Bonim (Kindergarten & 1st Grade)
Robin is excited to start her 6th year teaching the Bonim (Kindergarten/1st Grade) class at Temple Sholom. She loves working with the youngest learners at TSB and giving them a fun and exciting year of exploration as they begin their Jewish education journeys. Robin has a BA in Elementary Education and Theatre Arts from Boston University’s Wheelock College of Education and Human Development and an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. She currently works as the Director of Marketing and Communications and Director of jkidPRIDE at Jewish Learning Venture. She lives in Media with her wife, Marcia, and son, Asher.
Adina has been teaching Rimon for many years. This year she is teaching Bonim (K and 1st Grade). She is excited to see old and new faces. Adina enjoys learning, discovering and practicing Jewish values together with her students and having fun doing it. Adina graduated from Temple University/Tyler School of art and is currently working for a before and after school care program. On her free time, she enjoys writing, playing and singing music. She is also very much into art.
Chaverim (2nd & 3rd Grade)
This is Andi’s 2nd year teaching Rimon (Chaverim 2nd and 3rd Grades) and she loves it! She has been involved in the world of Jewish Education for 18 years, as a Preschool Director, Pre-K Teacher and Hebrew School Teacher and was an Art Teacher for 10 years in public school. She enthusiastically combines learning about Judaism with her creative art background, Yoga teacher certification and 28 years of classroom experience. Andi, her husband Eric and daughters Arden and Jona have been members of Temple Sholom for 25+ years.
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Olim (4th & 5th) Grade
Marla Sones (Olim & Gesherim (6th Grade) Hebrew)
Marla teaches Olim (4th and 5th Grade) along with Gesherim (6th Grade) Hebrew. When not teaching, which has become her true passion, she is a full-time practicing attorney. Marla has been involved in supplemental Jewish Education for 20 years and has taught prayer, Hebrew and all areas of Judaic studies. She has been a member of the Temple Sholom faculty for 11 years. She is passionate about her Jewish identity and enjoys sharing her passion with her students. Marla is an active member of BTBJ in Erdenheim, a past president of the congregation and has been a member of the Bux-Mont Federation Board and Kehillah. She is presently chair of Congregational Learning at BTBJ and continues to serve on the board and executive committee. Marla is the proud mother of two great young men and grandmother to two grandchildren and a grand puppy.
Sophie is excited to begin her third year teaching with Team Olim (4th and 5th Grades). Sophie graduated from Albright College in May of 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and is currently taking classes online with California University of Pennsylvania to obtain a master’s in Sport Management with a concentration in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration. Sophie graduates in December 2021 and look forward to jobs in Athletic Administration following her master’s degree. In addition, Sophie is the Interim Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach at Widener University and club lacrosse coach for SJ Shamrocks. Sophie is originally from Westfield, NJ where she resides with her parents, older sister Hannah and twin brother Benjamin.
Randi is now teaching Olim (4th and 5th Grade) after spending the past four years teaching Chaverim (2nd and 3rd Grade). Randi enjoys incorporating hands-on activities to keep learners engaged and excited about coming to Rimon on Sunday mornings. Randi has a bachelor’s from The University of Maryland and master’s from Miami University (OH). She currently works in consulting for an executive search firm in their education practice. She lives in Havertown with her husband (Max, former Olim teacher), son (Levi), and golden doodle (Vegas).
Jodye is thrilled to be back for her fourth year as a member of Team Olim (4th and 5th Grade). Jodye has been active in synagogue life for many years and most recently is a sisterhood past president at Congregation Beth Or. Jodye attended Temple University where she majored in elementary education and she is currently working in the financial services industry. When not working she enjoys spending time with her daughter, taking walks with her dog Elton, following Philadelphia sports teams, traveling and baking.
Rachel Thomas (Bet (4th Grade) Hebrew)
Rachel is thrilled to be starting her 25th year teaching Hebrew (Bet-4th Grade) at Temple Sholom. She enjoys working with students as they begin their formal Hebrew learning, and loves to make learning fun! When not teaching Hebrew School, Rachel teaches a combined Pre-K/Kindergarten class here at the synagogue. Over the summer, she works as a Program Supervisor at Camp Pegasus, a camp for kids with social skill needs. Rachel grew up at Temple Sholom and is proud to say that her children have done the same. She lives in Broomall with her husband, Chas, and her three kids, Aaron, Brendon, and Julia.
