Debra Fricano is a Jewish educator, song leader, and pluralistic community builder.
Since becoming Bat Mitzvah, Debra has worked in leadership roles with supplementary Jewish programs and summer camps for over a decade. This includes teaching and song leading in prominent institutions such as Storahtelling (Lab/Shul), Romemu, InterFaith Community, and the reconstructionist Camp JRF/Havaya.
Most recently Debra was the Middle School and Madrichim (teen teaching assistant) Coordinator at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, supervising a dynamic elective program.
She previously worked as the Director of Programming and Engagement at Hunter College Hillel, hosting dozens of events each week and supporting a team of student leaders to transform conversations about multi-faith values, and conversations about Israel and Palestine.
As the Grandchild of a Holocaust survivor and also child of an interfaith family, she wants all families who have a connection to Judaism to see themselves in history and tradition.
She discovered how Jewish education can be a tool for social justice when she was a community organizer in Chicago through AVODAH the Service Corps.
Debra believes that Jewish prayer, ritual, calendar, and stories give her inspiration for every aspect of life.
Debra received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Brandeis University, her Masters degrees in Experiential Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary.
She is a graduate of the JOIN for Justice Fellowship, Pardes summer program, and Landmark Curriculum.
Debra enjoys living on the upper west side and in her spare time can be found dancing, singing, painting, and enjoying NYC cuisine.
Debra can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (212) 724-7172.