Zachary Price came to New York City in search of a job. Little did he know that his trip east would result in a master's degree in Synagogue School Administration from the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of The Jewish Theological Seminary.
After graduating from the University of Michigan, where he majored in early childhood education, Zachary went to work at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires for the summer. When the admissions director for The Davidson School visited the camp to talk about JTS, she found a willing candidate for enrollment.
To hear Zachary tell it, the admissions process could not have been any smoother: "The week after I left camp, I sat down with the dean to discuss my enrollment. We spoke for about forty-five minutes, and by the time I walked from his office to the admission director's office, the decision was made: I became a student at The Davidson School that day."
Having just completed his degree, Zachary says his experience at JTS was a life-changing journey. "The Davidson School has helped me to internalize new Judaic knowledge, and given me the ability to teach it to hundreds of people and apply it to something practical," he says.
When it comes to classes, Zachary fondly recalls how so many JTS professors made an impact on his educational development, saying, "Rabbi Robbie Harris blows your mind every day when he is talking about Bible, and Dr. Shira Epstein pushed me to think about how to professionalize and work in the field of early Jewish childhood development. They made us think that we are changing the world by the conversations that we are having, and that is rewarding."
Zachary says that he will miss the community of JTS the most. "You will always find someone at JTS to sit down and talk to—I can walk through the Dining Hall and find twenty people to converse with," he says.
As Zachary begins the next stage in his life, as the Director of Early Childhood Education at Congregation Beth Israel in Charlottesville, Virginia, he is confident that he is equipped with the right talents, skills, and network to find success in this new role.
Zachary Price discusses his internship at the Jewish Education Service of North America (JESNA):