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Nevei Kodesh Religious School Staff 

Meet Our Team 

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 a Master of Jewish Education with an emphasis in experiential education from Hebrew College, where I graduated this past year as a Legacy Fellow. My first introduction into Jewish Renewal was as the director of ALEPH Kids Kallah, developing an experiential summer program. My additional experience is in curriculum development, teaching, classroom management, creating organizational systems, service leading and marketing as a long-time Religious School Director, B'nai Mitzvah coordinator, teacher and Early Childhood Director. 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 bring my expertise and love for this community and Jewish learning to our Nevei Kodesh community. As for my personal life, I enjoy spending time with my husband, awesome five children, our bunny, two dogs, Beta fish and grand-dog, Zuko. I am an avid Harry Potter fan, love baking bread, enjoy mystical things and being outdoors, especially on the water. I am also really excited about our upcoming year here at Nevei Kodesh. 
 
 

Preschool - kindergarten lead teacher: Noah Fisher

Hi everyone! My name is Noah and I teach the preschool - kindergarten class here at Nevei Kodesh. This will be my fourth year with this class and I love it. I am 25 years old and graduated from CU Boulder with a degree in Psychology and a minor in business. In Jewish learning, I worked previously at Har Shalom in Fort Collins and for the JCC Ranch Camp as the field sports specialist where I was awarded counselor of the year. During the week, I work with the Denver JCC (Jewish Community Center) at the early learning center as part of the administrative team. I am looking forward to another amazing year of learning, growing and connecting with our NK children and families. 

Alef - 1st grade lead teacher + Hebrew teacher: Taly Fisher 

Hi NK community! I have long served the Jewish communities I have been a part of for many years in working with students of all ages. I began my own Religious School journey in 2nd grade and continued to work as a Madricha (teen helper) at my synagogue following the end of my schooling. I then moved to Boulder and am now entering my final year of studies at the University of Colorado, studying Sociology and Women and Gender Studies. During my time in Boulder, I have continuously worked at Nevei Kodesh, first as an assistant educator in the Pre-K/Kindergarten classroom, and then becoming primary educator of Kitah Alef, the 1st grade. On Tuesdays, I also teach Hebrew School where I tutor Hebrew and teach Judaism through cooking. 

I am entering my 3rd year of solo teaching and cannot wait to connect with and foster a welcoming, joyous 1st grade, school and Nevei Kodesh community as a whole. I spent the Summer of 2019 in Israel working and living in Haifa, and in summer 2018, I worked as a camp counselor at URJ Eisner Camp in the Berkshires. Aside from my love of being Jewish, I enjoy spending time with family, listening to podcasts and music, and am now working to master my new Roller-Skating hobby. I am very excited to teach in this upcoming year, and am looking forward to helping create an adaptable, stable, and exciting Nevei Kodesh Religious School family community.

Bet - 2nd grade teacher: Melissa Goldman 

Hello all! My name is Melissa Goldman. I am 32 years old, a mother of two adorable daughters (4 years old, and almost 2 years - in October!), and a career educator! This will be my fourth year teaching at Nevei Kodesh, and my ninth year teaching religious school in general. I have a bachelor's degree in elementary education, with a minor in fine arts, and a post-baccalaureate degree in ELL (English Language Learning), and will soon be applying to a master's degree program in elementary counseling. This means I'm great at incorporating arts and Hebrew learning into my classroom, and my superpower is figuring out how to make every student feel welcome, included, and special. Even though we'll be starting online rather than in person, I look forward to meeting my new students and their families, and having an amazing religious school year!

Gimel - 3rd grade group leader + Art Track Specialist: Asher Fisher

Hi, my name is Asher and I’m excited to be the 3rd grade group leader and Art Track specialist this year! My experience working with children in Religious School began when I was a madrich in high school, partnering with a child who has exceptionalities so that he could be an active part of his class. Since then I’ve worked at JCC Ranch Camp here in Colorado, taught at ALEPH Kallah and as an early childhood teacher in a local center for the last 2 years. This is my third year teaching with Nevei Kodesh and I am very excited about sharing learning with all the 3-5th grade students interested in the Art Track. I also attend RMCAD, working towards my bachelor's in animation, so you can assume there will be a lot of amazing learning through art in my class! One very cool thing about me is that I lived in Madagascar working in ocean/forest conservation and I loved it. I’m so excited to get this year started, and to meet all of the new and returning students. 

