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.
Roni is a fourth generation Israeli, born in Tel Aviv. He holds a BA in Political Science and Economics from California State University; an MA in International Relations from UCLA and an MAAS in African Studies and Developing Nations.
Associate Director for Israel Education
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,
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
Rabbi and Educator
Rabbi Ellen Nemhauser joined the Center for Israel Education in January 2015. She writes a weekly D’var Torah that connects an aspect of the portion to Modern Israel. Ellen also works with Rich Walter to create curricular materials and provide support to educators seeking to deepen their own knowledge and their teaching of Israel.
Consultants and Fellows
Dr. Tal Grinfas-David
Tal is a Senior Curriculum Consultant 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,
Principal, Steven Kerbel Educational Consulting
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.