Kindergarten through Seventh Program Faculty

GAN (Kindergarten)
Sharon Zirkin-Dagan

Sharon Zirkin Dagan

Sharon is a speech and language pathologist by education. She lived in Israel for seven years where she taught children with Special Needs. Sharon has been on faculty since 2014. She has over thirty years education. She has a passion for Israel and Judaism. Sharon is also an artist.

 

Jen Goldstein

Jen Goldstein

Jen is new to our faculty. She graduated from Binghampton University and is currently a graduate student at Harvard, working toward a master's degree in education. Jen taught English as a Second Language in Israel for a summer. She taught in the Miami-Dade County public school system for three years with Teach for America. Jen is originally from Long Island, NY.

 

KITAH ALEF (1st Grade)
Avital Skolnick

 Avital Skolnick

Avital is originally from Israel, where she lived both in the city and on a kibbutz. It was on the kibbutz where she started teaching. She came to the United States with her family in 1990. This is Avital's first year on the Temple Emunah faculty. She is excited to share her love for Hebrew, Judaism and Israel with the Temple Emunah community.

 

KITAH BET (2nd Grade)
Laurie Shapiro

Laurie Shapiro

Laurie has been a teacher and director of education in the area Jewish community for more than twenty years. She also works as a behavioral therapist with children with special needs. Laurie enjoys hiking, swimming and photography in her free time. She is excited about returning to teach Kitah Bet at Temple Emunah this year!

 

KITAH GIMEL (3rd Grade)
Irit Hamami

Irit Hamami

Irit is a veteran teacher with more than 20 years of experience in the classroom. 12 of these years have been spent teaching different grades at Temple Emunah. Irit loves to teach and her students find their way into Ivrit (Hebrew) and tefila (prayer). It is such a thrill for her to see how her student’s grow and blossom over the course a year and become confident Hebrew readers and they lead Friday Services at their "Siyum Hasefer".

 

KITAH DALET (4th Grade)
Melanie Blatt (Sundays and Tuesdays)

 Melanie Blatt

Melanie is a cantorial student at Hebrew College. She has a number of years experience in Hebrew schools teaching music. Her own Jewish education started in Jewish preschool, Hebrew school from second to eighth grade, and private tutoring through high school.  Before moving to the Boston area, Melanie worked with a Conservative congregation in Baltimore (Congregation Beth El), as a music teacher and youth programming coordinator. Melanie will teach Kitah Dalet on Tuesdays and lead our Sisterhood Kumsitz Program on Sundays.

 

Rabbi Michael Fel (Sundays)

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Rabbi Michael Mauricio Fel is proud to serve as the Associate Rabbi of Temple Emunah. Originally from Miami, Florida, Rabbi Fel earned a bachelor's degree in Business from the University of Miami. He went on to receive his ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary where he learned as a Schusterman Rabbinic Fellow and earned a Master's Degree in Midrash and Scriptural Interpretation. For four summers, Rabbi Fel worked at Camp Ramah in Nyack, NY where he served as the camp's Program Director and the Director of Woodworking.

 

KITAH HEY (5th Grade)
Iris Rozenberg (Sundays)

 

This is Iris Rozenberg's fourth year teaching at Temple Emunah's  Religious School. Iris teaches Kitah Hey on Sundays. She comes to us with 15 years of experience, teaching English, Hebrew and Judaic studies in both Israel and the States. Iris, originally from Israel, is very happy to be a part of the faculty, which includes her daughter who works as a madricha. She and her family have resided in Lexington for the past 10 years.

 

Tzvi Wolke (Wednesdays)

 Tzvi Wolke

Tzvi comes to us from Chicago. He will be teaching Kitah Hey on Wednesdays. As a teen, Tzvi was active in USY. He worked at Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life at which time he led two Birthright Israel trips. He holds a Master’s of Education in Secondary Social Studies Instruction. Tzvi believes in bringing content material to students and creating a comfortable atmosphere for learning.

 

KITAH VAV (6th Grade)
Beni Summers

Beni Summers

Beni is Temple Emunah’s Synagogue Educator. Among the various roles he fills at Emunah are advisor to Junior USY, co-advisor to Senior USY, coordinator of Junior Cong, and teacher for grades 4 and 6. Beni lives in Newton Corner. Outside of Temple, he enjoys going to see the New England Revolution play and talking all things soccer, hosting Shabbat dinners for local young Jewish professionals, and singing as a member of Vocal Revolution.

 

KITAH ZAYIN (7th Grade)
Rabbi David Lerner (Sundays)

A graduate of Columbia College and ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary where he was a Wexner Graduate Fellow, David Lerner has served as the rabbi of Temple Emunah of Lexington for the last eleven years. He brings a unique blend of warmth, outreach, energetic teaching, intellectual rigor and caring for all ages.

 

Scott McCauslin (Wednesdays)

Scott has been part of Temple Emunah's religious school for a number of years, serving in a variety of capacities. He has taught seventh grade for a few years. Scot received his BSEd from the University of Maine. He taught High School Mathematics and Computer Science for ten years. In addition to teaching, Scott works in our administration office.

 

Me'ir Sherer (Wednesdays)

As Temple Emunah's Director of Congregational Learning, Me'ir Sherer directs our Religious School and Youth Programs, and works with our rabbis and staff on synagogue programs. Me'ir holds a Master's degree in Jewish Education from Hebrew College and another in Social Work from Boston University. He received B.A.s from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, List College. Me'ir also completed the Melton Senior Educators Program at Hebrew University and holds a Certificate in Jewish Family Education from Hebrew College.

Prior to assuming the position of Director of Congregational Learning at Temple Emunah, Me'ir served as the Director of Congregational Learning at Or Atid in Wayland and Congregation Beth Israel in Worcester, respectively. Me'ir has also served on the faculty of Prozdor, the secondary school division of Hebrew College in Newton.