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Religious School Staff

We are so proud of our teachers!!

Here at CSI we are very proud of our staff. As in many Hebrew schools, not all of our teachers have a teaching degree, but they are all college graduates, some with advanced degrees. Each teacher takes pride in creating an inviting classroom atmosphere. We participate in teacher training programs and hold frequent meetings.
 

 
Rabbi Steven Kane
Rabbi Kane is our Religious School Director.  He has been CSI’s spiritual leader since 1993.
 
Libby Spitzer
Libby is Assistant Director of the CSI Religious School. She has been a Jewish educator for 20 years and it all began at CSI.  She has taught in the Religious School and the Nursery School as well as leading “Mommy and Me” and “Fun Under One” programs at CSI.  Libby was also the Program Director of “Global Connections,” a JCC program for teens which culminated in leading a trip to Israel with the group. Since graduating with her Masters in Jewish Education at JTS, she has served as Assistant Education Director at Westchester Jewish Center in Mamaroneck and then as the Education Director at Temple Beth Shalom in Mahopac.
 
Julia Parzen
This is Julia’s 28th year teaching Religious School. She has taught Hebrew reading and culture for grades Kindergarten through 4th. She has also been an Early Childhood educator for 25 years. We are excited that she has joined our staff this year to teach our Prozdor 1 (1st grade) students.
 
Maris Aschen
Morah Maris has worked as a CSI Nursery School teacher since 2000 and in 2011 she joined our Religious school staff. She is excited to be teaching our students to love being Jewish.
 
Ilene Kramer
Ilene has been working in schools with children of all ages since 2008. She also has extensive experience working in special education classrooms. She has two Master’s degrees and is a NYS certified ELA teacher. She has been a substitute teacher here at CSI, and we are happy to have her as a permanent staff member this year.
 
Andrew Liebert
Andrew graduated from Tufts University in 2017. At Tufts he served as Vice President of both Tufts Hillel and Friends of Israel, helping to foster meaningful Jewish engagement and connection. Andrew has been a member for over 15 years and regularly attends services and reads Torah at CSI. As a former camper and counselor at a Jewish camp, Andrew understands the importance of creating an educated and energized community to ensure that the vibrancy of today’s Jewish life continues long into the future. L’Dor V’Dor.
 
Leah Nussbaum
Leah is so excited to be joining the CSI team for the first time this year with Kitah Aleph and Kitah Bet (3rd and 4th grade)! She is a fourth year rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College in New York City. She's taught religious school for several years in synagogues in Brooklyn and in Central Pennsylvania. With a background in disability studies, she's committed to making her classroom inclusive and engaging for all students. 
 
Caren Shapiro
Morah Caren returns to CSI Religious School to teach Hebrew reading & prayer. She has many years of experience teaching Dalet and has substituted on most grade levels. Caren was an Assistant Principal in the NYC school system. She is well versed in various learning techniques, methodologies and protocols.  She is also an attorney. She is looking forward to working once again with the students at CSI.
 
Michelle Korzen
Morah Michelle teaches our youngest Hebrew School children since 2005. She also, teaches in our Nursery School since 1996 as well as after-school programs at Kids Karousel Ltd.  Michelle comes to us with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Art and knowledge and experience in working with children with different learning styles.
 
Sheera Zuckerman
Morah Sheera taught our Lev class and Ulpan class for many years. She is a licensed and certified Elementary Education teacher with over many years of experience teaching and working in the Special Education field. She leads our Shabbat Sheera Club (junior congregation) and Kadima Service Shabbat mornings She has been with our Religious School since 2000.
Mon, November 30 2020 14 Kislev 5781