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HATC Announces Rabbi Andrew Ergas as Chief Executive Officer

The Board of Directors at Hebrew at the Center (HATC), a leader in Hebrew language advocacy and teacher professional development, today announced that Rabbi Andrew Ergas has been named as Chief Executive Officer.  Arnee Winshall, who has held the CEO position since 2015, will continue as President of the Board and lead thought partner.  

With more than twenty-five years in Jewish leadership and professional experience in both Israel and in North America, Rabbi Ergas brings a deep commitment to the field of Hebrew. For the past three years, he has served as Chair of the Council for Hebrew Language and Culture in North America. He was the Executive Director of the Shames JCC on the Hudson and spent seven years as Head of School at Beit Rabban in New York City. He is currently finishing his doctoral studies in Jewish education, with a focus on Hebrew, identity and pedagogy.

“Having had the pleasure of working with Andrew to elevate the status of Hebrew for the last seven years in connection with the Hebrew Council, I cannot imagine a more fitting candidate,” said Arnee Winshall. “With Andrew’s arrival, HATC is poised for growth as the Jewish community develops an appreciation for the importance of the revitalization of Hebrew in the Diaspora.”

“The task of truly transforming Hebrew language education in North America is one that commands us to think big and implement bold new initiatives with lasting and sustainable impact,” said Andrew Ergas. “I am happy to be joining the volunteer and professional leadership of Hebrew at the Center to expand upon its historic successes and help lead both the organization and the field to bring the Hebrew language to the forefront as a communal priority.”

Arnee Winshall will continue her leadership role in her capacity as President of the Board of Directors of HATC. This change will allow her to focus further upon strengthening and expanding the Board, growing the visibility of HATC in the education field, and increasing philanthropic support.

 

HATC HIGHLIGHTS

The Reflective Hebrew Educator with Dr. Esty Gross

This workshop, recorded on October 22, 2022,  provided an opportunity for Hebrew educators to explore the concept of transformative reflective practice.  There are 3 main levels of reflection: Traditional/surface, Progressive/theoretical and practical, and Critical/transformative. Core Competency – Personal and Professional Growth 

View the Recording of the Workshop

Elections And Politics – Hebrew Style

The Choosing People

Both the Israeli and American publics are going to the polls this month, to take part in that supreme ritual of democracy – elections. The word for “elections” in Hebrew is bechirot, from b-ch-r (בחר), “choose.” We are able to choose our representatives because politically we have zechut bechira (זכות בחירה), “the right to vote.” Some might argue that even more fundamental is the belief in bechira chofshit (בחירה חופשית), “free choice” (or “free will”). Read the full article…

Hitkadmut: The Annual Hebrew Language Educators Conference

 

JANUARY 29 – 30, 2023 11:00-4:00 EST

Registration is live!

Make certain your Hebrew teachers, Hebrew leaders, and school leaders join us for the annual professional conference that is propelling the field forward. For more information about this virtual gathering, visit the  Hitkadmut page.

State of the Field of Hebrew Language Education Report

 

Hebrew at the Center recently shared the State of the Field Report with the broader community, a document that captured a wide range of research and findings from the field of Hebrew language education in the day school field. These insights and learnings, collected from a wide range of field partners, greatly inform Hebrew learning, faculty effectiveness, and student outcomes.

Join Hebrew teachers, Hebrew leaders, and other school leaders for an intensive, virtual conference on Sunday, April 3, 11:30 – 3:30 EDT. 

Click here for more information and to register