Talmud Torah of St. Paul Welcomes Sho Garland as New Executive Director

The Talmud Torah of St. Paul (TTSP) Board of Directors is excited to announce Sho Garland as the new Executive Director of TTSP. They will succeed Barry Glaser, who is retiring after over 11 years leading the organization as volunteer CEO. 

Prior to joining TTSP, Garland worked in several roles ranging from community building and engagement to development to training and education at multiple organizations in Greater Boston. Garland is a Saint Paul native and alum of the TTSP Day School. 

Garland’s appointment comes at a time when “COVID has required our organization to adapt and reinvent ourselves and our programs. Now is the perfect time to bring in someone new, with new experience and perspectives to help us grow and innovate,” said board president Rebecca Noecker 

“It’s a big job with big needs. I can’t think of a community where I would want to take on that challenge more than this place that gave me the foundational education that made me who I am,” said Garland.  

A great deal of interest in the position was shown by candidates across the country. The board was excited to see a candidate from the local Jewish community, who is also an alum, interested in returning to the area and taking on a leadership role. “Sho exemplifies Talmud Torah’s mission to create and inspire future Jewish leaders,” said Noecker. 

As executive director, Garland will manage the organization’s day-to-day operations and oversee each of TTSP’s educational programs: The Newman School, Afternoon School & Midrasha, and Hineni.  

“I’m looking forward to bringing my perspective and enthusiasm to the job and giving back to a community that has given me so much,” said Garland. 

About Talmud Torah of St. Paul

 Talmud Torah of St. Paul (TTSP) has been the central address for Jewish education in St. Paul since 1956. TTSP consists of three major programs that provide challenging and innovative curricula for all. The Newman School is the Day School program of TTSP. The Afternoon School and Midrasha programs offer supplementary education classes for students in grades 2-12 to learn Hebrew, Torah, and Jewish culture. Hineni is the Adult Education program, which offers a wide variety of classes and events to inspire and meet the interests of adults of all ages.