Welcome to the Hebrew School and Tichon at Ohev Shalom of Bucks County
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Dear Ohev Shalom Hebrew School Families and Prospective Families,
The faculty and I are very excited for the upcoming Hebrew School year! We look forward to continuing our partnership with you in fulfilling your children’s Jewish education! New real-time Jewish experiences, refined curriculum and innovative teaching methods are just a few of the additions and enhancements we are implementing this year. Our goal is to build a strong foundation for Jewish learning while giving our students the joy and love for Judaism. Your involvement is welcome and always encouraged. Please feel free to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org), call (215-322-9597) or stop me in the hall or visit the school office to share with me how wonderful your child(ren)’s experiences are or, to communicate a concern. Get ready for a fantastic year of learning, enthusiasm and growth! Together we can create a bright and joyful home of Jewish education.
With warm regards,
Barbara Glickman, Education Director
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- Our supplementary Hebrew/Religious School program provides Jewish education for children in kindergarten through tenth grade.
- The course of study offered delivers academic and experiential knowledge of Jewish tradition, culture, prayer, history and Torah.
- Curriculum is designed to develop fluency in reading Hebrew, comfort and familiarity with the Siddur and Jewish liturgy, and a basic understanding of prayers.
- Sunday program for Gan (Kindergarten), Kesher (First Grade) and Mechina (Second Grade) and is open to children from the community, both members and non-members. The classes meet for two and a half hours on Sunday mornings.
- The five-year Hebrew School program (Third through Seventh Grades) is open to the children of Ohev Shalom members only. Students attend two days a week (Wednesday afternoon and Sunday morning) for a total of 5 hours.
- Our Hebrew High program, Tichon at Ohev Shalom meets once a week, on Wednesday night for 2 hours and includes dinner!
- Supplements and reinforces classroom learning.
- Experiential and meaningful.
- Encourages participation and involvement in the Jewish community.
- Music and trope with Cantor Annelise Ocanto-Romo.
- Examples include “A Hero in Heaven,” Jewish War Veterans, Stand With Us, the Anti-Defamation League, Innovations:Africa, and many others.
- The entire school will visit the Jewish Relief Agency warehouse in Philadelphia to pack and distribute food to those in need.
- Based on the spiral curricular concept in which students visit similar areas of study each school year but on an increasingly sophisticated and theme based level.
- Our goal is to continually challenge our students to understand concepts more deeply; we facilitate their religious and spiritual growth and development, and share with them the joy and excitement of Jewish living.
HEBREW/PRAYER and HOLIDAYS
- Students entering Kitah Aleph (Third Grade) begin an intensive course of study, approximately half of which is dedicated to learning how to read, write and pray in Hebrew.
- Once Hebrew reading is introduced, the focus turns to familiarization with and, ultimately, mastery of the Friday night and Shabbat morning services.
- Hebrew Through Movement, a total physical response approach to learning the Hebrew language.
- Basic prayer themes, key words and chants associated with each prayer are learned.
- The meanings of words and prayer are evaluated and shared.
- The long-term goal of our Hebrew/Tefillah (prayer) curriculum is to enable our students to walk into any Conservative synagogue and follow or even lead a service.
- In addition to the Friday night and Shabbat morning services, students study the other central prayers associated with holidays, life cycle events, and home rituals.
HEBREW HIGH SCHOOL
- An interactive, experiential Hebrew High School program which is geared towards students in 8th through 10th grades.
- Meets Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30PM and includes dinner.
- Ohev Shalom 10th graders in the Confirmation Class, attend an additional weekly session with Rabbi Perlstein on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 – 6:30, join the 8th and 9th graders for dinner, then have class with Cantor Annelise Ocanto-Romo.
HEBREW SCHOOL AND TICHON FACULTY
The Ohev and Tichon faculties consists of:
- Knowledgeable, experienced and passionate teachers who engage the students in enjoyable and enriching learning experiences.
- Teachers who know how to make Judaism come alive in the classroom.
- Teen assistants, madrichim, who are knowledgeable and passionate about Judaism and are role models for students.
- Ohev Shalom is committed to providing a high quality, meaningful Jewish education in a warm and nurturing environment.
