MEET OUR FACULTY AND STAFF
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.
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 workishops 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.
Vivian Lichtman was born in New York, where she taught Sunday school before moving to Pennsylvania. She earned a Masters in Education degree in both education and school counseling. After 28 years of experience teaching and counseling children from Kindergarten through 8th grade, she retired in June 2008. Since retirement, Vivian has written a children's book, volunteered at local schools, pursued her love of mosics and other crafts, and planned a community service learning club which was held at Upper Dublin Public Library recently. Vivian has taught Sunday School and 3rd grade Hebrew at Or Hadash since 2005 and co-teaches the 2nd grade class this year with Bonnie Ritterman.
Lauren Newman has been teaching at various religious schools for the last five years and has participated in many institutions of Jewish learning since she was very young. Lauren began her time in Jewish communities in preschool at Beth Am, went on to Perlman Jewish Day School, and after graduating from Saligman in 2005, went on to go to Habonim Dror camps until the year 2013. She is currently getting her Masters in Social Work from Smith College and completing her Second Year Internship at a Mastery Charter Campus in West Philadelphia. Being part of a Jewish community has always meant a great deal to her and she is happy to have found her newest Jewish community at Or Hadash.
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.
Lori Rubin has been a member of Or Hadash for the past 15 years. Having taught religious school in Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist settings for over 25 years, she is excited to bring her experiential skills to our 8th and 9th grade class. Lori served as our Educational Director for 12 years, our Programming Coordinator for 2 years, and currently serves on our Board of Directors as co-chair of our Social Action/Tikkun Olam (SATO) committee. At Camp JRF, the Reconstructionist movement’s overnight camp, she has been the Rosh Hinuh, Director of Education, as well as the Tikkun Olam Program Coordinator. When she is not at Or Hadash, Lori is the Director, Family Engagement at Jewish Learning Venture, where she enjoys building relationships with families, facilitating Jewish programming in public spaces, and serving as a consultant to congregations looking to enhance their family engagement opportunities. Lori, and her husband Jon, have three children: Alex, a student at Northwestern University, Abby, a student at Washington University in St. Louis, and Hilary, a 10th grade student in our Confirmation class, who have all grown up at Or Hadash.
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 pastand 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.
Margie Schultz has been teaching in Jewish Early Childhood Education programs for 12 years at two different synagogues. For five years she taught the Gan class at Tiferet Bet Israel. 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 Eileen Kupersmith.
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 Madrichim are:
*TAP – Teen Aid Program, students learn how to effectively assist in congregational schools.