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Delet Alumni

DeLeT graduates come from diverse experiences but all share a passion for Jewish education.

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Delet Cohort 14 (2015-2016)

Naomi Bilmes graduated from the University of Maryland with a BA in English Literature, and  concentrations in Creative Writing and Psychology. She then spent over a year studying  at Pardes in Jerusalem, and has since been working as a third grade assistant at the Maimonides School in Brookline. She has taught young children, teens, and adults and loves each age group for a different reason. She hopes that the DeLet program in Secondary English Education will help her intertwine and teach her two greatest loves: Judaism and literature.

Matan Malka was born in San Diego, CA and lived there for 18 years of his life. He also holds Israeli citizenship and has since he was about 2 months old. He has visited Israel almost every year of his life, which is why he has such a strong connection to the people and the country itself. He graduated from Sonoma State University with a bachelor's degree in History. He worked his last 2 years of college for the Boys and Girls Club of Central Sonoma County. This was where he improved his skills to the point that he realized teaching was the only path for him.

Sara Fried grew up in Brookline, MA, and graduated Brandeis University with a BA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, with a focus in Bible. She has taught Hebrew and Judaics in religious schools, including the Boston-area Jewish Education Program and Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, MA. She also works at the Jewish Community Day School of Greater Boston assisting in curriculum development and teacher education around issues of Jewish pluralism. She is pursuing the Secondary/Tanakh track of Delet, and hopes to teach Tanakh in a Jewish high school.

Arielle Nagle grew up in Scottsdale, AZ and received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. She has worked with children in several settings, including her work as a teaching assistant in day schools in Florida and Arizona and as a counselor at multiple Jewish day camps. Arielle is passionate about working with children. She is thrilled to have this opportunity to refine her professional teaching skills in a meaningful Jewish setting.
Cohort 13 Delet Students (2014-2015)

The 2013-14 cohort of Delet students hails from across the United States, and Israel.

Rachel BerkowitzRachel Berkowitz completed her undergraduate degree at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Her family made aliyah when she was 12 years old and has been living between USA and Israel ever since. Rachel believes in the importance of understanding general studies in the context childrens' Jewish identities and how that heritage shapes our knowledge and world views. Rachel is strongly committed to broadening our next generations' knowledge of Israel and help Jewish American children develop personal connections to Israel. Rachel is interning in the 3rd grade classroom at the Striar Hebrew Academy in Sharon, MA.

Barak CerfBarak Cerf earned his BA in Middle East studies and human resources management from Ben Gurion University in Israel.  He is an alum of “Ale Tzameret” - a unique program for Jewish Zionist leadership development with The Jewish Agency of Israel. Barak served as a team leader in the Special Operations Field Unit and in the Ministry of Home Land Security for 13 years. Barak moved to America with his wife and two children and has been teaching at The Gann Academy in Waltham, MA. Barak is continuing his work teaching Hebrew at Gann this year and looks forward to learning and sharing more about the journey of education and educators in the Jewish world.

Revital GanziRevital Ganzi was an Immigration officer in the Israeli Defense Force specializing in teaching Hebrew to new immigrants and introducing them to Israeli culture. Revital earned her BA in Behavioral Sciences at the College of Management in Israel. She moved to Knoxville, TN to teach Hebrew at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Jewish Day School, Heska Amuna Synagogue and Temple Beth El. Revital is excited to professionalize her teaching and bring more resources and experience back to Tennessee. Revital is interning at the Maimonides School in Brookline, MA.

Sarah GreenbergSarah Greenberg graduated from Smith College with a double major in Education and Child Studies and Jewish Studies. Sarah has worked with children in many different capacities through teaching Hebrew school and Israeli dance, coaching swimming and student teaching. She looks forward to bringing her experiences in auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learning into her classroom. Sarah is interning the st grade and Kindergarten classes at Lander Grinspoon Academy in Northampton, MA.

