Our Staff | United Synagogue of Hoboken
Our Educational Leadership
Director, Kaplan Cooperative Preschool
Rachelle Grossman is the founding director of the Kaplan Cooperative Preschool. Rachelle grew up in Jersey City. She has a BA in early childhood education from Rutgers University and an MPA in administration from City University of New York. Prior to working at the Kaplan Cooperative Preschool, Rachelle worked for 15 years at AHRC (an organization to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities), taught kindergarten in the Orange Public Schools, and taught preschool at Congregation B'nai Israel in Millburn. In 2000, she worked with a small group of USH members and Rabbi Scheinberg to create this special early childhood center.
Director, Learning Center
Grace Gurman-Chan is beginning her 11th year as the Educational Director at the United Synagogue of Hoboken. She has over thirty years of experience as a dynamic Jewish educator for infants, children, teens and adults, in Reform, Conservative, and Reconstructionist Jewish communities, including serving as the Assistant Director of URJ Eisner Camp and the Director of Youth for the New York region of the Union for Reform Judaism. Grace serves as a mentor to other synagogue educational directors through Leadership Institute: Shaping Congregational Leaders and Learners, sponsored by the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion. Grace is passionate about uniting our souls with the souls of our ancestors through meaningful and exciting learning.