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Beit Rabban Staff (Updates for 2017-2018 coming soon!)

Debbie Gardner – Kindergarten – 1st Grade
Debbie Gardner is a Massachusetts licensed teacher (K-8) with broad based experience teaching, and tutoring students in Hebrew and secular subjects. She presents workshops to teachers, administrators and madrichim (aides) both locally and nationally. Her expertise with students with special needs in preschool, religious school, day schools and public schools supports TBZ’s inclusion setting. She also teaches Kindergarten at Temple Emanuel in Newton.

Cantor Lisa Kipen Hirshenson — 2nd-3rd Grade
Though now a cantor working with elders in an independent living community, Lisa Kipen-Hershenson, M.A., began sharing her love of Judaism through the lens of an early childhood educator. She earned a certificate in Early Childhood Ed. through a joint program offered by Hebrew College and the Bureau of Jewish Education and went on to develop curriculum and teach at Kehillath Israel in Brookline, Temple Beth El of Belmont, Congregation Beth El of the Sudbury Valley and at Cong. Shir Chadash in New York.  After 25 years of experience with children and adults, “Morah Lisa” is even more convinced that joy and creativity are integral parts of the learning experience.  Whether through making Jewish art, celebrating at a class (fair trade) chocolate seder, getting to learn how a Torah is written by practicing Hebrew writing with quill pens, having a Chanukah pajama party (with our favorite stuffed animal friends) or singing and dancing, each student comes away with their own connections to Judaism and each other.

Melanie Blatt – 4th-5th grade
Melanie was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland.  For the past 20 summers, she has attended and worked at summer camp.  This past summer, she was one of the Unit Heads and song leader at Camp Zeke, a Fitness and Culinary Arts camp in the Poconos. Melanie is a also a certified personal trainer, who enjoys hiking, biking, yoga, and dancing.  Music is integrated into everything that she does, and she is currently studying to be a cantor at Hebrew College.

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