Sarah GurvisSarah Gurvis grew up in Newton, MA, and received her BA in Judiac Studies from UMass Amherst in 2012. Sarah's passion for Jewish Education began when she started working in the Hebrew school at Temple Shalom of Newton in 2006. Sarah held many positions at the Hebrew school, working there through 2014. Another key player for Sarah was her time spent at URJ Eisner Camp in the Berkshires where she spent 15 summers. Sarah has also had many opportunities to assist in Elementary school classrooms through high school and college internships. After college, Sarah spent a year working at Mayyim Hayyim Commnity Mikveh in Newton, and a year working at Quebrada Baking Co. in Wellesley. Sarah is thrilled to be a part of this Delet cohort, and is so excited to be on her way towards becoming a full-fledged teacher. She is interning at Metrowest Jewish Day school in Framingham, MA in the 4th grade.

Avi MinderAvi Minder was born and raised in Massachusetts and received his BA in English from Bates College. Since graduating, Avi has had a variety of experiences working with teenagers and pre-teens. He has worked at the Lincoln School in Brookline, MA, with the Academic Approach, a tutoring company for SAT and SSAT prep, as an English Language tutor at Tel Aviv University, developed programming for groups of 7th and 8th graders at Camp Yavneh in New Hampshire, and most recently, Avi has worked as the varsity basketball coach at BU Academy in Boston, and with the Special Education Department at Brookline High School. This year, he is interning at Jewish Community Day School (JCDS) in the 5th grade and looking forward to growing as an educator, learning from both his classes at Brandeis and the wonderful students at JCDS. 

Aharon SkoglundAharon Skoglund comes to Delet with over 10 years of experience teaching elementary Judaic and Gen. studies as well as music and phys. Ed.  He left the day school classroom last year to home school his own two elementary age children. Aharon is focused on refining his practice as a classroom teacher and deepening his intellectual engagement and commitment as a Jewish educator. Aharon is interning in the 2nd grade at Lubavicher Yeshiva Academy in Longmeadow, MA.

Helena RaffelHelena Raffel graduated from Brandeis this past May with a double major in Theater and English. For many years, Helena has spent her summer teaching theater and started teaching English last spring at Oak Hill Middle School in Newton, Massachusetts. Through Delet, she hopes to connect to her Jewish roots through her love of theater. Helena is interning at Gann Academy teaching high school English this year.

Jocelyn WeinerJocelyn Weiner is coming to Delet working as a religious school teacher and religious youth outreach coordinator in Tallahassee, Florida for two years. She has worked in a Jewish early childhood center for multiple years and attended a Jewish day school herself through high school and majored in Classical Civilizations at the Florida State University. Jocelyn's goal is to bring the Jewish education she received to small southern Jewish communities. Jocelyn is interning in the 3rd grade class at the Cohen Hillel Academy in Marblehead, MA.

Cohort 11 Delet Students (2012-13)

The 2011-12 cohort of Delet students hails from across the United States, Canada, and Israel.

Jenna AdlerJenna 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-GoldbergJeremy 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.

Jennie BergerJennifer 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.

Dani CarrusDanielle 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.

Marissa GoldmanMerissa 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.

AJ LandauAndrew 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.

Jen LevinsonJennifer 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 PernickJosh 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 ShorrRachel 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 CashmanAvraham 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.

Cohort Ten Delet Students (2011-12)

The 2011-12 cohort of Delet students hails from across the United States, Canada, and Israel.

Mara AlpertMara 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 AndlerMichelle 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 CamannJoanne 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 EinhornEmily 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,  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.

greeneHeather 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 LobovitsEthan 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 MocleJessica 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 RotsteinTamar 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 SiennaNoam 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.

gili_tsalikBorn 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.

Janet ZuckerA 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.

Cohort Nine DeLeT Students (2010-11)

The 2010-11 cohort of DeLeT students hails from across the United States.

