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Education Staff

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

Lucy Banerji, Temple Shalom Nursery School Director
Lucy Banerji became director of the Temple Shalom Nursery School in 2017. Lucy studied psychology and sociology of childhood at Saratov State University, Russia and holds a doctorate in Sociology of Childhood. She is passionate about children's rights, equity, inclusion and anti-bias curriculum. Lucy's professional experience includes work with preschool children, academic research and teachers' training, including at Tufts University.

Liz Corman Shiro, SHACHARIT Director of Education
Liz Corman Shiro has been with Temple Shalom since 2013. Liz wants to help our kids and families find their connection to Judaism. She values mentoring teachers and helping teachers find their passion in their teaching. Liz received her Master’s Degree in Jewish Education from Hebrew College in 2007. She has also completed the MEAH program through Hebrew College and the DeLeT program through Brandeis University. 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 a decade. Marriah’s family joined the Temple Shalom community in 2013 when her son, Henry, entered the Nursery School. She 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, Chris, both avid volleyball players, are the parents of Henry and Norah.

Becca Yudkoff - Families with Young Children Program Director & Summer Camp Director
Becca joined Temple Shalom in 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 in Elementary Education from Lesley University and a masters in Early Childhood Education from the University of British Columbia. She taught elementary school for six years before becoming the Program Director at a community center in Beacon Hill. Becca lives in Newton with her husband, Ben, and their three children. Becca enjoys singing, running, sewing and going out to hear live music - especially if it involves a banjo!

Alison Lobron, Inclusion and Program Development Coordinator
Alison joined the Temple Shalom staff in 2018. Alison began her career as a public school teacher, then moved into the field of social/emotional learning and eventually into Jewish education. Alison is ardent about creating learning environments where students of all abilities feel confident, capable and eager to learn. Alison graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994 with a degree in Elementary Education and Communications. She earned a Master’s in the Risk and Prevention program at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education in 2000. Alison lives in West Newton with her husband, David, their children Shira and Gabriel, and their hedgehog, Rosemary.

Becca MacKillop, Assistant Director of Youth Engagement
Becca joined Temple Shalom in 2018 after graduating from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa. where she majored in English and Communications. The Chelmsford native was a member of Congregation Shalom and an active participant in NFTY- Northeast during high school. At Temple Shalom, Becca works with SHAFTY, Jr. SHAFTY, Taste of Camp and teaches at SHACHARIT. She is the proud owner of a Corgi-Boxer mix, Piper, and will be happy to show you a picture.

Erin Borras, Education Program Manager
Erin joined the education staff in 2018 after nearly a decade as one of the most beloved teachers in our Nursery School.

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