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School Coordinator

LORI SCOTT

I am so thankful to be working once again with so many of the families I have known from the Nursery School as well as the new families who have just become part of our TBS family. This is certainly an unusual time for us all and never has it been more important to maintain our connection to our Jewish identity and our Jewish community. 

I have been at TBS now for 31 years! It has been the joy of my life and I am so grateful to have spent my career doing work that I love with an amazing group of teachers in both schools. Both of my children grew up at TBS and now they have children of their own. I have four grandsons and one granddaughter and they are truly the loves of my life.

 

My favorite Jewish holiday is Passover. I love the traditions of setting the table with all the props to retell the Passover story and enjoying a traditional meal with my whole family gathered together. I hope that this year, we will be able to be together again and the pandemic will be behind us.

We want to make this year as successful and enjoyable as possible for all of our children. Working with Shanna is an incredible experience . I truly have a partner who shares my philosophy and I am blessed to be working with her. Our Clergy is giving so much of themselves and working harder than ever to connect with all of our families. Please reach out to us if there is anything that we can do to help your family.

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School Coordinator, Fifth Grade, Seventh Grade

SHANNA STRAUT

I’m so excited to be teaching Kitah Hey again this year! I have been teaching 5th grade at Temple Beth Sholom for a few years now, and even though this year is going to be different than ever before, I’m looking forward to all the fun we will have together and all the wonderful things that we will learn.

 

A little bit about me: I live in Suffern with my husband Dave, and our two adorable, smart, and sometimes trouble-making daughters. Devorah, who is almost 7, and Yael, who is 3. We also have a super-sweet dog named Jada who loves hiking, sleeping on the couch, and belly rubs. Besides teaching Religious School, I love hiking, crocheting, reading, and baking cupcakes. I also really love spending time having fun with my family.

 

My favorite Jewish holiday is Purim. What’s more fun than dressing up in costumes and making lots of noise? And there’s gift baskets! And carnivals! And I especially love hamentashen (you know, those triangle cookies filled with jelly.) Yum!

 

I can’t wait to find out all of your favorite holidays, and lots more. It's going to be a great year, and we’re all looking forward to it!

Kindergarten

EMILY MATHIOS

Shalom everybody and welcome to Kindergarten! My name is Miss Emily and I will be your teacher this year! Here are some fun facts about me: 

 

  • I went to preschool at TBS and lots of the teachers here were my teachers when I was little.

  • I work in a hospital in New York City and help patients learn about nutrition and how to eat healthy foods. 

  • My favorite Jewish food is latkes! I love to eat them with apple sauce and sour cream, I can’t pick just one dip!

  • I love singing. My favorite part of temple services is the music!

  • I cannot wait for an awesome year together

 

The focus on our class is centered around Jewish values like tzedakah, saying thank you and celebrating Shabbat! We will also be learning about all the Jewish holidays! Our classes will be all over zoom but I have tons of fun games and activities planned for us this year!

First Grade, Third Grade

WENDY SALESKY

Hi I’m Morah Wendy; many of you know me as “Miss Wendy” from TBS Nursery school since I was a
preschool teacher for many years! I live in New City with my husband Bill and we have 2 children.


We are very excited for our new virtual 1st grade curriculum. It’s based from this wonderful program
TBS has purchased called Shalom Learning. We will be following the program and as well as continue
to do the blessings for Shabbat over the candles, wine and challah. We will also have Tefillah (our prayer service) with the Rabbi and Cantor directly following our class.

 

  • I enjoy reading, hiking or walking, and yoga.

  • I also enjoy cooking for my family.

  • My favorite Jewish holiday is Passover.

  • My favorite foods are pizza and chocolate and fruit.

I can’t wait to get to know all the things you like!

Looking forward to a wonderful year!

Second Grade

RHONDA KAUFMAN

Shalom from Morah Rhonda. I will be your child's second grade teacher this year. Most of your children know me from teaching them Hebrew last year in first grade. I have been with the Religious School at Temple Beth Sholom for over 20 years. I also taught in the Nursery school. I live in New City, my daughter went to the nursery school as did my grandchildren. L'Dor Va Dor.

 

I am so excited to get to know all the things you like and vice versa. We will be using a new curriculum for virtual learning called Shalom Learning! We will share our thoughts about what Judaism means to us and how we can make it a part of our daily lives. We will watch fun videos, play games, and have a great year together.

 

My favorite holiday is Passover, because it's so important to know how we became free from slavery but best of all, I love eating Matzah Brei. I can't wait to hear About your favorite holiday.

 

Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Third Grade

ZACH GEWELB

Shana Tovah, and welcome to another year of Religious School at Temple Beth Sholom! We have some great things planned this year, and I can’t wait to get started. 

 

First, I just wanted to tell everyone a little bit about myself. 

 

In addition to teaching, I am the Editor-in-Chief of a chain of newspapers in Queens and am an avid Yankees fan! This is my fourth year teaching third grade at Temple Beth Sholom. Every year, I am astounded on how much I learn from each and every child in class. Working with the kids each year has made me a better teacher, and I cannot express how excited I am for the start of another school year.

 

While this year may be a little different than years past, we have much to look forward to this year, from learning how to read and write Hebrew to reciting blessings and prayers. We'll also have our share of fun — I believe in making learning as exciting as possible and have some entertaining lesson plans I can't wait to share with the kids. 

 

I also pride myself on being as accessible as possible, so please don't hesitate to contact me at any time if you have any questions, comments or concerns. You can reach me via email at zagewelb@gmail.com day or night and can expect a prompt response.

 

I am really looking forward to meeting everyone and can't wait to start the new school year!

Fourth Grade, Sixth Grade

BECKY SHUBERT

I am SO excited to be able to share another year of Jewish learning with my students!  I enjoy both teaching the kids and learning from them.  Their insights can be awesome!  Here's to a marvelous year!

Fourth Grade, Fifth Grade

DEBBIE LAMPERT

My name is Debra Lampert. This will be my fourth year teaching Hebrew at Temple Beth Sholom and I have taught K-2 and 4th and 5th grade Hebrew at Beth Am Temple in Pearl River.

I live in New City, NY with my two children, Rachel and Jenna and husband Jonathan.

I look forward to getting to know your children and to help them become confident Hebrew prayer readers while also learning and understanding the history and meaning of the prayers and blessings. 

My favorite Jewish Holiday is Passover. I love getting together with my family for the Seder and retelling the story of where God freed the Israelites from slavery in Egypt.  I can’t wait to find out what your favorite Jewish holiday is too!

Sixth Grade

STEPHANIE GELLER

My main loves are family (my husband Nathan and my 26 year old son who I always talk about), theater, reading, traveling and eating!  Looking forward to hearing about your likes this Sunday. This year will be my 23rd year teaching in a Hebrew School and it's sure to be an interesting one.

Technology

SARAH LUDWIG

I have been a member of the TBS community for 8 years - since my son was in the 3s! Both of my kids went through the TBS Nursery School and are not students in Religious School.

I grew up in Rockland and currently live in Nyack with my husband, 2 kids, 2 dogs, 1 turtle, and 2 snails. Once upon a time I taught elementary school, but now I own my own business helping families get ready for newborns.

Passover is my favorite Jewish holiday - I love sharing seder with as many of my friends and family as I can gather. It is a big team effort - my mom makes matzah ball soup, my husband makes brisket, and I order stuffed cabbage and roasted brussels sprouts - yum! 

This year, I am happy to facilitate our Zoom experience for classes and manage the website. 

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