Nancy Parkes is the Director of Congregational Learning at Temple Israel Center in White Plains, NY. She is a graduate of the William Davidson School of Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Parkes has initiated many programs at Temple Israel Center, including pilot programs in grades K-3, as well as a new bold educational model for Havurat Torah, Temple Israel Center's high school, where she is also an instructor. Nancy serves as a mentor for first year graduate students in the William Davidson School of Education at JTS, is a member of the Board of the Trustees for the Davidson School, and is a committee member of the Consortium for the Future of the Jewish Family. She is the co-author of The Little Torah’s Trip to Space, a children’s book about the Torah that Israeli astronaut, Ilan Ramon, took to space.