Michelle Steinhart has been working in Jewish Education and Jewish Special Education for over twenty years, teaching in day schools and synagogue schools, serving as a counselor in summer camps, advisor in youth groups and is currently the Director of Shorashim and the Director of Inclusion at Temple Israel Center in White Plains, NY, in addition to her work at MATAN. Michelle has been at T.I.C. since 1998.
Michelle graduated Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women with a B.A. Degree in Education and an Associate’s Degree in Judaic Studies. Michelle went on to earn her M.A. degree in Special Education at Hunter College of the City of New York. Michelle has led professional development sessions for varying synagogues, schools and agencies and serves as a consultant for synagogues working to build inclusivity in their communities. Michelle is a 2002 recipient of the Grinspoon Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. Michelle served as a Matan mentor for a few years and is currently the Matan Director of Special Projects. Michelle and her husband Yaakov live in Rockland County, NY with their four children, Avi, Shaina, Shael and Shaya.