Mayim Tamid Jewish Learning Guides (Teachers)
I am thrilled to be a Jewish Learning Guide this year in Mayim Tamid. I grew up attending a Reform supplementary Religious School from K-12 where I was a Madricha, and active in both NFTY and my local youth group. I’ve been teaching Religious School for the last 10+ years, most recently as a Kindergarten Teacher at Temple Israel of Boston and Associate Director of Youth Education at Congregation KI in Brookline, MA. As a lifelong learner, I have a Certificate in Jewish Education specializing in Adolescents & Emerging Adults from HUC-JIR, Master’s Degrees in Jewish Education from JTS (Israel Education) and Hebrew College (Special Education) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Judaic Studies from Binghamton University. My love for Jewish education has brought me to work at URJ Henry S. Jacobs Camp, URJ Kutz Camp, Ramah Darom, the Brandeis Collegiate Institute, Genesis at Brandeis and the American Hebrew Academy.
I am a passionate Jewish Educator dedicated to guiding my learners toward a meaningful Jewish life. At the heart of my teaching are relationships with people, God, text study and community. By building these relationships through music, prayer and engaging experiences I build Jewish identity and creatively engage the next generation. I hope to inspire Jewish youth to embrace their Judaism and pass it from generation to generation.
My favorite moments in teaching have included a greeting activity where students formed a rock band of biblical characters, the day a class of 5th graders worked together to fit each classmate onto one slide all together, the time that a 2nd grader shared a beautiful personal midrash of how he thought Sarah died, witnessing the moment that a 4th grader begins to decode Hebrew words, the miracle of beautiful Sufganiyot made by students out of biscuit dough in a little electric fryer, and surprise 6th grade playground T'filah. I relish both the wild joy of spontaneity and the security and independence created by a familiar routine, weaving both into the fabric of my teaching with joint focuses on deep community building and personal enjoyment and learning. Children in my classroom will spend lots of time with my favorite storybooks (childhood favorites and current social justice themed books!), engaging in very hands-on learning and play (I love creating sensory bins!), and plenty of movement in our playspaces, through nature activities, and during class dance parties.
For my 8th year at TBS, I am thrilled to be joining the Mayim Tamid team and to be working with 1st graders. I bring an additional ten years of experience working with children in camps and schools. My undergraduate degree is in Women's Studies from the University of Maryland and I hold a Master's in Jewish Education with a concentration in Special Education from Hebrew College. I have lived in Boston for sixteen years and am deeply connected to my Jewish communities and chosen family here.
I am so excited to be returning to TBS this year as part of the Mayim Tamid team. I strive for my classroom to be a place of accessibility, open communication, and learning through play. Some of my favorite lessons to teach include Torah Godly Play and acting out Torah stories to help instill a deeper understanding of what it means to be Jewish in my students. My background is largely in writing education. This spring I will receive my Masters in Philosophy in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin where I spent ten months this past year. In addition, I already hold an MFA in fiction writing from the University of New Hampshire. I serve as the Creative Writing Arts Mentor at URJ’s 6 Points Creative Arts Academy, teaching creative writing to campers between the ages of eight and seventeen. I have been teaching in one capacity or another since the age of twelve, when I started assisting in dance classes. Throughout my teaching career I have served as a dance teacher, a madrich, a middle school debate coach, and a Jewish Educator teaching a combined K-2nd class while in college, and 5th grade Judaic Studies. I have always found myself returning to Jewish Education and I could not be happier to find myself working as part of the TBS community once again.
I am very excited for my second year in Mayim Tamid! I am a Needham local and had the fortune of growing up at TBS. I started as a Madricha and went on to be BESTY President and now I am a Jewish Learning Guide.
I graduated from University of Massachusetts Amherst with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Education. I have always seen myself working in some capacity as a Jewish Educator and it only feels right to be beginning my career here.
I believe the way I interact with students was very much influenced by URJ Eisner Camp. After spending over 14 years as a camper, then staff member, and eventually a Unit Head; I had the opportunity to learn so many valuable lessons outside of a traditional educational setting. I always encourage my students to be creative and ability to think outside the box. I want my students to question everything and to form their own opinions. I am so excited for this upcoming year at TBS and to be back with Shanah Bet!
Sholem aleykhem! I'm Noam, and I'm honored to be working with Mayim's wonderful team. I came to TBS with a background as an artist and outdoor educator which drives me to encourage exploration, creativity, and curiosity in my work. I believe children learn best when their natural drive towards inquisitiveness is nurtured and their desire to make things that matter to them is met with the ability to individualize their projects and follow what interests them. I'm excited to find that so many other educators at Mayim share the philosophy that the whole world is our classroom and our own lives and stories are an active part of Torah. I'm looking forward to learning and growing with you all!
Shalom! I am thrilled to continue my work as a Jewish Learning Guide in Mayim Tamid. I am a graduate of Bard College, where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Dance with a minor in Theology. Prior to joining TBS, I have spent my time as a madricha for Kindergarten through third graders, as well as working at a URJ summer camp as both a counselor and a unit head. I also serve as the Dance Arts Mentor at the URJ 6 Points Creative Arts Academy. I love to bring into my classroom all of the ways in which the creative movement process can be applied to the teaching of Jewish values. With both my educational and artistic backgrounds, I strive to bring to TBS a classroom environment where creativity and curiosity are encouraged, and to instill a love of learning about Jewish ideas.
I am so excited to continue my work at TBS this year as a Jewish Learning Guide! I have been involved in Jewish Education as long as I can remember, as a teacher, learner, tutor and mentor. I grew up at URJ Eisner camp, and continued working there for many years. I taught Hebrew school at the synagogue I grew up attending, and tutored many B'nei Mitzvah students. My love for Jewish Education set the foundation for me to pursue my teaching certifications, and brought me to TBS.
I believe that all children, no matter their age, thrive best in a space where they feel safe to explore, communicate, contribute, reflect, and build. I especially love learning and growing with upper elementary aged children. I am truly honored to be a part of the TBS team!
Shalom! My name is Shira and I am so excited to be working with Mayim Tamid Shanah Dalet this year. I have worked at TBS as an Assistant Educator and Hebrew Teacher for a few years and am so happy to be transitioning into this role. I am a theatre artist, a dancer, and a photographer, and I recently graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Theatre. I have spent three summers working with URJ 6 Points Creative Arts Academy as a Counselor and Unit Program Specialist, on the Media Team, and most recently as the Photography Arts Mentor. My teaching philosophy is deeply rooted in my passion for exploring Judaism through the arts with a sense of creativity, curiosity, deep exploration, and wonder. I believe in asking big questions, embracing uncertainty, and engaging in meaningful dialogue.