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Meet Our Director

Dr. Louis Nagel, Education Director

Dr. Nagel recently joined the Beth Shalom staff. He brings over 30 years of experience in synagogue-school Jewish education to our program. He has served in numerous leadership positions including Chairman of the Greater Washington Education Directors Council and currently serves as President of the Jewish Educators Assembly (JEA), the Conservative movement’s education professionals organization. He has a BS in Early Childhood Education (University of Maryland), an MA in Jewish Studies (Baltimore Hebrew College), and a PhD in Education Policy and Administration (University of Maryland). His most recognized achievements have been in teacher professional development, curriculum development and special needs education. In 2015, he was presented the JEA Lifetime Achievement Award. He has two daughters, Margo and Jamie with whom he shares a passion for skiing, hiking, cooking, travel and Israel. His favorite holiday is Hanukkah and most appreciated Torah verse is, "Justice, justice you shall pursue"(Devarim 16:20).