Meet the Director

Jill Abbey-Clark (she/her/hers) is the Director of Early Childhood Education at Congregation Beth Israel and the founder of CBI Forest School. Jill has over 25 years of experience as an educator, focusing on Jewish education for the past 16 years. Prior to her work at CBI, Jill taught upper elementary in Cambridge, MA and at Tandem Friends School in Charlottesville. Before going into administration 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 in special and elementary education from Lesley University.

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.