Barbara Bulbin, a UM graduate from Scranton Pennsalvania, is excited to meet her new class as the 4th grade Hebrew teacher. With her many years of experience, Barbara is ecstatic to be teaching the basics of the Hebrew language and helping her students continue to love Judaism. She observes her students each year growing immensly from the beginning to the 4th grade to the end of 4th grade and she can’t wait to see that transformation.
Rachel Baum was born in Argentina and educated in a special Jewish environment, Seminar “Yosef Draznin“ in a small town called ”Moises Ville." In 1979 she moved with her family to Israel where she began her teaching career, she was an Elementary teacher for many generations of student (20 years). A time to change came in her life and she moved to Miami to continue her dreams, teaching and sharing with all the children her love and passion, knowledge and experiences of the time she lived in Israel. She taught Hebrew from Kindergarten through Fifth grade in Day schools and Religious Schools as well as mentoring Bar/Bat Mitzvah students. Her goal was and still is to keep the beautiful Hebrew Language alive in every aspect of the children lives. She is deeply committed in Jewish education, and continue loving and educating children and is honored to be a Hebrew Specialist at Temple Judea.
Laura Bloom, a native Miamian, has a dual role this year at Religious school. In addition to her job responsibilities as a Madrichim Coordinator, she will also be the Personalized Learning Specialist. She hopes her extensive background as an occupational therapist makes for a rewarding experience for the students that she assists. Personally she enjoys singing around the campfire and spending time with her husband, two children, and her beautiful bichon poodle.
Seth Furman is a sophomore at the University of Miami, majoring in Marketing and double minoring in Judaic Studies & Urban Studies. Seth grew up in Ormond Beach, a town just north of Daytona Beach, in Florida. Since he was seven Seth has attended the Union for Reform Judaism's Camp Coleman in North Georgia as a camper and as a staff member for the past two years. On campus at UM, Seth is a member of Student Government, a tour guide with President's 100, a student assistant at the Office of Undergraduate Admission and a huge Miami Hurricanes fan. Seth is extremely excited to continue being a part of the Temple Judea community for his second year and looks forward to the memorable year ahead! Go 'Canes!
Miriam Grossman Rodriguez grew up in Miami. Her full time job is an accountant. However she cannot resist the pleasure of teaching second graders at Temple Judea. When her own children were young she would try Jewish learning projects with them. Successful projects were then shared with her students. Making learning fun and introducing Hebrew to enthusiastic second grade children is Miriam’s goal. Temple Judea fulfills for Miriam all aspects of Judaism including sharing knowledge, inspiring clergy, and many dear friends.
Elle Jacobs, a junior at UM, is looking forward to her second year at Temple Judea. As a first grade assistant teacher, Elle cannot wait to meet her new students. She loves working with children and sees it as a means of staying young and passing her knowledge along. Very kind and gently spoken, Elle will be working to create and open and comfortable classroom experience. Elle plays many musical instruments and lends her musical talents to our weekly tefilah experiences.
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Amy Kutell will be teaching art for her 10th year at Temple Judea. Amy was born in Georgia and lived in Connecticut and Albany, NY as a young child. Amy attended Cornell University as an undergrad student and earned her master’s in art education from FIU. Amy’s favorite Jewish memory was celebrating Hannukah with her paternal grandparents. Amy loves seeing the students’ creative process and ideas and their enthusiasm for art. She can’t wait to continue working with the religious school faculty and director.
Ken Levy, originally from Long Island, NY, came to sunny Miami in 2001 to be with his family. During the week he is a first grade teacher at Beckford Richmond Elementary. He is also the Judaic services leader at the Palace Suites. He has been at Temple Judea for 11 years. He will be teaching 1st grade this year during religious school. Ken feels that if he has done his job correctly, he will have “lit the spark in a child to have the enthusiasm to continue their Jewish learning through their Bar/Bat Mitzvah and beyond.”
Isabel Magnus is a sophmore a UM. She was raised in New Jersey. Isabel’s favorite Jewish memory is Passover because she loves performing the tradition and telling stories with her family. This year will be Isabel’s second year at Temple Judea and she will be working as a Hebrew tutor and the B’nei Mitzvah Speech Coach. She is really looking forward to getting to know the Temple Judea faculty and community better.
Melissa Martinez a Miami native, is enjoing her sixth year at Temple Judea. Melissa teaches the 2’s in the Margaux Early Childhood School at Temple Judea and 3rd grade in Religious School. Melissa feels like Temple Judea is her second home, which is great considering she’s always here! In addition to teaching Melissa also works in the extended day program and at PJ library events. Melissa is looking foward to another amazing year seeing her students become more confident. in their skills. Melissa is married to James and has a daughter Mia, who attends the Margaux School.
Sharon Israel Moskovitz wears many hats at Temple Judea! She is involved with the religious school as a teacher in our 7th grade and Judea High programs. She also serves as the family program educator and loves running programs for parents and kids together.
Andrea Rubine is from Miami and has two boys that both attend Religious School. Andrea loves
Rabbi Judith Siegal is an integral part of our 7th grade and high schol program. She enjoys working with teenagers and she also loves working with elementary students, whether it is taking out the Torah for classes or coming to the sukkah with a lulav and etrog!
Vivi Simon is a Hebrew Academy graduate and currently a sophmore at UM in the nursing program. This is her second year teaching 5th grade Judaic Studies at Temple Judea. Vivi grew up on Miami Beach and has been very active in the Jewish Community as a tutor, counselar and a participant in March of the Living. Her fun-loving approach is her key to success with children.
Maya Slavin was born in Argentina. After high school she moved to Israel and lived on a kibbutz were she studied. After 14 years she moved to Miami with the goal of finding a teaching position. She was hired to teach preschool at Temple Judea. She started teaching 6th grade Hebrew in the Religious School five years ago. She loves teaching because there are always new inovative approaches to engaging students. Last year she became an Adult Bat Mitzvah. That experience was very meaningful and she hopes to enrich her students with positive feelings about their learning as they prepare to become Bar and Bat Mitzvah.
Zach Tobin was born in Dallas, TX and moved to Miami to attend UM where he is a junior studying finance and economics. His favorite Jewish memory was when he participated in camp in Eastern Europe when he was entering 11th grade. This year at Temple Judea Zach will be a Hebrew Tutor. He likes to give new information to the students, help them, and make an impact. Zach was very pleased to be welcomed to the Temple Judea family. Outside of school he likes to listen, teach, and play different instruments. Zach also enjoys tasting cheese platters.
Shoshana Hocher is originally from Miami Beach and will be teaching 5th grade Hebrew at Temple Judea this year. Her goal for the year is to have all of her students exceed their own expectations of what they thought they were capable of doing. She enjoys the sense of family at Temple Judea and likes feeling like she has made an impact on her students by the end of the year. Shoshana’s favorite Jewish memory is sitting on her father’s shoulders on Simchat Torah as he carried the torah when she was 4-years old. In her free time she enjoys swimming and sailing. Her favorite food is fish.
Beth Young loves that as part of her job as Director of Education at Temple Judea she also gets to teach in the classroom as well. She enjoys working with students of all ages - and particularly the seventh graders and teenagers in Judea High!
Rabbi Danny Young is beginning his sixth year teaching 3rd graders at Temple Judea. Hailing from Potomac, MD, Rabbi Young has been involved in the Reform community his entire life, including living in Israel for a year as part of his Rabbinical school education. Rabbi Young loves teaching. His interest is in creating a creative learning enviroment, even it means being referred to as a third grader himself! He enjoys being involved with Temple Judea for its qualities as a strong, vibrant community where families truly value education.