Jill Abbey-Clark is the Director of Early Childhood Education at Congregation Beth Israel in Charlottesville, VA. She has 20 years of experience as an educator, focusing on Jewish education for the past 12 years. Jill taught upper elementary school in Cambridge, MA and at Tandem Friends School in Charlottesville. After taking a brief hiatus from teaching while raising her young daughters, Jill found her way into early childhood education while her children were attending CBI Preschool. She  taught 2’s, 3’s, and 4’s at CBI Preschool and Kindergarten and became the director in 2012.  Jill holds a BA in Jewish Studies and Sociology from Tulane University and a Master of Education from Lesley University with a certification in special education.

In 2012, Jill was selected to participate in the first cohort of the Jewish Early Childhood Leadership Initiative (JECELI) and co-led a director’s community of practice for 2 years following the fellowship.  In 2015, Jill was accepted to Coaches Catalyzing Change: A Paradigm Project Community of Practice where she continues to push for excellence in Jewish early childhood education with directors from across the country.

In addition to working at CBI, Jill and her family are also members of the congregation.