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Education Staff

Kim Bodemer, Senior Director of Education and Youth Engagement
Kim became part of the Temple Shalom family in July 2018 as a nationally recognized Reform Jewish educator. Most recently Kim was the Director of Congregational Learning at Temple Chayai Shalom in Easton. Kim has frequently consulted for both Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) and synagogue educators across the country on the design and implementation of new models for Jewish education. She is responsible for the overall vision, supervision, and implementation of Grades K-12 learning and youth engagement at Temple Shalom. Kim lives in Taunton with her husband, Brian, and her three daughters, Rachel, Chelsea and Elaine. In her free time, Kim enjoys hiking and playing volleyball as well as board games and spending time with friends and family.

Liz Corman Shiro, SHACHARIT Director of Education
Liz Corman Shiro joined the Temple Shalom staff in 2013. Liz is a passionate Jewish educator, who wants to help our kids and families find their connection to Judaism. As an educator, she values mentoring teachers and helping teachers find their passion in their teaching. Liz has worked in various Jewish programs in the Boston area and received her Master’s Degree in Jewish Education from Hebrew College in 2007. She has also completed the MEAH program through Hebrew College, the DeLeT program through Brandeis University and is entering her second year in Hebrew College’s Clinical Mentor Faculty Program. Liz lives in Sharon with her husband Lee, their twin girls, Eliana and Rose, and their cat, Callie, and dog, Luna.

Marriah Vengroff, Director of Youth Engagement
Marriah grew up primarily in Storrs, Conn., but has lived in Newton Centre for almost a decade. Marriah’s family joined the Temple Shalom community in 2013 when her son, Henry, entered the Nursery School. As a Nursery School parent, she has served as a co-chair of the Nursery School Parent Steering Committee and has become passionate about community building and fostering a love for Jewish life and culture in young children.
Marriah was a history major at Wheaton College and earned her Masters of Education from Regis College. She taught elementary school in Weston for two  years. Marriah and her husband, Christopher, both avid volleyball players, have two children, Henry (age 6), and Norah (age 4.) Marriah is looking forward to collaborating with our fantastic team of lay leaders and staff to create fun and meaningful programming for our youth.

Becca Yudkoff - Families with Young Children Program Director & Summer Camp Director
Becca joined Temple Shalom in the summer of 2017 as the Program Director for Families with Young Children, and is also the Director of our Nature Explorer Summer Camp.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Lesley University and a Masters in Early Childhood Education from the University of British Columbia. She taught elementary school for one year  in Cambridge and five years in Winchester before becoming the Program Director at Hill House Boston, a community center in Beacon Hill. Becca lives in Newton with her husband, Ben, and their three children. In her free time, she enjoys singing, running, sewing and going out to hear live music - especially if it involves a banjo!

Emily Kieval, Director of Inclusion
Emily Kieval grew up in Newton and has been creating and supporting inclusive communities for over 15 years.  At Temple Shalom, Emily guides the development and implementation of proactive inclusive practices in worship, learning, and programming across the lifespan. Emily works closely with parents and educators in our Nursery School, SHACHARIT (K-6), and Youth Engagement (7-12) programs to support all of our children. Emily uses she/her pronouns and looks forward to getting to know you.

Becca MacKillop, Assistant Director of Youth Engagement
Becca joined Temple Shalom in August 2018 just three months after graduating from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa. Becca majored in English and Communications and went on Birthright to Israel in 2014 with Muhlenberg Hillel. She is excited to be back in Massachusetts, having grown up in Chelmsford. Becca was a member of Congregation Shalom and an active participant in NFTY- Northeast during high school. Until 2016, Becca spent all of her summers at Camp Hadar Jewish Day Camp in Salem, N.H. as a camper and eventually staff advisor. At Temple Shalom, Becca works with SHAFTY, Jr. SHAFTY, Taste of Camp and teaches at SHACHARIT. She is the proud parent of a five-year-old Corgi-Boxer mix named Piper and will be happy to show you a picture.

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