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Danielle Kassin

Danielle Kassin - Director

Danielle's favorite verse from the Torah is from the book of Deuteronomy (Devarim) Chapter 6; Verses 6-9: "And you shall teach them diligently to your children."

Hi, my name is Danielle and I chose a verse from the book of Deuteronomy (Devarim). I chose this verse because I strongly believe that we need to teach "our" children the beauty of Judaism, the strength of our powerful Jewish community, and to pass down the gifts and teachings from the Torah to our chlildren. I believe that even at the earliest age we all have a responsibility to learn and teach one another. I ask the students in our school to teach the shema to their younger siblings. This past year, we even had students teaching the entire Friday night Kiddish to their siblings and their parents. I love creative ways of learning and I see so many amazing things that Judaism has to offer in its teachings. Each year, I look forward to a new year of challenge, growth and learning. May we go, together as a community, from strength to strength!

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Rabbi Fruithandler

“You shall keep My laws and My rules, by the pursuit of which humanity shall live: I am the Lord.” Leviticus 18:5

This verse, on its own, is stark and not very compelling.  It sounds terrifying and threatening. However, the rabbis of the Talmud see something different.  They focus on the fact that it says “live by them” and not “die by them.” It sounds like an obvious thing to say but the effect is dramatic.  It is the foundation of the law that commands us to save a life before all else.  Further, it goes on to become the core reminder that Judaism as a whole is meant to bring life to life. Its purpose is to provide opportunities to share our joys and to excite us. Its purpose is to end the natural habitude of life and give us a chance to breakthrough to something larger than ourselves.  This verse is my favorite (for now) because it stands as a reminder that Judaism is a religion of joy and passion. I hope to impart the joy and passion for Judaism to my students.

Kol Tuv,
Rabbi Jason Fruithandler

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Julia Levine

Julia Levine - Experiential Educator

A Torah verse that has become particularly meaningful to me in recent years comes from Exodus (Shemot 24:7).  At Mount Sinai, Moses reads the covenant with God aloud to the people and they respond, "Na'aseh v'nishma," which literally means "we will do and we will hear (or understand)."  The idea of doing first in order to understand really speaks to me.  It is so much easier for me to learn something new and really remember it when I try it myself instead of just hearing about it or watching someone else do it.  This is also the foundation of my work as Experiential Educator.  In our 5th-7th Grade experiential program (called Na'aseh because of this verse!) we focus on "doing" Judaism, giving students opportunities to experience Judaism so that they can internalize and understand how Judaism can impact their daily lives.

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Sara Capland

Sara Capland - Office Manager

One of my favorite quotes from the Torah comes from King Solomon, Proverbs. "Educate the child according to his ways and then he will not depart from it". It is our goal as parents and teachers to find what interests our children and what speaks to our children and to educate them in Torah, traditions, and Judaism in a way that works for them. I try to keep this in mind while parenting my children at home and also my children at Sinai Temple Religious School. May this year be one of learning and growth for all of us.

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Cantor Feldman

Cantor Marcus Feldman

Cantor Feldman’s favorite verse from the Torah is V’ahavta L’reiacha Kamocha – You shall love your neighbor as yourself (Leviticus 19:18)

Right in the middle of the Torah, amidst all of the priestly laws and duties, we are presented with some of the most profound words in the Torah. Parashat Kedoshim (my Bar Mitzvah parasha) contains the phrase You shall be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy. How do we become holy like God? The parasha contains some of the most well-known verses in the Torah such as You shall not insult the deaf, or place a stumbling block before the blind, judge your kinsman fairly, and the most well known, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The Torah challenges each one of us to always treat others as we wish to be treated. We are to look out for those less fortunate and more vulnerable than ourselves. This one verse commanding us to love our neighbors as ourselves serves as the basis for all other commandments relating to how we treat our fellow human beings. Through loving our neighbors as ourselves, we rise above the desire for selfishness and set ourselves apart as a goy kadosh, a holy nation, striving to live in the image of God, caring for all human beings.

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Keith Miller

Cantor Miller - Trope Specialist

My favorite verse in the Tanach (and there are many) is from the prophet Micah, Chapter 6:8, which is:

"It has been told to you, individuals, what is good, and what God does require of you: only to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God."

