Michelle Shapiro Abraham, Executive Director of Strategic Innovation and Program: Camps, Teens, and Immersives

abraham_350x486_4Michelle Shapiro Abraham (she/her) is an alum of NFTY and UAHC Camp Swig (now URJ Camp Newman) and has worked in the field of Jewish Education for over twenty years. She currently serves as the Executive Director of  Strategic Innovation and Program for the URJ and oversees the Reform Movement’s teen strategies, Israel Immersives, and camp-related initiatives and grants. A longtime educator, author, and consultant for both camps and congregations, she holds a master’s degree and an honorary Doctorate in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at HUC-JIR. Michelle is a PJ Library and Sydney Taylor Notable Book Award author, and the proud recipient of the 2015 Covenant Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. She recently expanded her work to explore the intersection between community organizing and youth development as a strategy for reimaging Jewish leadership, communal power, and individual thriving. When not working, you can find Michelle hanging out with her family or in her pottery and metal work studio creating and playing.

Email Michelle: msabraham@urj.org