Howard AllenHoward Allen received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and a Master of Science degree in civil engineering from Tufts University. In between these studies, he served in the United States Air Force, with assignments in Washington State, England, and Turkey. He worked for more than sixteen years in the environmental consulting industry. A native of Portsmouth, NH, he now lives with his wife and two sons in Norwood, MA. Howie is an active member of Temple Beth David of Westwood, MA, where he serves on the Board of Trustees. He is looking forward to teaching in a Jewish Day School, where he can create a nurturing environment for students to discover and delve into the wonders of science in a Jewish atmosphere. Howie is pursuing an MAT in secondary physics with the purpose of teaching science in a day school.

Linnea BredenbergLinnea Bredenberg originally from New Haven, Connecticut, received her Bachelors of Arts in English from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Linnea spent two years working at Alef-Bet Child Care Center in Cambridge, where she discovered a love of Jewish education. She has served on the board of directors of the historic Adams Street Shul in Newton, MA. Linnea is most interested in teaching young Jewish grade school children to help them form a heart-felt connection with their Jewish identity.

Alison FiorinaAllison Fiorino recently graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education with a concentration in history. She has spent many years working with children as a senior camp counselor at JCC Grossman Camp in Westwood, MA. Allison has always been very involved at Temple Beth David, both as a youth participant and madricha. Allison aims to influence the lives of as many children as possible through her teaching.

Amy PertenAmy Perten, who was raised in NY, received her Bachelor of Arts from Binghamton University, majoring in English. She has been working with children of various ages for the past eight years in differing forms.

She currently works as a second grade religious school teacher in New Jersey. Amy is excited to meet her students and hopes to create a comfortable and fun learning environment for her class.

Joey Regan

Joey Regen received his Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis and his Juris Doctor degree from Boston University School of Law.  Joey worked as a law clerk for the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court for two years before working as an attorney at a Boston law firm in their Wealth Management department.  During that time, Joey became an active member of Congregation Kehillath Israel in Brookline.  Joey embarked on a career change after reflecting on his own education at the Solomon Schechter School of Queens and his work with children throughout his life.  Joey is extremely excited for the opportunities provided by the DeLeT program and looks forward to starting his path towards becoming a Jewish educator.

Nitzan SingerNitzan Singer received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst this past Spring. She majored in Psychology and received her Minor in Education. Over the past four years, she has worked with elementary aged children in both public and private school settings. Born in Israel, Nitzan has always wished to pursue teaching, in addition to exploring her Jewish and Israeli roots. Teaching is something she has always wanted to pursue and is thrilled to be a part of the DeLeT program. Nitzan believes that a Jewish day school teacher can truly impact a classroom and its students.

Eliza WeissEliza Weiss received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Tulane University. After brief stints in New York City and South Africa, where she volunteered at the Baphumelele Children’s Home, an AIDS orphanage outside Cape Town, Eliza returned to her hometown for a Master of Science degree program in Journalism at Boston University. During graduate school, Eliza nannied part-time for a family in Newton. She also wrote and continues to write freelance articles for the Jewish Advocate. The DeLet Program enables Eliza to professionally pursue two of her interests: Judaism and working with children.

Lauren WinowichLauren Winowich recently completed her Bachelor of Arts in international studies focusing on conflict and security in the Middle East with a minor in Jewish Studies from Emory University in Atlanta. She has been working with children for many years in different contexts from religious school, to volunteer work and babysitting. She served on the board of B'nai B'rith Youth Organization for 2 years at chapter level and 2 years at the regional level. Growing up in Charleston, West Virginia, Lauren did not have access to many essential Jewish resources that she found at Emory and through the DeLeT program she hopes to continue to learn so that she can share her love of Judaism with children in her classroom.

Cindy YanofskyCindy Yanofsky received her Bachelor of Arts in bio-medical ethics from Brown University and her Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School. She worked as a corporate lawyer and then as an insurance, advertising and contract lawyer. She also taught as a substitute for the Congregation Mishkan Tefila religious school grades Gan through Zayin. In 2000, she retired from the legal practice to spend more time with her two daughters and husband. At the urging of her daughter, she began teaching students at Mishkan Tefila in 2001 and realized her calling. More recently, she has been teaching both the 6th and 7th grade and working in the Temple pre-school as a substitute for the regular morning program and as a co-teacher in the extended day program. Cindy looks forward to reaching every type of learner so that she can inspire each child to grow intellectually, emotionally, socially and spiritually.

