Bill Walter – Executive Director

Rabbi Ilyse S. Kramer – Director of Lifelong Learning

Served as the Educator at the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies from 2008-2015, developing congregational-based interfaith educational initiatives for Jewish, Christian, and Muslim adult learners, educators and clergy in Baltimore and Atlanta.

In 2007-08, Ilyse and her family lived in Jerusalem as a recipient of the Melton Senior Educators fellowship at Hebrew University. As an accomplished educator, she has taught in a number of adult education settings in the Greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. areas. Prior to moving to MD she served as the Jewish Chaplain at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. from 1992-2000.

She was ordained and received her M.H.L in 1992 by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, her M.A in Foundations of Education from Temple University in 1991, and her B.A in History from Lafayette College in 1984. She has lived and studied in Israel for four additional years at Hebrew University, Neve-Schechter, and The Shalom Hartman Institute. Her published curricula include “Tales from the Talmud,” “Makhloket: Sacred Arguing in Jewish Tradition,” and “Bridges: from Jewish Learning to Jewish Living.”

Ilyse and her family moved to Columbia, MD in July 2000. During this time, she and her partner, Sonya Starr (rabbi, Columbia Jewish Congregation), adopted three children: Luigi (21), Victor (19), and Rodney (13); and raised two dogs, Shimmi (cocker spaniel) and Tamara (sharpay/lab mix). In her free time, Ilyse enjoys nature walks and photography, and a variety of sports, like basketball and football.

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