Director of Learning and Engagement
Zachary has been involved in educating youth in both Jewish and secular settings for over 15 years. He holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Skidmore College and an M.A. in Jewish Education from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. Zach also holds the title of RJE (Reform Jewish Educator) from the Association of Reform Jewish Educators.
Zach began his career as a teacher in the New York City public schools and taught there until 2009. For over a decade, including during his tenure as a school teacher, Zach spent every summer working at the URJ Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, MA, his hometown. During his last 6 summers there, Zach worked as the Assistant Director of Eisner’s very popular day camp program.
From 2009-2016, Zach served as the Director of Youth Engagement, and then as Religious School Director, at Central Synagogue in New York City. These positions afforded Zach the opportunity to marry two of his biggest passions, Judaism and education, and to think creatively about how to best engage youth and families in meaningful Jewish experiences.
In 2014, Zach received the Young Pioneer Award from the Jewish Education Project for his work in engaging the teenage population of Central Synagogue. He was recognized for the creation of a study trip curriculum that resulted in Zach leading over 35 teen trips, both domestically and abroad. Zach also spearheaded a successful effort to rebrand the school during his time as Religious School Director, blurring the lines between “formal” and “informal” education.
Zach is excited to be settled in Denver with his wife Hadley and their daughter Lulu. He is always seeking out opportunities to travel, see live music, and experience the outdoors!