Educator. Researcher. Thought Leader.
My name is Samantha Vinokor-Meinrath, and I'm a Jewish educator. I'm passionate about connecting with Jewish teens and emerging adults, talking about Israel, history, philanthropy, and food, and sharing meaningful icebreakers as often as I can. By day, I work in the Cleveland Jewish community. By night, I'm here for you - to be your partner in exploring Jewish content and topics and making them relevant, and your resource for brainstorming, curriculum development, and thought leadership.
I believe in education that teaches to the whole person. Not just to my learners when they're wearing their 'Jewish hats' for the couple of hours a week/month/year that they intentionally create Jewish time for themselves, but to the complex, evolving, incredible people that they are. I see my job as meeting each individual where they are on their lifelong journeys and creating a relationship that enables them to move a step - either forward, sideways, or diagonally - towards the next stage of those journeys. I believe that the work of Jewish education is a sacred responsibility.
Let's talk tachles [details]. I am here as a Jewish education thought leader. I bring the combined skills from my research on Jewish identity and my hands-on experience as a practitioner and educator, and I want to partner with you to apply these skills to your community. This is a space for you to get to know me - check out my blog to see my thoughts and reflections on Jewish education, get updates on my research, and stay looped in about when and where I'm speaking.
And of course, you don't have to wait to connect with me! If you want to talk about consulting, speaking, or some kind of partnership that we create together, please be in touch! I can't wait to meet you.
“I have had the ultimate pleasure of not only working with but also learning from Samantha. She is a dynamic educator whose passion and energy is apparent when she is in action. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a highly skilled professional with a fresh and exciting approach.”
— DANI MZHEN | THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF GREATER WASHINGTON
“I highly recommend working with and learning from Samantha Vinokor-Meinrath. She is adept at teaching teens and adults, as well as groups of students with diverse learning styles. She facilitates classes with a calm confidence that puts everyone at ease and draws them in from the start. Her icebreakers and lesson plans are creative and stimulating for both experienced learners and students new to the subject matter at hand. Samantha teaches with clarity and with an expertise in effortlessly weaving together experiential educational modalities with traditional Jewish learning techniques.”
— RABBI SARAH TASMAN