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ELAINE SELTZER


My Silver lining is letting my hair grow out to SILVER. When everything closed down back in March, I felt that growing my hair out was symbolic of empathizing with everyone during the pandemic. I wanted to be proud of wearing a mask and social distancing. I want to be a big part of keeping this pandemic at bay. As many Jews pick their sect, I wanted to pick “Being COVID-safe,” which to me means staying safe for everyone’s sake. These last months have been about helping neighbors, staying in touch with friends and family, and creating a special program…

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DINA DVIR


During this global pandemic, we are unable to live our regular life. We must adjust to a new kind of life, in many ways. But, I am lucky to have eyes and a heart that always try to see the good side. Currently (although I miss so much seeing those amazing, smart, funny students whom I love to love) I find that not needing to drive to school is actually a great change. The traffic that filled our Los Angeles roads is more bearable now. It is more peaceful on the street. I wish it will remain like this, in…

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TIRZA VOLKMAR


My name is Tirza Volkmar and I am the 3rd grade teacher here at Sinai Temple. I have been a teacher for the last twenty six years and enjoyed every minute of it! For the past 17 years I have taught at Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy and the last 9 years, I have taught at Sinai Temple.  My love for teaching started at young age and has been my true passion. Having the opportunity to witness children grow and develop is an absolute priviledge. Being able to instill in them the importance of the land of Israel is very important to…

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FRIDA EYTAN


My heart has always held a special place for animals and I never imagined they’d be a prominent part of my life during the 2020 lockdowns. Given that my family and I had been safely quarantining at home and school was out, we had the gift of time on our hands and decided to do our part in helping our local community by fostering two kittens. Gracie was two months when we began fostering her and is now thriving in her forever home, and Julian was just two weeks old when he came to our home and watching him blossom…

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DEBBIE YOUNESI


I believe that one of the major silver linings of the COVID-19 pandemic is that it has brought people closer to each other. Although the physical distancing is observed and practiced, people have become closer to one another spiritually and mentally. They care for one another and relate to each other’s needs, and they try to be as helpful as possible. Grownups have naturally passed this phenomenon on to their children. As a Judaic educator, I relate to this marvel as a Jewish value: “Love thy neighbor like yourself.” I can see that children are more affectionate and loving towards…

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DIANA PAKDAMAN


During this pandemic, I’ve had more time to reflect and educate myself. I have read many books and taken many walks, and explored new ways to teach our students online. I’ve learned much about technology that I never knew before, and I appreciate this chance to learn new skills along with our students at the Religious School!

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SIGAL ABUKRAT


My silver linings during this pandemic are the values of independence, creativity and technology. I have seen tremendous growth in my students’ abilities to manage themselves and their time. I have had the opportunity to provide engaging lessons that allow all students to be successful. We have also all discovered how learning can be done through technology, new platforms and new games.

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DOUG HINKO


License plate: TEk=FUN Hi, My name is Doug Hinko and I am excited to challenge students creativity and technology skills as we explore our understanding of Judaism and its place in our world through the use of technology, art and other mediums. I am excited to spend time getting to know everyone!

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CHAIM BUTTERFIELD


My Name is Chaim Butterfield and I am the Technology Specialist at Sinai Temple Religious School. One of the most important dates in my life was the night of June 26, 2015, the 10th of Tamuz, 5775, the Shabbat night I spent in Jerusalem. Growing up, I was imbued from a young age with the importance of Jerusalem and the land of Israel. However, that Friday night on the way to Kabalat Shabbat at the Kotel, with the buildings of this ancient holy city surrounding me as I walked its streets, I was suddenly struck with the historical magnitude of…

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DR. MICHELLE WILLNER


In choir, it is my hope that the kids embrace this message of respecting one another, as we ourselves would like to be respected. In working together as an ensemble, as a team, we want to be inspired by one another, pay close attention to one another, and be happy with each other’s successes.  Only then, can we sing and inspire as one!

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