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Morim / Teachers 2017-18


Stacey Frank, Education Director: Stacey is beginning her fourth year as Education Director at KHN.  She completed her masters degree in Jewish Education from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in the Spring of 2015.  Before coming to KHN, Stacey served as the Parent and Child Education Coordinator at a Reform synagogue in Bucks County.  In addition to envisioning and implementing Jewish education programs for children and their families, during her 10 years at her former synagogue, she taught students of all ages in their religious school, developed and implemented new religious school curricula and was a B'nai Mitzvah tutor.  Stacey has also received several scholarships allowing her to travel to Israel and intensively explore the complexities of the country and its culture.  She and her husband John live in New Hope, Pennsylvania with their two children Aaron (age 17), Samantha (age 15) and their menagerie of rescued pets.


Jamie Enders, Gan Teacher (Pre K/K):  Jamie will be starting her 3rd year teaching Gan at KHN.  She grew up in Washington Crossing and married her high school sweetheart, Ross Enders.  She is the proud mother of twin boys, Joshua and Matthew. Jamie is an accomplished musician and studied flute and composition at Manhattan School of Music. Afterwards, she received her degree in film scoring and performance from Berklee College of Music. After graduating from Berklee College of Music, Jamie ran a successful Kids Music Round program in the Doylestown area for many years. She currently teaches Music and

Movement and Yoga at Burn Brae Day Camp for the Performing Arts. In addition, she started Cookies For Me, a bakery specializing in gluten, nut, egg, and dairy free treats. Jamie just completed her 200 hour Teacher Training at Dragonfly Yoga and will be graduating in the Fall. Her emphasis in Teacher Training has been working with children. She wants every child to reach their own unique potential.  Jamie hopes to empower her students at KHN to become the best version of themselves!


Alissa Horak, Alef Teacher (1st Grade): 

Alissa and her family moved to Doylestown, PA a year ago from the northern suburbs of Chicago, IL.  Back in Chicago, Alissa was a Sunday school teacher for her synagogue and prior to that was the Special Education specialist/Hebrew teacher at a different synagogue.  Alissa has a BA in Early Childhood Education and an MA in Special Education.  She taught in the classroom for many years prior to starting her own family and then proceeded to run a successful tutoring company.  Alissa has 2 boys, Brandon and Matthew, that will be attending Shul School at Kehilat Hanahar.  She also has 2 dogs, Samson and Lucy, that are a big part of her family’s life.  Alissa is looking forward to working with our children and teaching them the joys of being Jewish and instill in them the love of Jewish tradition.  She will do this by using many hands-on, interactive learning experiences.


Staci Scheinblum, Bet/Gimel Teacher (2nd/3rd Grade):

Staci has been a part of KHN in a variety of capacities: ritual committee member,  board member, Jewish Reconstructionist Federation liaison, lay leader, but her love has always been teaching and working with children. She has been teaching at KHN for 22 years and has taught many grades over the years, and she was the family education program coordinator for a few years as well. Over the years, she has attended many trainings at the Central Agency for Jewish Education to further her own knowledge and also participated in a program to become a mentor to other teachers.

In addition to teaching in Shul School, she has initiated and run the Tot Shabbat program for the past 15 years, as well as other family programs, such as movie and pizza night. It's a joy for her to combine her love of Jewish heritage and spirituality with her love of working with children.

She is a teacher full time as well. She is an early intervention specialist working with families of infants and toddlers with developmental delays and special needs.


Miriam Geronimus, Dalet Teacher (4th Grade):

Miriam Geronimus is entering her second year at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia, as well as her second year teaching at KHN. She wants every Jewish child to feel ownership of their Judaism and is excited to return to KHN to ask big questions with KHN’s fourth graders about their Jewish identities and ideas about God.  Prior to beginning her rabbinical studies, Miriam graduated cum laude from Princeton in 2012 with a BA in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Between college and rabbinical school, she lived in Cleveland for three years, where she worked with students with special needs (one with cerebral palsy and one on the autism spectrum). She also taught kids of various age groups at the religious school of Kol HaLev, Cleveland’s Reconstructionist Community.


