Beth “Missie” Polasky is a Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutor and writer in the Boston area. She holds a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Grad School of Education. She has seen first-hand the transformational power of a domestic gap year program on recent High School grads – son, Nadav, was part of Tivnu’s ’15-’16 cohort, and her daughter Hannah served as a City Year member in Washington D.C. in 2010 (pre-Tivnu!).
Missie has served on the Board of Trustees at the Jewish Community Day School in Watertown, MA, and is a member of the Boston Keshet Parent and Family Connection Committee. She plays guitar and sings with toddlers through the Watertown Family Network, and volunteers at the Nathan Hale School in Roxbury, MA. She lives (in an empty nest) with her husband, Sam, in Newton, MA, is an active member of the Newton Centre Minyan, and is a devoted tap dancer! Missie is proud to be on the Board of Tivnu: Building Justice.
Tivnu: Building Justice is optimistic that our 2020 - 21 Gap Year program will continue as planned, beginning on September 1. We are still accepting applicants, as space permits. Our staff is working remotely but with great excitement as we prepare for internships, learning, living, and enjoying the Pacific Northwest together. We will be implementing whatever modifications are needed to keep ourselves and the people we work with safe and healthy. Now, more than ever, we need to get to work, building a better world.