Who Are We at Across The Sea?


Dr. Cindy Mann
As founder of Across The Sea, I am committed to helping bridge the cultural and educational  gap that Shlichim and their host schools experience when Israeli teachers enter American day schools for the first time.  For 25 years I have worked in the American educational system, as a teacher in a school for the deaf and as a curriculum designer and teacher trainer in the Jewish day school world.    Working both in the United States and then remotely from Israel, I guide educators and teams of teachers to design, rethink and define vision, mission and goals of educational programs using Understanding by Design, a backwards model of curriculum design.  Whether in Israel or America, I work with teachers, programs and schools to design Signature Learning Experiences that bring alive the values and mission of their school in the classroom learning. 

Across The Sea Advisors

Dr. Alex Sinclair
Alex Sinclair is the  Director of Programs in Israel Education and an adjunct assistant professor in Jewish Education for The Jewish Theological Seminary. He regularly writes and lectures on Israel Education throughout Israel and North America.  Alex is a Tanakh Education Consultant for JTS’s Legacy Heritage Instructional Leadership Institute (formerly the AVI CHAI Standards and Benchmarks Project) and in this capacity and has coached instructional leaders in Jewish day schools across North America. He is also a Senior Consultant for International Relations and English Language Content for Shaharit, an Israeli non-profit that works to bring diverse communities together to create a new kind of Israeli politics.

Sasha Weiss
Sasha  Weiss has over 15 years of experience in the private equity field and the non-profit education space.  In addition to her business experience, she has started several formal and informal education programs in the US and Israel.  Sasha sits on the boards of several non-profits including Beit Issie Shapiro and Tziirim Lchinuch.

Rebecca Perlin
Rebecca has been working in education both in America and Israel for the past 20 years. Rebecca taught middle school and high school science in the United States, in gifted and talented programs as well as in experimental charter schools. In 2005, Rebecca founded Science in Motion, a science enrichment program in Israel while working with schools to create more hands on science learning.