Jill Abbey-Clark is the Director of Early Childhood Education at Congregation Beth Israel in Charlottesville, VA. She has 18 years of experience as an educator, focusing on Jewish education for the past 10 years. Jill taught 4th-6th grade in Cambridge, MA as well as 5th & 6th grade at Tandem Friends School in Charlottesville. She has also taught 2’s, 3’s, and 4’s at CBI Preschool and Kindergarten. Jill holds a BA in Jewish Studies and Sociology from Tulane University and a Master of Education from Lesley University.

In 2012, Jill was selected to participate in the first cohort of the Jewish Early Childhood Leadership Initiative (JECELI) and has co-led a director’s community of practice for the past 2 years. 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.