Grades 3-6 Staff
Carol Berlin retired from public school teaching on a Friday, and before she had unpacked her book bag, was recruited to teach at Temple Shalom. Carol loves teaching, so is happy to continue her life's work. While not teaching at Temple Shalom, you can often find her at the Temple where she is involved with Adult Education, Social Action or just playing Mahjong. Carol teaches Small Group Hebrew Level 1 and 2 and Fifth Grade Judaica.
Josh Conescu is a member of Temple Shalom, the proud parent of two kids who became B'nei Mitzvah at Temple Shalom, and looking forward to collaborating with the students and staff as we create the new Temple Shalom education program!
Didi von Deck began teaching kids yoga in 2010 after completing the Little Flower Yoga teacher training. Didi has taught yoga through Newton Community Education, at various summer camps and now at Down Under's Yoga studio in Newtonville. During the day, Didi works as an orthopaedic surgeon at the Cambridge Health Alliance and was instrumental in starting a yoga program there for patients.
Hi! My name is Hannah Taylor and I am a junior at Brandeis University double majoring in Judaic Studies and Education. This past summer I was a counselor and song leader at URJ Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, MA. I love musical theatre, Harry Potter, and playing guitar. I can't wait to meet all of you!
Rachel Kharfen has been in public education for nearly 25 years. She has been a teacher at Temple Shalom, teaching both Judaica and Hebrew for the last six years. She has been an educational consultant and author of materials on MicroSociety. Previous to working in education, she worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and in the newspaper business. Rachel grew up at Temple Shalom and is a member. She is the proud mother of Will and Ben.
Marina Korenblyum has been teaching for fifteen local Hebrew Schools. She has also served as a substitute teacher at Jewish Day Schools. During the summer, Marina works at the JCC Camp Grossman. Marina loves the SHACHARIT Program and can't wait to get to know all of her new groups!
Rachel Goldin is from upstate New York near Rochester. She grew up knowing that she would someday work with children, the only question was how and when. She graduated from Tufts University in May 2015 with a bachelors degree in Child Development and Psychology and went on to earn her Masters in Early Childhood Education from Boston University. Currently she is a toddler teacher at the JCC in Newton.
In her spare time, Rachel enjoys martial arts, and reading books about adventures. She looks forward to a fun year!
Jana Schachter was born and raised in Sewell, New Jersey, a suburb of Philadelphia. In 2012, she graduated with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Jewish Studies from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, now known as Stockton University. After working for a year as a legal assistant in a collections firm, she studied at Pardes in the 2013-2014 Year Program. Since her return to New Jersey she has been teaching seventh grade at her hometown shul, Congregation B’nai Tikvah-Beth Israel. She has been a b’nai mitzvah tutor since her senior year of high school and has been a regular Torah reader for even longer. In her spare time she enjoys reading, running and cooking for Shabbat. She will miss terribly her two dogs, two cats, three birds and her beloved WaWa during her time at Hebrew College.
Rebecca Kahn is a native of Portland, Oregon and a current Junior at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. She is majoring in English and Creative Writing and minoring in Art History. She loves exploring museums, dancing, writing poetry, and petting all the dogs on campus. Rebecca has spent thirteen summers at Camp Solomon Schechter in Tumwater, Washington where she discovered her love of Jewish learning, community, and song, and her desire to become an educator in the future. She can't wait to share her love of literature and Judaism with the community of Temple Shalom this year!
Beth Purcell teaches English, ESL and Hebrew School. A Cantorial Soloist at Temple Beth Shalom in Melrose and service leader at Orchard Cove retirement home, she is also an American Songbook entertainer. She has taught 6th and 7th grades at several Hebrew schools and looks forward to working with the lively participants in 5th grade SHACHARIT!
Emily Pechet is a Visual Arts and Special Education teacher. She has studied in Paris, Rome and was the recipient of the CJP Mission trip to Greece and Israel during summer of 2017. Emily is very excited to be returning to teach Core Judaica and Art Chug at Temple Shalom!
Meredith Sager is a graduate student studying Speech-Language Pathology at Emerson College. She spent 5 summers as a camper at URJ Camp Harlam, and another 2 working at URJ Kutz Camp with the Mitzvah Corps program, an inclusion-based program for Jewish teens with Autism. Meredith is originally from New Jersey, and loves getting to spend time outside in New England. In her spare time, she loves to hike and ski in the White Mountains and take road trips to new places!
Sarah Stein is a graduate of Brandeis University studying Business and Anthropology. She is originally from Connecticut and has spent her past 10 summers as a camper and counselor at URJ Crane Lake Camp. Sarah also serves as Temple Shalom's Camp Fellow! When she graduates from college, she hopes to become a Jewish professional working in the fields of Jewish education and Jewish summer camping. In her free time, Sarah enjoys swimming, skiing, and painting.
Adrienne Neal is excited to be returning the Temple Shalom team this year. She moved from Boston a little over two years ago from NYC and currently works in alumni relations at Brandeis University. She has over 10 years of teaching experience with Hebrew Schools and planning awesome award winning events for a variety of youth groups. Adrienne received her BA in Women’s and Gender Studies and Philosophy from Brandeis and her MSc in Outdoor Education from the University of Edinburgh. She is thrilled be teaching chugim and Rosh Hodesh: Moving Traditions this year!
Mitchell Harris is a former student of the Newton Public Schools, and he has been a member of Temple Shalom for about twenty years. He graduated from Clark University in 2012 and is excited to return to Shacharit this year as a Small Group Hebrew teacher and inclusion aide. Now a resident of Watertown, Mitchell loves teaching and assisting kids in all levels of Hebrew. When not at Temple Shalom, you can find him engaged in anything that involves game shows and trivia in general.
Judy Corwin is delighted to be joining the SHACHARIT Program at Temple Shalom.
She was born and raised in North Adams, Massachusetts. As a young adult I was a camp counselor at Camp Ramah in Palmer Ma.
She attendeded Brandeis University as an undergrad receiving her bachelors in American Studies. She then worked in health care where she still works as a Bereavement Counselor for a hospice. A few years back she went back to Brandeis and got her Masters degree in Elementary education. She has worked in public schools in Waltham and Wilmington Massachusetts as a Second , Fourth, and Fifth grade teacher.
Her most recent work in religious school was as the Coordinator of the religious school in Burlington, MA. She was previously a member of the faculty there for over a decade.
Her hobbies include golf, watching sports, reading, and enjoying her own family. She has two children Alison and Seth both of who are in college and beyond.
Colman Reaboi is an opera singer, a Cantor a Jewish Educator and Child Developmental specialist. Growing up in the Detroit area, Cantor Colman went attended United Hebrew Schools and a Yeshiva. After graduating from the Interlochen Arts Academy, he attended the University of Miami, The Boston Conservatory and Hebrew College.
He has taught 4th-7th grades in many Hebrew Schools, and most recently was the 4th grade Judaics teacher at Temple Shir Tikvah in Wayland. This past Summer, Cantor Colman was the Director of Jewish Life and Learning at Camp Tel Noar in Hampstead, NH. This year, he will be teaching 6th Grade Torah.
Amalia Mark is from Silver Spring, Maryland, and received a BA in Theater with a concentration in Gender and Women's Studies from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She was educated at Jewish day schools from elementary school through high school. Amalia has been a fellow for Repair the World, Director of Student Life at the University of Arizona Hillel, and took part in the Ezra Fellowship for Hillel International. Amalia has studied Experiential Education at the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies and is now enrolled in the Rabbinical School at Hebrew College.
When not studying Jewish texts, her dream is to visit every library in the world.