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Talia Elliott, Director of Operations

Talia is the Peah Garden Director for the temple  & Judaic and Nature Curriculum Coordinator at the Nursery School. With more than 20 years of teaching experience in the field of Early Childhood Education, Talia has a broad range of skills. She taught infants, toddlers and preschoolers, developed nature-rich curricula and led young children in Judaic studies. Talia is fluent in Hebrew. She effectively supports our bilingual students and organically involves all children and adults at the Nursery School into the process of learning Hebrew words, songs, and blessings. Talia studied at Solomon Schechter Day School and later at Hebrew College Prozdor as well as Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva. Talia is passionate about working with children outdoors and developing our gardening program with a Jewish lens.

Connect with Talia, ext 110

Lovelynn Ivey, Senior Director of Development & Membership

Lovelynn has been a temple member since 2012, is a past board member, project managed High Holy Days during Covid, and is a proud mum of two children who excelled in the religious school programs at Temple Shalom.  With over 30 years of experience in fundraising, event production, business operations, and membership engagement, and now having launched her youngest into college, she has come home to Temple Shalom.

She is passionate about fostering connections, inspiring growth, and making things happen.

Lovelynn enjoys swing dancing, sailing on Lake Sunapee with her husband, and drinking wine with friends.

Connect with Lovelynn, ext 102

Gray Schulman,  Administrative Assistant
Gray Schulman joined the Temple Shalom team in 2023 with previous experience in administration and
customer service. Originally from Edison, NJ, they have been involved in the Jewish community in various capacities,
including becoming Ba’al Tekiah at Temple Neve Shalom in Metuchen, NJ. Gray received a BA in History
from Muhlenberg College in 2016. They made the move up to Massachusetts in 2020 and currently
reside in Newton Lower Falls. Gray enjoys baking, writing, watching hockey, and playing tabletop games.

Connect with Gray, ext. 116

Scott Shore, Bookkeeper    
Scott Shore joined the staff at Temple Shalom in September 2022. He previously worked for many years at a physical therapy clinic, in the front office, performing various administrative and financial tasks.  He currently resides in Wilmington unencumbered by roommates.  Scott enjoys watching and attending various sporting events, especially those involving Boston’s professional teams, the Connecticut Sun and Northeastern hockey. 

Connect with Scott, ext. 104

Alonso Batista, Facilities
Alonso is dedicated to maintaining a safe and clean Temple. He lives in Framingham with his family.

Learning and Engagement Staff

Lucy Banerji, Temple Shalom Nursery School Director
Lucy 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.

Connect with Lucy, ext. 119

Liz Corman Shiro, Director of Hebrew Learning and Program Development
Liz 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 authentic voice 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, their son, Jacob and their dog, Luna.

Connect with Liz, ext. 112

Marriah Vengroff, Director of Judaic Learning and Inclusion
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.

Connect with Marriah, ext. 111

Becca Yudkoff, Director of Early Childhood Engagement
Becca joined Temple Shalom staff in 2017.  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, biking, sewing and going out to hear live music - especially if it involves a banjo!

Connect with Becca, ext. 118

Mitchell Harris, Lead Teacher and Administrative Assistant for Jewish Learning and Living

Mitchell grew up in West Newton, and in many ways he has grown up at Temple Shalom.  His family joined Temple Shalom when he was in fourth grade, and the journey has never stopped.  In addition to discovering his passion for Jewish learning while preparing to become a Bar Mitzvah, Mitchell uncovered his love for Jewish living through his participation and leadership in Temple Shalom’s youth group and the regional Jewish youth organization NFTY-Northeast.  He then used this experience while serving in several leadership positions, including Executive Vice President, in the Hillel program at Clark University in Worcester, MA.  He earned a BA in Communication & Culture and a Minor in Management from Clark.  In Worcester, he also worked in the marketing and communications department at UMass Memorial Medical Center.  Since 2012, Mitchell has returned to Temple Shalom and served in many educational positions, including head classroom teacher and classroom aide.  He is excited to continue serving this community now as Administrative Assistant for Jewish Learning and Living, while still teaching children in Small Group Hebrew.  He lives in Watertown and enjoys swimming, traveling, meeting new people, listening to good music, and anything having to do with game shows or trivia. 

Josh Conescu, Lead Teacher

Josh Conescu (he/him) has been teaching "Jewish" in the Boston area for almost 25 years.  It all began right here, one Shabbat before Torah Study. (Former Education Director) Julie Vanek walked in and asked if anyone might be interested in teaching a Sunday class in the Religious School.  "Well, I'm a teacher," he thought, "...and I'm going to drive my kids here on Sunday mornings anyway..."  Thus began his journey into Jewish education.  He is happy to say he's never looked back.

Nancy Peel, Lead Teacher

Nancy joined the Temple Shalom staff in June of 2020, but has worked in Jewish Education for over 20 years.   She has taught Hebrew School at almost every age level and is also a Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutor.  Nancy also taught Public School in Jacksonville, Florida as well as several towns in Massachusetts.  She lives in Mansfield with her husband Tom and has 3 grown children.  Nancy also enjoys pickleball, biking and playing mahjongg!

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