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Cindy Pitkoff

Kindergarten, Sunday

Cindy Pitkoff has been teaching the Kindergarten class for the past six years at Temple Sinai. She has a strong connection to Judaism and Israel and she is eager to share it with her students. Cindy teaches Pre-K at Bi-Cultural Day School. She earned her B.A. degree in History from Duke University. Cindy is a resident of Pound Ridge, NY and appreciates family time with her three children and husband.

 

 

Beverly Leighton

1st Grade Religious School, Sunday

 

 

 

 

 

Judy Stern

2nd Grade Religious School, Sunday

4th Grade Hebrew, Monday

Judy was born and raised in Westchester County, NY. Her Grandfather established a synagogue in Mt. Vernon, NY. She helped start a Hillel at Pace University, Pleasantville, where she met her husband Alan. Having never gone to Religious School, Judy completed numerous years of Hebrew and Bible study at her Synagogue. She made her adult Bat-Mitzvah and Confirmation which led her to become a Religious School Educator. Presently she teaches at 2 other Synagogues besides Temple Sinai. Judy and her husband Alan are the proud parents of Adam who along with wife Cheryl have given her 2 wonderful grandsons; Hunter and Spencer. She enjoys spending time with her family whether at home or on Cape Cod. She enjoys traveling to historic and haunted sites.

 

 

Debbie Morgenthaler

3rd Grade Religious School, Sunday

4/5 Grade Family Shabbat Program

 

 

Ronnie Thompson

4th Grade Sunday

7th Grade Hebrew, Monday & Wednesday 

 

Ronnie has taught in public and Hebrew schools for over 20 years. In her previous tenure at Temple Shearith Israel, Ridgefield, CT she has had experience in every grade from beginning Hebrew through B’nai Mitzvah tutoring and Hebrew culture classes which include, Jews in American History, Holocaust studies and Bible education. As a teacher in a Hebrew Adult Education class, Ronnie has worked with persons who wish to prepare for their B’nai Mitzvah and she ran an adult beginners Hebrew class for those who never had any experience learning Hebrew as a child. Additionally, Ronnie tutors SAT and ACT and guides students through the college process. 

 

Randi Singer

5th Grade Hebrew, Monday & Wednesday

Randi Singer has been a Religious School educator for  over 18 years. When not working with Fifth Graders on their Hebrew, she is part of the Kindergarten Team at Schechter Westchester. Randi enjoys watching her participants thrive in their success as learners. Having not enjoyed Hebrew School as a student, she understands that it has to be a fun learning environment! 

 

Iva Litvak

5th Grade Religious School, Sunday

Iva has been passionate about Judaism from the time she was a little girl. Indeed, she was the youngest member of her Temple's choir and every congregant believed that she would be the next cantor.  But her true calling was in Jewish Education. Upon graduation from Indiana University, where she graduated with a BA in Folklore and Anthropology and a Certificate in Jewish Studies, she made her way to Israel. There she met her husband Amihai and completed her graduate work in Jewish Education from the joint program between Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and Hebrew College. Iva has taught in a number of places, most recently the Jewish High School of Connecticut.

 

Fran Schechter

6th Grade Religious School, Sunday

6th Grade Hebrew, Monday & Wednesday

 

Fran has been teaching students in public and private schools as well as summer programs for almost four decades.  As a member of Temple Sinai Congregation since 1990 all three of Fran's children did their B'nai mitzvah's, confirmations and attended the community high school programs.  Over the past 23 years of teaching in our congregation Fran has worked in many different grade levels.  At this time she is teaching fourth grade Hebrew and Jewish Life Cycle Events and. As part of the Adult Education Program Fran teaches beginning Hebrew to those taking the two year course for becoming B'nai mitzvah.  

 

Aaron Zimmerman

7th Grade Religious School, Sunday

Aaron grew up in Ridgefield, CT and attended the University of Connecticut where he got his Bachelors Degree in History and also attended the University of New Haven, where he earned his MBA with a Sports Management concentration. Aaron currently lives in Stamford  with his wife Franki. This will be my 2nd year teaching Hebrew School. Last year Aaron taught 4th, 5th, and 6th grades at Temple Shearith Israel, Ridgefield, CT. 

The past 5 years he has worked as a Sports Director at the New Canaan YMCA, and he recently started a job working as the Director of Event Operations at SportsRecruits.

 

 

Betsy Stone

6/7 Grade Family Shabbat Program

Betsy Stone is a retired Clinical Psychologist. Betsy teaches Human Development at Hebrew Union College. Social Psychology of Adolescence at Hebrew Union College, and a 6/7 Grade Shabbat Family Program at Temple Sinai. Betsy is a voracious reader, the parent of three grown children and the nana of Eliana Reese. Betsy and her husband Mike have been members of Temple Sinai for 20 years.

 

 

Erica Santiago: 

 

Erica grew up as a member of Monroe Temple Beth El of Liberal Judaism located in Monroe, NY. As a member of the congregation she and her family were involved with the youth group as well as social action programming.  Erica is passionate about Jewish Youth Education and is looking forward to her new position at Temple Sinai. While in college and graduate school Erica stayed active in the NFTY community by staffing local and regional events. Erica now works full time at the Food Bank for Westchester located in Elmsford, NY. She previously worked for a service agency in East Harlem, NY as the Operations Director for the Yorkville Common Pantry and ran their Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen. This summer Erica is staffing the first ever NFTY Mitzvah Corps program in Washington D.C. in July.  Erica holds a Master’s Degree from CUNY’s Hunter College School of Social Work with a specialization in Community Organizing.