Sara is all about relationships. Her essential focus: understanding the way relationships influence the ability to improve our practice, shape our work, and engage effectively with others. Sara consults with individuals and organizations across the Jewish community to develop a networked, collaborative approach to their practice in a variety of domains and support their alignment with vision. Sara is a passionate network weaver and facilitator, working to build relationships with and between individuals, teams and communities, and both cultivate and leverage those connections to generate positive change.
Sara is a doctoral candidate at the Davidson School of Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Her dissertation focuses the social and professional networks of Jewish educators, to understand how educators are connected and how this changes and influences practice.
Sara's current work, in addition to her consulting practice, includes intensive training coaching and mentoring, facilitation and collaboration. Learn more about Sara's current projects and clients
Sara is a moderator and facilitator of JEDLAB, a network of over 7000 people from across every domain and spectrum of Jewish life, passionate about Jewish learning, who have come together to redesign the Jewish education ecosystem.
Sara has previously served as an adjunct faculty member at the Davidson School, where she prepared graduate students to take leadership roles in the field as a part of the redesigned Educational Leadership practicum, and taught the core course in basic pedagogy to students in the Davidson, Cantorial and Rabbinical Schools. As a part of her work at JTS, she worked closely with veteran congregational and communal educators serving as mentors, and developed a professional learning program to support their continued growth. Sara also piloted an experiment with MA students that involved seeding and supporting a community of practice for students teaching in congregational school settings.
Previously, Sara served as a consultant for the Board of Jewish Education NY-SAJES, (now The Jewish Education Project) working directly with congregational educators in the greater New York area to build strong collegial networks, improve practice and cultivate leadership.
She has served as director of education and as assistant director of education in three Manhattan congregations, and has served as the director of professional development for the METNY region of USCJ,where she developed professional learning programs for teachers in congregational schools. In addition to her consultations for congregations in the New York area, Sara has partnered with congregations across the country to reimagine their model, build new governance structures and align curriculum with vision.
Sara holds a BA in Near Eastern and Jewish Studies from Brandeis University and an MA in Jewish Education from JTS, and was a fellow in the Senior Educators Program of the Melton Center for Jewish Education in the Diaspora at Hebrew University.
She currently serves on the board of the Network for Research in Jewish Education, serves on the advisory committee of Sefaria, and is a mikveh guide and volunteer at ImmerseNYC, New York's Jewish community mikveh.
Tehilah is a Jewish educator, consultant, curriculum writer, community builder and storyteller. For more than a decade, she has worked in leadership roles with prominent Jewish educational agencies and non-profits: Covenant Foundation, Huntington Jewish Center, Pardes Institute and Storahtelling (now Lab/Shul). Tehilah was the Director of Jewish Educational Programs for three years at the Kings Bay Y, where she designed programming, wrote curriculum and managed teaching staff. She helped open their new community center in North Williamsburg where she created and led all Jewish programming for the center and preschool. She spent the past 11 years teaching early childhood programs for 0 – 4 year olds and their parents and taught for three years in Hebrew School classrooms, teaching Kindergarten and first graders. Tehilah works with a team of multi-faith leaders on ongoing issues related to Jewish values. She received her Masters degrees in Jewish Education and Midrash from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and is also a graduate of HUC-JTS’s Leadership Institute. Tehilah is married to Simon Feil and a proud parent of Adin.
Tehilah currently serves as Community Director at Luria Academy of Brooklyn, a post-denominational, Open Orthodox, Montessori Day School. She also serves as a curriculum writer, teacher-trainer and community building consultant to Cordoba House, a project of the Cordoba Initiative.