Leadership and Staff


Board of Directors

Robert Glimcher, Chair
Lisa Allen
Michael Bernstein
Kerry Bron
Estelle Comay
Laura Penrod Kronk
Robert Mallet
Victor Mizrahi
Charles S. Perlow
Louis B. Plung
Debbie Resnick
James Rudolph
Hilary S. Tyson

Advisory Committee

Nancy Aloi
Joshua Andy, PhD
Sean Boyle
Paula Calabrese
Maria Caruso
Judith Ehrenwerth
Tamara Freeman, PhD
Melissa Haviv
Mary Johnson, PhD
Kate Lukaszewicz
Stanley Levine
Don Linzer
Michael Naragon, PhD
Rachel Oren
Mindelle Pierce
Marc Rice
Jamie Rosenthal
Barbara Shafran
Gail Shirazi
Naomi Weisberg Siegel
Jonathan Zisook, PhD


Dr. Zipora (Tsipy) Gur

Executive Director

Dr. Zipora (Tsipy) Gur is the Founder and Executive Director of Classrooms Without Borders (CWB), a non-profit educational organization in association with the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. CWB connects teachers and learners through experiential, extended-term professional growth programs that result in lasting positive changes in the way teachers instruct students.

Dr. Gur has worked in the field of Jewish education for more than 35 years, creating cutting-edge programs in professional development and teacher training, supervising and mentoring teachers, teaching high school students, and developing new programs to stimulate students in the classroom. Dr. Gur developed several two-year professional development courses for teachers who lack knowledge in pedagogy and/or Judaic studies. She created a number of international study seminars to Spain, Poland, and Israel, utilizing countries as the textbook for Jewish learning. She developed partnerships with local universities to enable Jewish educators to pursue advanced degrees to enhance their professional development.

Among the honors and awards received by Dr. Gur are: Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Pittsburgh School of Education in 2019; W. LaMarr Kopp Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015, presented by the Pennsylvania Council for International Education (PaCIE) in recognition of outstanding contributions commitment and leadership to international education; Doris and Leonard H. Rudolph Jewish Communal Professional Award in 2002, presented by the United Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh; Israel Bonds Honoree in 2001; and Shazar Award for Excellence in Jewish Education in 1993 on behalf of the Jewish Education Institute, presented by the President of Israel, Chaim Herzog.

Dr. Gur holds a Bachelor of Education degree from Haifa University, with a major in Hebrew Language and Literature and Sociology, as well as a Master of Education degree in Secondary Education and a Doctoral degree in Curriculum and Supervision, both from the University of Pittsburgh. She participated in Leadership Pittsburgh and received Leadership Certification from the Council of International Jewish Federations: Philosophy of Education Center at Harvard University. She holds a teaching certificate from the Israeli ministries of Culture and Education. She achieved the rank of Lieutenant in the Israel Defense Forces during her military service in 1969-1971.

She is married to Dr. David Gur. They have two adult children, Saar and Ilan.

Ellen Resnek

Educational Programs and Outreach Manager

Ellen Resnek is joining CWB from the Downingtown Area School District in Chester County PA. She has been an educator for over 20 years, teaching in both Massachusetts and Vermont before relocating to Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Massachusetts in 1988 and holds 2 Masters Degrees in Education from Wilkes University. She has taught a wide variety of courses in the field of Social Studies, including partnering with the University of Pittsburgh as a College in High School Educator. She is a member of the Teacher Advisory Board for The National Constitution Center; responsible for promoting high-quality, nonpartisan, civic education through a variety of activities and programs and a founding member of the Teacher Advisory Group for the National Council on History Education, NCHE. She also serves as an Outreach Teacher Trainer for the Transatlantic Outreach Program.

Her accomplishments include placing second in the Teaching America’s Founding, through the National Endowment for the Humanities and Mount Vernon Ladies Association. She also was awarded the Lucile Cornetet Individual Award for Professional Development from the Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Foundation. In  2018, she was honored to be the recipient of the Transatlantic Outreach Fellow of the Year awarded at the National Council of Social Studies Annual Conference in Chicago. She has had her work published in many educational journals, newsletters, and websites, including Lincoln’s Cottage, Foreign Policy Research Institute, National Council for History Education, The National Constitution Center, World History Digital Education Foundation, and the Transatlantic Outreach Program.

Her expertise in educational outreach is only surpassed by her passion for Professional Development. She has participated and led a plethora of Professional Development programs both in the United States and Abroad. Her classes have designed and participated in cross-cultural immersive activities with educators and students across the globe creating platforms to engage in thoughtful discussions surrounding difficult histories to enrich and inform the greater global community. She has developed and presented educational outreach workshops at the local, state, and regional levels, sharing these experiences.

Ateret Cope

Operations Manager

Ateret Cope, moved to Pittsburgh in 2006 to attend Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), fell in love with the city and never left. After graduating from CMU, Ateret worked as the Operations Manager for a small event production company producing major City of Pittsburgh events, such as the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival and Highmark First Night celebration, to name a few. She then turned her skill set back to the Jewish community becoming the Events Coordinator at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. Earning a Master’s Degree in the Business of Art of Design in 2014 from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Ateret brings a unique background of business operations, arts management and Jewish culture to the team.

Rebecca Kahn

Seminars Manager

Originally from Portland, Oregon, Rebecca received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing from Brandeis University in 2019. She then spent two years in Cleveland, Ohio, working for BBYO, an international Jewish youth movement, as the Associate Regional Director of Jewish Enrichment for the Ohio Northern Region. With BBYO, she worked closely with Jewish teens across Northern Ohio to plan multi-day learning and socializing events, learn valuable leadership skills, and tap into their passion for social justice causes.

Before joining the Classrooms Without Borders team, she received her Master of Arts in Literary and Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University in 2022. At CMU, she researched and presented on ritual and performance in both Jewish spaces and 19th-21st century Burlesque performances. She spent the summer of 2022 at URJ 6 Points West in California, building and facilitating their Counselor in Training (CIT) and Avodah programs focused on teen leadership, social and emotional developmental skills, and program planning capabilities. Rebecca brings a unique blend of Jewish non-profit and educational experiences to the team with all her diverse involvements.

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