There are numerous lessons in this verse, clearly. One that speaks to me is the notion of humility. Life's blessings are given to us from God, and to have the ability to recognize this is something that I try to embrace in my teaching and relationships with students, parents and colleagues. I love teaching, opening the eyes of students to the many gifts that God has bestowed upon us, as well as the responsibilities that we as Jews have as caretakers of God's world. Remembering that we are but messengers of God's Torah, a light unto God's goodness and Torah, is critical in effective Jewish instruction, and I always strive to improve in this area and be a humble person and teacher.

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Aryell Cohen

Aryell Cohen - Trope Specialist

There is a beautiful tractate from the Talmud in B'rachot 64a which is sometimes recited on Shabbat morning between Ein Keloheinu and Aleinu. This Talmudic piece is entitled "Amar Rabi Elazar". When all of your children are taught of Adonai, great will be the peace of your children. The second mention of children is a play on words: "Al; tikrah banayich, elah bonayich". Do not call them your children; rather, your builders. You, the children we teach, and hand down the prayers to, are our builders. Jewish life will continue through you, the next generation. "Adonai oz l'amo yitein, Adonai y'vareich et amo vashalom". May Adonai grant his people strength, may Adonai bless his people with peace. And through your learning and growth, may you know peace.

Bivracha--with blessings,
Mr. Cohen

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Dale Schatz

Dale Schatz - Music Specialist

I am Dale Schatz, shaliach tzibor and music leader.

The last sentence of the book BaMidbar (Numbers) says that the mitzvoth and regulations came to us by the hand of Moshe, or “through” Moshe by physical means. That tells me many beautiful things: God is the Source of Torah from Whom humanity takes it into our hands to do the good, commanded works. And it tells me that Moshe was not a leader by demand, but by his own, good example…by the works of his hands. That’s how I want to lead and teach: By example. And it is how I’ve learned from great teachers.

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Michelle Green Willner

Dr. Michelle Green Willner - Youth Choir Director

One of my favorite verses in the Torah is from Psalms (Tehillim) 96: “Shiru laHashem Shir Chadash, Shiru laHashem Kol Haaretz.” “Sing to Hashem a New Song, Sing to Hashem All the Land.” I love this verse because it exemplifies two facets, which I hold dear. One is the singing of a new song. As a musician and composer, I love to teach new songs/compositions to my students. I love to show them my excitement about a new piece that praises G-­‐d. I love to unfold with them all the beauty found in the musical and textual details. I love finding the hidden talents of my singers and letting them sing out in a way that makes their talents come alive. Secondly, I love the sense of community that this verse envelops. “All the land” suggests that we will all praise G-­‐d together—no matter where we come from, no matter what our backgrounds or traditions are—we can all accomplish something beautiful together. How wonderful!

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Lisa Hendrickson

Lisa Hendrickson - Cantorial Assistant

Lisa’s favorite section from the Torah is from the book of Proverbs (King Solomon), Chapter 24; Verse 16: For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again....” Hi, my name is Lisa, and this verse speaks to me because every day life is full of big challenges, and greatness according to King Solomon, is defined as getting up one more time than what you have fallen. Whether it’s that difficult math class or trying to make a three point shot. This passage defines righteousness, not necessarily by your successes, but by the ability to get up from a failure and to try, try again



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Galya F

Galya Ferd - Hebrew Reading Specialist

Morah Galya’s favorite verse from the Torah is from the book of Genesis (Beresheet) Chapter 2; Verse 18: “And the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that man is alone.’”

Hi, my name is Galya and I chose a verse from the book of Genesis (Beresheet). I chose this passage because I think it is important for a person to have family, friends and people that understand you, love you, and share with you. Friendship is very valuable to people of all ages and in our Religious school we strive to foster an environment of friendship, community, and respect.

