Introducing Emily Schoerning, Ph.D,







It is with great joy that we announce that Emily Schoerning, Ph.D will be joining our team as Director of Educational Innovation. This new position is truly a first of its kind nationally. The creation of this position is a recognition that 21st century Jewish education, like all other aspects of 21st century Judaism, must be dynamic and open to new ideas and approaches. 

Emily’s hire marks the culmination of a two-and-a-half-year process of exploration and testing to create this 21st century vision of Jewish youth education. The process, conducted with a professional consultant and a team of 24 lay leaders (LaAtid Task Force), has crafted a vision of youth and family education which instills robust and meaningful knowledge, honors the diversity of very different learners and families, offers flexibility in time and space, and serves to cement lasting relationships among students, families and the larger community.

A search committee of nine individuals engaged in a robust process of identifying Anshe Emet’s needs and seeking out the best leader from a wide national search who would lead our community into the future. That committee was led by Sam Schwartz-Fenwick and included Leah Aberman, Rabbi D’ror Chankin-Gould, Helene Greenwald, Max Handelman, Eli Kaufman, Dani Lazar, Jason Star, and Becca Tatel. We are so grateful to each member of the search committee for their dedication and diligence. The committee unanimously and enthusiastically selected Dr. Schoerning for this position. The committee was blown away by her educational prowess, formidable experience in innovation, and contagious passion for Jewish life and learning.

In this new role, Emily will collaborate with our Clergy, Professional Education Team (including our wonderful Principal Laurie Orenstein; Director of Family Life and Learning, Max Handelman; Youth and Young Adult Director, Sam Isenstein; and Adult Education Director, Cantor Liz Berke), and lay leaders with an eye towards implementing the vision of the LaAtid Task Force. She will work to incorporate prototypes and pilots for substantive change, assess the success of these ventures, experiment with new ideas which honor the vision of the Task Force, and design an implementation plan for the fully realized vision of LaAtid to be implemented in subsequent years. Emily’s work will no doubt impact all members of our community, day school families and religious school families alike, as well as the larger Anshe Emet community—as we seek to implement a vision of learning and growth which benefits the entire community.

Emily brings to Anshe Emet a deep passion and love for Judaism, a collaborative spirit, and national experience in developing and implementing innovative educational programs. She will be relocating from the Bay Area where she is very active in her current shul, Congregation Beth Jacob in Fresno, CA, and looks forward to her family becoming part of our community. She is married to Rabbi Mike Gilboa and is the mother of Anax (age 6) and Fia (age 4). 

Please make every effort to reach out to Emily with a warm Anshe Emet welcome to her and her family.


Rabbi Chankin-Gould                                    Dani Lazar                                           Sam Schwartz-Fenwick


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