Dena Wachtel graduated from UConn in 2002. She was a double major in English and Judaic Studies. When Dena graduated from UConn she entered the field of Jewish education and nonprofit management and worked in the Russian Jewish community of Nizhny Novgorod, through the Jewish Agency for Israel’s former AMITIM program. Dena then went to work in Cincinnati, Ohio as the Director of Youth and Family Programs at a Conservative synagogue.
Dena attended Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion where she studied for the Master of Arts in Religious Education and Master of Arts in Jewish Nonprofit Management, which she received in 2010 and 2011, respectively. Currently Dena is the Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement and Development at Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion.
Dena is happy to announce she and her husband Daniel Stein were married in 2009 and now have two children, Miri Hannah (age 3) and Judah Arveh (age 1). They live in Northern California.