Myrna Teck, President

Myrna Teck, Ph.D. is a professional art educator.  Her interest in drawing and painting began as a young child.  She went on to receive a B.A. (Syracuse University, 1958) in Fine Arts and Psychology.  She received an M.S. (Old Dominion University, 1974) in Special Education with a focus on 'Art for the Emotionally Disturbed.'  She received her  Ph.D in Visual Arts Education (University of Kansas, 1999) focusing on understanding Jewish art and culture.

Professionally, Myrna worked as a public high school art teacher for 13 years (1970-1983).  Overlapping this experience, Myrna was an adjunct assistant art professor at Virginia Wesleyan College (Virginia Beach, VA) for 17 years (1967-1985).  She subsequently returned to graduate school and received her Ph.D. in 1999.

For the past twenty years, Myrna has researched Jewish art in all of its forms (drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, architecture, etc.) with a goal of teaching about these objects and the world in which they were created. This proposed film, The Art of Jewish Life, is an extension of her ongoing research.  She continues to write, edit, format, market, and present a variety of PowerPoint slide programs on various aspects of Jewish art.  Her personal website for her presentations is www.JewishArtEducation.com.

Robert Barkin, Vice President and Executive Director

Robert Barkin is a professional with experience in communications and management. He is currently a partner in T3np (www.T3np.com), which provides management services to nonprofit organizations. He also is president of Arkos Group (www.arkosgroup.com), where he assists for-profit organizations in their communications strategy.

From August 2010 until April 2012, he was the interim executive vice president of the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation, the congregational arm of the Reconstructionist movement. He was also its president for four years and a member of the JRF Board of Directors since 1998. He has also served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, the Jewish Reconstructionist Camping Corporation and the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations.

Barkin is currently vice president for communications of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda, MD. He was previously its president and under his leadership, the congregation undertook a successful capital campaign that made possible the construction of its first permanent home. At Adat Shalom, he was previously Treasurer and Chair of the Religious Practices Committee.

Previously, he was Vice President, Corporate Communications, for ICMA-RC, a $28 billion financial services corporation, based in Washington, DC. For 15 years, he was a journalist with a number of newspapers, including the Providence Journal-Bulletin and the Miami Herald. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and the University of Miami School of Business.

Zorach "Zory" Glaser, Treasurer

Dr. Glaser has served on the JAE Board since its inception, and is the Treasurer of the JAE organization.

He has long studied art history, and has taught courses in art and music appreciation (among other subjects).  He served as an early Vice President, and a long-time member of the Board of the Nonaffiliated School for Family Jewish Education (located in the Bethesda-Rockville, MD area). 

More recently, he received a certificate in Jewish Studies, and is a graduate of the Me'ah and post-Me'ah programs offered by the Baltimore Hebrew University/ Boston Hebrew College. After studying with Dr. Teck, Glaser was instrumental in encouraging her to present/ offer her Jewish art material lectures and slides to a wider audience.  This was helpful in the germination of the Jewish Art Education (JAE) organization.

Professionally, Glaser earned advance science degrees and served as a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) and other health-related government services. Glaser recently retired from the PHS, and currently serves as Adjunct Associate Professor of Occupational and Environmental Health Engineering, on the faculty at the School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University.

Glaser is an internationally recognized lecturer, is widely published (and frequently cited in the scientific literature), and serves as a consultant on infection control associated with surgical procedures, implanted biomaterials and medical devices.

Peggy Davidson, Secretary

Peggy Davidson is a member of the JAE Board of Directors. She has Bachelor's and Master's degrees in elementary education and has taught Hebrew at Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation's Torah School for the past 10 years. She is Vice Chair of the congregation's Adult Education committee and a member of its Creative Arts committee and its choir. Previously, she was chair of the synagogue's adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah program.

Peggy is a graduate of the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School for (Hebrew School) Teachers, of its Graduates' Seminar in Israel, and of The Foundation for Jewish Studies Open Academy. She and her husband Robert (a technology consultant) have two grown sons; their daughter is a recent college graduate.

Dianne W. Feldman, Recording Secretary

As part of her graduate work in historical studies, she created a catalog of the work of Maryland born Jewish sculptor Ephraim Keyser. A long-standing interest in the iconography and structure of Jewish gravestones led her to co-author, The Tents of Baltimore: Ohelim in the Jewish Cemeteries.

Dianne has been active in Congregation Kneseth Israel, Annapolis, MD, serving on the Board of Governors and as an officer of the congregation's sisterhood.

She is a principal in Business and Estate Planning Consultants, Inc. a financial services and insurance firm in Annapolis.