program Coordinator at jHub
Phyllis Adler has been working in the field of Jewish Education in Denver for 30 years. Phyllis received her Master’s degree in Social Wok from the University of Denver. Phyllis has 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.
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.
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.
Josh Samet joined CAJE full time in June 2013 as the Joyce Zeff 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.
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, out to the communities where families live. Cindy helped establish and grow this program in both the Stapleton and Highlands communities. Jewish Explorers welcomes all Jewish and Interfaith families and meets them where they are on their Jewish journeys. Additionally, Cindy has helped build community by offering monthly Shabbat dinners and holiday celebrations, which are open to program participants and the greater community.
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 over 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.
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.
Rabbi Michael Sunshine is the Director of Jewish Student Connection in the Denver/Boulder area. JSC runs high school clubs aimed to help Jewish teens form their own identity within the Jewish community. He currently runs clubs in George Washington, East, Denver School of the Arts, Mountain Vista, and Niwot high schools. He also is a teacher in Hebrew High and runs teen programming for the DAT Minyan. Before moving to Denver in 2011, Rabbi Sunshine was the assistant rabbi at Congregation Rodfei Sholom in San Antonio, TX. He has his rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Hamivtar in Efrat, Israel, and holds a BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Ariella, have four children and live in Denver.
Tiffany Glucksman Appel grew up and spent most of her life in the Denver metro area. After graduating from Cherry Creek High School, she received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Denver, majoring in political science and minoring in psychology. Shortly thereafter, she received her Masters in Public Administration from the School of Public Affairs, once again, at the University of Colorado at Denver.
Her Jewish identity was instilled in her at a young age and continued through her adolescence at Shwayder Camp and Congregation Emanuel, where she was both Bat Mitzvahed and Confirmed. After Confirmation, she attended Hebrew High School and went on the Israel Study Tour during the summer of 1999, which she said forever changed her life, and she had the pleasure of chairing her IST Ten Year reunion. In addition to her involvement with CAJE, she completed ADL’s Glass Partners-in-Leaders program, and she is continuing on with their mentoring program. She also is a member of the Young Adult Division (YAD) Council for the Allied Jewish Federation, teaches sixth-grade religious school at Temple Sinai and actively volunteers and teaches for Stepping Stones.
CAJE and IST have played an integral part in Glucksman’s life and, she said, she is thrilled to be able to give back to the community that gave her so much!
Andra Davidson has been involved in communications, including public relations, advertising and media training for more than 15 years. As the principal of Davidson Consulting she specializes in helping organizations and individuals to maximize the impact of their communications to internal and external audiences.
Prior to starting her consulting business, Andra was the managing partner at Davis Branding & Marketing, where she oversaw all public relations programs, and was responsible for strategic communications planning and execution, marketing and day-to-day management of many accounts. Andra has agency, corporate and consulting experience in many industries, including a specialty in education and healthcare. She currently serves on the board of trustees for Colorado Association for Jewish Education (CAJE), and recently completed her term on the Board of Trustees at the Montessori School of Denver. Andra received her B.A. in Psychology from George Washington University and received an M.S. in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania.
David is a nonprofit consultant and Jewish educator in Colorado. David consults with organizations in the areas of strategic and board development, resource planning, executive coaching, assessment, and program/curriculum development. He went to American Jewish University where he received a MAEd-Jewish ed., MBA-nonprofit management, and BA-Hebrew Letters. He also attended Emerson College and Boston University. He is married to Jill Tullman and has three children.
Shayna Braunstein, the senior program coordinator for the Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business, is a product of CAJE programming as an IST 1991 alumna. Shayna also attended Hebrew High School, USY, USY Camps, NCSY Camps, Young Judea Camps and is in her eighth year as a BBYO youth adviser. Shayna received her B.S. in business management from Metropolitan State College of Denver in 2004, and she will receive her M.A. in global affairs from the University of Denver in June 2012. Shayna has worked for the Allied Jewish Federation as a marketing assistant and brings key skills in the areas of volunteer engagement, development, recruitment, and events.
