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Rina Liebeskind served as Director of Education at Congregation Or Chadash from 2008 to 2018. In 2018, her job responsibilities were expanded and her title changed to Executive Administrator & Director of Youth Engagement.

Rina was born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel. She served in the Israeli Defense Forces for two years, first as a “Soldier in the Police Service” and later as an assistant in the Engineering Force. It was there in the army where she met her husband, Jim. They got married in Israel and moved to Tucson about 25 years ago.

Her career in Education began at the Tucson Jewish Community Center as an assistant teacher in the Early Childhood Program. She progressed from there to a lead teacher role after a few short months. She remained in the role of Lead Teacher for several years, becoming a senior lead and developing a mentoring program for new teachers. She developed and implemented the Judaic and Science Specialist program to enrich the classroom experience throughout the school.

Over time, she took on the intricate role of coordinating the preschool schedule during the school year and for summer camp. She also assisted in evaluating staff and programs throughout the school year and provided insight and direction for the successful N.A.E.Y.C. (National Association and Education of Young Children) accreditation process. In addition, she took on the development and coordination of events for families with young children.

Throughout these years she managed to raise her own two girls, earn a degree in Early Childhood from the Arizona Central College, and successfully hold teaching positions at Congregation Anshei Israel’s Religious School for students in grades 6-7, at Tucson Hebrew Academy, and at Hebrew High for Jewish Studies, where she also coordinated the Hebrew for Credit Program for several years.

Currently, she is a member of A.R.J.E (Association of Reform Jewish Educators, formerly N.A.T.E.), and C.E.D.S (the local Coalition of Jewish Education Directors). She also serves on the boards of B’nei Tzedek Youth Philanthropy and Hebrew High for Jewish Studies.