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.
Saragail is our director of Young Family Programming and has taught in our
religious school. She is back teaching our K/1 class this year and leading the lower
Lynda Siegel – Kitah Bet/2nd Grade
Lynda Siegel, aka Morah Ruth, is a retired elementary school teacher. She taught newly arrived English Language Learners, most of whom had never attended school, for 27 years in Burlington. She also taught Hebrew School at Ohavi Zedek Synagogue (Kitah Aleph) for two years. Last year, she had a Bat Mitzvah Renewal and re-did her Bat Mitzvah with a bit more intention on the 50 year anniversary of the first time. She loves reading, doing jigsaw puzzles, biking, traveling and hanging out with her 4 grandsons. .
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
Itai Gal – Kitah Hey-Vav/5th-6th Grade (combined class)
Itai Gal, a native Hebrew speaker, is a Jewish educator and musician, coming most recently from the Jewish outdoor program Teva, where he taught for several seasons. He also taught in Boston area Hebrew schools. Itai holds a Master’s Degree in Jewish Education from Hebrew College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from SUNY Purchase. Says Itai, “I love prayer, lead prayer often, and compose my own prayer music. Looking forward to la’asok b’divrei Torah with this community!”
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.