Rabbi Philip warmflash
Phil has led this agency in its various forms since 1993. He was the founding director of the Community Hebrew Schools, which, in 1997, became the Jewish Outreach Partnership, and, in 2009, merged to become, what is now, the Jewish Learning Venture. Phil received his B.A. at Brandeis University and M.A. and Ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is the recipient of the 2007 Covenant Award for Exceptional Jewish Educators.
Chief Program Officer
Lori Rubin and her husband Jon live in Bucks County and have three children, Alex, who is a junior at Northwestern University, Abby, who is a freshman at Washington University in St. Louis, and Hilary who attends Unami Middle School. Lori enjoys reading, taking walks, and spending time with family and friends.
Director, Whole Community Inclusion
Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer and her husband Fred live in Elkins Park and have two children, George, 15 and June, 12, and yellow lab, Hank. She loves to cook, take nature walks and play on pinterest! She and her family are part of the Mishkan Shalom community.
Robin Fradkin Matthews is the Program Administrator for jkidphilly. She and her wife Marcia live in Media with their son, Asher (9). She loves photography, creative writing, and illustrating. During the school year, she teaches the K-1 Bonim class at Temple Sholom in Broomall where she and her family also belong.
Early Childhood Consultant
Ellen Walters is the director of early childhood learning and is part of the family engagement team. She is married to Cantor Buzzy and has two grown children and five grandchildren. She loves spending time with her family and enjoys reading, walking, and traveling to far away places.
Ana serves as the Parent Ambassador in Center City Philly. She is a bilingual and bicultural parent who comes from Argentina and had lived in the Midwest and more recently in the Netherlands before settling in Philly. In addition to her position at jkidphilly, she is also a Spanish Language Coach and has worked with refugees and immigrant children as a case manager in public schools. Ana received her undergraduate degree from Dickinson College. While her education originally brought her to the PA, it is the proximity to her husband’s family that compelled her to make Philly home. She and her husband are proud parents of a little girl and a baby boy.
Cindy’s passion for planning events and connecting people naturally fits with the role of Parent Ambassador. In addition to her position here at jkidphilly, she is also an Adjunct Instructor of Psychology at several local colleges. Cindy received her undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and a Masters of Science from Villanova University. While her education originally brought her to the Philadelphia region, Cindy’s love of the city and its culture compelled her to make this home to her family. She and her husband are proud parents of two adorable little girls. Cindy hopes to encourage other families to take advantage of the area, to learn about their community, and to relish in how the two overlap.
Dawn Haaz is excited to serve as a Parent Ambassador for the Doylestown area. She and her husband are natives to Doylestown and have a toddler, Noah. Dawn is also a licensed psychologist and Founder and CEO of Girls Empowered.
Plymouth Meeting Area
Donna received her undergraduate degree from Penn State University. As a travel agent that sends many families and groups to Israel, she loves traveling. She also love the outdoors, yoga, and biking. She has 2 young boys and they are excited to become more involved in the Jewish community and to meet other Jewish families in the area.
Lower Bucks County Area
Bari is excited to be a Parent Ambassador for the Lower Bucks County area! She and her husband have two wonderful children. Bari has a Masters Degree in Elementary Education and a bachelors degree in Sports and Recreation Management. Bari loves planning events and can’t wait to connect with jkid families!
Anna is excited to join jkidphilly as a Russian parent ambassador! She was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia and came to Philadelphia in 1992. She received her undergraduate degree from Arcadia University and her MBA from Penn State University. She’s been working in the financial industry for over a decade. Anna and her husband and have two awesome little boys and are looking forward to connecting with other Jewish families in the area!
Alla came to the US in 1990 from the Ukraine. She lives in Jamison, PA with her two adorable young girls. She has an Bachelors in IS&T and a Masters in IT Leadership and works as a Scrum Master in the IT field. In her free time, Alla loves to salsa dance, oil paint, learn piano, and travel. She is always active and planning events for herself and her daughters and is excited to be a Parent Ambassador for Russian Speaking Jewish families.
Program and Engagement Specialist
For the past 25 years, Ellen has worked with children, families and congregations as a Teacher, Education Director and Program Director. Her passion for Judaism, combined with her determination to engage and connect people through learning experiences, fuels her excitement to work with Jewish Learning Ventures Berger Network, PJ Goes To School and Havayah initiatives. Ellen earned a B.S. in Recreation Therapy from Temple University and an M.Ed. from Cabrini University in Elementary Education. Ellen lives in Broomall with her husband and 3 children.