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...Debra Beland, Education Director
...Debra Beland, Temple Micah's Education Director since 2000, holds a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she studied English and Judaic Studies.Originally from Miami, Florida, she has taught Hebrew and Judaic Studies for six years, at Temple Micah and at the Jewish Community of Amherst.She worked for five years at a Jewish camp in Georgia, including two years as head counselor.Her
primary interest in Jewish education is helping children understand Judaism's place in their lives, and "instilling the desire to continue learning about Judaism after they have left home."Debra is a member of the Principals' Council of the Board of Jewish Education, and the National Association of Temple Educators.She
lives in Northern Virginia with her
husband, Justin, their two children, and her
one-eyed dog, Grendel.