KAREN LEWIN: KITAH ALEPH/BET
I grew up outside of Philadelphia and have been a Jewish educator for over 20 years. I earned my bachelor’s degree in English and elementary education from Clark University and graduated from the Davidson Graduate School of Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary with a master’s degree in Jewish education. I have taught in a variety of settings including Jewish day school, synagogue preschool and Hebrew school. My favorite thing about teaching is watching learners experience “Aha!” moments. I enjoy spending quality time with my husband, my son and my cat.
RACHEL TOTH: KITAH GIMMEL/DALET
My name is Rachel Toth and I am going to be teaching Kitah Gimmel during this ‘20-’21 religious school year. I began helping in religious school (TBT, Fremont) as a TA while I was a student attending Kehillah Jewish High School, and I have taught on and off since then. Outside of religious school I am a behavior coach in a program for students with special needs and I volunteer for suicide outreach in santa clara county. I am passionate about food, exercise, and creative expression. Some ways I tie these interests of mine into Judaism and the classroom is by encouraging discussions about our own family traditions (cuisine is a big one), incorporating hands-on art projects, and encouraging movement as often as possible. I think that these things will be especially important to bring us back to a sense of normalcy given the current situation we are in. I am excited for the year ahead and I am looking forward to virtually meeting all of the students and families!
STEVEN FRIEDMAN: KITAH HEY/VAV
I have an eclectic background. I am a licensed Social Worker with advanced training in psychotherapy and have had a career as an IT project manager for JPMChase. I have worked with Jewish youth in the U.S., Israel and Europe. Over the past 5 years, I have been teaching fifth, sixth and seventh grade at the Midway Jewish Center, a Conservative Synagogue. I hope to make remote learning meaningful and fun! And I hope to elicit the student’s thoughts and feelings regarding Jewish ritual and spirituality. I enjoy biking with a group of friends at a local state park. I also belong to a historical board gaming group which meets weekly. Lately we have been playing board games online. I am married to Elsie and have 2 sons and 5 grandchildren.
RABBI C. MICHELLE GREENBERG: KITAH ZAYIN
I earned my B.A. in Intellectual History at the University of California, Santa Cruz with honors for my thesis, “The Metamorphosis of Morality: Medical Ethics of Jewish Doctors and Nurses during the Holocaust.” I earned my M.A. in Hebrew Letters at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s Los Angeles campus. I have served as a congregational rabbi in Denver, South Texas, and suburban Chicago. I was recently the Director of Community Life and Learning then Dean of Students at Kehillah Jewish High School. I currently work as an Associate Teacher at The Nueva School in Hillsborough. I have had sermons and essays published in textbooks and newspapers and delivered the benediction at the Illinois Gubernatorial Inauguration in 2008. I am deeply committed to education, youth and social justice. In my spare time I find myself torn between reading, cooking, doing art work and hiking our beautiful hills – four loves that are not safely done simultaneously. I am delighted to be joining the Beth David Religious School Teaching Team.
SHERI GALANTE: HEBREW
I come from Newport Beach, Ca. I have a Master in Jewish Education from the University of Judaism and have been teaching 5th grade Hebrew school in Tustin for over 10 years. I have been a camp director, youth advisor and program director at the JCC in Orange County, UCLA Hillel and Sinai Temple. I love working with kids and can’t wait to be on Zoom teaching Hebrew once again.