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Chaim Butterfield

Chaim Butterfield - Tech Specialist

Chaim’s favorite Torah quote is “And you shall write on the stones all the words of this Torah in a clear (detail) words” (Deuteronomy 27:8).
In receiving the Torah, God, through Moses, does not simply command the Jewish people to follow its laws and His commandments, but to “write on the stones all the words of this Torah…” A key essence of Judaism is not just being good Jews and human beings, but to write our ways in stone to be passed on through the generations. Like a stone, I am grateful to be an instrument of knowledge, sound and sturdy, used to pass along what has been written on my soul to the students of the Sinai Temple Religious School. I hope that in my work this year as the Technology Specialist we will be able to transition to the digital medium; maybe not as sturdy and long lasting, but one easily shared with the world and a blessing to all.


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Diana Pakdaman

Diana Pakdaman - Gan (Kindergarten) Teacher

Morah Diana’s favorite verse from the Tanakh (Torah, Nevi'im, Ketuvim) is from the Book of Prophets (Nevi'im) in Chapter 3: “These two spies looked at the positive things they found in the new land of Israel, and everything in their lives became positive.”

Hi, my name is Diana and I chose a verse from the Book of Prophets. I always focus on the positive aspects of life and if life gives me lemons, I make sure to make lemonade. For that reason, this verse speaks to me. I believe that if you are positive, then good things will come your way. I always try to instill this message in my students. I look forward to a fantastic year to learn and to grow in a very positive way with my students.

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SamanthaLoveman

Samantha Loveman - Kitah Aleph (1st grade) Teacher

Morah Samantha’s favorite verse from the Torah is from the book of Genesis (Beresheet) Chapter 1; Verse 31: “and God saw all that He had made, and found it very good.”

Hi, my name is Samantha and I chose a verse from the Book of Genesis (Beresheet). Before God rested, "He" completed "His" masterpiece. God assured us that everything "He" created was very good. As a teacher, I strive to look for the good and the positive in all of my students and to always encourage them to do their best (even before they take a break (rest)!).

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Elham Kashanirokh

Elham Kashanirokh - Kitah Aleph - (1st grade) Teacher

Morah Elham’s favorite verse from the Torah is from the book of Leviticus (Vayikra) Chapter 19; Verse 18: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Hi, my name is Elham and I chose a verse from the Book of Leviticus (Vayikra). As a teacher, I teach my students to love their neighbors as themselves and to love and to treat each other with respect. This is an important message that I follow and want to carry with me through each step of the journey of my life. I think it is crucial that we are positive role models for our children. When our actions are strong and show care, our children will follow our lead!

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Debbi Yonesi

Debbie Younesi - Kitah Bet - (2nd grade) Teacher

Morah Debbie’s favorite verse from the Torah is from the book of Leviticus (Vayikra) Chapter 19 Verses 1-2: “You shall be holy, for I, the Lord, your God, am holy.”

Hi, my name is Debbie and I chose a verse from the book of Leviticus (Vayikra). I chose this verse because I believe that each and every one of us is special. I have been teaching for many years and I learned that my students are unique and special in their own way. I encourage my students to share their unique qualities with each other and with everyone. After all, we are all one spirit in different bodies- bound together by the Holy spirit of God! I am looking forward to a great year where we will all strive to be holy and unique in the image of God.

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Nikki Nachum

Nikki Nachum - Kitah Bet (2nd grade) Teacher

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Lida Dayan

Lida Dyan - Kitah Gimel - (3rd grade) Teacher

Morah Lida's favorite verse from the Tanakh (Torah, Nevi'im, Ketuvim) is from Ketuvim (Writings), Proverbs, Chapter 24; Verse 16: "A righteous man falls down seven times and gets up."

Hi, my name is Lida and I chose a verse from the book of Proverbs. Life is all about the ability to never give up, even in the face of challenge. Growing up in Israel and coming to the United States as a young adult, I faced many challenges. Greatness is defined as getting up one more time even after you've fallen down. The Torah defines someone who is righteous as someone who keeps getting back up and does not give up. This is one important example I try to set for my students. I always want them to get back up, look forward and never give up!

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Frida Eytan

Frida Eytan - Kitah Gimel (3rd grade) Teacher

Shalom, my name is Frida and my favorite verse from the Torah is from the book of Genesis (Bereshit), Chapter 48, Verse 20: Jacob blessed his two grandsons: "With you, Israel will bless, saying, “May Gd make you like Ephraim and like Manasseh."

