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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!

Cantor Jamie Gloth 
Cantor Gloth joined Temple Aliyah in 2017 after serving as cantor in Conservative congregations in New Jersey, California, Ohio and New York. In addition to leading services at Temple Aliyah, Cantor Gloth teaches Grade 6 - Kitah Vav and leads a b'nai mitzvah workshop for parents and students entitled the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Institute.  Cantor Gloth attended the University of Cincinnati, where he majored in Judaic Studies and was extremely active in the Hillel Jewish Student Center, starring in two stage productions there. After graduation, he attended the H.L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music at the Jewish Theological Seminary, in New York. While studying at JTS, he and his classmates starred in and toured with the well-received cabaret show Cantors on Broadway. He received his Master of Sacred Music degree and investiture as Hazzan from the Seminary in 1997.

Leila Gordon

Leila Gordon will be teaching Kitah Zayin, 7th grade, on Sundays along with Eitan. She graduated from Rutgers University in 2017, and most recently was the Engagement Associate at Cornell Hillel. Leila moved to Boston in August to begin her first year of the Hornstein Program at Brandeis University, going for a Dual MA in Jewish Professional and Educational Leadership. She has enjoyed exploring the Boston area, as well as getting to know her classmates virtually. Leila enjoys running and exercise, and a healthy does of reality TV.

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.

Caroline Nudelman

In addition to working in the Temple Aliyah office supporting Mercaz Aliyah for many years, Caroline both taught and coordinated the Hebrew Enrichment program for Mercaz Aliyah. Currently Caroline is assisting teachers on Zoom where she might lead a break out rooms or share lessons she's created for the class.  She also teaches beginning Hebrew to adults through Ivrit laKol in Lexington and is 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.

Elli-Ann Oskar

Elli-Ann graduated from Westfield State University where she studied Economics and Business Finance. While at school, Elli-Ann was the President of the Jewish Student Organization and worked closely with the Interfaith Center. Elli-Ann strived 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. 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.

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.

 

Julia Spiegel
Julia is thrilled to be teaching 7th graders in Mercaz Aliyah and acting as the Jr. USY Youth Adviser for Temple Aliyah. Julia recently moved to Boston after living for five years in Boulder, Colorado, and before that Chicago, where she's from. Julia is in her first year of rabbinical school at Hebrew College in Newton. Julia studied at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, and went to Indiana University for undergrad, where she majored in Jewish Studies and Spanish. Last year, she worked as the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for Congregation Bonai Shalom, the Conservative Synagogue in Boulder. In her free time Julia loves to try new recipes, go on long walks, sing niggunim, and play cards. She's so excited to meet the Temple Aliyah community! 

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.

Saturday, November 28 2020 12 Kislev 5781