Cohort Eight DeLeT Students (2009-10)

 The 2009-10 cohort of DeLeT students hails from across the United States, Israel and Canada.

Miriam BenowitzMiriam 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 EsarRobyn 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 GalLaliv 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 GlanzAnne 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 PerlmanJessica 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 RheinheimerLaura 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 RosenthalAdina 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 WinklerLea 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.

Meet Past DeLeT Cohort

Cohort Seven DeLeT Students (2008-2009)

Sophia Capeloto

Sophia Capeloto received her Bachelor of Arts in French from the University of Washington. For the past two years, Sophia has been an English teacher for elementary students in Caen, France. She was involved with the French Union of Jewish Students, which works to strengthen the Jewish community in France. Sophia has tutored, and been a camp counselor. Sophia was active in BBYO as a high school student. In college she attended Aish Hatorah’s one-month study program in Israel. Sophia believes that, “Jewish day schools are essential for maintaining the strength and unity of the Jewish community. They not only help Jewish youth make connections, establish ties and feel connected to their Jewish community, but Jewish day schools are centers of Jewish education and inspirations.

Stephanie Cohen

Stephanie Cohen received a Bachelor of Science in psychology with a minor in Religious Studies from Allegheny College, where she served as the Hillel social and cultural chair. She was a fifth grade Hebrew school teacher and a senior youth group advisor at Temple Beth El in Pittsburgh, and a fourth grade Hebrew school teacher at Temple Anshe Hesed in Erie, PA. Stephanie believes that “Teaching is not about having all the answers all the time and it’s not for those who already know everything. Teaching is about asking the right questions, seeking answers, helping students reach their full potential, and understanding that learning ultimately takes a lifetime, because life is about learning.”

Julia GilbertJulia Gilbert received her Bachelor of Arts in general studies with a minor in English and Middle Eastern education from the University of Toronto. She also received a diploma in book editing and design from Centennial College. Julia studied at Hebrew University for a year while in college. For the past two years, Julia has been working towards a certificate in Early Childhood Jewish Education at Hebrew College. She was a preschool teacher for eight years and taught Sunday school at Temple Beth Avodah in Newton, MA, and worked as an art specialist at Ramah Family Camp. Julia would like to become “a teacher who enjoys teaching, who enjoys her students, and someone who transmits this joy into positive and successful teaching and learning.”

Samara Hendin Samara Danit Shachar Hendin received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in music from Boston University. She attended Jewish day school for nine years and spent her summers as a camper and a counselor in Jewish camps. She was a sixth grade and kindergarten teacher at Temple Emanuel Religious School. Samara places great value in the Jewish day school experience. She believes that “A student at a Jewish day school can walk away with knowledge in her mind paired with a set of values in her heart.”

Ziva ReimerZiva Reimer, who is studying in the Brandeis Secondary MAT - Tanakh Program, graduated cum laude from New York University. She spent her junior year studying Hebrew and politics at the University of Jerusalem. After graduating from NYU, she spent two years learning Bible at Pardes in Israel. She also taught in the Genesis program at Brandeis for the past two summers. Ziva is interested in preparing to teach Bible in middle and high school. "When you ask questions and make decisions in the Bible, you will continue to do so when you leave the classroom," Ziva writes. "If you become aware that there is more than one way to read the text on your desk, you cannot help but find that there is also more than one way to read the 'texts' of our lives...In my classroom I hope to teach breadth, depth, and meaning...I truly believe a compassionate, committed, critical education can change an individual person's life and our society as a whole." Ziva is interning at Gann Academy - The New Jewish High School of Greater Boston.

