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Morim / Teachers 2018-19
Stacey Frank, Education Director: Stacey is beginning her fifth 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 with their two children Aaron (age 18 and attending UMD), Samantha (age 16), and their menagerie of rescued pets.
Jamie Enders, Gan/Alef Teacher (Pre K/K & 1st Grade): Jamie will be starting her fourth 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 and currently teaches Music, 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 recently completed her 200-hour Teacher Training at Dragonfly Yoga. Her emphasis in Teacher Training has been working with children - - she wants every child to reach his or her own unique potential. Jamie hopes to empower her students at KHN to become the best version of themselves!
Staci Scheinblum, Bet Teacher (2nd Grade): Staci has been a part of KHN in a variety of capacities for the past 24 years: ritual committee member, board member, Jewish Reconstructionist Federation liaison, and lay leader, but her love has always been teaching and working with children. Over the years, Staci has taught many grades and was the family education program coordinator. She has attended many teacher trainings at the Central Agency for Jewish Education to further her studies, has participated in a program to become a mentor to other teachers, and has assisted with school curriculum development. In addition to teaching in Shul School, Staci initiated and has run the Tot Shabbat program for the past 17 years, as well as other family programs, including 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.
Alissa Horak, Gimel/Dalet Teacher (3rd/4th Grades): Alissa and her family live in Doylestown but are originally from the northern suburbs of Chicago, IL. Back in Chicago, Alissa was a Sunday school teacher for her synagogue and, prior to that, a Special Education specialist and Hebrew teacher. 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 two boys, Brandon and Matthew, who will be attending Shul School at Kehilat Hanahar. She also has two dogs, Samson and Lucy, who are a big part of her family’s life. Alissa is looking forward to working with the KHN students, teaching them the joys of being Jewish, and instilling in them the love of Jewish tradition. She will do this by using many hands-on, interactive learning experiences.
Ronit Palatnik, Hay Teacher (5th Grade): Ronit is excited to be returning to KHN for her second year teaching 5th grade. She graduated from Temple University in 2008, and has been involved with teaching in a synagouge setting ever since. She has a two-year-old energetic son named Nyle, and is expecting a little girl in November. She is currently a preschool teacher for two-year-old toddlers at a synagogue in Elkins Park during the week. She is looking forward to teaching her students about Israel because she has travelled there many times and has worked as a Birthright staff member. The country, the people, the food, the culture, and of course the history, are a huge passion of hers. She looks forward to the upcoming year and hsaring her love of Israel with her students!
Melissa Lesh, Vav Teacher (6th Grade): Melissa is looking forward to her second 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 another synagogue, 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 twelve 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 an 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 second year at Kehilat HaNahar, and he is looking forward to returning. Jayson has been a Bucks County resident for the last 14 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, and being a long-term substitute at a local Hebrew High School. He is currently employed with the Pennsbury & Council Rock School Districts as a Paraeducator and Coach respectively. 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 of Dana Keller Beifeld and father of Robert Jacob Beifeld. He's also looking forward to the Philadelphia Eagles season as the defending Super Bowl Champions!
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 and 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 seventh 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.
Dana Winiaz, Hebrew Specialist, K-6th Grades: Dana is looking forward to her first year teaching at KHN. She graduated from Penn State University with a BS in Business Management and from the University of Phoenix with an MBA. She grew up in Newtown and has taught religious school at two other local synagogues over the years. She and her husband have recently purchased a home in Perkasie. She enjoys chanting Torah periodically at her synagogue, cooking, and going to Zumba.