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Rabbi Fredi Cooper, Ed.D.

Former Assistant Professor of Practical Rabbinics and Director of Assessment, RRC

Rabbi Fredi Cooper, Ed.D., served as an expert mentor for Reconstructionist rabbinical students as they develop into innovative Jewish educators.  She has directed a program for excellence in synagogue schools at the Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education and a school for children with learning differences. She also has taught graduate-level courses in special education at Temple University and has maintained a private practice that combines family therapy and work with children who have learning issues. Cooper provided supervision for RRC students who intern in congregations. She has served as president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association.

Cooper received her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Education degrees from Temple University and her Master of Arts in special education from Loyola College. She received her Master of Arts in Hebrew letters and rabbinic degree from RRC. She also has received training in structural family therapy at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic and training in couples and marital therapy at the Penn Council for Relationships.

Mishnah Impossible

This is a hands-on, team activity for the week before Sukkot that allows students to build sukkot according to instructions given in the Mishnah.

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