Hi, I'm Dr. Emily!

Fanatic learner. Devoted educator. Lover of data. Mom³. Newly single. Elder Millennial. Optimistic teller of cautionary tales.

Dr. Emily Aronoff is an educator, researcher, & creator dedicated to increasing and improving the ways communities educate and engage children, families, and joyful Judaism. Her work focuses towards creating meaningful, memorable moments that foster relationships, nurture learning, and encourage harmony. 

She designs, facilitates, and evaluates experiences that graciously invite people to meaningfully engage with themselves, the ones they love, their community, and/or humanity (something bigger than any one of us). Her careful attention to environmental design and deep respect for the beauty of cognitive diversity demands a rigorous intentionality – a strategy that amplifies impact. Her compositions have been featured by PJ Library, Behrman House, Transcontinental Music, her music shared in classrooms and congregations worldwide. 

Her work has been published by The Jewish Educator, The Journal of Jewish Music, Kveller, RJBlog, ScaryMommy, and more. When ‘Miss Emily’ became a mother, she launched Jewish Family JamsTM, a music & movement program for children 0-3 year and their grown-ups.

Dr. Aronoff lives in South Florida and is the proud mother of three brilliant researchers, ages 2, 4, and 6.

The Journey

1984

Born to an interfaith family in Marietta, GA.

1980s

Emily discovers immense joy in Judaism when an enthusiastic rabbi throws himself off of a makeshift bima in a cartwheel during a service in order to engage her as a toddler.

1990s

Emily is a nerdy, sensitive kid who loves language, Torah, parmesan cheese, Camp Coleman, making music, and learning.

1993-1999, 2001

Camp Coleman Summers- Camper, Counselor, Songleader

1999-2003

NFTY Regional Board Leadership and Kutz Camp Summers

2003

Graduated High School, Started College @Brandeis

2006

Spent 7 months living on Kibbutz Hatzerim, studying in Hebrew in Ulpan and working in the tinokiyah (baby nursery). Discovered my admiration and affection for infants.

2006

Return to Brandeis. Struggle. Drop out.

2008

Procure part time Preschool Teaching job at the Boynton Beach Community Center (with no idea I’d spend a decade learning and teaching there).

2009

Rabbi Anthony Fratello, who had a 3 year old in the school at the time- introduces himself and asks if I’ve ever heard about ‘Tot Shabbat’. We begin co-leading services for young children & families at Temple Shaarei Shalom. It is the start of something very good.

2009

Bachelor of Arts: Jewish Studies

2010

Recorded and Produced first CD, For Shabbat!

2010

Awarded the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education

2011

Discovers passion for facilitating professional development & participation in professional conferences. Decide I need to go to grad school until clergy might trust my advice.

2013

Master of Education: Curriculum And Instruction

2014

Rosenfeld Legacy Project: Early Childhood Edition was published, co-edited by Dr. Emily Aronoff and Dr. Anita Meinbach.

2015

Became a Mom! Talya Joy

2015

Launched Jewish Family Jams

2015

Awarded Geffen Prize in Contemporary Jewish Studies

2017

I decide to learn all the ways that people ‘Mommy and Me’ (for the record- a terrible label). Complete Certifications

2016

I decide to learn all the ways that people ‘Mommy and Me’ (for the record- a terrible label). Complete Certifications

2018

Launched Shalom Squad

2018

Launched Shalom Squad

2018

Doctor of Education: Jewish Education

2019

Became a Mom3! Libby Grace

2020

Struggled like the rest of the world. Got laid off. Realized I needed to leave my husband. Grew up a lot. Found my tribe.

2021

Became a single Mom. Launched a new and improved venture, Dr. Emily Celebrates. Ready to rock.

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