Dr. Ilana De Laney recently joined Congregation Beth Am as its new executive director.
The entire community is invited to meet De Laney at Congregation Beth Am’s Annual Labor Day Picnic on Monday, Sept. 3, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Ashley Falls Park. Congregation Beth Am is a conservative synagogue in Carmel Valley. Call 858-484-8454 for more information.
De Laney founded and developed organizations which include the Bureau of Jewish Education, Kulanu High School, the Adult Jewish Institute and the Teacher Learning Center in Stamford Connecticut. Her work in Stamford has dramatically improved the quality and range of Jewish educational programs, and furthered the community’s goals of Jewish education, fundraising and continuity. De Laney has also helped transformed the JCC and the Commission on Jewish Education in Boynton Beach and West Palm Beach, Florida.
De Laney was born and raised in Israel and received her B.A. in world history and education from Tel Aviv University, completed a two-year teacher accreditation program, and went on to receive credentials in early childhood education from UCLA. She also completed a master’s degree in Jewish Studies from the University of Judaism after which she continued studying at Nova Southeastern University where she received a doctorate in Organizational Leadership.