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Gilner Religious School News
I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer. I can't wait to hear about all of your exciting adventures when you return in August. We are busy getting ready for our Back to School Parent Orientation and First Day of School on August 19th. Hope to see all of you there. I know this email is a little long but please read through for important information and to see our Fall teaching line-up.
2018-2019 School Registration:
  • The registration materials for the coming school year are available on the synagogue website, you can download them here: Don't miss out on the early bird discount, register by June 22nd.
  • Please tell your friends about the Beth Shalom Gilner Religious School. Families can enroll their children in grades kindergarten through 3rd grade for up to 2 years without being a member of the synagogue.
  • Please have your teens register ASAP to be a Madrich and for Teen Scene. Use the links below:
2018 - 2019 Gilner Religious School Staff
We are excited to share our teacher line-up for the 2018-2019 school year.
Ben Brasch will return as our kindergarten/first grade teacher. He is a graduate of the Hebrew Academy and Yeshiva High School and is currently a student at Georgia State University. Ben is spending his summer in Israel on an internship and he is looking around for fun games and materials to bring back to share with his students.
Dodie Sachs is joining our team as our second grade teacher. Dodie has been a religious school teacher for many years, most recently teaching the seventh grade at Beth Shalom. She decided to take a break from weekly teaching and has filled in as a substitute teacher for the past two years. Dodie is now ready to get back to weekly teaching and what better way than to work with our sweet second graders on Sunday mornings. Dodie has two children and three step children who attend or work in our school.
Gail Foorman is joining our staff this year on Tuesdays to teach our second and third grade students. Gail is a cantorial student at the Jewish Theological Seminary and works part time as the Hazzan (cantor) at Ahavath Achim synagogue, as well as in religious schools. We are fortunate to have Gail as a member of Beth Shalom and we are very excited that she will be bringing her guitar and voice to our Tuesday afternoon students. In addition to teaching for the first part of every Tuesday, she will also teach a whole school class each week in Jewish music.
Jodi Beck is returning as our Sunday third grade teacher. She has taught off and on at Beth Shalom for many years and is a member of the Education Committee. She is the mother of one of our students and one of our madrichim. In her spare time she is involved with the Boy Scouts and if anyone is interested in finding out how to join just seek her out.
Irit Perlove is also returning and this year will be our fourth grade teacher. Irit has worked at the Hebrew Academy and the Epstein School and is currently working in a multi-cultural Jewish preschool program. Irit joined our staff as a Hebrew specialist and took over her own classroom last year. She is looking forward to helping our fourth graders become fluent Hebrew readers.
Iris Greber is also returning and will teach our combined 5th/6th grade class. Iris teaches Hebrew and Judaics at the Epstein School and has also taught in congregational schools for many years. Even though she is Israeli she loves teaching the students the history of the Jewish American experience. And reinforces Hebrew reading through song lyrics and other innovative ways.
Fred Rich will be returning this year working once again with our seventh grade students. Fred is a graduate of the Hebrew Academy and has worked in business for many years. He has also been very involved in our congregation and tutored many B'nai Mitzvah students. Fred will be testing out a new way to offer instruction to any of our seventh grade students who learn on line during the week. He will be using the program ZOOM so that students that cannot be here in person can log in live to his class, the music class, and evening prayers.
It is going to be another great year at Beth Shalom. Don't forget to keep practicing your Hebrew reading over the summer.

Linda Zimmerman

Director of Lifelong Learning




Fri, December 14 2018 6 Tevet 5779