What’s New for the Youth & Family Program?

Welcome to Rabbi Nadia Gold, T&V’s New Director of Youth and Family Programming

Rabbi Nadia Gold

We asked Rabbi Gold to share with us her first impressions of T&V, her current plans, and future goals:

1. What appealed to you about the position at T&V?

   When I came to T&V for the first time I was struck by how warm and haimish the community was. I felt a strong sense of camaraderie from the entire staff and I knew that I would feel comfortable working as a team with Rabbi Sebert, Cantor Postman and Leslie Kallus, Executive Director. After being at T&V for a few weeks I have been impressed by how the community pulls together to support each other and I knew my decision to come was the right one.

2. Which of your past experiences are most relevant to the work you will undertaking at T&V?

   I think I have learned many things from my many (very) different experiences as a rabbi and educator. As a rabbi, I have learned how to be pastoral. I’ve learned the values of patience and listening. As an educator, I have learned how to work with children of many ages with many different abilities. I am a creative person and education has been the area where I can express my creativity by building meaningful educational experiences. 

3. What are your goals for your first year?  longer term goals?

   Right now, I am going through a learning curve. I want to watch the community in action and not impose too many changes. This year I will be assessing what works and what needs to be improved.  My long-term goal is that I want kids to love Judaism and love their community. I want them to love coming to school on Sundays and Thursdays. I want them to love praying with their families and the community.

4. What are the biggest challenges in Family and Youth programming?

   I think the biggest challenge in Family and Youth programming is that we are in New York City. Kids here have so many options for after school activities and they are so over programmed. Hebrew School often is the last activity to be planned. Suddenly, when kids turn ten, many parents realize that they need to begin planning for the B’nei Mitzvah. My goal is to help parents and kids see beyond the B’nei Mitzvah. I want kids to know that being Jewish doesn’t end when they turn thirteen but is a life-long commitment and obligation that will bring them joy.

   The best way to ensure continuity beyond B’nei Mitzvah is by starting a positive Jewish journey as early as possible for both parents and children. It is vital to welcome as many young families as we can through parent and early childhood programming to show them how Judaism can enrich their lives. These families will be much more inclined to incorporate all aspects of Jewish life into their lives.