David Roth, a native Hoosier, studied mathematics, computer science, and Jewish studies at Indiana University. For several years, he studied Jewish texts in Jerusalem at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, and recently received rabbinic ordination. He was on the Pardes faculty for the past two years. Though he has an interest in almost every Jewish text, his two loves are Talmud and Tanakh. As a teacher, David aspires to make Jewish texts accessible, in terms of both skills and ideas, in order to allow the richness of Jewish thought to impact on us today. This year David will be doing his internship at Gann Academy.

Anna Salomon

Anna Salomon earned an Associate of Arts in early childhood education from Casper College and a Bachelor of Arts in early childhood studies from Union Institute and University. She is completing a Master of Arts in Jewish studies with a certificate in Jewish non-profit management from Gratz College. Anna has taught preschool, pre-kindergarten, and religious school for grades 1 and 2. Anna has also served as the Children, Youth and Camp Services Director at the Jewish Educational Alliance in Savannah, Georgia. A recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award for The Temple in Atlanta, Georgia, Anna believes that “Jewish day schools are vital to the continuation of American Judaism…. It allows for a deeper understanding of their faith, a solid secular education, and most importantly, a pride in being Jewish.”

Cohort Six Delet Students (2007-2008)


Shoshana EisenbergShoshana Eisenberg is a graduate of Boston University, with a major in psychology. She spent the year in Israel, studying in the conservative yeshiva and working as a counselor in the Tichon Ramah Yerushalayim program, a semester abroad program for high school 10th and 11th graders. Throughout high school and college, Shoshana taught Israeli dance in day schools, and spent her summers at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin.

Ilana ElsonIlana Elson is a graduate of the University of Rochester, with a major in religion and a minor in history. While in Rochester, Ilana was active in Hillel and worked as a team leader at Jumpstart/AmeriCorps, a pre-school program. In summer 2006 she was a Residence Assistant at the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, working with 6th and 7th grade students. Ilana is the first DeLeT Fellow to be a member of the varsity crew in college.

Sima Green Sima Green is a graduate of Queens College, with a BA in English literature and Jewish history. Most recently, she taught middle school at Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway in New York. In addition to her classroom responsibilities, Sima advised the school’s debate team. Sima began her graduate work at the NYU Steinhardt School of Education.

Rivkah HorowitzRivkah Horowitz is a graduate of Thomas Edison State College, with BA in liberal studies. She worked most recently as a Jewish family educator and a Hebrew school teacher at the Chabad Day School in Sharon, Massachusetts. Rivkah also worked in the New York State Head Start Program, and as an activity coordinator for the elderly with disabilities in Sefad, Israel.

Sarah KanigsbergSarah Kanigsberg is a graduate of Trent University in Ontario, with a major in psychology. After graduation, Sarah volunteered for 5 months in Israel on the Livnot’Ulehibanot program helping paint and rehabilitate homes. Sarah has spent most of her summers working in Jewish overnight camps, and most recently served as a child care provider for three children while working as a B'nai B'rith Youth Organization (BBYO) advisor.

Miriam KlausnerMiriam Klausner is a graduate of Barnard College with a major in biology. She comes to teaching after a career in public health. For the past several years Miriam has been a substitute teacher, a science enrichment teacher and assistant teacher at Striar Hebrew Academy of Sharon. Miriam has also been a very active volunteer with Ma’ayan, Torah Study Initiative for Women. Miriam’s daughter Ellie is a member of the Brandeis University class of ’09.

Alicia Reines-LeoAlicia Reines-Leo is a graduate of Brandeis, with a major in history and political science. After a career as an attorney, Alicia left the field to explore a career in teaching, beginning with teaching third grade general studies at Striar Hebrew Academy of Sharon. Among her many talents, Alicia is a musician and a Suzuki violin instructor.

Micaela WintonMicaela Winton is a graduate of Brandeis University with a major in theater arts. Throughout college Micaela taught first grade in a religious school and spent her summers either working at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires, or at the Child Development Center in New York working with preschool children in a therapeutic setting. Micaela is proficient in American Sign Language.