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The Hebrew School and Tichon faculties consists of:

  • Knowledgeable, experienced and passionate teachers who engage the students in enjoyable and enriching learning experiences, while strengthening relationships throughout our community.
  • Teachers who know how to make Judaism come alive in the classroom and connect with their students to provide meaningful learning experiences.
  • 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, experiential and meaningful Jewish education in a warm and nurturing environment.

Shari Sabath, EDUCATION DIRECTOR

 

 

Shari Sabath

Shari Sabath (Morah Shari) have been involved with Jewish education since she was a teenager. She continued her journey during college teaching religious school and leading services. That was when she realized that she wanted to make Jewish Education to be a career since it had already been her calling. After earning her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Miami, she studied at American Jewish University (formerly the University of Judaism) earning her Master’s Degree in Education and Baccalaureate of Hebrew Literature

After graduation, Morah Shari worked in Jewish Day Schools and afternoon synagogue schools as a teacher and administrator. Recently, Morah Shari was part of the first cohort of the Senior Educators Learning Fellows at Pardes Institute of Jewish Learning in Israel where she was able to increase her knowledge of Jewish topics and learn about resources available to enhance the Jewish experience of congregations in the US.

Morah Shari loves working with students and their families on being Jewish in their way and is looking forward to getting to know all the students and their families.
 

mira brown, pre/gan prekindergarten

 

 

mira brown

Mira has been a Hebrew School teacher for 33 years, teaching the same 5 year old class for 26
years straight. She started out assisting in a Sunday School program and in recent years, taught
Aleph and Bet. She also works as a building substitute teacher in an elementary school. She
enjoys swimming, baking, playing the piano and volunteering at an animal shelter. She is
looking forward to teaching at Ohev Shalom, where she was a member of USY.
 

joyce most, PRE/GAN assistant teacher

 

 

joyce most

Ohev Shalom has been a part of her life for at least 34 years now! First a preschool mom, then a congregant, Hebrew School (HS)/ preschool mom and assistant teacher, HS teacher, and for the past few years back to assisting the teacher in the Pre-Gan class. Needless to say, Morah Joyce answers to both “Miss” or “Morah” Joyce! Raised and schooled in New England, she accredits most of my Judaic education from ten years of attending the Yeshiva of Hartford. Nowadays she stills works as an assistant teacher in a local preschool, babysit, and try to juggle getting together and keeping in touch with friends and family, especially her three daughters, and five grandchildren, and spending many Sunday mornings in Pre-Gan!
 

bari jacobson, gan kindergarten/1st grade

 

 

bari jacobson

I grew up in Springfield Township, Montgomery County, where my family has been active in their synagogue for over 40 years. I was Bat Mitzvah and confirmed there and then continued my Jewish education at Gratz Hebrew High School. My husband and I moved to Holland, Bucks County 6 years ago. We have two beautiful children, Dylan & Ryan. I hold a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and an undergraduate degree in Sports and Recreation Management. I am currently in my 5th year as a Parent Ambassador for jkidphilly where I plan events for local families ranging from playground playdates to community service events and everything in between. This year, I am also the Coordinator of the jkidphilly Get Together Grants. During the summer I work at Briarwood Day Camp, where I am a camp counselor. This will be my 6th summer. I have over 10 years of experience working with children of all ages in various capacities. Over the years I have held several teaching positions from head preschool teacher to substitute teacher. I love working with children and am excited to be teaching at Ohev Shalom! 

 

robin duretz, kesher 1st grade

 

 

robin duretz

Robin has been a Hebrew School teacher for 20 years as well as a preschool teacher for the past 20 years. Additionally for the past 20 years, she has worked with young children in a day camp setting. She has taught Sunday school to various grades including first and second, at local Bucks County synagogues. Robin is married for 30 years and has two children who are both college graduates. Her daughter Morgan is a teacher assistant and starting a masters program in special education, and her son Max works for Disney World in photography and as a sports mascot in the Orlando area. Robin is excited to a part of the Ohev Hebrew School team for the third year, and can’t imagine doing anything more rewarding than working with young children all year long!

