DeLeT students bring diverse experiences to their studies, yet all share a passion for Jewish education. The 2009-10 cohort of DeLeT students hails from across the United States, Israel and Canada.
Cohort Eight DeLeT Students (2009-10)
Miriam Benowitz received her bachelor of arts in Russian studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. For the past few years, she has spent time exploring different types of work, from publishing in Boston to organic farming in western Massachusetts. She has also traveled in Israel and lived on Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu; she participated in Adamah, a Jewish Environmental Fellowship at the Isabella Freedman Retreat Center. For the past year, she has worked at Boston’s Jewish Community Day School. She has enjoyed being part of the school’s community, connecting with the students, and has become involved in the after school program there. She is eager to work more closely with students and to learn skills to transition into the role of a classroom teacher at a Jewish day school.
Robyn Esar recently completed her bachelor of arts in honours Judaic studies at Concordia University in Montreal. She has been working with children for many years in different formats from school, to camps and babysitting.
She hopes to learn a lot about education and teaching in the Jewish day school system from the DeLeT program.
Laliv Gal received her bachelor of arts in communication and management from the College of Management in Tel-Aviv. Born in Israel, she volunteered for a year after receiving her degree and was a head of youth movement branch in Rehovot, Israel. During her army service Laliv served as an Education non-commissioned officer. Before moving to Boston two years ago, she worked in Tel Aviv Municipality as trainer and instructor for different computerized systems. Laliv is active in the Jewish community and takes part in a large variety of volunteer activities. She is thrilled to be a part in the education of the youngest generations in the Jewish community.
Anne Glanz received a bachelor of arts from Brown University and a masters in business administration from Harvard University. She worked in strategy consulting and then as an in-house strategic planner at an environmental engineering company before taking time off to raise four children. Anne has been an active member and a volunteer at Temple Aliyah of Needham, MA, for nineteen years. Currently, she is teaching pre-school at Temple Beth Shalom in Needham. Anne would like to be a teacher who “creates a classroom where children are comfortable taking risks and…gives children the confidence to be passionate and questioning.”
Jessica Perlman received her bachelor of arts in English from the University of Rhode Island. After graduation, Jessica began working at the Jewish Voice and Herald in Providence, RI as a reporter. Shortly after, she decided to make a career change, and became the kindergarten teacher's assistant at the Jewish Community Day School of Rhode Island. In addition, Jessica began teaching the Eunice Zeidman Primary Program (K-1) at Temple Am David, as well as Tot Shabbat, an age-appropriate Shabbat experience, geared to children (0-7) and their families. Jessica believes that Jewish Day Schools are imperative for the community, and that children are essential for the future.
Laura Ruth Rheinheimer earned her bachelor of science in journalism at San Jose State University. She spent one semester in Athens, Greece, and one semester in Israel as an editorial intern for The Jerusalem Post, where she reported on business and hi-tech. She worked extensively in the publishing industry writing and editing educational material. Laura also worked as a reporter for Silicon Valley Community Newspapers and various Jewish publications. Born in New Hampshire, Laura has also lived in California and Israel. For six months, she worked in Rehovot, Israel, teaching ESL before returning to the United States to join the DeLeT program, fulfilling a long-time desire to be more involved in the Jewish community. Laura hopes to use her own curiosity to inspire a passion for learning in children.
Adina Rosenthal comes to us from Bangor, Maine, but spent most of her life in the Boston area. She received her bachelor of arts in social studies education, history, and international relations from Boston University, where she also completed a minor in religion. She recently finished her masters degree in education policy and management at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has most recently taught Hebrew School at Temple Israel in Boston and Temple Reyim in Newton. She has worked with elementary aged children in many capacities, but is very excited for the opportunity to work in a day school environment.
Lea Winkler, originally from Long Island, graduated from Brandeis University with a bachelor of arts in history and a minor in elementary education, receiving her initial Massachusetts licensure in elementary education. Through her education courses, she spent time in classes at Bowen Elementary School in Newton Centre, Franklin Elementary School in West Newton, and the Conservatory Lab School in Brighton. Lea has taught Hebrew to second, third, and fourth graders at the Boston Area Jewish Education Program on Brandeis campus. She spent the past five summers as a counselor at Camp Ramah in Nyack, and has served on board for the Conservative Jewish Organization on campus for three years, the last of which as president.