Celebrating women’s contributions
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Naomi’s advice for future women educators is to find a mentor they look up to for guidance. “Teaching is a challenging profession,” Naomi said. “Because of the nature of the work, spending a great deal of the professional day in classes with students, often without interaction with other adults, I would urge beginning teachers to identify a mentor and colleagues who can serve as a supportive professional community with whom they can brainstorm, problem-solve and reflect about their practice.”
Hannah’s advice is simple. “You have to have interpersonal skills,” she said.
Whether teaching Jewish traditions, kids how to swim as she did at summer camps or running the myriad JCC programs, Arbeit said she realized she was doing what her mother did. “It’s kind of comforting I do something we can share,” she said.
With an eye to future family history that can be written by women, Arbeit said that young women today should take advantage of the ample opportunities open to them. “Any young woman should not hold herself back, if she has a dream or a talent for something just do it; don’t let anybody stand in your way.”