Jeanette Brod Lazer
Director of Lifelong Learning
Jeanette Brod Lazer became Temple Sholom's Director of Lifelong Learning in 2015, following eleven years of service as the Director of Education. She has taught in the Temple's innovative education program since she moved to New Milford in 1995. She is proud to have come to the bimah as an adult bat mitzvah in 2013 and to have been been recognized as the Temple's Journal honoree in 2014. Jeanette has served as the Temple Vice-President and on an assortment of Temple committees. In her youth work, she currently serves on the NFTY-NE Steering Committee and on the faculty of various region-wide events.
From 2002-2004, Jeanette moved to Sweden with her husband, Sasha, and her children, Leah and Sam. While the children attended Bladins International School, Jeanette tutored English, studied Swedish and volunteered in the school and city libraries. She even got to work on the Malmo City Library bus.
When she lived in New York, Jeanette was Vice-President of the Children's Book Council, a non-profit publisher trade league dedicated to promoting the use and enjoyment of children's books. It is in her committee work with various professional organizations (including the International Reading Association, National Council for the Social Studies, National Science Teachers Association, National Council of Teachers of English) that her love of and expertise in children's books blossomed. She has endeavored to share that love with the Temple Sholom community she is privileged to teach.
Jeanette has a Masters degree in Comparative Literature from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Arts from Queens College, New York. She attended the Summer ARC program, an Alternate Route to Certification for mid-career adults who want to earn teaching credentials . Jeanette is the daughter of Holocaust survivors. She grew up spending summers enjoying Jewish camping in the Catskills.