You can find our alumni in various educational settings across the public and private sector. Our alumni inspire youth and fellow educators daily - read some of their stories below.

Meet Chavah Goldman who is leading teachers at her school to improve their teaching practice.

Q: What year did you graduate DeLeT/What cohort and campus are you from?

I was in the 5th cohort on the Brandeis campus.

Q: What is your current position? (Where are you working, what are you doing?)

I teach second grade at Boston’s Jewish Community Day School in Watertown, MA.

Q: Are you doing anything extra outside of your teaching responsibilities?

I facilitate the Lower School rounds and also co-facilitate the Middle School rounds with my colleague Andrea Silton. I also, as a result of a technology PLN that I participated in last year, have been supporting the Lower School teachers with using the app SeeSaw in their classrooms, an online portfolio that encourages students to explain their thinking and to reflect on their work.

Meet Rebecca Berger, a DeLeT (HUC-JIR, C2 alumna) impacting Jewish education through her leadership!

Q: What is your current position?

I have been a Judaic Studies teacher at Alice and Nahum Lainer School of Sinai Temple (formerly Sinai Akiba Academy) for the past 9 years. Some of my passions include Project Based Learning, Design Thinking, and Interfaith relations.

Q: Are you doing anything extra outside of your teaching responsibilities?

I am leading professional development for the Middle School faculty which includes creating and implementing a peer coaching initiative, revamping PLC’s and leading bi-monthly book club discussions. I have also been leading a Muslim-Jewish exchange between my 7th graders and the the middle schoolers at a local Muslim day school. This year I’m planning on starting a Christian day school exchange as well.

Jodi Hirsch Rein (Cohort 1)

Q: What year did you graduate DeLeT/What cohort and campus are you from?

I was part of Brandeis Cohort 1, 2002-2003! I received my MAT from Brandeis in 2005.

Q: What is your current position?

I work at Gesher Jewish Day School, in Fairfax Virginia, currently as the Elementary School Principal. Next year, I will be the principal for the entire school.

Q: Are you doing anything extra outside of your teaching responsibilities?

Extra!? I am a rabbi’s wife! And I’m a principal! And I have two awesome, rambunctious, delicious boys! I’m pretty busy. Oh, and I’m on the Ramah D.C. Day Camp Committee.

Brent Rosen (Cohort 12)

Q: What year did you graduate DeLeT/What cohort and campus are you from?

I graduated from HUC cohort 12 in 2014.

Q: What is your current position?

I am currently at Valley Beth Shalom Day School in Encino, CA. I’m a 4th grade general studies teacher and I run the after-school drama program.

Q: Are you doing anything extra outside of your teaching responsibilities?

Yes! The drama program is outside of my teaching responsibilities. Any time there is any kind of arts program (Generations Day, grade-level productions, etc.), I’m called upon to help with the technical aspect because of everything I do with the drama program.

Ilana Elson (Cohort 6)

Q: What year did you graduate DeLeT/What cohort and campus are you from?

I was at Brandeis in cohort 6 and I graduated in 2008.

Q: What is your current position?

I have been teaching fourth grade at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in Manhattan for the last two years. I had wanted to make a move to NYC and this teaching opportunity came up quickly as a suggestion from a former JDS colleague who had made a switch there; she both helped me secure this opportunity and I was able to continue our teaching relationship. The school gave me the opportunity to try a different model of co-teaching. Currently, I fully co-teach and co-plan with a partner all day. My school is an independent school and I mostly teach language arts and social studies. For six years after DeLeT, I taught in Jewish Day Schools in Connecticut and South Jersey. It’s been really interesting working in a secular school, but I really miss being part of a Jewish educational community.

Sarah Burns (Cohort 7)

Sarah Burns is a member of DeLeT Cohort 1 (Brandeis). After DeLeT, she moved to New York City where she taught math at the Abraham Joshua Heschel High School. She recently returned to the Boston area with her husband, Dan, and is taking some time out of the classroom to be with her children, Maya and Eli.

Leah Ticker (Cohort 3)

Leah Ticker, a cohort 3 alumna of DeLeT HUC, teaches first grade, general and Judaic studies, at the Brawerman Day School in Los Angeles. Brawerman is a Reform day school whose mission is to help students acquire competence and confidence as communicators, problem solvers and “mentshes” through an integrated secular and Judaic curriculum.

Samara Hendin (Cohort 7)

I am privileged to have joined the faculty at the Jewish Community Day School in August 2009 after graduating from DeLeT. I teach fifth grade English, history, math, in addition to being the fifth grade Advisor. English and history are taught as a combined Humanities class where the content areas are intertwined and skills for both are combined.

Liz Corman (Cohort 2)

Liz Corman Shiro is a cohort 2 alumna of DeLeT at Brandeis. Liz has been teaching K-1 Hebrew and Jewish studies at Kesher in Newton, Massachusetts for the last 6 years and will be the Director of Education at Temple Tifereth Israel in Malden, Massachusetts starting in mid-August.

Anna Salomon (Brandeis Cohort 7)

What grades and content areas do you teach in?
I teach general studies for second and third grade at New Orleans Jewish Day School. In my general studies classroom, however, I manage to integrate Hebrew and Judaics whenever possible. Last year I taught in a third and fourth grade combined class. I try really hard to collaborate with each of the other teachers throughout the year as well.

Sapphira Fein (Cohort 1)

Sapphira Fein is the librarian/literacy specialist for the Lainer Library at Pressman Academy in Los Angeles. She shares the work that she does in this position and her perspective on that work in the following alumni profile.

Jamie Faith Woods (Cohort 1)

Jamie Faith Woods currently teaches fifth grade general studies at the Jewish Community Day School of Rhode Island, in Providence, RI. She is a day school graduate herself and most days feels as if she were put on earth to teach fifth grade in a Jewish day school.

Melissa Greenwood (Cohort 7)

Melissa Greenwood is a graduate of cohort 7, HUC, LA. She is currently a 6th Grade English and social studies teacher at Emek Hebrew Academy in Sherman Oaks, CA. Thanks to Melissa and to Jacob Hall, of the Curriculum Resources Bank committee, for conducting the interview. Special kudos go out to a creative novice teacher willing to share her practice with colleagues!

Devorah Servi (Cohort 7)

I’m in my second year at Ohr Eliyahu, an Orthodox school in Los Angeles, that is known for accepting students with learning and behavioral challenges. Early on, they had a policy that when such a student was admitted, the family needed to also enroll all other siblings in order to create a “mainstream” setting. Thus the school calls itself a “family school.” It’s also relevant to know that boys and girls learn in separate classrooms from kindergarten. It’s been interesting to think about how to modify lessons after the first presentation for the other gender!

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