Delet students bring diverse experiences to their studies, yet all share a passion for Jewish education. The 2013-2014 cohort of Delet students hails from across the United States, Russia, and Israel.
Cohort 12 Delet Students (2013-2014)
Sareet Bluestone was born and raised in Israel and received her BA in Accounting and Economics at Bar Ilan University. After several years working in the field of accounting she has decided to use her native Hebrew skills and love of children to enter the world of teaching . Since moving to the USA, she has seen the importance of Jewish day schools in communities abroad and is excited for this career change which will allow her to help future children eagerly learn about their religion, their heritage and their language.
Shiran Bendor is a graduate of Ohio State University, where she majored in Human Development and Family Sciences, and minored in Hebrew. Born in Israel but raised in Columbus, Ohio, Shiran is excited to further her Judaic and Hebrew studies within the Delet program. Shiran’s love of Jewish day schools has grown over the past two years as she has worked as a Hebrew teacher and office administrator for Columbus Jewish Day School. Shiran has found that working with children can bring a whole new light to studying and teaching Hebrew and Judaics, and she is excited to turn her passion for learning and teaching Hebrew into a career. Her passion for Jewish education started from a young age as she attended Goldman Union Camp Institute during the summers, and attended after school religious programs during the school year. Shiran is excited to move to Boston and to continue on her path to becoming a Jewish professional within the Delet family.
Rachel Davenport has been working as an early childhood educator, Hebrew school educator, camp educator, children’s theatre director, Jewish family educator, and Jewish day school educator for all of her adult life. She is very excited to deepen her knowledge of pedagogy and theory at Delet. Rachel earned her BA in Jewish Education and a Certificate in Jewish Special Education from Hebrew College. She is proud to model her belief in life-long learning to her children and students. Rachel is a single parent who lives in Watertown, MA. This year, all three members of her family will be learning in Waltham: her older son is a sophomore at Brandeis and her younger son is a sophomore at Gann Academy.
Emily Dennen recently received her BA in Jewish Studies from Smith College in Northampton, MA. She has spent the last four years working at Smith College's child care center, where she realized her passion for education. Emily has has worked with students in both private and public school settings and her scholarship in Jewish studies brought her to Jerusalem last summer for intensive Hebrew study. She is truly thrilled to have the opportunity to combine her two passions to provide students with a love of learning and a deep connection to Judaism.
Abbie Dinowitz, originally from New City, NY, graduated from Cornell University in 2012 as a Human Development major. During her time at Cornell she was an active member of Hillel and the Center for Jewish Living, and helped lead Challah for Hunger. Abbie spent several years as a research assistant in the Cornell Infant Studies Lab, and completed a Senior Honors Thesis on the influences of experience and language on preschoolers’ spatial cognition. After graduation, Abbie lived in Israel for a year, interning at The Experimental School in Jerusalem, shadowing special needs students in second grade and assisting in the preschool, and spent several months learning at Midreshet Nishmat, a seminary for women. Abbie has both attended and worked at Camp Ramah in Nyack, an environment which motivated her interest in pursuing a career in Jewish education.
Sara Heal was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio and received her degree in Business Marketing from Ohio University in 2009. After graduation, she lived on a kibbutz in northern Israel for 5 months and volunteered at a local high school by helping teach English in various levels of 7th to 12th grades. After returning back to the States in the spring of 2010, she accepted a position as Assistant Director of J'Burgh in Pittsburgh. J'Burgh is an organization for young Jewish adults and graduate students in their 20's that is run through the Hillel Jewish University Center. She prides herself on helping to shape a vibrant young Jewish community of her peers. After 2 years at J'Burgh, she staffed a BBYO Passport trip out west and knew where she discovered her passion for working with children. Sara is more than excited to combine her passion for Judaism and culture with her love of education at Brandeis this coming year!
Lori Kipnes grew up in Massachusetts where she was active in the National Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY), attended Jewish camps, and graduated from the Worcester Community Hebrew High School. She received High Honors in Women’s Studies and Religion from Wesleyan University, where she was a founding member of both The Bayit and HaMakor, the Jewish student newspaper and worked as a youth group advisor and teacher at local synagogues. Lori earned a Master of Social Work degree from Simmons College, and worked in medical and geriatric social work before making aliyah in 1988. In Israel, Lori worked in technical writing, was president of the local chapter of Hadassah-Israel, and raised four children. Since returning to the States in 2001, Lori has taught at Jewish day and afternoon schools and summer camps while running her own software training business. She currently lives in Sharon with her two teenage children (the older two have returned to Israel). Lori comes to the Hebrew track of Delet to incorporate into her teaching the latest theories of education and best practices in addition to using her instinct and experience. She wants to take her love of Judaism, Hebrew, and Israeli culture and pass that joy to a new generation in the most effective and enjoyable way.
Maria Knourenko grew up in Russia and Israel. After studying, traveling and teaching in Cape Town South Africa, Maria graduated with a BA in Psychology and a minor in education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. After graduation, Maria relocated to New Orleans to teach preschool. Her experiences in, and outside of the classroom reaffirmed her lifelong desire to be a teacher. Maria is incredibly passionate about teaching and she believes that this passion and Delet education will allow her to be the best teacher she can become. She is looking forward to creating classroom environments in which students feel inspired to connect with the world around them while exploring their Jewish identities.
Adam Miller is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and a recent graduate of Connecticut College, where he majored in government and minored in history. He recently completed a year of AmeriCorps VISTA service at Fenway High School, where he worked with administration on assessment rubrics, tutored students, chaperoned field trips, and served as a mentor in a running club. Adam participated in a the semester-long Maimonides Leaders Fellowship and the three-week Israel trip with the Jewish organization MEOR, and looks forward to continuing his Jewish growth through two weeks of Torah study and recreational activities during his time off. Adam hopes his classroom will be a place where Jewish values are used as a guide in learning about important people and events of the past and present, and he hope to inspire students to be truly passionate about history
Alyssa Moore grew up in Scarsdale, NY and attended Jewish day school her whole life. She graduated from Brandeis University this past spring with a double major in Education Studies and Psychology and a minor in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. At Brandeis, Alyssa was an active member of the Brandeis Orthodox Organization and served as the Chesed Coordinator on the executive board. She spent two summers studying Jewish texts at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education in NYC as a participant in the Collegiate Immersion Program. After many meaningful experiences as a Jewish educator, she is combining her passions for teaching and Judaism by pursuing a career in Jewish education at the elementary school level. Alyssa began her path to a Jewish educator as a youth group leader for young children in her synagogue when she was in high school. Since then, she has worked with children in a foster home in Jerusalem, volunteered in elementary schools in Waltham, MA, and substituted in a day school in Westchester, NY during her breaks from college. One of the highlights of Alyssa’s undergraduate career was teaching 1st Grade at a Hebrew school on the Brandeis campus. She has a great passion for teaching and energizing children about Judaism, and is looking forward to improving her teaching skills by learning from experienced practitioners in the field.
Chen Shterenbach grew up on a Moshav in central Israel and earned his bachelors and masters degrees in business administration from Netanya Academic College. While in high school and college, Chen volunteered with students and developed mentoring relationships that were very rewarding. The impact Chen felt as a teacher was profound and he found his calling. Chen is excited to be a part of the Delet cohort and learn from the respected professional staff and achieve his goal in becoming a role model for his students and helping them reach their full potential.
Meet Past Delet Cohorts:
|Cohort 11, 2012-2013||Cohort 8, 2009-2010|
|Cohort 10, 2011-2012||Cohort 7, 2008-2009|
|Cohort 9 2010-2011||Cohort 6, 2007-2008|