Barry Koff designed Temple Bat Yahm’s Jewish Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) for a new generation of students looking to express and strengthen their Jewish identities through new technologies and creative projects. He drew upon his own background in media production and broadcasting to create a Jewish environment that embraces individuals’ strengths, interests, and choices. After years as a writer, producer, and broadcaster in radio and audio visual production, Barry pursued his second career as a teacher and administrator. In 2004, he was a recipient of the national Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. Now in his tenth year at Temple Bat Yahm, Barry has dedicated much of his time toward placing social action and community involvement at the center of JCAL’s curriculum. Many of his former students best remember him for the humor and Hebrew games introduced into daily lessons, when he earned the title of “Commissioner of Hebrew Baseball for Life.”
Barry lives in Dana Point with his wife of 20 years, Ann, and their 18-year-old twins Jonathan and Shoshana.