215-493-8522 ext. 103
My first religious school experience was in an old, dark and moldy
building in New York City. We all sat, hands crossed, petrified
to share or speak, 2 hours a day, 5 afternoons a week. It was then
I thought to myself, there has got to be a better way! And so, 10
years later, when I chose my profession, I committed myself to improving
the plight of Jewish education for children. Since then it’s
been a learning experience every year. Just when I think I've seen
it all, there is another issue or idea evolving.
Throughout the years, I have committed the school, and style of
teaching, to retain 4 very important values. The first is to treat
every child with dignity and respect. The second is to use every
moment in school as a teaching moment. The third is to combine fun,
creativity and hands on experience within our school. And the fourth
is to constantly listen to parents and students and adapt to meet
the needs of our community.
My education includes graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Rutgers University.
I have also studied abroad at Tel Aviv University, and I attended
graduate school at the Jewish Theological Seminary and Gratz college.
My employment experiences have always been at synagogue schools
where I have been a teacher in preschools and religious schools
and held directorships in both Early Childhood and Religious education.
Personally I have lived, studied, traveled and worked in Israel.
I am married, and have 4 children who keep me very busy with ice
hockey, wrestling and soccer. In my free time I enjoy family time,
and design and painting Ketubot (Jewish marriage contracts).
Working at Congregation Kol Emet has been a dream come true. Because
the Reconstructionist Movement is so open and flexible, I am able
to use my creativity and enthusiasm to educate students of all ages.