ReFrame Team

ZLasker PhotoDr. Zachary Lasker, Director, Melton Research Center Education Projects, (212) 280-6006

Dr. Lasker served for 10 years as camp director of Camp Ramah in California, a career that was preceded by many summers as a counselor, head of singing, and unit head. He has mentored graduate students as an instructor in the Fingerhut School of Education at the American Jewish University, and taught students in both day and supplemental settings. Prior to his pursuits as an educator, Dr. Lasker worked in nonprofit marketing at Gary Wexler + Associates: Passion Marketing.

Dr. Lasker earned his doctorate in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles. He holds an MA in Education from the American Jewish University and a BA in Sociology and Judaic Studies from the University of California, San Diego. He has published articles in eJewish Philanthropy; in the Los Angeles Jewish Journal and San Diego Jewish Journal; and in the book Ramah at 60. In 2005, he and his family were honored by Adat Ari El in Valley Village, California, for their synagogue leadership.



magen_cherylCheryl Magen, Educator
Cheryl provides training to congregational educators and their broader communities on experiential approaches to learning.

Cheryl serves as faculty and educator at the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at JTS since 2003. She works with the Experiential Learning Initiative, as the liaison to the National Ramah Commission, advises the Ivry Prozdor program and supports graduating students and alumni with career coaching. She recently served as the founding Program Director for the M.S. degree program in Camp Administration and Leadership at Touro University Nevada. Previously, Cheryl served as the director of Camp Ramah in the Poconos for 19 years, where in addition to running the overnight camp she created a day camp, a program for the Deaf, a Family Camp and Adult Camp. She consults to not-for-profit organizations on leadership, board development and mentors education and management professionals.

Cheryl is the author of Siddur Lev Yisrael, now in its second printing as well as various educational materials for The Gene Ezersky Safety College, USCJ, JOI, The FJC and STAR. Cheryl served as the president of the Keystone Regional section of the American Camping Association from 2008 – 2012 and is a past member of the ACA’s National Board Development Committee as well as a recipient of the Elenor Eels Award for Excellence in Programming. She is an avid reader, spoon collector and loves the Hebrew language, theater, and travel. Cheryl holds a B.A. From Columbia University in English Literature, a B.H.L. from JTS in Bible and Education and an M.A. in Education and Behavioral Counseling from Johns Hopkins University.


Kress-JeffDr. Jeffrey Kress, Evaluation & Assessment Advisor
Dr. Kress provides instruction and guidance on evaluation and assessment of experiential learning. 

Jeffrey is associate professor and area coordinator of Jewish Education, and academic director of the Experiential Learning Initiative at the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of The Jewish Theological Seminary. His interests include developmental issues in Jewish education; program implementation; and the varied social, emotional, and spiritual elements of Jewish educational contexts. He is the author of Development, Learning, and Community: Educating for Identity in Pluralistic Jewish High Schools and editor of Growing Jewish Minds, Growing Jewish Hearts: Promoting Spiritual, Social, and Emotional Growth in Jewish Education. Dr. Kress has also served as the chair of the Network for Research in Jewish Education. Dr. Kress received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University.


tauber-sarahDr. Sarah Tauber, Researcher and Educator
Dr. Tauber serves as both an educator and researcher, documenting ReFrame’s  work in the field to help evaluate the project’s impact on experiential Jewish education and congregational learning.

Sarah is assistant professor at the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education. She has taught in a variety of secondary school settings in the Jewish and general educational world, both in the United States and in Europe, and was the education director of Congregation Beit GIL in Geneva, Switzerland.

Dr. Tauber ‘s dissertation explored the role of the congregational rabbi as a teacher of adults, and she looks forward to integrating this research with her practical experience in the field of Jewish education. She is also the book review editor of the Journal of Jewish Education. Sarah graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in History, University of California at Berkeley with a secondary school teaching certification in English, and JTS with an EdD in Jewish Education.