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Our Teachers

Meet our Morim (Teachers) for the 2019-20 (5780) Shul School Year!
 

Staci Scheinblum, Bet/Gimel Teacher (2nd/3rd Grade) and Shabbat for Kids & Tots Leader
Staci has a Masters degree in Special Education and has been working with infants and toddlers with special needs for the past 28 years. She has been a part of KHN in a variety of capacities for the past 25 years: ritual committee member, board member, Jewish Reconstructionist Federation liaison, and lay leader; however, 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 19 years, as well as other family programs, including Movie Night 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.

 

Francesca Axe - Dalet/Heh/Vav Co-Teacher (4th/5th/6th Grade)
Francesca Axe is delighted to be joining the faculty of the KHN Shul School for the upcoming school year. She will be team-teaching the Dalet/Heh/Vav (4th/5th/6th grade) classes along with Vivi Sadel. Francesca's Religious School teaching experience encompasses 28 years of teaching all grades Gan through Confirmation in addition to b'nai mitzvah tutoring. In addition, Francesca has received training as a para-chaplain and, as such, has tended at the bedside of sick and dying patients; she also acts as a leader of Shabbat and Holiday services and leads discussion groups at community centers and nursing facilities. Professionally, Francesca is also a Spanish teacher, having taught Spanish for 17 years to all ages from preschool to adults. Previous to her career in education, Francesca was employed as a textile designer in New York for 12 years. Recreationally, she is a member of a book club and a couple of hiking groups, and she enjoys doing crafts, biking, singing in her synagogue choir, and chanting Torah at her synagogue. She is a member of CJHSA (Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors Association) as her husband's parents were both Holocaust Survivors. She and her husband Alex Draifinger reside in Yardley, and their daughter Stephanie and son Bradley both live in New York.

 

Vivi Sadel - Dalet/Heh/Vav Co-Teacher (4th/5th/6th Grade)
Vivi has taught Hebrew school on-and-off for about thirty years, and, after taking a four-year break, she is excited to return to teaching. Vivi holds a B.S. in Secondary Education/English from Temple University and a M.Ed in Elementary Education, Literacy, and Reading. She is a former Philadelphia public school teacher as well as the former resource room coordinator and madrichim supervisor at Ohev Shalom in Richboro, where she worked for ten years. Vivi lives in Holland, PA, with her husband, two boys, and one great dog named Howard (though she is currently adjusting to one of her sons' having recently left for college). Vivi is a medical administrator at a small internal medicine practice, and she also runs a flotation therapy spa, where 1000 pounds of epsom salt affectionately reminds her of excursions to the Dead Sea. A native of Israel (a favorite place of hers), Vivi was born in Haifa and came to the United States at five years of age. When not working, travelling with her family is a #1 pastime, along with other interests, including genealogy research, cooking, exercising, and reading. Vivi wants to instil a lasting passion for the cultures and age-old tradition of Judaism, and she wants her students to share her love for Israel and all its wonder.

Judy Nussbaum - Zayin Teacher (7th Grade)

Judy Nussbaum has been a Jewish Educator for more than twenty years; having taught all grades, K through B’nai Mitzvah; a broad curriculum, including but not limited to: Hebrew, liturgy, holidays, Torah stories, “Let’s Talk about G-d”, Midot, and Service Learning; employing varied active, engaging modalities. She has been actively engaged in ongoing Jewish Educator education programs through CAJE, Gratz, and Jewish Educator programs provided by CAJE, Elkins Park; as well as synagogue annual staff trainings. She thrives on living life Jewishly, and participating actively in her synagogue community; as well as sharing her enthusiasm for Jewish learning, and practice; which she infuses with her Positive Psychology practices. 

 
 

Jayson Beifeld, Chet/Tet Teacher (8th-9th Grade)
This is Jayson's third year at Kehilat HaNahar, and he is looking forward to it being a charm. Jayson has been a Bucks County resident for the last 15 years and has lived in the Philadelphia area his whole life (he is a graduate of Lower Merion High School). Jayson 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 has also been in education in various capacities for the last 22 years coaching, working as an instructional aide for learning support, teaching in NJ, substitute-teaching for school districts in Bucks County, and being a long-term substitute at a local Hebrew High School. He is currently employed full-time with the Pennsbury School District as a para-educator and coach. Jayson has been married to Dana Keller Beifeld for 15 years and is the father of Robert Jacob Beifeld. On top of that, Jayson is an avid Philadelphia sports fan following mostly the Phillies and Eagles.

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. Rabbi 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 2011. She could not imagine a more wonderful synagogue. She is delighted to work with students in the confirmation class as well as working one-on-one with b'nai mitzvah students. Rabbi Diana lives in Lambertville, NJ with her partner Scott and her cat, Perchik. 

Thu, December 12 2019 14 Kislev 5780