Rich oversees the education and community-based work of CIE and ISMI, including developing curricula and lesson plans, and sharing strategies for teaching and their implementation. He engages the Atlanta Jewish community, congregations, and Jewish communities across the nation with Israel education initiatives. Receiving his BA in Politics and Near Eastern Judaic Studies and MA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University, Rich has extensive experience increasing community involvement in Jewish formal and informal learning for a wide variety of age groups. He has worked in almost all types of Jewish educational organizations over the course of his career. Prior to joining CIE and ISMI in August 2012, he served as Director for Jewish Life and Learning at the Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven, CT, and as Associate Executive Director for Education and Community Development at the Bureau of Jewish Education in Rhode Island. From 1997 to 2001, he taught at the Alperin Schechter Day School in Providence, RI.