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Eitan BloosteinMercaz Aliyah logo

Eitan is excited to be teaching for Mercaz Aliyah where he is working with both Grades 6 and 7.   In addition,  Eitan also serves as the Senior Youth Advisor for our 8-12 grade cohort. In this role, he advises the Teen Engagement Fellows, supervises TACOS and TACOS2, Temple Aliyah's teen community service programs.

Judith Cohen 

Judith is so excited to be working with our youngest students at Mercaz Aliyah.  In addition to her Sundays here with us in Needham, she workds during the week as a floating teacher at Gan Shelanu in Newton.  Judi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a specialization in moderate special needs from Lesley University.  Previously, Judi headed the physical education department at South Area Solomon Schechter in Stoughton and was the head swim coach at the Striar JCC.  Judi has always maintained a strong connection to Jewish education and understands the importance of working some physical activities into the classroom.  Judi believes that the key to success in working with children is to always make sure that everyone goes home happy!

Rina Holtzman

Rina is highly regarded as a master Hebrew teacher.  Born in Israel, Rina remains a true Sabra at heart.  She is passionate about teaching children of all ages to love Israel, love Hebrew and love being Jewish.  She brings energy and enthusiasm to all of her students.

William Lichtman

Mr. Lichtman has been teaching at Temple Aliyah for 35 years. Mr. Lichtman received a B.A. and Master’s in Education from Boston University and Hebrew College, respectively. Mr. Lichtman also taught in the public schools in Boston for 42 years and has served as Assistant Director at Camp Yavneh. Mr. Lichtman loves to talk about sports.  

Elli-Ann Oskar


Wilma Sack-Poyser

Wilma has been at Temple Aliyah for 8 years. Wilma made Aliyah with her family as a young girl and spent 15 years in Israel. During her years in Israel, Wilma attended school, served in the IDF, traveled across the country hiking, camping, climbing and exploring Israel.  Wilma loves spending time with her new husband Wayne, her 2 daughters May-Tal and Elli-Ann and her amazing Pomchee dog Oreo.  Wilma holds a BS in Business management and a Masters in Jewish Education from Hebrew College. Wilma loves the Temple Aliyah community and looks forward to sharing her love of Israel and Hebrew with the youth.

Caroline Nudelman

In addition to working in the Temple Aliyah office supporting Mercaz Aliyah for many years. In the past, Caroline both taught and coordinated the Hebrew Enrichment program for Mercaz Aliyah. She also teaches beginning Hebrew to adults through Ivrit laKol in Lexington and a b'nai mitzvah tutor with her synagoguge in Waltham. Caroline holds a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in Anthropology with a minor in Hebrew. She also holds a graduate certificate from the Program for Women in Politics and Government, UMass Boston, and attended Ulpan and School of Education classes at Hebrew College.

Nicole Sprenger 

Nicole has been working at Temple Aliyah for several years as a teacher's assistant.  She likes to say that she could be found "a little bit of everywhere always willing to lend a helping hand."  Nicole has helped out in the office, assisted during USY events and during our Early Release Days. We like to say that "Nicole is considered an MVP" by all of our teachers.

Tuesday, September 22 2020 4 Tishrei 5781