Our Teachers

Educating our students by creating life-long learners is one of our primary goals at Temple Sinai, along with instilling a love of Judaism, Jewish culture, Israel, and the Jewish people. To that end, we engage teachers who themselves are steeped in the Jewish community and who can communicate their love of Am Yisrael. Come and meet them!

Saragail Benjamin – K/1.

Sara has been leading our family programs the past two years and also has taught in our Religious School. She is back teaching our K/1 class and leading the lower school assembly.

Holly Issenberg – Kitah Bet/2nd Grade

Holly taught in our school several years ago while still a student in high school. She spent a year in Israel and is currently a student at UMass-Amherst. Holly had her Bat Mitzvah and was Confirmed at Temple Sinai. We are thrilled to have her back.

Danielle Levine – Kitah Gimmel and Kitah Dalet/ 3rd and 4th Grade; these are two separate classes except for Hebrew**

Many of you know Danielle from her years of teaching at Temple, first in our Chai School and this past year in 3rd grade. When not at Sinai, she is a teacher at The Schoolhouse

Jessie Finklestein – Kitah Hey-Vav/5th-6th Grade (combined class)

Some of you may have met Jessie this past year. She was a volunteer in our school as she was completing her senior year at UVM. She completed her studies and is now a nurse working at the hospital. She impressed me with her great skills in working with children and we’re very fortunate to have her with us this year.

Genay Cohen – Kitah Hey-Vav/5th-6th Grade Hebrew

Genay has been with us for many years and really gets those kids reading, especially important for the years leading up to Bnai Mitzvah. She will be working one-on-one or with small groups of students in grade 5-6.

Rabbi Edleson – Kitah Zayin/7th Grade

A man who needs no introduction. Our 7th grade this year will concentrate their studies on the topics of Zionism, the Holocaust, and the creation of the modern State of Israel.

Judy Alexander – One-on-one Hebrew and Torah Chanting

**I will also be working with students in Grade 3, 4, and 5-6 on Hebrew and students in grade 6 & 7 with Torah Chanting.  In addition to me, some of our post-Bnai Mitzvah students will be working one-on-one with students in order to supplement instruction.