Fond Farewell to Joan Carr

Joan Carr, a longtime Jewish educator and our beloved colleague, will be retiring on June 30.

“I approach my retirement with ambivalence – eager anticipation along with a good bit of sadness,” said Joan. “I am passionate about Jewish education and have loved every stage of my career. And yet, I am excited to be able to take advantage of my relative good health to travel more, do some volunteer work, take some courses, be more available to friends and family, do some Hebrew tutoring and possibly some teacher training. Maybe I will even clean out my files and closets!”

A graduate of Brandeis University and longtime Bostonian, Joan has taught both children and adults, and served as director of education at Congregation Sha’aray Shalom in Hingham, Massachusetts. She was also a regional educator, education specialist, and curriculum consultant for the URJ, and served as an ARJE leader before joining the Behrman House team as a curriculum specialist in 2015.

“I’m so very happy to count Joan as a colleague. She is beloved, and I can see why she has so many dear friends and fans in every nook and cranny of the Jewish educational community,” said Publisher David Behrman. “We will miss her inquiring mind, the connectivity she has brought, and her efforts to create new and innovative materials to serve the children and adults of the community.”

 “Joan has been my valued colleague these past years working with educators to enrich their education programs and successfully use Behrman House materials. Educators have called her ‘nurturing’ with a ‘tremendous capacity for listening.’ I couldn’t agree more,” said Terry Kaye, director of educational services at Behrman House.

We know that Joan is irreplaceable, but our team (Terry Kaye, Aviva Gutnick, and Rae Eskin) stands ready to help you implement new material and fulfill your vision for your school and community. Please contact any of them at


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