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Meet Our School Faculty
MEET OUR FACULTY AND STAFF
Karen Beck is a proud product of the Or Hadash Religious School. Having attended the Or Hadash Religious School from first grade through Confirmation, Karen re-joined the Or Hadash family in 2012 to teach Judaics to our 2nd and 3rd grade students on Sunday and Hebrew and prayer to our 4th and 5th grade students on Tuesdays. While she was earning her reform teaching certificate through Gratz college; she worked at Or Hadash as a teachers’ aide. Karen earned her bachelors’ degree from West Chester University and her masters’ degree from Arcadia University (both in education). She is certified to teach elementary education, special education and middle school English. Recently, Karen taught Gan, second grade and Orot (special education) at Perelman Jewish Day School, but is now a stay at home mom in addition to her teaching at Or Hadash. Karen also serves as the Teacher Representative on the Or Hadash Education Steering Committee which meets once a month to govern our religious school. Karen enjoys volunteering with various organizations including the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. Karen lives in Ambler with her husband (Chris), son (Noah) and miniature dachshund (Watson).
Abby Grossman is the Assistant to the Education Director at Or Hadash. Abby attended Or Hadash Religious School through Confirmation. She is a student at Upper Dublin High School and is active with many extracurricular activities there. After she single-handedly organized her Confirmation class service last year, we sought out her administrative talents for the school.
Vivian Lichtman was born in New York, where she taught Sunday school before moving to Pennsylvania. She received an M.Ed. degree in education and school counseling. She earned 24 years of experience teaching and counseling children from Kindergarten through 8th grade before she retired in June, 2008. She wrote grants and received money for some valuable projects and facilitated community service learning activities at her schools. Vivian has taught Sunday school and 3rd grade Hebrew school at Or Hadash since 2005.
Jared has taught at the Or Hadash Religious School since 2008. Jared has worked in the Chester Upland school district as a fifth grade teacher and is currently working at numerous school districts on various projects. The Or Hadash school community eagerly looks forward to the student Purim Spiel that Jared writes, directs and produces with his class each year. In the summers, Jared assumes a management and teaching role running Camp America Day Camp. Jared graduated from West Chester University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Mathematics. He plans to earn his masters and doctorate degrees. Jared's main goal is for every student to learn, have fun, and be proud of their Jewish past, present, and future.
Bonnie Ritterman has been teaching at Or Hadash since 1999. As our Resource Room teacher, 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 is part of the Or Hadash community and lives in Dresher with her husband.
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 adult. In addition to her work in the classroom, Carolyn tutors B’nai Mitzvah students and serves as a service leader for our Gan students in Pre-K through first grade. Carolyn teaches at Or Hadash on both Tuesday for our 6th grade Hebrew class which focusses on B’nai Mitzvah preparation, prayer fluency and leadership; and Sunday when she teaches our youngest Gan students.
Lita considers herself most fortunate to work over the years at various part-time jobs that she loves. Lita is entering her 13th year teaching at Or Hadash, currently with the 7th graders. It is very rewarding for her to spend another year with students that she previously taught in the second grade and looks forward to getting to know them once again as teens. There is a connection with the Or Hadash students and their families that she feels makes her teaching experience that much richer. Lita also teaches 8th grade at Congregation Beth Or and in the new Hebrew High program there for 11th-12th graders.
Her other part-time positions include working with the Middle School at Germantown Academy, coordinating fundraising events for non-profit organizations, college counseling and as a teen coordinator for a summer camp.
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 first session from 9:00-10:45 and then continue their Jewish education within our Hebrew High program in second session from 10:45-1:00. 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.
Are valued Madrichim are:
Abby Rubin – TAP participant*
And our dedicated volunteers are:
Abbe Goldstein –TAP participant*
*TAP is the Teen Assistant Program of Jewish Learning Venture, a summer training program for 11th and 12th graders to gain leadership and pedagogic skills to take back to their home congregational schools.