Keren Packman Alpert
Temple Beth Elâ€™s Rabbi, Keren Packman Alpert, has been working for Temple Beth El since 2004, first as the Education Director, and now as the Rabbi.
Keren also continues to be the Monday night School principal.
In addition, Keren is a regular instructor both for the Templeâ€™s adult education classes, particularly the popular Lunch and Learn and Lunar Learn programs, and some adult Hebrew classes.
is also proud of her
role as instructor for the Florence A. Melton Adult Mini-School
Before becoming education director At Temple Beth El, Keren, a Grosse Pointe Farms resident, she most recently served the Grosse Pointe Jewish Council, where she established a post Bâ€™nai Mitzvah program, chanted Torah for services, coordinated and conducted early family services and served as guest cantorial soloist.
Prior to her move to Grosse Pointe Farms, Keren served the Union for Reform Judaism as the Regional Educator for the Southwest Council (Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas and western Tennessee).
She served as a consultant for the regionâ€™s Reform congregations, conducting site visits, making recommendations, helping train teachers and providing assistance in curriculum, materials and pedagogic approaches.
She was also a facilitator of online education courses for teachers.
During this time, she
authored two books for the UAHC
, The Role of Temple Boards
in Congregational Education and Rethinking Jewish Education: The Role of the Education Committee
Keren is a former education and youth director of Temple Bâ€™nai Israel in Oklahoma City.
The temple has an intercongregational religious school with the local Conservative congregation.
As education director, she was actively involved in teacher supervision and training and focused a great deal of energy in family programming and curriculum review.
also managed two Hebrew tracks, Conservative and Reform.
has had a long affiliation with Greene Family Camp
of Bruceville, Texas, the Reform Jewish camp for her
has served as songleader, camper, counselor and senior staff member; It was at Greene Family Camp
first met her
husband of 24 years, Ted, when they were both campers.