Delet students bring diverse experiences to their studies, yet all share a passion for Jewish education. The 2011-12 cohort of Delet students hails from across the United States, Canada, and Israel.
Cohort Ten Delet Students (2011-12)
Mara Alpert, born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Jewish Studies with a focus in Education, as well as Hebrew and Semitic Studies from the University of Wisconsin. Growing up in a very active Jewish community, Mara was always involved in youth groups, choirs and summer camps. She continued that involvement through her college career, where she implemented and directed the school's first Jewish a capella group, as well as reorganized the woman's section of the Orthodox minyan at Hillel. After spending her junior year in Israel both studying and volunteering at a school for children with autism, Mara discovered her career path must involve teaching. Mara has just returned from a truly meaningful and challenging Midrasha program at Darche Noam's Midreshet Rachel V'Chaya in Jerusalem. She is now ready to take her experiences from Midrasha and can only hope to inspire her future students to see the beauty that is Judaism and find their own unique paths within it.
Michelle Andler, of Needham, MA, is a recent graduate of Clark University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, with an education minor concentrating in school psychology and human services. Michelle has taught children with a wide variety of learning challenges in many Jewish and secular settings, making education more accessible for these children and their families. In addition to teaching, she has spent the past year developing a social skills curriculum for children with social-cognitive deficits. As a result of having had some truly wonderful and inspiring elementary school teachers as a child, Michelle decided at a young age that she wanted to give back and provide this experience to children of the future. After doing a research project entitled “Why Day Schools?” and being diagnosed by her advisor with a case of “Day School Envy”, she realized the importance and benefits of weaving a strong Judaic education into everyday secular studies. Michelle is very excited to merge her passions for both teaching and for Judaism as she enters the tenth DeLeT cohort at Brandeis!
Joanne Camann received a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Brandeis and her Master's in Social Work from Simmons College. She also has a Master’s degree in Jewish Studies from Hebrew College. Previously, Joanne worked as a social worker at Jewish Family and Children’s Service in Boston, as a member of the Children’s Services Department. In addition, she has been teaching children in various settings for many years. She has taught in a number of Jewish pre-schools as well as afternoon Hebrew schools and has taught a variety of ages. Most recently, Joanne has been a staff member of the lower school of the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston in Newton, Massachusetts where she has been working closely with both the math and literacy coaches. Joanne lives in Needham with her husband, 15 year old daughter and 12 year old son. According to Joanne, teaching young children is her true passion. Although she has been teaching for a long time, she has never taken the opportunity to approach the art of teaching in a thorough method, one grounded in theory and academic exploration. She is very much excited about the prospect of studying the field of elementary education with DeLet staff and the other members of the cohort.
Emily Einhorn received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Religion from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. Over the past three years Emily has worked at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University on a Jewish education database, JData.com. During this time, she also worked with middle and high school students as a NFTY youth advisor at Temple Beth David in Westwood, MA. Emily is originally from southern New Jersey and became interested in the role of religion in education during her four years at a Quaker high school. She is excited to teach science skills to middle school students at a Jewish day school and find ways to encourage a love of science at an early age. She hopes to be able to incorporate her interest in the intersection of religion and biology in her teaching.
Heather Greene is a native of Boston and received her Bachelor of Science degree in architecture from MIT. She worked as a software quality engineer for several years before leaving to be a full-time mother. Heather rejoined the workforce as the IT specialist for the Mothers' Milk Bank of New England, a local non-profit whose cause she supports enthusiastically. She has also taught as a substitute teacher at JCDS and volunteered there. Heather is excited for the opportunity to give all her energies and abilities to a new career in teaching.
Ethan Lobovits, born and raised in Newton, Massachusetts, graduated from Boston University as an English Major. He has hiked and traveled around the world teaching and tutoring in Japan at an English Language Institute and other exotic places like outside of Manhattan through the New York Department of Education. Ethan thinks that the perfect place to be is where hundreds of kids are exploring life and learning and being there to help them along their way. He believes the DeLet program will help him help kids explore their spiritual identity and master the fundamentals of education. Ethan looks to DeLet for his own personal Jewish and educational exploration as well and is excited to see where it will lead, knowing that a strong education is the foundation of a well examined life.
Jessica Mocle grew up in Montreal, Canada, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Concordia University. Jessica was fortunate to have received a strong Jewish day school education, and more recently has enjoyed a rich Jewish life as a member of the Nashua, New Hampshire Jewish community. Jessica worked in educational software before pursuing her MAT with the Brandeis University DeLeT program. Jessica is looking forward to sharing her enthusiasm for Judaism with her students.
Tamar Rotstein received her Bachelor of Arts in Photography and minor in Psychology from Rowan University. While Tamar was in college, she worked as the art specialist at Camp Sprout Lake Young Judaea for 5 summers. After graduating college Tamar worked as an editor for an online photography trade magazine in New York City. She also worked part-time at the YJCC in northern New Jersey where she taught a class about Israel and photography to 6th graders as part of the Kehillah Partnership initiative. This experience as a cultural art instructor along with her summer camp experience has made Tamar realize that she has a strong passion to teach and to work with children. Tamar hopes that the DeLeT program will help her become the kind of teacher who can inspire students to feel a strong connection to Judaism and provide meaningful learning experiences utilizing the visual arts.
Noam Sienna, originally from Toronto, Canada, recently graduated from Brandeis University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Classical Literature and a minor in Religious Studies. He has many interests, but one of his main passions is the study of Jewish henna traditions, which was the topic of his senior honours thesis. In general, he believes strongly in a radical restructuring of education and an empowerment of marginalized voices, which include non-Ashkenazi Jews, queer Jews, and non-Orthodox Jews. The child of Jewish educators, he has taught religious school for many years. He is pursuing the MAT to teach TaNaKh at the high school level, and he hopes to make his classroom a safe space for all students to question and explore the rich diversity of Jewish tradition.
Born and raised in Israel, Gili Tsalik graduated from the experimental–democratic high school and was active in a youth movement. During her service in the army she was a teacher/soldier and at the end of her military service was sent to Russia in order to teach Hebrew to teenagers. Gili managed a therapeutic boarding school for children at risk in Jaffa, had her BA in social work from the Tel-Hai College, and worked as a counselor at the Institute for Democratic Education at the Kibbutzim College. Later on, she taught Hebrew at the Binah program and at an intensive Hebrew school (ulpan) and completed her certification studies as a Hebrew teacher at the Hebrew University inJerusalem. Gili is excited to be able to make the connections and links in between the Hebrew language, Judaism, and Judaic culture – and it is the Delet program that allows her to explore and delve into these issues.
A native of New England, Janet Zucker resides in Charles Town, WV with her husband and three children. Her formal education includes economics degrees from Wellesley College and UCLA, and a certificate from the Canadian Rabbinic Assembly's School for Shamashim. She has worked in corporate research, taught college economics and statistics courses, spent time mothering children on a full-time basis, and most recently, has taught tefillah to middle schoolers and cantillation to b'nai mitzvah students at Congregation Sha'are Shalom in Leesburg, VA. Janet is thrilled to have the chance to study in the DeLet program, and excited about sharing her love for Judaism and learning with Jewish day school students in the not too distant future.