Mr. Eitan Bloostein
Eitan studied Religion, graduating in June, 2019 from Tufts University. He enjoys teaching our sixth and seventh grade students in addition to his role as the Director of Youth Engagement and Senior Youth Advisor.
Ms. Judith Cohen
Judi 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!
Ms. 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.
Mr. 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.
Ms. Caroline Nudelman
In addition to working in the Temple Aliyah office primarily supporting Mercaz Aliyah, Caroline teaches Hebrew to adults. Caroline coordinated and taught the Hebrew Enrichment program for Mercaz Aliyah. Growing up, Caroline attended Jewish day school. She 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.
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Ms Elli-Ann Oskar
Elli-Ann Oskar is a senior at Westfield State University studying Economics and Business Finance. Elli-Ann is also the President of the Jewish Student Organization at her school and works closely with the Interfaith Center. Elli-Ann has been striving throughout her college career to educate others of the beauties of the Jewish religion. Her main goal is to have people of different faiths come together in understanding and unity. Elli-Ann was born in Northern Israel, grew up in West Hartford Connecticut, and currently lives in Agawam Massachusetts with her family. This is her second year at Mercaz Aliyah. She loves teaching her students about Mitzvot, Torah, and Jewish traditions. Elli-Ann loves working with the community at Mercaz Aliyah and looks forward to bringing her message of love and unity to others in the Jewish community.
Ms. Wilma Sack-Poyser
Wilma Sack-Poyser 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 (25) and Elli-Ann (21) 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.
Mr. David Solkowitz
David enjoys working with 6th and 7th graders in addition to his role as Junior Youth Advisor. Originally from Bethesda, MD, David has been a part of Temple Aliyah's staff since his graduation from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. A Jewish Studies major and Hebrew minor, David looks forward to continuing his journey to becoming a Jewish educator as he completes his graduate school education at Hebrew College.
Ms. 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.