Rena Allen is Central Synagogue’s Director of Special Education and Educator Training. She is passionate about the idea of making religious school more accessible to all kinds of learners and is looking forward to continuing her work with our community.
Rena received her Jewish education at Reuben Gittelman Hebrew Day School, a Solomon Schechter school in New City, NY, where she grew up. She also acquired her love for Judaism and Israel from her many summers attending and working at Camp Young Judaea Sprout Lake, as well as active participation in year round Young Judaea programs.
Rena earned a BA in psychology from Binghamton University, an MSEd in Special Education from Bank Street College and is nearing completion of her BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) through Florida Institute of Technology. Her passion for working in Jewish education brought her to teach at Ramaz, where she gained tremendous experience and met many wonderful people. Rena has since gone into private practice as a Special Education Consultant.
At Central Synagogue, Rena will be communicating with families to learn about children’s learning needs and managing those support services throughout the year. She will be training our educators in how to create a learning environment that will reach all children despite having a multitude of learning styles and special needs. Rena is thrilled to be at Central in a larger capacity and looks forward to bringing new ideas about differentiated learning to the educational team.
Rena loves living and working in New York City. She loves attending Broadway shows and discovering new neighborhood gems. Rena lives in Washington Heights with her husband, Noah and daughter Livya.