Bios

Rabbi Richard F. Address
Rabbi Address is the Founder and Director of www.jewishsacredaging. Com. He served for over three decades on staff of the URJ: first as a Regional Director and then as Founder and Director of the URJ’s Department of Jewish Family concerns. Rabbi Address was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1972 and began his rabbinic career in Los Angeles Congregations.

Rose Pappo Allen
Rose was born in Long Beach, NY to Sephardic parents from Sarajevo, Bosnia whose heroic survival of the Holocaust inspired her life and interest in Sephardic culture. Though Rose has a Master’s Degree in Education and led a successful career in communications, she credits growing up with a family frame and art supply business as her best education.

Rabbi Alan Cohen
Rabbi Alan Cohen, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, holds degrees from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is recently retired after a 40 year rabbinic career serving congregations in Florida, South Carolina, and most recently 20 years in Kansas City, Missouri.

Herb Cohen
Herb Cohen has been an Israeli folk dancer since 1954 and has led college and youth groups in the Capital District of New York State, and workshops in other areas. He attended Camp Blue Star and worked with many Israeli choreographers.

Jan Courte
Janet Courte, chaplain with Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, serves as a Jewish educator, service leader and Cantorial soloist in the Palm Beach area. She holds a BA with Honors from San Francisco State University in Jewish Studies, History and Philosophy, which includes studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and, more recently, in Jerusalem at the Fuchsberg Center for Conservative Judaism.

Dr. Gina Harris
Dr. Harris is a high honors graduate of Princeton University. She received her doctorate from the University of Florida at Gainsville. Dr. Harris is on staff at Memorial Hospital in Pembrooke Pines, Plantation General Hospital, and Palms West Hospital.

Rabbi Howard Hoffman
Rabbi Howard Hoffman was born in Toronto, educated at JTS and Columbia University and is a Senior Fellow of the Hartman Institute.  He spent his career in pulpits in Montreal, London, Ontario and Port Jefferson, NY.  He taught Jewish studies in universities, was an educational innovator and very involved in interfaith affairs.  He recently retired to Boynton Beach with his wife Elaine and is a member of Temple Torat Emet.

Michael D. Klein
Michael graduated from the University of Miami with B.S. Degrees in Biology and Chemistry with minors in Education and Music. He successfully completed a 37 year career as a High School and Middle School Science Teacher, Department Chairman, and Assistant Principal. He also attended Yeshiva College of South Florida and have served as Torah Reader, Hebrew Teacher, Chazzan, and Spiritual Leader of various synagogues throughout South Florida. He currently serves as Ritual Director and B’nei Mitzvah instructor at Temle Torat Emet.

Natalie Levin
Natalie Levin received a BA in English and Elementary Education, MLS/Library Science from Towson University, Towson, Maryland. She taught for 18 years in Baltimore County Public Schools.

Howard Lynne
Howard Lynn received a BS from Hunter college and his MS from NYU. He is a former Executive Director for both United synagogue and JCC. He has been teaching for 36 years to children, teens and adults.

Rabbi William Marder
Rabbi William Marder holds degrees from Harvard, Hebrew College, and Jewish Theological Seminary. After serving for almost forty years as a pulpit rabbi, he retired to South Florida, where he is active in Temple Torat Emet’s education programs.

Naomi Malakoff
Naomi Malakoff, a retired RN by profession, lived in Israel from 1979-1988.She has participated in professional Hebrew Speakers associations, as well asled beginning, intermediate and advanced Hebrew groups in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Texas as a volunteer since 1990.

Estelle Morganstern
Estelle Morganstern graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa with degrees in Sociology/Anthropology and Law.  She then pursued a Masters in Jewish Education at Spertus College in Chicago before moving to Boynton Beach 18 years ago.  Estelle has taught Jewish Studies at the Arthur I. Meyer Academy in West Palm Beach and at synagogue religious schools including Temple Beth David in Palm Beach Gardens and Temple Beth Tikvah, Temple Torah and Temple Shaarei Shalom.

Eileen Nathan
Eileen Nathan is originally from New York City. She owned her own nursery school in Port Jefferson for over 25 years.  Since she retired to Florida in 2004, Eileen has been instructing Yoga, Chair Yoga, Stretch & Tone and Water Aerobics at several communities in the Boynton Beach area.

 

 

 

Judy Price
Judy Price was raised in a traditional conservative home.  Judy is recognized for her many beautiful tallitot, all handmade. She is also known for her fine needlepoint tallit bags and matching atarah. Judy has been an active member of Hadassah for more than 50 years.

Mary Lou Rogers
Mary Lou Rogers is a certified ACBL Best Teaching Practices instructor. Mary Lou is a retired math teacher from Massachusetts and is a full time Boynton Beach resident.

Miriam Schaffer
Miriam Schaffer, RJE, former Education Director at Temple Shaarei Shalom, has been involved in Education for many years and has held numerous positions in both synagogues and day schools as a teacher and Administrator. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Judaic Literature from the Cleveland College of Jewish Studies (now Siegal College of Judaic Studies). Miriam is currently the Coordinator of the Adult Learning Collaboration.

Andrea Schoen
Andrea Schoen has a BS from NYU and an MS from the State University at New Paltz. She taught Art and Computer graphics in NY for over 25 years. She is a jewelry designer/craftsman, knitter, painter…all things art! She loves games, puzzles, Bridge, and Canasta!

Margaret Schmit
Soprano Margaret Schmitt is a graduate of Queens College and also attended the Juilliard and Mannes Schools of Music. She has sung many leading roles in opera and musical theatre and has appeared on countless concert series in New York, Florida and throughout the US. Margaret has appeared at both Lincoln and Kennedy Centers, and on national television. She has been presented in concert in Germany, Spain, England, Scotland and Russia. She is Artistic Director of The Serenade Singers, and also lectures on opera.

Neil Waldman
Neil grew up in Brooklyn as a “baby boober”. He is a   collector of “oldies” music and has read numerous publication detailing the history and the business of the music of the era. Neil has a B.A. and an M.A. from Brooklyn College. Professionally, he was a teacher in the New York City school system for 39 years until his retirement and relocation to Florida. Since then, he has been teaching courses in the history of doo wop and Jew in early rock and roll.

Anschel Weiss, PhD
Anschel Weiss is a graduate of the Mesivta Chaim Berlin located in NYC, Brooklyn College and Boston University.  He received his PhD in social work from Case Western Reserve University.  Anschel has maintained a close connection to various Jewish religious institutions and has continued learning and teaching throughout his adult life.  He led a Torah Study Group in Albany, NY for over 13 years with the goal of demystifying Torah and making it accessible to lay people regardless of their level of prior knowledge.