MEET OUR HEBREW/RELIGIOUS SCHOOL TEAM
Barbara Glickman is the Education Director at Ohev Shalom of Bucks County. This is her fourth consecutive year leading the Hebrew School and Tichon at Ohev Principal. In 2007 she started working in the preschool as a substitute teacher and the following year became the inaugural teacher in our 18-month program. She worked as the 18-month teacher until 2013 when she became the Hebrew and Movement Specialist while assisting in the ELC office. Prior to her role as Education Director, Barbara taught Mechina, 2nd grade, for five years then took a year off to work closely with the Education Committee. Barbara has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Temple University and studied towards an M.B.A. at Philadelphia University. She is currently a Midcareer Fellow at Gratz college working towards a Master’s Degree in Jewish Communal Service and Nonprofit Management. Barbara also completed the coursework for the Hebrew Through Movement curriculum and currently teaches Hebrew and Movement for the Early Learning Center.Michele Fields, Gan/Kesher Kindergarten/1st grade Michele has been teaching Religious School at Ohev Shalom for the past nine years. For over 25 years she has been involved with Jewish Education. Michele worked for various synagogues and Jewish Day Schools. Throughout most of her teaching years, she taught Kindergarten and First Grade. Michele truly enjoys working with children of this age. Over the years, she has even taught the upper grades as well. On a more personal front, Michele graduated from Temple University with a Degree in Early Childhood Education and Child Development. She is the proud mom of five great children, ranging in ages from twenty down to ten.Michele feels fortunate to be able to combine my love of children with my love of Jewish Education, by teaching the Gan and Kesher Class at Ohev Shalom! Joyce Most, Mechina, 2nd grade Originally from CT, Joyce spent her first ten years of school at the Hebrew day school, The Yeshiva of Hartford. After high school, she met her husband Alan, and moved to Boston then received a B.S. in Health Sciences from Boston University. Thirty years ago, job relocation brought them to Bucks County where she and Alan raised their three grown daughters. They attended Ohev’s preschool and Hebrew school through confirmation, and celebrated all of their Bat Mitzvahs here. Ohev has been part of her family for over 25 years! Over the past 7+ years, she has been an assistant teacher in Ohev’s ELC. She also assisted and taught 1st, 3rd and 4th grades in the Hebrew School over the past six years. Galit Barzeski, Bet 4th grade Galit received her BA in Jewish Studies and a Certificate of Special Education in Jewish Studies from Gratz College. She has worked for several area schools including Perelman Jewish Day School as an Assistant Hebrew Teacher where she was for 11 years. Galit mainly worked in the lower grades teaching Jewish Holidays, Hebrew language and traditions. She also taught Hebrew at Gratz College Ulpan for adults, which was mainly conversational Hebrew and grammar. This year will be her 7th year teaching at Ohev Shalom Hebrew/Religious School. She enjoys working with the kids and sharing with them her love of Judaism and Israel. Marla Lambert, Gimel 5th grade Marla earned a Masters of Jewish Liberal Studies in 1997 and earned 30 credits past her Master’s. Coursework included the study of the Holocaust. She also studied Secondary Education Foreign Language at Temple University with a Pennsylvania certification to teach Spanish and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1990. She graduated Gratz Hebrew High School in 1985. Marla has been teaching Hebrew school since 1987 and has been with Ohev Shalom since 1997. During the school year, Marla is a Spanish teacher at Northeast High School and has been with the Philadelphia School District since 1990. Her passion is Spin so she teaches three cycle classes per week at LA Fitness. Annie Bloom, Gimel 5th grade Annie Bloom has been teaching at Ohev Hebrew School for six years including second and third grades, and most recently, fifth grade. During the school year Annie teaches preschool at a local synagogue. Annie spends her summers as a preschool camp counselor at Willow Grove Day Camp. Annie graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Philadelphia College of Textile and Science (Philadelphia University) and obtained her CDA (child development associate) in October 2014. She also was confirmed and attended Gratz College to further her Jewish Studies. Previously, Annie taught Parent/Child classes and Sunday school at Beth Israel of Chester County. Annie resides in Southampton and is married to Eric. They have three children Andrew (25), Lauren (22) and Brian (9) and a rescue puppy named Bailey. Michelle Taylor, Daled 6th grade Michelle is spending her third year as part of the Ohev Hebrew School team. She is also a B’nai Mitzvah tutor. Michelle has a strong background in Hebrew and Prayer and worked for local synagogues for the past 12 years. Most recently, she taught a Hebrew Through Prayer curriculum to 4th through 7th graders. Her Hebrew/Jewish training comes mostly from having attended