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2016-2017 School Year Review in Pictures

 

SHM in the News- Introducing Hebrew in Harmony!

Five years ago, Shir Hama'alot in Irvine, California, experimented with its Hebrew program by creating small, chavura-style learning groups. Intended as a way to build community, similar to the school's format for Judaica learning, the Hebrew program simply didn't work out as planned.

The congregation's religious school Principal Heather Rosenthal and Rabbi Leah Lewis, director of life-long learning, realized they needed to make a change. They first showed the education committee that, for a variety of reasons, the small-group format was not working to meet the community goals, and proposed returning to Hebrew learning by class level. Read More

GET TO KNOW THE RELIGIOUS SCHOOL STAFF

Religious School Principal: Heather Rosenthal
 

Heather joined our Religious School staff in the summer of 2015, but before this, she worked in our school as a Judaica teacher in 4th grade. She has 10 years of teaching experience, a Bachelors and Masters in Educational Administration from CSULB and has been a congregant since 2012. She is a member of SHM with her husband, Geoff, and their two children, Jacob and Chloe.

Religious School Administrative Assistant: Kat Key
 

Kat joined our synagogue in 2014 as a vital member of the staff. She attended Biola University with a major in English and Cultural Anthropology. Before this position, Kat was an Office Manager at a local non-profit. She and her husband, Andrew, call Irvine their home.

Director of Youth Engagement:

Daylen Degelsmith
 

Daylen is our newest team member and she just graduated from Chapman University with a Masters in Leadership Development. She is excited to take our youth programs to the next level, offering creative programming and leadership opportunities for our students of all ages.

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