Jodi Cooper brings two decades of general banking experience to her job. Her career began at UMB in 1988. She then became the assistant regional director for the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization’s Rocky Mountain Region for a year and is the co-chair of BBYO’s FAN (Friends and Alumni Network) for fundraising. Before joining Steele Street Bank & Trust in 2005, she worked for Colorado State Bank & Trust as a personal banker and branch manager.
A BBYO alum and former adviser, Jodi went on Israel Study Tour in 1985 and is a 1986 graduate of CAJE Community Hebrew High School. She also went as staff on IST trips in 1999 and 2000 and substitute taught during those same years.
She enjoys reading, movies, baking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Tal Diamant, a lawyer at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP, practices commercial real estate acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, financing and real estate development throughout the country, and the formation of corporate entities. Tal attended Sunday School from grades 1-6 in Germany, middle school in Israel, and high school at RMHA. He attended the University of Denver where he obtained a bachelor’s, cum laude, in international business in 1994 and his J.D. in 1997 from the Sturm College of Law. He is interested in National Jewish Hoops & Hoopla Event, the Kunsberg School at National Jewish Development Committee, and political fundraising (both personal and AIPAC).
Kerem Szczebak has been involved in marketing communications and development for over 15 years. As the principal of Kerem Communications, LLC, Kerem focuses on helping both for-profit and non-profit organizations procure new business, manage operations and budgets, and organize fundraising efforts. Kerem received her Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Colorado-Boulder and Master of Arts in Global Marketing Communication from Emerson College in Boston.
A Denver native, Kerem has been deeply involved in the local Jewish community since childhood. She attended Denver Jewish Day School (formerly Herzl Jewish Day School) for primary school and was Bat Mitzvahed at Rodef Shalom. She was a camper at the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center’s (JCC) summer Camp Shai and Ranch Camp and eventually became a Camp Shai counselor. For the latter half of her junior year of college she attended The Hebrew University of Jerusalem on a 6-month study abroad program in Israel. Her two children, ages 4 & 6, both attended the JCC’s Early Childhood Center and are participants in CAJE’s Jewish Explorers program.
In addition to serving on the board of trustees for the Colorado Agency for Jewish Education (CAJE), she is also a member of the Colorado Jewish Early Childhood Education Initiative Steering Committee, a parent representative on the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center’s BUILDing Jewish ECE Team, and on the board of trustees of the William H. Anderson Foundation.
Allan Striker, a Denver native, graduated from The University of Pennsylvania Wharton School with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Master’s of Science in Management and Organization from the University of Colorado. Allan is a CPA and was a partner in the international accounting firm of Deloitte Touché (formerly Touché Ross & Co.), where he worked throughout the U.S. and Vietnam. He was the owner of a successful manufacturing and distribution company and later consulted in Eastern Europe. Allan has served on the Board of Congregation Emanuel as its Executive Committee and Treasurer and has been a member of and chaired numerous committees of the congregation. In addition to serving on the Board of CAJE and as the Chair of its Budget and Finance Committee, Allan also is a member of the Board of Trustees of Temple Sinai and serves on the Temple Sinai Finance Committee. Allan also enjoys working with small businesses and is a volunteer counselor at SCORE, which is affiliated with the SBA (Small Business Association). Allan and his wife Helena enjoy traveling, music, art and theater. Allan’s passion for many years has been mountain climbing and, along with many other mountains, has summited the highest peaks on three continents. Allan’s and Helena’s true joy is playing with their grandson, Elias.
Faye is a community volunteer and serves as the CAJE Past Chair and is a member of the Executive Committee and the Budget & Finance Committee. She also serves on the Jewish Life Committee at the Rose Community Foundation. Weitzman formerly was a Managing Director of Lehman Brothers, Furman Selz Investments and Jeffries Capital Partners. She has a B.A. in Economics from Bowdoin College and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She has three children.