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.
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.
Dr. Lenore Kipper, RJE was born in
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.”
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!
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.
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.
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.