Beth Young is the Director of Education at Temple Judea in Coral Gables, FL. In this position, she works to provide engaging educational opportunities for learners from infants to adults. She is particularly interested in cultivating rich affective experiences that lead learners to continued positive Jewish involvement. She enjoys infusing all of the congregation’s education programs with best practices gleaned from the worlds of early childhood, formal and informal education, engaging adolescents, adult education, and standards for professional learning.
A product of the Reform movement’s summer camps, Beth is very committed to Jewish summer camping and works closely with URJ Camp Coleman, the Reform camp serving the southeast. Beth serves on the faculty at Camp Coleman and works hard to make Reform Jewish camping available to Temple Judea’s youth.
Beth holds a Masters in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, CA and a Masters in Early Childhood Education from Pacific Oaks College. She completed her undergraduate studies in political science at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. In 2004 she received the title of Reform Jewish Educator and in 2017 completed the Senior Educators Cohort through the Institute for Experiential Jewish Education. In 2016 she earned her Director Credential from the Florida Department of Children and Families and her Professional Educators Certificate from the Florida Department of Education.
Beth is an active member of the Association of Reform Jewish Educators (ARJE). She currently serves on the national board, planned the south Florida Day of Learning in 2016, and co-chaired the national conference, Imagineering Jewish Education for the 21st Century, held in Seattle, Washington in January 2011. In February of 2016, Beth was recognized with the Distinguished Educator’s Award by ARJE.
Prior to moving to Miami, Beth served for three years as the Director of Teen Education at the Agency for Jewish Learning in Pittsburgh, PA where she worked to create a vibrant program of learning and experience for Jewish teens throughout the community, embracing multiple entry points for Jewish involvement and education.
Beth is a member of Pi Lambda Theta, the national education honor society. In 2007, Beth received the Ira and Nanette Gordon Community Professional Achievement Award and was a participant in the Kaplan seminar for emerging Jewish Professionals. She published “What Motivates College Students,” based on her undergraduate honors thesis.
Beth is married to Rabbi Danny Young and they have two children. She loves to spend time snuggling with K’tonton, their dog, working on craft projects or finding something to organize!