Chief Executive Officer
Infusing his backgrounds of cinema and music production with a growing evolution as a social entrepreneur, Josh has been a passionate innovator and teacher of Jewish education for the past 16 years. Before arriving at ShalomLearning in September of 2014, Josh held teaching and administrative positions at The Rashi School, The Rodeph Sholom Day School, The Kesher Community Hebrew School, Congregation Kehillath Israel, The Rebecca and Israel Ivry Prozdor High School, Camp Ramah, Camp Edward Issacs, and Storahtelling. Josh co-founded JChoice.org (a mitzvah project donor advised fund designed to empower Jewish youth to learn and experience the mitzvah of tzedakah), which he has run since its creation and launch in 2009. Josh is married with 2 children and lives in Brookline, MA and can be seen playing keyboards and singing vocals on occasion with his soul and funk band called Jotro & The New Mother Earth.
Chief Operating Officer
Debi is a PMP certified business professional with experience identifying, creating, and building client relations. Prior to joining ShalomLearning in April of 2012, she was a proven leader for eight years at Blackboard, the software company that pioneered web based eLearning software platforms. Her responsibilities included overseeing technical support teams, implementing new CRMs, and creating new client programs. A graduate of Rutgers College, Debi studied for a year at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her passion for Jewish education is due in large part to her experiences attending Solomon Schechter Day School and over ten summers at Camp Ramah in New England. Debi, her husband, Evan, and two sons live in Rockville, Maryland and are active members of B’nai Israel Congregation.
Director of Educational Technologies
Michele is a Jewish educator who has developed and taught various online courses. Prior to her midlife career change, Michele was a Systems Consultant for Ernst and Young and an Account Manager for Automatic Data Processing. Michele has a BA in Computer Science from Brandeis University, an MBA in Accounting from Fordham, and an MA in Jewish Education from The William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at The Jewish Theological Seminary. Michele and her family reside in Metuchen, NJ.
Director of Educational Programming
Heidi Lovitz is an educator, education administrator, and curriculum developer dedicated to innovating Jewish education. Her experience includes Family Educator at Congregation Beth Elohim in Acton, MA for over 15 years, the Director of Jewish Life and Learning at Camp Tevya in Brookline, NH for 15 years, and Director of Education and Programming at Temple Beth Abraham in Nashua, NH. Heidi was one of the founding leaders of the Havayah program connecting teens from Boston, Haifa and Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. Heidi holds a BA in communication studies from the University of Massachusetts and is pursing a Master of Jewish Education at Hebrew College. Heidi enjoys theatre, music, reading, gardening, biking and hiking. Heidi lives in Westford, Massachusetts with her husband Peter and has two adult children.