You may recognize this blessing – it is customary for parents to administer this blessing to their children on Friday nights before the kiddush. Ephraim and Manasseh had a remarkable upbringing. The siblings were united in their quest for the good of all, and exhibited strength of character to maintain Jewish values in a non-Jewish environment (in Egypt). They became the benchmark for raising Jewish children. This is what we wish for our children, too – to be united, and have the strength to be able to withstand the pressures of society and do the right thing. My goal as a teacher is to foster in our children a love of Judaism and Israel, and to create an environment in which students grow to become dedicated members of the Jewish community. I look forward to a productive year for both my students and myself!

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Dina Dvir

Dina Dvir - Kitah Dalet (4th grade) Teacher

Morah Dina’s favorite verse from the Torah is from the book of Genesis (Beresheet) Chapter 14; Verses 8-9: “Let’s not have a quarrel between me and you, and between my shepherds and yours, since we are brothers. If you choose left, I will go right. If you choose right, I will go left.”

Hi, my name is Dina and I chose a verse from the Book of Genesis (Beresheet). The words that Abraham spoke to his shepherds truly convey the way I look at life. I believe it is important to focus on the positive as much as possible and I model this message for my students. I also believe that if we need to "quarrel," we should challenge each other respectfully. We are all brothers (Jews) and when we disagree we can still ask each other questions and learn from different people. If we choose "left or right" we should always be considerate, kind and positive. This is what I think is living and learning in a community.

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Marcelle Kasheri

Marcelle Kasheri - Kitah Dalet (4th grade) Teacher

Morah Marcelle’s favorite verse from the Tanakh (Torah, Nevi'im, Ketuvim) is from the Book of Prophets Chapter 1; Verses 5-6: “As I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not fail you or forsake you.”

Hi, my name is Marcelle and I chose a verse from the book of Prophets. I strongly believe that God is present in our lives as God was there with Moses. These words were told to Joshua upon becoming the leader of the Israelities (after the death of Moses), leading them to the Land of Israel, the land that was promised to Avraham, Yetzhak and Yaakov. As a teacher, I want my students to know that God is a living God, Eretz Yisrael is an integral part of our lives and that miracles are still happening in the world, if we only open our eyes to see them. I think it is very important to learn about our ancestors (le Dor V Dor). We should learn about and from Joshua and Moses and become a strong nation together!

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Elham Rad

Elham Rad - Kitah Dalet (4th grade) Teacher

Elham’s favorite verse from the Torah is from the book of Genesis (Bereshit) Chapter 1 Verse31:”And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold it was very good.”

Shalom my name is Elham, and I chose this verse from the book of Bereshit because I strongly believe that just like God who reviewed his work, we should review our teaching, learning, and deeds every day. As a teacher I have the responsibility to look back and review the accomplishments of my students every time we meet. In addition, I want the children to learn this valuable skill in order to be able to point out one thing after each lesson that makes them proud of themselves. Finally, you dear parents, when you sit with your family and friends on Erev Shabbat, it would be a wonderful opportunity to point out something that after carefully being examined you would say, “it was very good.” I am looking forward to a wonderful year working together and creating Jewish souls to continue the chain of our generation.


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Sam Rotenberg

Sam Rotenberg - Kitah Hay (5th grade) Na’aseh Teacher

Moreh Sam’s favorite verse from the Torah is from the book of Leviticus (Vayikra) Chapter 19; Verse 14: “Do not put a stumbling block before the blind.”

Hi, my name is Sam and I chose a verse from the book of Leviticus (Vayikra). The fact that we are commanded to look out for those who need the most help is what makes our tradition so powerful. To me, teaching is about being aware of the needs of the class and taking time to assess the needs of each student to make sure the whole class is successful.


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Lindsay Roller

Lindsay Roller - Kitah Hay (5th grade) Na’aseh Teacher

Morah Lindsay’s favorite verse from the Torah is from the book of Exodus (Shemot) Chapter 15; Verse 2: “The Eternal's strength and His vengeance were my salvation.”

