Karina Zilberman has been an innovator at 92nd Street Y since she joined the organization in 2007. She is a creative thinker, a team player and a leader. Karina has been instrumental not only in the evolution and success of the programs she led, but also at reshaping the culture of our organization. Working with Karina is a joy. 92nd Street Y is proud to have been an incubator to such a creative leader, and we look forward to celebrating what Karina is yet to develop.
Unlocking Jewish Wonder” workshopBringing Karina to our community was the single best thing we did to support our teachers in their professional development this year. Karina has the ability to help teachers embrace their power as co-creators of Jewish life experiences for children and families. She gives teachers tools they can use each day in the classroom and helps them unlock their own creativity. Her enthusiasm is infectious, her approach is powerful and accessible for both veteran and new teachers, and every person walked out of the experience filled with inspiration and excitement. Weeks after her visit, teachers are still talking about what they learned and how to keep it alive in our school.
When I envisioned the weekend, I wanted to put Karina in front of as many audiences as possible so that she could demonstrate the relevance of the Shababa Approach to all ages and demographics. And she certainly made an impact—adults want to help me create a meditative Friday night service for next year, young parents want to partner with me in co-creating experiences for their families, our lay leadership was inspired and moved by our session on constructing ecosystems instead of egosystems, and Jewish professionals from around the Dallas area have already seen their approaches to the Shababa method take hold and bear fruit.What I didn’t expect was how Karina’s presence would be a catalyst. Because she was able to push our community beyond what I might have thought was doable, she helped me see that they’re ready for more change and newness than I thought. She helped me reflect on how bold I could be in shepherding my community toward a new vision.
Please continue your awesome work, Karina! The world needs you so much! Your passion is contagious. I was wishing and sent out a prayer into the universe and to G-d that you are able to touch more lives.
Today’s workshop has been a pleasure - best that I’ve attended with the PJCC. I really appreciate that the content of today’s workshop is truly applicable to adults teens and toddlers.
It was really powerful and informative to share a day with my team and apply Karina’s teaching collectively. This is challenging me to think about how we will practically apply this at work and we already decided our next staff meeting will be around our ‘why.’
Karina was an inspiration. Just when I was feeling tired felt uplifted.
Karina was amazing. I feel like today helped me to think about changing my perspective. Thinking about ways to engage.
Today has made me feel refocused and rejuvenated. I enjoyed Karina’s presence, outlook and personality. Watching her work and teach is training and guidance in itself.