Solomon Schechter Day School and Gratz College in the ’70s and ’80s. By day, she is the Inventory Manager for company located in Warminster. Michelle lives in Warwick with her husband and two teenage boys. For fun, she plays softball in a women’s league and enjoys game nights and watching movies with her family. Iris Spector, Hei 7th grade Iris was born and raised in Israel, and when she completed school she joined the Israeli army as students traditionally do. Later, she moved to the southern region of Israel and lived in Kibbutz Kalia which is near the Dead Sea. During her time at Kibbutz Kalia Iris primarily worked with children. She also met her husband Adam there, as he was a volunteer visiting from the United States. In August of 1988 Iris moved to the US and that Fall started working in Ohev Shalom’s Pre-school and Hebrew School. Ohev has been her second home for the past 28 years! Her favorite thing to teach is T’filah, because it gives her the opportunity to introduce new and fun tunes to the students. She also enjoys read Torah at Shabbat morning services, which she tries to do as often as possible. Iris is also one of Ohev’s Bar/Bat mitzvah tutors and she really enjoys working independently with the students. She finds it so rewarding to work with each student and help them prepare them for their special day. Iris loves being a teacher, and sharing her experiences and knowledge with the children. In 2001 Iris joined the staff at Perlman Jewish Day School teaching first through fifth grade Hebrew. Iris is the proud mom to Hadar and Noam. Suzanne Gold, Special Needs and Academic Support Coordinator Suzanne collaborates and partners with the Hebrew School Principal; Staff; families and clergy to design appropriate, supportive environments and accommodations for students in need of specially designed instruction. She reviews existing student’s Individual Educational Plans (IEP), 504 Plans and Individual Health Plans that are shared by families and collaborate with teachers to design Special Needs Action Plan (SNAP). Additionally, she works closely with the Hebrew School Resource Room teacher, tutors and madrachim to help implement a meaningful, positive program for identified students. Suzanne is also the Celebrations! Lead Teacher. Celebrations! meets monthly for children ages 4 through 18 years of age and is designed for students with cognitive, neurobehavioral, sensory or physical disorders. Suzanne is a retired Demonstration Special Education teacher for the School District of Philadelphia. She has enjoyed teaching students diagnosed with a diverse levels of disabilities, including students diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, ADD/ADHD, and developmental and intellectual disabilities. She and her husband Larry are members of Ohev Shalom for almost 3 decades. Her children Ariel and Jeffrey attended Hebrew School and Confirmed at Ohev Shalom. Shari Williams, HS Administrative Assistant Shari is an attorney by day, specializing in family matters. Originally from Lower Moreland, she relocated to Florida and taught Hebrew School 7th grade. Upon moving to Charlotte, NC she taught 5th grade Jewish Studies and Hebrew High school at her synagogue. In 2011 Shari returned to Bucks County and began working at Ohev as the Hebrew School administrative assistant. Shari has two children.
Michael Washerstein, Tichon teacher and Hei Assistant
Mike hails from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. A Philadelphia sports enthusiast, Michael can almost always be found supporting one of his favorite Philly teams. Throughout his youth, Michael participated in services and youth events at Ohev Shalom. He quickly became active as a member of the Ohev USY Chapter board, serving as the Membership/Kadima Vice President. At the age of 12, Michael had the opportunity to travel to Israel as a member of the everlasting Ohev Shalom “Mishpacha” bus. This adventure would be the spark that ignited Michael’s love for Israel. Michael received his Jewish Community High School Teaching Certificate from Gratz College. In 2015, Michael graduated from Penn State (We Are!) with a degree in Secondary Education. Upon graduation he decided to embark upon a life-changing journey and spent the last 10 months living, teaching, eating, traveling and experiencing Israeli life in Ashdod, Israel. As a MASA Israel Teaching Fellow, Michael taught English to Israeli students. He studied Hebrew at Ulpan, celebrated Shabbat and holidays, and truly embraced Israeli culture each and everyday. Michael is extremely excited to return to the United States with the opportunity to share his love and passion for Israel. He is honored to now be apart of the teaching team that helped mold his Jewish roots as a child.Veronika Starnis, Tichon Assistant Teacher Veronika is assisting with Tichon this year. She is a certified teacher and has been teaching Kindergarten for the past 6 years. Veronika worked with several children in the past cfew years getting them ready for their B’nai Mitzvah, and is really looking forward to working with the high school students again this year. Soni Feld, Library volunteer Jeff Bloom, Library volunteer
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