Hi, my name is Lindsay and I chose a verse from the book of Exodus (Shemot). I chose this verse because it lines up with my Hebrew name Etziona and I love the song that goes with it. It is a calming song and reassuring verse, which I keep in mind while I teach. I am especially drawn to it because I do feel like it is important to have a rock in my life, whether that rock is God, a friend or my family. There are always people there for me in the same way that I like to be there for my students, family and friends.

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Mali Katz

Mali Katz - Kitah Hay (5th grade) Na’aseh Teacher

Morah Mali’s favorite verse from the Torah is from the book of Genesis Chapter 17; verse 7 “And I will establish My covenant between Me and between you and between your seed after you throughout their generations as an everlasting covenant, to be to you for a God and to your seed after you”.

Hi, my name is Mali and I grew up in Israel were I was introduced to the Torah stories at a young age. I remember that I wasn’t very enthusiastic about Torah lessons back then. It wasn’t until I started to teach the stories to my students that I fell in love with the Torah and the morals that it teaches us. I chose this verse because it shows us how the Torah is still relevant even thousands of years later. In my opinion, the strongest word in this verb is “Ledorotam” (throughout their generations). When God made the covenant with Abraham, it wasn’t just with him but with generations to come. We, as the descendents of Abraham are obligated by this covenant as well. We should try to keep the Mitzvot as much as we can, celebrate Shabbat and holidays, give Tzedakah, pray and serve as good role models to our children so they can teach their children and so on, forever and ever.

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Sarit Fried

Sarit Fried -Kitah Vav (6th Grade) Na’aseh Teacher

Morah Sarit's favorite verse from the Torah is from the book of Numbers (Bamidbar) Chapter 3; Verses 1-2: "These are the offspring of Aaron and Moses...These are the names of Aaron's sons."

Hi, my name is Sarit and I chose a verse from the book of Numbers (Bamidbar). Rashi points out that it only mentions Aaron's sons and not Moses,' yet it calls them the offspring of Moses. This is because Moses taught them Torah and whoever teaches Torah to another it is as if he has fathered him. Parents give physical life to a child and teachers help instill that life with even more purpose and meaning. Being taught how to live a life with purpose and meaning is creating and fathering that life. So too, I consider my job as a teacher that of a mother's and it is a great honor. At the beginning of each school year I look forward to meeting my new "children" (students). I embrace this amazing opportunity to help "raise" them in the Torah way.

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Abram Goodstein - Kitah Vav (6th Grade) Na’aseh Teacher

Abram's favorite verse from the Torah comes from the book of Exodus Chapter 18 Verses 17-24. "Moses heeded his father-in-law and did just what he said.”

Hi, my name is Abram and I chose this verse because it contains Jewish themes of compassion, humility, and responsibility. Moses finds himself as the sole judge over Israel, but is having a hard time doing it alone. Jethro, his Father-in-law, offers some advice suggesting that Moses delegate judgment to other trustworthy Israelites who can share the responsibility. Moses, who is a great man and who could easily let that greatness go to his head, receives Jethro's advice humbly. While Jethro gives his advice compassionately to Moses. As students and teachers we will find ourselves in both Moses and Jethro's position and their interaction teaches us to receive our education humbly and give our advice compassionately. This verse also teaches us that we can't do this alone. As Jews we all share the responsibility of teaching and learning with each other as both student and teacher.

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Samantha Witman

Samantha Witman - Kitah Vav (6th Grade) Na’aseh Teacher

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My name is Samantha and I am very excited to be teaching at Sinai. This will be my eighth year as a Sinai teacher. I have a passion for teaching and love the relationship I share with my students. I feel I learn as much from them as they learn from me, and believe it is a relationship of reciprocity. I have a Masters in Middle Eastern History as well as a Masters in Jewish Education. I lived in Israel for four years as well as spending lots of time in Lebanon teaching peace and conflict resolution. I have spent the past few years being a mother to my daughter Emmanuelle, and just recently had another little girl named Juliette. I find being a mother incredibly rewarding but I still have a thirst for the classroom. I can’t wait to return and meet my new students.

