Me'ir Sherer, Director of Congregational Learning
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 brings his impressive credentials and vast experience in Jewish education to Temple Emunah. 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 was the Family Education Consultant at the Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Boston (BJE) for a number of years. Previously, he served as the Jewish Family Educator for Temple Israel in Boston and as the Children's Program Coordinator at the Leventhal-Sidman JCC in Newton. Me'ir has also served on the faculty of Prozdor, the secondary school division of Hebrew College in Newton and directed their Havayah program.
Me'ir is married to Kfir Mizrahi.
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Shelley Rossman, Billy Dalwin Pre-School Director
Shelley Rossman is the founding director of the Billy Dalwin Pre-School of Temple Emunah. She received a BSEd. with a double major in elementary and special education from the University of Michigan and attended Lesley University where she completed an MSEd. with a concentration in early childhood education and special education.
Shelley has worked with young children in secular and Jewish settings for more than thirty years. She served as an adjunct faculty member of the graduate school of education at Lesley University and is currently a faculty member of the Early Childhood Institute of Hebrew College. In 1996 Shelley was honored by the Boston Bureau of Jewish Education with a Keter Torah award in recognition of outstanding dedication and contributions to Jewish education in the Boston community.
Under Shelley's direction, the Billy Dalwin Pre-School of Temple Emunah completed its Magen Hagan Judaic Early Childhood Accreditation in April 2008 and received a Solomon Schechter Gold Award from the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism acknowledging the program as the gold award winning nursery school (in its size category) in North America in 1995 and 2009. Click here to see additional pre-school staff.
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Beni Summers, Synagogue Educator
Beni grew up in Salem as part of a warm and traditionally rich Jewish household, where Judaism and yiddishkeit were part of the everyday norm. His connection to the Boston Jewish community runs deep; attending Cohen Hillel Academy, Camp Yavnah and Gann Academy before leaving the area for college.
Beni graduated Binghamton University where he received a B.A. in History and was the speaker for his graduating class. He also sang Jewish a cappella and worked closely with the vibrant Jewish community on and of campus.
Beni has worked at the American Hebrew Academy of Greensboro, N.C., as well as at Temple Isaiah in Lexington for two years as an educator and youth advisor. He is looking forward to instilling Jewish "swag" into the youth community of Emunah and is extremely excited to get started!
Among the various roles Beni fills at Emunah are Junior USY advisor, co-Senior USY advisor, grades 4 and 6 teacher, and Junior Cong coordinator.
Beni lives in Newton Corner and outside of Temple 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.
Jodie Parmer, Program Director & Family Educator
Originally from upstate NY, Jodie has lived in the Boston area since graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in May of 2000. Since then, she has received two Masters degrees, one from Boston University in Religious Studies, and one from Brandeis in Jewish Communal Service, as part of the Hornstein program. Upon graduating from Brandeis, she worked for one year at Jewish Family Services in Framingham before coming to Temple Emunah as the Youth Director.
After serving as the Youth Director for four years, she moved into the role of Program Director and Family Educator, and she is excited to help the community run meaningful programs in this capacity. Jodie lives in Arlington with her husband, Daniel, a PhD student and Research Associate at Brandeis University, and their two children, Natanya and Aryeh. In her free time she likes to practice yoga, bake, read, take photos, and host Shabbat dinners for friends and family.
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Dor Yohay, ShinShin
Dor Yohai joins our staff as a ShinShin Fellow. ShinShin stands for Shnat Sheirut - Year of Service. The program is a joint project between the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) and the Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) that links Boston with our sister city of Haifa in Israel. ShinShin Fellows are 18-year-old Israeli emissaries sent by the Israeli government and JAFI to communities abroad with the goal of educating people of all ages about Israel and Israeli culture.
Dor lives in Haifa with his parents, Yoni and Zvika. He has two older brothers, Ben and Tom, and a dog named, Terry.
Dor is very involved in the tzofim (Israeli Scouts). He likes to play sports and read books.
This will be Dor's second time in Boston. He is very excited for his year with us.