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.
Mollie Elkin is a Digital Production Coordinator at WGBH who creates mobile apps for young children. She is passionate about playful learning through robotics, Jewish culture, and tap dancing. She comes from Florida and loves the beautiful seasons in Boston. In her spare time, she can be found baking delicious desserts, reading a good book, and exploring Boston with friends! Mollie teaches the popular robotics chug (elective).
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!
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 student at 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 Winton is excited to be joining the Temple Shalom team this year. She moved from Boston a little over a year 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!