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Religious School Mentors, Leaders & Staff

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 + 2018
  • Good People Fund Fellow
  • National workshop presenter at RENA, JEC/Jewish CO trainings + NewCAJE
  • CO Early Childhood Director certified

 

Melissa Goldman, 1st & 2nd (Alef + Bet)  

Hello! My name is Melissa Goldman, and I'm so excited to be teaching religious school at Nevei Kodesh this year! This will be my sixth year as a religious school teacher, my second year teaching in Colorado, and my very first year at Nevei Kodesh. I'm a certified elementary educator, and got my minor in fine arts, so I love bringing art and music and movement to my classroom. I also firmly believe in praise and positive behavior management systems. My classroom is full of hands-on experiences, a strong feeling of community, and pride in ourselves and our work. When I'm not teaching Sunday School, I stay at home with my wonderful little one year old girl, and spend time with my amazing husband. I'm really looking forward to meeting all of your fantastic children, and being a part of the Nevei Kodesh congregation!

 

 

 

 

Bon Singer, CTR 1 Mitzvah Project Specialist +

Tuesday afternoon Hebrew and Chugs 

I have been working with B’nai Mitzvah students for twenty years.  I have also taught general Jewish studies, served in a cantorial role for several synagogues, led meditation and chanting sessions and workshops, and developed my own ethics and leadership program. I love it all! I love singing, connecting with other people, teaching kids and adults. So glad I don’t have to choose!

 

 

 

Taly Fisher, co-teacher for Preschool - Kindergarten

My name is Taly Fisher, one of the two teachers who is working with the preschool - kindergarten class! I am currently a freshman at University of Colorado at Boulder and loving it! In my free time, I love to be with my family and friends, exploring the new city I live in and enjoying all that Boulder has to offer. I very much enjoy living Jewishly, and being a part of the Jewish community as much as possible. Growing up, I attended religious school, and for the past four years, I worked as a madricha, designing opportunities for children’s religious learning experiences to be more informative and enjoyable. Last summer, I was a counselor at Kids' Kallah in Fort Collins. It was an amazing and meaningful experience. This past summer, I worked as a camp counselor for a preschool/kindergarten Jewish day camp, working with kids from ages 3 to 8, sharing with them about STEM innovations in Israel, Jewish values and so much more. In high school, I was also heavily involved in the B’nai Brith Youth Organization’s chapter in Fort Collins. There I made close friendships with other teens who value their Judaism just as much as I do. All of these past experiences have given me an even greater love for my Jewish community, making me incredibly excited to work at Nevei Kodesh. I am thrilled to meet all the students I will be influencing, and to be a part of this new community here in Boulder! 

 

 

Maya Golan, Tuesday afternoon Hebrew + Chugs

I am bilingual and bicultural. I grew up in Israel where I studied and taught social theater and yoga. I have worked with children of all ages for over the past ten years in varied and diverse settings. Since moving to Boulder two years ago, I have taught Hebrew both as a private tutor one-on-one, as well as in a group setting. I have additionally instructed theater and bible classes in both Bonai Shalom and Nevei Kodesh. I am in my final year of graduate psychotherapy studies, counseling patients in my internship program and passionate about working with children.

 

 

 

 

 

Shaine Fisher, 3rd grade (Gimel)

Hi! My name is Shaine, and I am thrilled to be the 3rd + 4th grade teacher this year for the Nevei Kodesh Religious School! My hobbies include painting, fashion, spending time outdoors, making good food for my friends, and participating in my Jewish community. I grew up in the religious school system, attending Har Shalom in Fort Collins, and was a also a madricha for 4 years. In that time, I worked with many different grade levels, and even had the opportunity to co-teach a preschool class my senior year. After high school graduation, I ventured to Israel for a year on a Jewish program called Aardvark. During my time there, I traveled, volunteered, and gained college credits while being immersed in Israeli culture. For my service, I volunteered at a horse farm, assisting in lessons with younger children while also working at a preschool centered around giving children with disabilities a place to thrive. After my year in Israel, I helped teach a 7th grade class at Temple Sinai for the school year every Sunday. The following summer, I was a counselor and ropes specialist at JCC Ranch Camp, and counseled a cabin of 7th graders, 2nd graders, and then 6th graders. I absolutely love being involved in my Jewish community, and being able to be a role model for young Jewish children. I feel well-prepared and excited to have the opportunity to play a role in the young lives at Nevei Kodesh!

 
 
 

Hez Fisher, CTR 1 - B'nai Mitzvah (6th and/or 7th grades) Class Community Leader 

Hi! My name is Hez Fisher. I am looking forward to connecting with the CTR 1 students this fall. I am a senior at CU Boulder working towards my degree in Operations Management. I grew up in Religious School, worked as a madrich for four years and then as a manager of madrichim for two years. The past two years, I led a class of 7th graders through their B'nai Mitzvah journeys. One of the most memorable events we did together was creating a Hospitality Dinner for the community where the students planned the theme, menu, shopped, studied, cooked, led a Shabbat service and shared hospitality with the community. It was awesome! My experience also includes working as a counselor for Aleph Jewish Renewal Kids' Kallah and a Jewish summer day camp counselor this past summer. This year, I will be partnering with Rav Bracha, Bon Singer and guests this year to create a great experience for our CTR 1 students. I'm looking forward to being part of Nevei Kodesh. I plan to focus on building a positive, magical and strong CTR community.

 
 

Lisa Guthery Hoffman, 4th & 5th grades (Dalet + Hay)

Hello!  My name is Lisa, and I am super excited about this upcoming school year. I grew up in Denver, Colorado, and attended Temple Sinai in Denver throughout my childhood.  I have been teaching in Jewish education since I was 11 years old, starting as a Hebrew tutor and classroom assistant, and then as a 4th grade religious school teacher in the Temple Sinai Religious School.  I went to elementary and high school at the Denver Campus for Jewish Education.  I left Colorado for a bit to go to undergrad in Maine, and to volunteer abroad, and then returned in 2008.  My husband, David, and I live in Arvada with our dog Aiko. David and I joined Nevei Kodesh about 2 years ago because we wanted a hands-on, experiential, kabalistically and social justice oriented Jewish spiritual home.  David is very much enjoying serving as the new treasurer for Nevei Kodesh, and I am excited to return after teaching 4th/5th LJL last year.   

 

David Hoffman, Nevei Teens Leader 

Bio to come...

 

Noah Fisher, co-teacher for Preschool - Kindergarten 

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Tue, September 26 2017 6 Tishrei 5778