Today is June 10, 2023 ()
Judi is so excited to be working with our youngest students at Mercaz Aliyah. In addition to teaching here with us in Needham, she teaches at Gan Shelanu in Newton and teaches physical education there as well. In addition she works at vacation programs. 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!
Cynthia “Sam” Frydman is new in joining the Temple Aliyah Team this year. Sam has been teaching in the Boston and Metrowest Areas for the last 25 years as a Jewish educator both in various Hebrew Schools and Jewish daycares and loves to study and learn along with her children. She grew up in Cambridge with her parents (who are holocaust survivors) and her 2 brothers. Her daughter Sorei is having a “big birthday” this year!Sam graduated from Emerson College, and also studied at the University of Tel Aviv for 1.5 years. She holds a degree in English with a double minor in Hebrew and Judaic studies as well as Psychology. During her spare time she works at the JCC vacation camp programs as the “Arts and Crafts” Specialist and recently at Camp Grossman as the “Tarboot” Specialist. She looks forward to a great year ahead and being part of the team!
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.
In addition to working in the Temple Aliyah office supporting Mercaz Aliyah for many years where she supports teachers and the Director of Congregational Learning and Engagement. She teaches Hebrew Through Movement and will continue to do so as a certified Hebrew Through Movement Teacher. In addition, she teaches beginning Hebrew to adults through Ivrit LaKol in Lexington and privately. 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.
Illona was raised in a suburb west of Boston, an only child of Holocaust survivors. She attended and graduated from Maimonides School in Brookline and holds a Bachelor’s Degree with a major in Psychology and dual minor in French and Sociology from Hofstra University. She has been teaching religious school since 2011. Illona loves learning and Judaism and especially enjoys teaching children. She is married to her husband Stephen and they have 3 grown adult children, Josh, Sam, and Abby. She and her husband are members of Temple Israel of Natick, where she is active in the Sisterhood and currently the North Atlantic Region president of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism. They have 2 dogs, their fur children, Amber and Zoey. She looks forward to another enriching year at Mercaz Aliyah.
Wilma has been at Temple Aliyah for 10 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, and traveled across the country hiking, camping, and exploring Israel. Wilma loves spending time with her family, her husband Wayne, her 2 daughters May-Tal and Elli-Ann, and her furry Pomchee dog, Oreo. Wilma holds a BS in Business Management and a Masters in Jewish Education from Hebrew College. Being part of the Temple Aliyah community is very special and she loves sharing her love of Israel and Hebrew with the students.
Nic has been working at Temple Aliyah for several years as a teacher’s assistant, and doing “a little bit of everything.” Nic currently serves as our bus captain, supports students in grades K-5 including those with additional learning needs. Nic is considered an MVP by all of our teachers.
Cantor Rosalie Toubes was ordained at Hebrew Union College in NYC and also received her Master of Sacred Music at that time. She has served congregations in the Boston area as well as congregations in Missouri and Virginia. Rosalie also holds a B.A. and M.A. in Psychology, and an M.M. in Vocal Performance. After earning music licensure in 2019, she began teaching music in schools. Rosalie has enjoyed working with children in both choirs and musical theater. She believes that Jewish education is the key to each child finding their unique connection to Judaism; and music helps build that connection. Cantor Toubes has two wonderful children, 17 and 19.
Matthew Lopez joins us as Temple Aliyah’s new Director of Youth and Teen Engagement. He is currently studying a degree in Childhood Development, and comes to us with 10 years of experience in working with children as a counselor, and supervisor. He currently resides in Watertown with his partner, Kyle. Matthew is excited to continue influencing today’s youth, and to work with the amazing Temple Aliyah community.