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Religious School Mentors, Leaders, Staff & Specialists

Meet Our Team 

 

Rav Sarah Bracha Gershuny

I am passionate about meaningful, real life Jewish education for children, teens and adults. On Sundays, I will be teaching a monthly class for parents and other adults to help support Jewish practice at home. These will be fun, multi-sensory sessions that invite discussion and sharing, while combining practical how-tos with esoteric and spiritual insight. I will also form part of the teaching team sharing Hebrew lessons with our students on Tuesday evenings and learning with our CTR (6th and 7th grade) students on Sunday mornings. An exciting new addition is that I, along with friends, will be leadings songs & t'filot (prayers) withour students and parents each week on Sunday mornings from 10 - 10:30am. All are welcome! 

I am excited to connect with families and students of all ages, helping the community to deepen in study while offering positive energy and joyful, musical Jewish learning. I look forward to a great year of community and connection!

 

Brooke Fisher, Director of Family Life + Religious School Director 

I am excited be on an amazing journey with all the awesome children, teens, families and community members of Nevei Kodesh. I am currently working towards a Master of Jewish Education with an emphasis in experiential education at Hebrew College, where I am a Legacy Fellow. Last summer, I had the opportunity to design, create and direct Kids Kallah on behalf of Aleph Alliance for Jewish Renewal at CSU. My additional experience is in curriculum development, teaching, classroom management, creating organizational systems and marketing. I recently completed my 6th year as Religious School Director for Har Shalom in Fort Collins. Developing and fostering an innovative Religious School and family life programs while learning with so many bright students, enthusiastic staff and wonderful families is what I love. I am excited to bring connections, experiential opportunities and magical Judaism to the Nevei Kodesh community. 
 
Qualifications & Achievements:
  • Hebrew College Legacy Fellow
  • 2nd year as Chair for the Jewish Educators’ Council of Colorado
  • Board member for the Reconstructionist Educators of North America
  • PJ Goes to School cohort participant
  • Creator and director of Aleph: Kids’ Camp Kallah 2016 
  • Good People Fund Fellow
  • National workshop presenter at RENA, JEC/Jewish CO trainings + NewCAJE
  • CO Early Childhood Director certified

 

 

 

 

 

Noah Fisher, Preschool - Kindergarten  

Noah is a long-time Religious School educator working with children from preschool-age to teens. He has extensive experience in coaching and teaching young children; he thoroughly enjoys them. Noah has taught at Kids Kallah for Aleph Jewish Renewal and worked as a counselor/manager for JCC Ranch Camp here in Colorado. Noah graduated from CU Boulder with a degree in psychology and a minor in business. His training extends to teacher development through CO Jewish Educators and Boulder Jewish Educators. Noah currently teaches our preschool-kindergarten class and Israeli dance at our holiday camp days

 


 

 

 

Taly Fisher, 1st (Alef)

Taly is a long-time Religious School teacher working with all grades of students. She currently teaches first grade and prayerbook Hebrew here at Nevei Kodesh. Her additional experience is working at Kallah Kids Aleph for Jewish Renewal, Jewish day camp settings, as well as, a Jewish sleep-away camp in MA. Taly has trained with CO Jewish Educators workshops in teacher development. This summer, Taly travels to Haifa to be part of Onward Israel, working with Arab and Jewish women in domestic abuse situations. Her degree track at CU Boulder is majoring in sociology with a minor in women and gender studies. 

 

 

Melissa Goldman, 2nd (Bet)

Melissa is a seasoned Religious School educator teaching in two states and three synagogues. She is a certified elementary educator, with a minor in fine arts, who loves bringing art combined with music and movement to the classroom. Melissa has trained with CO Jewish Educators and Boulder Jewish Educators in professional development. Melissa currently teaches our 2nd grade class here at Nevei Kodesh. She enjoys spending time with her her amazing husband and two beautiful daughters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asher Fisher, 3rd (Gimel)

 Asher is a qualified Religious School educator working with children of all ages, specializing in working with children who have exceptionalities. Asher spent time in Madagascar volunteering in conservation and teaching children English. Asher worked at Kids Kallah for Aleph Jewish Renewal and JCC Ranch Camp here in CO. He has trained with CO Jewish Educators Council and Boulder Jewish Educators Council in teacher development. Currently, he also works for Teaching Tree in Fort Collins, CO. Asher currently teaches our 3rd grade class here at Nevei Kodesh.

 

Lisa Guthery Hoffman, 5th grade (Hay)

Lisa is an experienced Religious School teacher. She attends Nevei Kodesh with her husband, David, and daughter, Charley. Lisa teaches 5th grade on Sunday mornings. Lisa has trained with CO Jewish Educators and Boulder Jewish Educators’ in teacher development. She has a masters in social work and is a licensed clinical social worker.

 

 

 

 

Hez Fisher, CTR 1

Hez is a long-time Religious School teacher with experience in teaching Hebrew, middle school students and managing a Jewish summer camp, including responsibility for overall curriculum. He also worked at Kallah Kids for Aleph Jewish Renewal and loved it. Hez is a CU graduate with a degree in business management with a specialization in operations and logistics, with plans to start his Masters’ program next year. Hez has trained in teaching B’nai Mitzvah curriculum through Moving Traditions; also participating in CO Jewish Educators and Boulder Jewish Educators’ trainings. Growing up in Religious School, Hez brings his passion to Jewish learning to our students at Nevei. He currently teaches prayerbook Hebrew and is part of our CTR 1 team here at Nevei Kodesh.

 

 

 

 

Shaine Fisher, CTR 2 

Shaine has been working as a Religious School teacher for many years, with experience working with all grades from preschool through teens. She lived and studied in Israel for a year engaging in social-action work for children with exceptionalities while living in Jerusalem. Her experience also includes teaching for Kids Kallah for Aleph Jewish Renewal, working with students at JCC Ranch Camp and working with students in the foster care or juvenile delinquency system in New York. She has trained with CO Jewish Educators and Boulder Jewish Educators in teacher development. She is currently majoring in sociology with a minor in business at CU Boulder while active with Hillel. She works with the CTR 2 professional team. 

 
 
Netsach Ish-Shalom, Prek-2nd Hebrew & Tuesday Hebrew 
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Lael Har, 3rd-5th Hebrew 
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Jenny Schiff, Tuesday Chuggim Leader+Dance/Shout Out Teen Class
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David Kessem, Music Director Pre-2nd
David is our music superstar, David has trained with Ellen Allard and shared his musical talents as a leader both on Sunday mornings, kids holiday services, Bubble Shabbat and PJ Havdalah.
 
 
 

Bill Fisher, Weird Torah+ Assistant Director 

Bill is a dedicated husband to the director and Fisher dad, Bill has taught many years in Religious School and co-led workshops for Religious School educators across the country. He teaches Weird Torah to kids starting in 3rd grade with a specific focus for 6th grade and up, with special appearances in teaching college students at Hillel. He also acts as the assistant to the director, a trusted job.

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mon, October 21 2019 22 Tishrei 5780