Donna Hendel (Gimel (5th Grade) Hebrew)
Donna is delighted to return to her 11th year of teaching at Temple Sholom. This year, she is returning as the Gimel (5th Grade) Hebrew teacher. She especially enjoys using learning games, Hebrew Through Movement and Kung Fu vowels as part of her curriculum. Donna has a BA in English Literature and an MA in Jewish Education and Jewish Studies. She lives in Broomall with her husband Steven.
Susan Edelstein (Long Distance Hebrew)
Susan is the former Director of Education at Congregation Beth Or in Maple Glen PA. Now retired and living in New York City near her children and grandchildren, she continues to be active in Jewish education, tutoring wonderful Temple Sholom students for the past six years and teaching adult education locally. A life-long learner and teacher, she continues to motivate and celebrate with her family, and her students.
Gesherim (6th Grade)
Ellen loves working with kids young and old, especially middle school students! A Temple University graduate with a BS in Therapeutic Recreation and a Master’s degree in education from Cabrini University, Ellen has taught religious school for the past 27 years. As a teacher, former Education Director and programming specialist, Ellen enjoys bringing Judaism to life with her students and is passionate about helping them connect history, traditions and rituals to Judaic values and everyday life. She’s especially excited to work with Gesherim (6th grade) families as they explore, learn and find meaning in the journey leading up to becoming a B’nei Mitzvah. When she’s not teaching, Ellen loves to cook, craft, bike, read and hang out with her family.
Rabbi Stacy Rigler
Rabbi Stacy Rigler, MAJE is excited to start her first year teaching Gesherim (6th Grade) at Temple Sholom. Stacy is passionate about connecting Judaism to our everyday life and ensuring that Jewish learning feels fun and accessible to everyone. She has a Masters in Jewish Education and ordination from Hebrew Union College and works full time at the Foundation for Jewish Camp. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, completing puzzles, and walking outside.
Rimon Noar (7th & 8th Grade)
Cantor Jamie Marx
Cantor Jamie Marx is honored to serve as the Cantor of Temple Sholom in Broomall. He is passionate about worship music in all its forms, utilizing pop and folk styles, art music, niggunim, choral settings, and chazanut in services. He finds great inspiration in a quote from Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel: “Within the synagogue, music is not an end in itself but a means of religious experience.” Cantor Marx received his Master’s in Sacred Music in May 2010 and his cantorial ordination in May 2011, both from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. He earned a BA in Music from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, in 2003. He is happily married to Anna and is the proud father of Eliana and Isaac.
Growing up, Marissa was given a huge foundation for her Jewish identity. She attended Hebrew school all the way through 12th grade, participated in youth group, taught Hebrew and Religious school, and was a camp counselor at the preschool over the summer. Marissa graduated from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology as well as her Elementary Teaching Certificate for grades K-6. At Muhlenberg, she spent all four years working at Hillel. It was by far one of the highlights of her college experience. Marissa’s synagogue growing up was her home away from home. She understands the importance of incorporating Judaism into everyday life, and is looking forward to helping instill that ideal into her students. Marissa is married to her husband, Dave, and has a daughter, Violet.
Mike Cohen is thrilled to be back at Temple Sholom for his 5th year teaching Rimon Noar-8th Grade. He teaches using a student-centered classroom environment where the students do the talking 80% of the time. Mike has been teaching for twenty years and is the head of the middle school at Hill Top Preparatory School. He lives in Eagleville with his wife Erica and his two daughters.
JLF (Justice & Leadership Fellowship) – 9th-12th Grade
Rabbi Peter Rigler
Rabbi Rigler was ordained by the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in 2002. He served previously for seven years as the Associate Rabbi at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel of Elkins Park, PA. He is an active member of the URJ Camp Harlam Board, where he serves on the faculty for two weeks each summer. He is involved at the Broad Street Ministry homeless shelter and in many social action projects throughout Philadelphia. He is also a graduate of the Synagogue Transformation and Renewal Program, a two-year leadership training course. He is married to Rabbi Stacy Rigler and they have three children: Maya, Nathan, and Eli.