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 11 Delet Students (2012-13)
Jenna Adler grew up in Toronto, Canada, where she received her BA in Psychology and Jewish Studies from Queen's University. Jenna studied abroad at the University of Haifa where she volunteered with immigrant youth and helped tutor them in English. Jenna spent a year working at a Jewish day school for children with special needs in Toronto, and then relocated to Boston where she was working as a Teaching Assistant at Maimonides Elementary School. Jenna has a love of working with children, and a passion for Jewish education, and is confident that the DeLeT program will help her blossom into a Jewish educator.
Jeremy Arcus-Goldberg, born and raised in West Hartford, CT, received a BA in Philosophy and Religion at Boston University. He continued his studies with a Master’s Degree in Jewish Studies from the Siegal College of Jewish Studies in Cleveland, focusing on Beit Midrash learning of mystical texts along with other foundational Jewish studies. Jeremy has served as the youth director, community educator, and Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutor at Temple Aliyah in Needham. While working for the Teva Learning Center, Jeremy taught an outdoor curriculum of Jewish environmental education while also participating in a passionate, spiritual, and creative community. Jeremy is excited for the opportunity to give all his energies and abilities to a new path of teaching in Jewish day schools.
Jennifer Berger, born and raised in Rockville, Maryland, received a BA in Education Studies, Hebrew Language and Literature and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. Growing up in an active Jewish community, Jennie participated in Jewish summer camps, as a counselor and camper, in her local USY chapter, and taught Hebrew and Judaic studies at an unaffiliated Sunday school. She continued her involvement in the Jewish community through her college career, where she choreographed for the Brandeis Israeli dance troupe and was one of the original members of the all-women's Jewish A Capella group. Jennie was fortunate to have received a strong Jewish day school education, with many inspiring teachers who played a large role in her desire to become a Jewish educator. She hopes that the DeLeT program will help her give back to her community and become an inspiring teacher, just like the ones who inspired her.
Danielle Carrus is a recent graduate of Brandeis University where she completed a BA in Near Eastern Judaic studies, with minors in Hebrew Literature and Language and Women's and Gender Studies. Dani has spent many summers working at Camp Ramah in New England in the special needs inclusion program, and the lastfour Passovers celebrating with families at Ramah Darom. Dani spent her time at Brandeis working students with special needs through helping to create the volunteer groups SPECTRUM and volunteering with preschoolers at Lemberg Children's Center. Dani is interested in bringing Jewish education to those who have special needs and making Jewish day schools more accessible for them.
Merissa Goldman is originally from Glastonbury, CT and recently graduated from the University of Vermont. She received a BS in Education with a focus in middle school mathematics and science. Merissa has always known she has wanted to be a teacher and has extensive experience teaching in Jewish day schools, public school, Hebrew School, and Camp Ramah New England. Merissa spent the past year substitute teaching in the Greater Hartford area schools and is excited for a classroom of her own. She is excited to combine her love for Judaism with her passion for teaching in the DeLet program.
Andrew Landau, born and raised in Clifton Park, New York, graduated from Syracuse University in 2010 with a BA in Religion and a concentration in Judaic Studies. During his time at Syracuse he spent a semester in Israel volunteering in an underprivileged town with Israel Service Corps. AJ has taught at various Reform temples in the Boston area. AJ has known for a long time that he wants to work with young people. While taffing a NFTY trip in Israel trip last summer, AJ discovered a love for teaching which has lead him to the DeLeT program.
Jennifer Levinson grew up in Upper Saddle River, NJ. She attended various Schechter schools Pre-K through High School in the New York City suburbs and went on to complete a dual degree program graduating in 2011 with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology form Barnard College, Columbia University and a Bachelors of Arts in Bible from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Jen has known that she wanted to teach from a young age and spent last year teaching Pre-K in the Baltimore City Public School system. She is excited about continuing her Judaic and education studies at DeLeT, in addition to bring the joy of learning to her students.
Josh Pernick, A native of Nanuet, NY, has lived in Charleston SC for the past two years after graduating with a BA from Brandeis University in 2010. A sociology major at Brandeis, Josh spent his first year out of Brandeis serving as an Americorps* VISTA, working for a small organization in North Charleston which provides resources and special opportunities for abused and neglected children. After finishing his year of Americorps service, Josh transitioned into the world of formal education, teaching 3 and 4 year-olds at the Addlestone Hebrew Academy, Charleston's Jewish Day School. His love for teaching and passion for Judaism led him to DeLeT, where he looks forward to delving into the theory and practice of Jewish education.
Rachel Shorr, raised in the Boston area, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and an Associate in Arts degree in Jewish Studies from Yeshiva University. Having attended the Maimonides School in Brookline, MA K-12, she spent a year abroad at Midreshet HaRova in Jerusalem, and graduated from Yeshiva University, Rachel now wants to give back to the Jewish community what she feels she gained from all of her years learning in Jewish institutions. While in school, Rachel remained active both in NCSY and Center for Jewish Future, which instilled in her strong Jewish values and encouraged her to seek education beyond the classroom boundaries. For the past five summers, Rachel taught Israeli folkdance in the School of Hebrew at Middlebury College School of Languages. There, she tutored students in Hebrew, which allowed her to discover her passion for teaching Hebrew. Today, Rachel hopes to instill in her students a strong appreciation for the Hebrew language and a desire to learn it. She looks forward to being a part of the educating community.
Avraham Wachs Cashman, a Brandeis graduate, has extensive elementary- and middle-school teaching (Temple Dorshei Tzedek Religious School, West Newtom, MA and B’nai Shalom Congregation, Albany, NY) and coaching experience (Gann Academy, one of Delet’s school partners) as well as several years as a counselor at Camp Ramah in New England. Avraham has immense passion for teaching and children and is honored to have the opportunity to follow his passions full-time.