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Education Staff

Liz Corman Shiro, SHACHARIT Director of Education
Liz Corman Shiro joined the Temple Shalom staff in 2013. This year, she is excited to take on the role of SHACHARIT Director of Education. 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.

Lori Leiderman, Director of K-2 and Engagement
Lori is the Director of grades K-2 in our SHACHARIT education program and Director of Engagement.  She has a Masters in Education with Post Graduate work in Brain Theory and Educational Therapy.  Lori is passionate about meaningful and engaging Jewish education and truly enjoys welcoming new families as they enter our SHACHARIT program. As Director of Engagement, Lori will often be the first person prospective congregants speak with about our community, and she works to help deepen the connections of congregants. She has been awarded certification as a Schindler Membership Fellow by the Union for Reform Judaism in recognition of her professionalism in assisting individuals and families to feel welcome and at home in our diverse Temple Shalom community and is also a member of the Program and Engagement Professionals Association.

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 5), and Norah (age 3.) 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
Becca joined Temple Shalom in the summer of 2017 as the Program Director for Families with Young Children. 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 two children, who also attend Temple Shalom Nursery School. In her free time, she enjoys singing, running, sewing and going out to hear live music -  especially if it involves a banjo!

Sarah Stein - Assistant Director of Youth Engagement
Sarah first joined the Temple Shalom staff in 2014 as a summer camp fellow and SHACHARIT teacher, helping to create and run the Taste of Camp program. In her new position, she looks forward to fostering a fun, welcoming and meaningful community for our youth. Sarah is a recent graduate of Brandeis University, where she studied business and anthropology with specializations in culture and communication. Sarah spends her summers at URJ Crane Lake Camp in the Berkshires as the Unit Operations Coordinator and loves helping future campers find a summer program that is their perfect fit. In her free time, Sarah enjoys swimming, skiing, and painting.

Andrea Levinsky, Education Program Manager
Andrea joined the Temple in July 2017 to oversee the bar/bat mitzvah program and work with teachers. Andrea taught seventh grade English and social studies in southern Maine. A Portland, Maine native, Andrea is a graduate of Connecticut College where she received her B.A. in Human Development and American Studies, minored in Dance and earned her teaching certification. She has taught religious school in New London and Waterford, Conn., worked at the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York City and founded an interfaith program for teens. Andrea likes to dance, hit museums, travel, attend theater and musical theater performances and go to the beach! She looks forward to getting to know the Temple Shalom community.

Caroline Dorn, Education and Marketing Assistant
Caroline joined the Temple Shalom community in 2015. She works with both the Education Team and the Business Team for marketing and administrative support and is responsible for many of the communications to the K-6 parent community. She hopes you'll stop by her office and meet her two betta fish, Aleph Betta and Gefilte. Caroline loves working with kids, hazelnut coffee and being creative. In her free time, Caroline practices comedy and hangs out with her rescue cat, Trexler.

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.

Sun, March 18 2018 2 Nisan 5778