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Molly Healy- Kindergarten Hebrew Homeroom 1

Ms. Molly is entering her 4th year as a teacher at Temple Beth-El with our youngest students. Molly also works as a teacher at the JCC and is passionate about theater and performing.

Manya Rubenstein- Kindergarten Hebrew Homeroom 2

Ms. Mimi is excited to join Temple Beth-El Sunday School! She has extensive experience in Jewish education. Mimi's goal is to ensure that our students' experience is one of sweetness and wonder. 

Jessi Oppenheim- 1st and 2nd Grade Hebrew Homeroom

Morah Jessi values her opportunity to teach Hebrew and Judaics and is happy to be back at TBE for another year. In her spare time, you can usually find Jessi at the baseball fields with her son Eli.

Jake Geffon- 3rd and 4th Grade Hebrew Homeroom

After growing up at Temple Beth-El, Jake is joining us for his first year teaching in the Sunday School. Growing up involved in NFTY, summer camps, and other avenues of Jewish life, Jake is dedicated towards getting the next generation of Jews excited to explore their heritage and learn about their community. Jake is a musician, cook, and works for a local non-profit when not at TBE

Allen Hartman- 4th and 5th Grade Hebrew Homeroom

Mr. Allen is one of our longest tenured teachers, and his relationship with Temple Beth-El has been a family affair. His children have attended and taught at our Sunday School and Allen has had the opportunity to teach nearly all ages of students at TBE. He is excited to teach 4th and 5th grade Hebrew Homeroom, Jewish Life and Torah Stories this year.

Raida Goldman- 6th Grade Hebrew Homeroom

My passion in life is teaching and I've been fortunate to have wonderful teaching opportunities my whole life.  I have especially loved teaching religious school at Temple Beth-El!  My favorite teaching activity is being a B'nai Mitzvah tutor. I love the kids, each one so unique and fun to be with. Using the Torah and the siddur as teaching materials brings me great pleasure. I view teaching Judaism as a sacred task and it always brought me great joy and satisfaction.

I also love line dancing, which I have done at the Highland Rec Center in Largo for many years.  As a former librarian, I'm sure that you can guess that another of my passions is reading.

Steve Hurwitz- 7th Grade Hebrew Homeroom

Mr. Steve has been a staple at Temple Beth-El for many years, including teaching at the Sunday School.  Steve took 2020 off, when programming was offered virtually, and is excited to be back in-person hanging out and bonding with our teen students. You may recognize Steve by his University of Florida maskā€”Go Gators!

Tue, April 16 2024 8 Nisan 5784