About the Author


Shoshanna Dresner

Shoshanna Dresner is a passionate Educator whose experience has taken her from three years in Pinsk, Belarus, guiding and inspiring the girls there, to UK teaching positions, including the largest Jewish high school JFS. Shoshanna studied at the New Gateshead Seminary, the Moreshet Institute (Israel), and the LSJS gaining a BA in Liberal Arts with a core of Jewish Studies and Psychology, and Qualified Teachers Status. For the last three years she has been working as an Educator for the GIFT Charity in London, combining her love for teaching and kindness by running sessions for 100’s of students on the theme of ‘giving’, encouraging them to integrate this trait into all areas of their lives.

GIFT inspires a culture of giving through dynamic education, impactful volunteering and supporting those in need, for more info visit www.jgift.org


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