Alison Weikel

Alison Weikel joined Temple Shir TIkva in 2018 as our Director of Education and is responsible for Religious School and AISH which includes grades K-12. Alison came to us from The Valley Temple in Cincinnati, Ohio where she was Director of Education since 2008. During her tenure there, Alison was responsible for all aspects of religious and family education, including curriculum development, hiring and mentoring of faculty and close communication with students and their parents. She was also the creator of many innovative programs that fostered an inclusive environment for students and families with a variety of needs.

Alison is passionate about Jewish education and about children from toddlers to teens. She believes strongly in listening to them and to their parents, providing flexibility, support and solutions to difficult situations. Community is primary to Alison, and she builds a personal relationship with each family and each child, hoping to create an environment in which each student can experience personal success and grow in a commitment to and love of Judaism.

Alison’s background includes undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania as well as certificates from the Mandel Teacher Educator Institute and the University of Cincinnati in Jewish educational leadership. She is one of the 2014 National winners of the Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. Before entering Jewish education, Alison spent several years in public education in Pennsylvania, New York and Germany. She is a strong believer in ongoing professional development and mentoring of teachers and has presented and published on several topics including reflective practice, innovation and teacher growth.

Alison lives in Carlisle with her husband and two college-aged children and she is thrilled to be a part of the Shir Tikva community.