Our Team

The flame of Adult Jewish learning shines brightly in our community:

    1,000 adult learners inspired by Jewish tradition, history, theology and ethics

    40 thought-provoking Melton & More classes

     18 dynamic scholars and rabbis bring our sacred texts to life

      1 community learning together!

We invite you to be part of our Adult Jewish Learning community!  Explore our current course offerings on a range of topics, take part in events and lecutures offered year round, and meet new people who are engaged in learning and discussion. Join us around the table for meaningful, relevant and dynamic Jewish learning.

Interested? Reach out to us, we look forward to hearing from you!

Rabbi Laila Haas
Director of Adult Learning & Growth

Rabbi Laila Haas is the Director of Adult Learning and Growth at CAJE. As a rabbi and educator, she is passionate about nurturing relationships, designing spaces of meaningful engagement and bringing to life the wisdom and richness of Jewish tradition. She was born and raised in Miami Beach, attended University of Miami and received her B.A. as a Judaic Studies major. She earned her Rabbinical Ordination and Masters of Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and a Masters of Education Administration from Xavier University. She cherishes moments that awaken spiritual curiosity, and experiencing the profound impact of Jewish learning and community.

Email:  Rabbi Laila Haas
Phone: 305.576.4030 x139


Carla Spector 
Director of Administration 

Carla Spector is the Director of Administration for the Department of Adult Learning and Growth, serving in this position for Miami's Melton School since 2011. Her career in Jewish Education spans over 44 years, when Carla came to CAJE in 1976.  She was the Director of Administration for the Judaica High School, working with teens for over 30 years. Carla staffed 7 March of the Living programs from 1994-2008 and served as Director for the MOTL in 2006.

Email: Carla Spector
Phone: 305.576.4030 x128


Ellie Ganz, Chair of Adult Learning & Growth Advisory Board

Adult Learning & Growth Advisory Board is comprised of dedicated and passionate life long learners who meet four times a year to help advocate, support and recruit for Adult Learning opportunities in our community.

  • Development Sub-Committee: supports fundraising efforts for the department.
  • Graduation Sub-Committee: advises and supports the Melton Core graduation program.
  • Recruitment Sub-Committee: works on increasing enrollment and recruitment of faculty and new host sites.