Core Semikha, Class of 2024
Leah Fine comes to Maharat with a deep commitment to Jewish life and learning. She is an accomplished Jewish educator, committed to reaching each student, על פי דרכו as a “whole world” and a unique person. Leah holds an MA in Modern Jewish History from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University and teaching credentials in elementary and special education from California State University. She studied at Pardes, Drisha and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Leah was director of Jewish Family Programming at Beth El-Baltimore, a pioneering integrated Jewish studies experience. As a result, she was awarded the prestigious Melton Senior Educators Fellowship at the Hebrew University. Leah has taught and innovated curriculum within a wide range of formal and informal settings, with a particular passion for including people with special needs into all aspects of Jewish communal life. She is co-author of Where God Dwells: A Child’s History of the Synagogue and is currently completing a collection of Samaritan folktales. Leah lives in Riverdale, New York, with her husband and co-author, Steven, younger son, Koby and their dog Sandy.