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Alex Zaremba

Alex Zaremba - Kitah Zayin (7th Grade) Na’aseh Teacher

Alex’s favorite verse from the Torah is "In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct thy paths." (Proverbs 3:6)

Hi I'm Alex Zaremba, and I chose this verse from the book of proverbs because I believe that attitude is everything. No matter what I'm doing - teaching, learning, or having a good time, I try to find holiness in everything I do. This year I want our students to access their inner strength and to be a beacon of light unto others with everything they do. For the past eight summers I have been working at Tel Yehudah a Jewish leadership summer camp, where I have worked with kids on leadership skills and values that encourage them be confident and respectful of others, and to have compassion for those in need. I hope to bring all of these attributes to Sinai Temple this year, and empower the students to be their own teachers through the power of experience and self-reflection.

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Elaine Seltzer

Elaine Seltzer - Kitah Zayin (7th Grade) Na’aseh Teacher & Special Programs

Morah Elaine’s favorite verse from the Torah is from the book of Leviticus (Vayikra) Chapter 19; Verse 23: “When you come to the Land and you plant any food tree, you shall surely block its fruit [from use]; it shall be blocked from you [from use] for three years, not to be eaten.”

Hi, my name is Elaine and I chose a verse from the book of Leviticus (Vayikra). This phrase has always held an important significance in my life. At an early age, I brought my pennies to Hebrew school to buy a tree in Israel in honor of a family member. This was important to me. I knew I could make a difference and help support Israel by replenishing Her forests. I carry this special memory with me as I instill my love for Israel and my care of nature and others through my teaching.

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Angelica Osorio

Kindergarten TA - Angelica Osorio

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Joshua Kashanirokh

Joshua Kashanirokh - TA Kindergarten

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Michelle Omidi

Michelle Omidi - TA 2nd Grade

Michelle’s favorite verse comes from Devarim (Deuteronomy) Chapter 6 ( verse 7) “And you shall teach them to your sons and speak of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk on the way, and when you lie down and when you rise up.”  Hi, my name is Michelle Omidi and I chose this verse because I was raised as a little girl by my Father to always say the Shema Yisrael before I sleep, once I wake up, and most certainly when traveling. It is like a pledge of allegiance to G-d and it is the first prayer that a Jewish child is taught to say. It is very important for me to teach my own children, as well as my students, that the Shema is a time for you to be one-on-one with G-d. Lastly, learning Torah is one of the greatest mitzvot and I want to pass that on to the children in the classroom! 

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Rebecca Sadik

Rebecca Sadik - TA 3rd Grade

My favorite passage from the Torah is “Love your neighbor like yourself, I am Hashem” This passage introduces the belief that every person needs to respect his or her fellow Jews and love them. We need to understand that if we want love and respect from others we need to give others just that. In addition, I believe that this passage is a teaching that needs to be taught in the classroom. It is our responsibilities as teachers to stress to children that no matter the perceived differences between them and their peers, they all are loved by Hashem and need to transmit this love to others. On top of this, we need to demonstrate that every individual has a piece of Hashem inside him or her, providing further reason to treat others with dignity. As members of a global community, we should extend this principle to all people, regardless of religious or cultural distinctions.

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Tirza Volkmer

Tirza Volkmer - TA 3rd Grade

My favorite verse from the Torah is, "Remember the Shabbat day to keep it holy." Genesis, Chapter 2.

The Shabbat is one of the greatest gifts Judaism has given to mankind, if not the greatest.  It is important as a teacher to pass the understanding and love of this gift.  The probitions imposed on us for keeping Shabbat are actually the greatest freedom existing in our lives. The freedom to be a hundred percent with family with no interruption or distractions is priceless. We have the freedom to think and pray.  

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Sinai Temple's 20's & 30's Community
Torah in the Round regularly meets on the third Shabbat of the month, usually located in Kohn Chapel. 
We are ready to commit to Torah—through reflection, persistence, and study. Are you? Welcome to Torah in the Round!
A warm, traditional lay-led family friendly service. We meet weekly, beginning at 9:30am and finishing at 12 noon with a scrumptious kiddush. Come join our family!