Our Valuable Team Members
Dr. Kenneth W. Stein
Ken is the President of the Center for Israel Education (CIE) and the Director of the Emory Institute for the Study of Modern Israel (ISMI). Since 1977, he has taught modern Middle Eastern History, Political Science, and Israel Studies.
Vice President of Curriculum and Outreach
Rich oversees the education and community-based work of CIE and ISMI, including developing curricula and lesson plans, and sharing strategies for teaching and their implementation. He engages the Atlanta Jewish community,
Erica Hruby joined the CIE staff in January 2018 as the Executive Director. She brings with her over 20 years of executive experience in the Jewish world.
Heather F. Waters
For twenty years, Heather has worked with Ken Stein as an administrative assistant, program administrator, and now office manager. For the past ten years, she has been the primary organizer of the week-long pre-collegiate teacher Israel education workshops.
Israel Specialist and Assistant Program Coordinator
Eli has been actively engaged in issues relating to Israel and the greater Middle East since the beginning of his under-graduate education at Evergreen in Olympia, WA. After receiving his BA in
Academic Research Coordinator
Jacob Zack joined ISMI in September 2017. He received his BA in International Studies from Emory University (2015) with a focus on Conflict and Security in the Middle East.
Dr. Tal Grinfas-David
Day School Education Specialist
Tal is the Day School Education Specialist at CIE. In July 2011, she became the Elementary School Principal of the Epstein School in Atlanta, GA. She earned her doctorate from Capella University in 2011 in curriculum and instruction,
Steven Kerbel began consulting with CIE in 2015 on the Certificate in Israel Education Program (CIEP). He is the Principal of Steven Kerbel Educational Consulting in Rockville, Maryland.
In what seems like a different lifetime, Steve earned a law degree and was in the private practice of law for eight years. Steve is an alum of University of Maryland, College Park, where he met his wife, Judy, and they have two daughters. Among Steve’s consulting activities, he facilitates wine tastings featuring Israeli wines and teaches about the geography of diversity of Israel through its wines and wine makers.
Debi provides extensive research aligned with our ongoing projects to support CIE’s mission of providing Israel education. She also edits documents for publication, works with staff on the organization of our annual teacher workshop, and supports staff in furthering our outreach into the Atlanta Community.
Rabbi Daniel Allen, New Jersey
Strategic Development Campaign Consultant
Rabbi Daniel Allen is a special assistant to the CIE Board engaged in long term planning and development. For forty years he served with distinction in multiple positions across the Jewish communal world.
He worked as the chief professional of the Masorti Foundation, the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA), and the UJA Young Leadership cabinet. Additionally he served as head of the American Red Magen David for Israel (ARMDI), boosting is annually giving six fold. Prior to that, he served for eight years as a Hillel director at Michigan State University and Emory University. His breadth of knowledge about Israel and American Jewish philanthropy and extraordinary experience of working with Israel based institutions provides CIE with unique perspective and guidance.
Rabbi Allen is married to Mary Lou Frishberg. They are the parents of three children and Saba/Safta to four children.