Ronit Palatnik, Hay Teacher (5th Grade):

Ronit is excited to be joining the Kehilat Hanahar Religious School staff this year. She graduated from Temple University in 2008, and has been involved with teaching in a Synagogue setting ever since. She has a one year old energetic son named Nyle, whom she loves with all her heart. She is currently a preschool teacher for 18 month old children at a Synagogue in Elkins Park and has also been substitute teaching grades school age children for a few different Religious Schools since she graduated college. She is looking forward to her first year as a permanent teacher, and especially that she will be teaching a class about Israel. Ronti has traveled to Israel about 10 times in the past few years as a Birthright staff member. The country, the people, the food, and of course the history are a huge passion of hers. She looks forward to the upcoming year and sharing her love of Israel with her students!


Melissa Lesh, Vav Teacher (6th Grade):

Melissa is looking forward to her first year teaching at KHN. She graduated from Boston University's Honors College in 2015 with a BA in English. She grew up in Doylestown, was a teacher's aid at Temple Judea and held leadership positions in the youth group there. She enjoys playing piano, cooking unconventional recipes, and reading too many books.


Barbara McCarty, Zayin Teacher (7th Grade): 

Barbara is excited to return to teach the Zayin class at KHN.  Drawing from her eleven years as a religious school instructor and twenty years teaching middle school students, Barbara plans to help her Zayin students relate their young adult lives to Judaism, the Jewish community and the world.  Through lessons that intertwine their middle school experiences and interests with Jewish studies, students will be able to answer the question “What does it mean to be Jewish?”  Barbara earned her BS in Secondary English Education from Temple University and a MS degree in Library and Information Science from Clarion University.  She is currently a doctoral student in New Jersey City University’s Doctor of Education in Educational Technology Leadership program. When not in the classroom, Barbara spends her time engaging students in community service activities, tutoring and enjoying time with her husband and sons, Evan and Owen.


Jayson Beifeld, Chet/Tet Teacher (8th-9th Grade):

This is Jayson's first year at ​Kehilat HaNahar and he is looking forward to making it a great one.  Jayson has been a Bucks County resident for the last 13 years and has lived in the Philadelphia area all his life, graduating from Lower Merion High School.  Jayson has also been in education in various capacities for the last 20 years coaching, working as an instructional aide for learning support, teaching in NJ, being a long-term substitute at Ohev Shalom’s Hebrew High School, and being currently employed with the Central Bucks School District.  He received his Bachelor's degree in Secondary Social Studies Education at Penn State University and his dual Master's degree in Special and Elementary Education at Saint Joseph's University.  Jayson is also the proud husband and father to Dana Keller Beifeld and Robert Jacob Beifeld, respectively.


Rabbi Diana Miller, Yud Teacher (10th Grade):  Rabbi Diana was born and raised outside Cleveland, OH and made her home in NYC for 18 years. She graduated from Barnard College and earned her MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work. A certified yoga and meditation teacher, Diana taught in grade schools, camps, yoga centers, retreats centers, senior centers, in supported housing environments to those living with HIV and mental illness, and for the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.  Diana was ordained at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2011. Diana has worked in hospital settings and at senior centers as a chaplain and rabbi. Rabbi Diana has joyfully served at Kehilat Hanahar since August, 2011. She could not imagine a more wonderful synagogue. She is delighted to work with the confirmation class for the sixth year, as well as working one-on-one with b'nai mitzvah students. Rabbi Diana lives in Lambertville with her partner Scott and her cat, Perchik. 


Jackie Agliata, Hebrew Specialist, K-6th grades:

Jackie Agliata graduated from the University of Delaware in May 2016 with her degree in Elementary Education and Middle School English. Having grown up in a reform household and curious to explore her Jewish identify further, Jackie attended a Birthright trip in June of 2015 and absolutely fell in love with the country of Israel. Inspired by her birthright experience, and looking to utilize her education degree in a unique setting, Jackie participated in a Masa program, teaching English in Netanya, Israel from September 2016 to July 2017. Her 10 months abroad taught her invaluable lessons and skills that she is eager to apply, as well as a deepened knowledge and understanding of the Hebrew language. In her spare time, Jackie is an avid performer, and has been on stage since the age of three. She is excited to use her Hebrew knowledge, as well as her experience in Israel, with the students at KHN, and is looking forward to a great year.


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