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Our Teachers

Meet our Morim (Teachers) for the 2020-2021 (5781) Shul School Year!
 

Jamie Enders, Pre-Gan/Gan/Alef Teacher (Pre-K/Kindergarten/1st Grade)

I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars.
I started listening to the teaching of my Soul.

 - Rumi

Jamie grew up in Washington Crossing and married her high school sweetheart, Ross Enders.  She is the proud mother of twin boys, Joshua and Matthew. Jamie is an accomplished musician and studied flute and composition at Manhattan School of Music. Afterwards, she received her degree in film scoring and performance from Berklee College of Music.

After graduating from Berklee College of Music, Jamie ran a successful Kids Music Round program in the Doylestown area for many years.  She currently teaches Music and Movement and Yoga at Burn Brae Day Camp for the Performing Arts and Peaceful Journeys. In addition, she started Cookies For Me, a bakery specializing in gluten, nut, egg, and dairy free treats.

This will be Jamie’s 6th year teaching the Gan class at KHN. Jamie completed her 200-hour Teacher Training at Dragonfly Yoga studying under Alexis Ridge-Simek with an emphasis on kids’ yoga and mindfulness. From this training bloomed a program she created in 2019 called Music & Mindfulness. She feels incredibly fortunate to work with students and teachers in area schools and orchestras on teaching students how to quiet their minds and calm their bodies. Through yoga and movement, Jamie hopes to passionately empower children to become the best version of themselves, both on and off the mat. She wants every child to reach their own unique potential and wants them to feel anything is possible if you dare to dream it.

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.

 

Rabbi Stacy Petersohn, Dalet/Heh Co-Teacher (4th/5th Grade)

Rabbi Stacy PetersohnRabbi Stacy Petersohn grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and its Jewish community.  She loved participating in choir, Purim shpiels, and started to develop her passion for learning and teaching Torah and Hebrew. Rabbi Stacy spent nine summers at URJ Camps Swig and Newman, broadening her understanding of living Jewishly. In addition to Rabbinic Ordination, she received an MA in Jewish Education and an MA in Hebrew Letters from HUC-JIR. Rabbi Stacy also participated in the Rabbis Without Borders fellowship and the iCenter for Israel Education’s educator program. Normally an avid traveler, Rabbi Stacy has recently spent her spare time baking and artistic crafts.

 

Gilana Levavi, Vav/Zayin Teacher (6th/7th Grade)

Gilana Levavi is excited to join the Kehilat HaNahar Shul School community this year! Gilana currently serves as youth and community programs intern at Interfaith Philadelphia. Gilana is a recent graduate of Hartford Seminary’s International Peacemaking Program, where she lived and studied in interfaith community, and earned a graduate certificate in interfaith dialogue. She has a BA in religion and philosophy with a minor in psychology from Rutgers. She enjoys spending time outdoors, including in, on and near rivers. 

Jayson Beifeld, Chet/Tet Teacher (8th-9th Grade)
   This is Jayson's fourth year at Kehilat HaNahar, and he is looking forward to it being a charm. Jayson has been a Bucks County resident for the last 16 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

Joan Loeb, Dalet/Heh/Vav/Zayin (4th/5th/6th/7th Grades) Hebrew & B'nei Mitzvah Tutor

Bio coming soon. 

Thu, October 29 2020 11 Cheshvan 5781