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Nevei Kodesh Religious School Staff 

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Education Director: Coming Soon



Preschool - 1st grade lead teacher: Preschool - 1st grade lead teacher: coming soon 


Bet / Gimel - 2nd & 3rd grade lead 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!


Dalet / Hay - 4th & 5th grade lead teacher: coming soon 


CTR (Crossing the River) B'nai Mitzvah 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, 12 and 21) 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 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'nai 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.

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