Our Teaching Team

Congregation Beth El Youth and Family Education Teaching Team

Debra Massey

Our Youth and Family Education team is comprised of an enthusiastic group of teachers dedicated to Jewish education through hands-on experiential learning. In addition to their knowledge of Judaic studies, Jewish Culture, and the study of Hebrew, our staff is talented in many other disciplines, including art, cooking, dance, music, and performance art. The teaching team uses these disciplines to enrich the classroom experience and offer diverse ways to express and discover one’s own individual Jewish identity and place in the Jewish community. Our lively staff fosters a learning environment reflective of Beth El’s education philosophy, allowing for a classroom experience that is both educational and fun.

Debra Sagan Massey      Director of Education 510-848-2122 ext. 213
Rebecca DePalma      Education Administrator   510-848-2122 ext. 214
Grade Teacher
Kindergarten (Th) Jodi Gladstone & Gillian Loevner
1st grade (Th)  Jody Seltzer
2nd grade (Th)  Natalie Maderas & Keren Asayag
3rd grade Judaica (Tu/Th) Julia Gilden
4th grade Judaica (Tu/Th)   Miriam Schwartz
5th grade Judaica (Tu/Th) Julia Liepman & Adrienne Sontag-Murphy
6th grade Judaica (Tu/Th) Becca Friedland
Alef Hebrew (Tu/Th) Reut Rom & Tal Garner
Bet Hebrew (Tu/Th) Miriam Schwartz
Gimmel Hebrew (Tu/Th) Orly Perlstein
Dalet Hebrew (Tu/Th) Becca Friedland/Sacha Kopin
Hebrew Tutor (Tu/Th) Desmid Lyon
Art Director Alice Pennes
Music Specialist Isaac Zones
Garden Specialist Danny Farkas
Dance Specialist Allen King
Chug Mishpacha  
Director Rabbi Bridget Wynne
Shabbatot Lauren Byrne
K/1st  Nicole Maderas
2nd/3rd Linda Miller
4th/5th Talya Silver
Music Rabbi Reuben Zellman
Adults Rabbi Bridget Wynne
Parent/Child Hebrew  
Saturday Orly Perlstein, Arella Bar Lev
Wednesday Arella Bar Lev
B'neit Mitzvah Program  
7th Grade Teacher Rabbi Yoel Kahn
7th Grade Teacher Sacha Kopin
7th Grade Teacher
7th Grade Teacher
Yiskah Rosenfeld
Rabbi Reuben Zellman
Youth Advisor Rebecca DePalma