Margie Bogdanow is a Youth Specialist focusing on retaining and engaging post b'nai mitzvah youth in Jewish life, building youth committees and addressing teen issues in the congregation. She also specializes in understanding and working with parents and in developing lay leadership for youth related issues in congregations.
Margie has been with the Union for Reform Judaism since 2006, when she joined the Northeast Council staff as the Director of Youth and Informal Education. Margie has a Masters of Social Work degree and for the past 25 years has been committed to, and passionate about, working with adults who make a difference in the lives of children - from preschool to college age. She has done that in a variety of settings, including as co-founder and executive director of Parenting Resource Associates, a non-profit organization engaged in parent education and early childhood educator training. Additionally, she was the associate director of the early childhood institute at Hebrew College, in Newton, MA, and was on staff at Jewish Family and Children's Services of Boston and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Boston. Over the years, she has developed and facilitated numerous workshops and programs on a wide variety of child development and parenting issues for parents and teachers.
Margie currently serves as President of Temple Isaiah in Lexington, MA, where she has been on the Board for many years. She has been married to artist/attorney/musician Michael Bogdanow for 30 years and they have three children in their twenties scattered around New England.