Dalet - 4th grade group leader + Social Justice/Tikkun Olam Track Specialist: Lisa Guthery

I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, and have served the Denver and Boulder Jewish communities for most of my life. I began teaching Religious School as a Madricha (teen helper) at Temple Sinai in Denver when I was 11 years old. I then went on to study at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where I received my BA in Psychology. After graduating Bowdoin, I moved to Guatemala for a year, returning to Colorado in 2008 when I began teaching Religious School at Temple Sinai while serving as a Caseworker with Head Start. In 2014, I and my husband, David, decided to join Nevei Kodesh's community right around the time I decided to further my studies in social justice and clinical social work. I went on to receive my  Masters in Social Work (MSW) at Smith College School for Social Work in 2016, and then my License in Clinical Social Work (LCSW) in 2019, all while teaching at NK's Religious School as the Lead Teacher for 4th and 5th grades.

This year, I am entering my 10th year of lead teaching and cannot wait! I am beyond excited to welcome my students, and to create a joyful community. In addition to my love of the Jewish community, I enjoy being a Mama to my 2-year-old daughter, Charley, and wife to David Hoffman. Our family loves to go hiking and camping, and Charley currently loves reading books with her Mama. Every so often, Charley makes an appearance at Religious School, and we are so appreciative of all the love the NK Community has given our family!

Hay - 5th grade group leader + Cooking Track Specialist: Shaine Fisher 

Shalom! My name is Shaine, and I am proud to teach and serve the NK Jewish community! I have been working as a teacher in religious schools for 7 years, and have been a teacher at Nevei for the last 3 years. In previous years, I worked at Congregation Har Shalom and Temple Sinai as a PreK teacher and a 7th grade teacher. At Nevei, I’ve taught the 3rd grade class, CTR 2, Hebrew school, and done various teen programs. I pride myself on making fun and interactive lesson plans, as well as connecting with each student.

I recently received my Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from CU Boulder, and have an interest in youth justice, criminal justice, prevention work, and crisis management. Beyond my formal education, I spent a year in Israel on Aardvark, volunteering, traveling, and studying. In my time, I worked at a horse farm and a preschool both dedicated to therapy for children with disabilities. In the last few years, I have also held internships at Boulder Preparatory High School, Children’s Village in New York, and as a researcher for a gang prevention program. Beyond that, I’ve also worked as a peer educator for a health promotion program, doing prevention work for college-aged students. I love living Jewishly, and tie the values of Judaism into my daily life. In my free time, I enjoy spending quality time with family and friends, spending time outdoors, crafting, thrift-shopping, cooking, and hanging out with my hairless puppy Zuko.

B-Mitzvah (Crossing the River) Learning Team

Rabbi Diane Tiferet Lakein, Rabbi/Educator 

I became involved in Jewish Education when my older daughter was young and complained that she did not know any other Jewish children (she was one of only two Jewish children in her elementary school in Germany). Since then, I have been actively working to ensure that my own children (I have two daughters, 11 and 20) and other children have ample opportunity to engage in a joyous Jewish learning and praying environment. I have worked as an educator in multiple congregations and hold a Masters in Jewish Education from Hebrew College. I also received rabbinic ordination from ALEPH, the Alliance for Jewish Renewal. I have served as the Rabbi of Chawurah Gescher(Freiburg, Germany) and Migwan (Basel, Switzerland) prior to moving to Boulder from Europe two years ago. I currently freelance in Germany and the United States – with an emphasis on education, pastoral care and spiritual direction – and can be found online at RabbiWithin.org. I am a part of the CTR team at Congregation Nevei Kodesh this year and enjoy teaching about Prayer, Lifecycle events, Torah, God and Jewish Renewal to both children and adults. I am also available to tutor and/or officiate for B-Mitzvah at NK. Earlier in my life, I was a cultural anthropologist – and have lived extended periods of my life abroad in Sweden, Thailand, China and Germany.

Ari Sharfstein, Music and Prayer Leader/Educator 

Hi everyone! For those of you who have not yet met me, my name is Ari and I am a second year Master's student in music education at CU Boulder! I joined the Nevei Kodesh team as the religious school music teacher last year when I arrived to begin my degree program. Before making my way to Boulder, I studied music and philosophy at the University of Florida, where I led music for services at the Hillel House and worked as the music teacher at a local Hebrew school. After graduating, I moved back down to South Florida where I worked as an SAT tutor, but it was a job destined to be short lived. A few months after returning home, I got a job offer to be the musician in residence at Temple Israel in Cape Town, South Africa. I spent three wonderful months in Cape Town working as a songleader, music teacher, youth worker, and b'nei mitzvah tutor before returning to the United States, but my wanderlust wasn't satiated just yet. Luckily for me, a synagogue in Melbourne, Australia was looking for a music teacher and assistant to the cantor, and next thing I knew I was heading down undah'. I spent a full year working in Melbourne (or Melbin, as the locals say) before returning to the United States once more to continue my education here in Boulder. It's been a wild ride, and one that I'm glad has landed me here with this wonderful community.

Wed, October 28 2020 10 Cheshvan 5781