Chesed Spotlight: Daniella Pressner


Chesed Spotlight:  Daniella Pressner

In her short 13 years in Nashville, Daniella Pressner has made a tremendous impact in the Nashville Jewish community.   Daniella believes deeply in the power of Jewish education and serves as the Principal of Akiva School, where she will assume the headship this summer.   She is a well-respected leader and sought out teacher in the Jewish Day School world.   She has been published in multiple journals including  PEJE, Avi Chai, RAVSAK and JOFA .  She has taught nationally on curricular design & implementation, teacher/child differentiation and support and children and spirituality.

Born in Jerusalem, Daniella grew up in Chicago and received her BA from Barnard College in Religion and Dance and her MA from Vanderbilt University in Jewish Studies. She also studied at the Drisha Institute in NYC, the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Israel, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Daniella currently serves on the Board of the Jewish Middle School of Nashville. She, is involved in the Collaborative for Spiritual Development at Columbia University and is a member of the Advanced Kollel Executive Track at Yeshivat Maharat.

Daniella joined the Jewish Family Service Board in 2006, one year after moving to Nashville, and quickly became inspired not only by its mission and purpose but by the people involved. In 2011 she became the youngest President in the agency’s 165 year history and served on the board for a total of 9 years. She credits so much of her understanding of strategy, mission, inspirational leadership, and board development to her experience at Jewish Family Service. Daniella continues to be actively involved with the agency ready to lend her skills to advance JFS’s mission, most recently at the 2017 Chesed dinner with writing, choreographing and directing a dramatic presentation of teenage girls who completed participation in one of JFS’s programs, Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl’s Thing!   Daniella has herself chaired multiple Chesed dinners and now JFS is thrilled to honor her with the 2018 Chesed award.

She is married to Rabbi Saul Strosberg of Congregation Sherith Israel where she is a constant source of inspiration and demonstrates compassion and a deep commitment to community. She is the proud mother of Cole, Amalia, Ravital, and Yedid.

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