MEET OUR FACULTY AND STAFF
Hannah Mira Friedland joins the SMILE school this year as she enters into her rabbinic studies at RRC, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Hannah Mira has taught religious school and worked as a counselor at Camp Havaya, formerly called Camp JRF.
Adam Kupersmith is an English teacher and the Technical Theatre Director at the Woodlynde School. Prior to this he taught middle school in a number of other schools and was an adjunct instructor at Montgomery County Community College. He taught religious school while in college. He is in the Klezmer band and the choir at Or Hadash. He teaches the 7th, 8th, and 9th grade program. He is the proud parent of two of our lovely SMILE students, Thea and Miles, as well as one of our future students, newborn baby Micah Zev.
Eileen Kupersmith has worked in Early Childhood Education for over 40 years. Eleven of those years have been in Jewish Early Childhood Education. She continues to consult and present workshops to both Jewish and secular organizations. She had the privilege of studying with colleagues, and graduating with honors from the Legacy Heritage Institute for Jewish Education at Gratz College. She co-teaches the Gan class with Margie Schultz.
Bonnie Ritterman is a retired public school teacher. Although retired from her full time career, she loves teaching at Or Hadash in 2nd grade as well as the Resource Room. She has been teaching at Or Hadash since 1999. Bonnie co-teaches in the 2nd grade classroom with Vivian Lichtman and also heads our Resource Room. She helps students to unleash their full potential with remediation and acceleration as well as work on learning differences. Bonnie has taught all levels of public elementary school. She looks forward to cotinuing to inspire the Or Hadash students to enjoy "being Jewish in real time." Bonnie and her husband, Fred, are part of the Or Hadash community. They are the proud parents of two grown daughters and enjoy their two lovely grandchildren who give her tremendous pleasure and keep her busy.
Carolyn Savitzky began teaching religious school in 1988 while earning her teaching certification from the South Jersey Bureau of Jewish Education. Over the years, she has taught at a number of synagogue schools in the region. In 1995, Carolyn and her family joined Or Hadash and she began teaching in the religious school the following year. Carolyn has taught students of all ages, from pre-school through adults. In addition to her work in the classroom, Carolyn tutors B’nai Mitzvah students, serves as a High Holiday service leader for our Gan students in Pre-K through first grade, and is active on the Or Hadash board, having chaired the Publicity and InReach committees in the past and is presently Co-chair of Development. Carolyn teaches the combined 5th/6th grade class which focuses on B’nai Mitzvah preparation, prayer fluency, leadership, and Judaic studies.
Jaime Schulang began teaching religious school at Or Hadash last year. She brings a joy of being Jewish and sharing that with her students and their families.
Stephanie Zangwill is our School Assistant. Stephanie has a wealth of administrative experience in addition to having taught religious school during her college years. She teaches adult ESL students at both Montgomery County Community College and Chestnut Hill College. Stephanie is also proud to be a member of the ESC (Education Steering Committee) as well as being a parent of one of our delightful SMILE school students, David.
OUR MADRICHIM (Leadership Assistants)
Our proud tradition at Or Hadash is to groom our students to assume a leadership role in our Religious School in 8th – 12th grades. Our Bnai Mitzvah students often volunteer in 7th grade in preparation for this sought-after role. As Madrichim, they assist in our classes in the classes and then continue their own Jewish education within our Hebrew High program in second session. They attend professional development programs designed and implemented by our Education Director to learn leadership and pedagogical skills that they can put to use in their classroom.
Our valued and highly respected Madrichim are:
*TAP – Jewish Learning Venture's Teen Aid Training Program, students learn effective skills to assist in congregational schools.