Rabbi Tave got his first exposure to experiential, alternative education, at a Montessori-inspired yeshiva. The opportunity to sit back and watch children excitedly engage a prepared environment was an eye-opening experience.
He has presented 100s of workshops and webinars and authored numerous blog posts on the subject of how best to produce real learning. His learning materials have been used around the world and were all inspired by the concept of creating a learning experience rather than a teacher-centered lesson.
Currently, Rabbi Tave is teaching at Netivot Montessori in East Brunswick, NJ, and assisting with the development and refinement of Jewish Montessori learning materials while also driving the effort to establish Da'ehu in Passaic, NJ.
Rabbi Tave received his BA in Liberal Arts with a Certificate in Education from the University of Florida and his MA in Jewish Education from Touro University in addition to numerous training courses over the years from Ner l'Elef, Torah u'Mesorah and the YOU Lead program. He has studied in many yeshivos and kollelim in Eretz Yisrael and received s'micha from the Vaad Mishmeres STa"M in Jerusalem. He has been working in education for over 30 years, constantly striving to find what it takes for people to draw closer to Hashem and His Torah.
Mrs. Lipshitz is a child-care professional with over 20 years' experience. She earned her BA with honors in Education and Psychology from Barnard College and is in the midst of her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Fordham University.
Mrs. Lipshitz also holds a NY State teacher certification as an N-6 teacher and is currently working on obtaining her certification as a Montessori Early Childhood Teacher.