 

stacey salsman, mechina 2nd grade

 

 

stacey salsman

Stacey Salsman and I grew up in the Philadelphia Jewish community, attending a conservative synagogue and graduating from Gratz College. For much of the past decade, she has worked for a conservative synagogue, planning and coordinating services and programs for many holidays and special events. Before that, she taught Hebrew school in Arlington, VA, when my family lived in the Washington, DC area. I graduated from the George Washington University, where I majored in marketing and minored in communications.

 

lori doneson-jaffe, aleph 3rd grade

 

 

lori doneson

Lori is an honors graduate of Temple University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, majoring in Elementary and Early Childhood. She currently hold a Pennsylvania dual certification in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. Since graduation, she has been a substitute teacher for K-6 at local school districts. Most recently, she has been a Hebrew school teacher since 2015 and taught various age groups between PreK – 4th grades. She is also a preschool teacher at Shir Ami Early Learning Center where she teaches an adorable group of 3 year olds! This is her first year teaching at Ohev.  Lori plays the clarinet in a couple local community bands. In addition to the clarinet, she can play the Saxophone and Piano (beginner level). She hopes to have fun with her students learning and embracing Judaism as she always enjoyed learning about Jewish culture as a student and wants to share that love with others!

 

galit barzeski, bet 4th grade

 

 

galit barzeski

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. She is very excited to begin her 10th 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 gelfont, gimel 5th grade

 

 

marla gelfont

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.

Listen and read about our own Morah Marla Gelfont on KYW as Philly Fan of the Week

 

leah abrams, daled 6th grade hebrew/t'fillah

 

 

leah abrams

My name is Leah Abrams. I’m from Springfield, Montgomery County, PA, and grew up at BTBJ, where I currently work as a preschool teacher. I went to Temple University for undergrad, and have a Bachelor’s in Social Work, and Brandeis University in Waltham, MA, for graduate school and have a MBA in Social Policy.  Throughout my career working in the nonprofit sector, I have taught religious school at various synagogues. 

mady gelb, daled 6th grade jewish studies

 

 

mady gelb

Mady graduated from George Washington University in 2023 with a Bachelor’s degree in cognitive neuroscience with a minor in psychology. She spent her summers growing up at Camp Ramah in the Poconos and even spent two summers as a counselor. She is currently working as a physical therapy technician while applying to graduate school. Mady went through many years of hebrew school at Ohev Shalom and is excited to have fun with her students learning about Jewish culture and teaching them to embrace their Judaism!

 

suzanne gold, inclusion facilitator

 

 

suzanne gold

Suzanne collaborates and partners with the Education Director; 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 Hebrew School Action Plans (HSAP).  Additionally, she works closely with the madrachim (teen assistants) to help implement a meaningful, positive program for identified students.  Suzanne is also the Celebrations! @Ohev  Program Coordinator  Celebrations! @Ohev meets monthly for children designed  with cognitive, neuro-behavioral, sensory or physical disorders.  Suzanne contributes to JkidAcess.org preparing material about Jewish Holidays and Values.  She also presents professional development for Jewish Learning Venture making the classroom inclusive for all students within their sacred communities.  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 over 3 decades.  Her children Ariel and Jeffrey attended Hebrew School and Confirmed at Ohev Shalom.

 

stacie graff, tichon 7th grade instructor

 

 

stacie graff

melissa rosenblatt, tichon 8th/9th grade

 

 

melissa rosenblatt

Melissa graduated from West Chester University in 2017 with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Literacy. In addition, she is a graduate of Gratz Hebrew High School. Melissa is currently working as a permanent substitute in the Council Rock School District. Over the summer, she works as a senior counselor at Camp America Day Camp, where she has been going every summer for 19 years. Melissa lives at home with her mom, dad and brother Brett, along with 3 cats. Melissa has been a member of Ohev Shalom since she was in Aleph (3rd grade) and finds it amazing to have the opportunity to work where she once was a student and is fortunate to be working with Tichon on Wednesday’s.

 

shari williams, receptionist

 

 

shari williams

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. 

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In Memory of
Michele Fields z”l, our beloved Gan/Kesher Kindergarten 1st Grade

 

Ohev Shalom celebrates the uniqueness of each individual and family, and welcomes diversity within our sacred community.

Tue, April 23 2024 15 Nisan 5784