Temple Beth Shalom

21 East Foster Street, Melrose, MA (781) 665-4520

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Shalom School Faculty

Education Director

Rabbi Allison Peiser

I started in my role as Director of Education at Temple Beth Shalom in January 2014.  I am a graduate of Brandeis University and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia.  I grew up in Los Angeles, lived and worked in Washington DC and Fort Collins, Colorado and studied in Israel.  I love seeing students in the building, hearing what they are learning in their classrooms and listening to stories at the end of the day!  I hope students will develop a love of Judaism and lifelong learning as students of the Shalom School and that everyone feels part of the greater Temple Beth Shalom and wider Jewish community.


Dawn Millstone

I've been a member of TBS for almost 20 years. I have an Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education. This is my first year teaching at the Shalom School. I look forward to teaching the PreK/K class.

3rd/4th Grade

Micah Royer

I am a recent graduate of Hebrew College with a degree in Jewish studies, and am currently working for Hebrew College as the director of development. I also own a non-profit impact investment company that focuses it's revenue on community building projects. Overall I like to focus Thursday classes around Hebrew, building fluency and reading, and Israeli culture. Sundays I focus more on Jewish stories, Torah stories, and Jewish history.

5th Grade

Josh Lutch

I'm so excited to meet your fifth graders in a couple weeks! I currently work at an assisted living facility in Needham where I run programs for older adults. I live in Waltham with my husband Aden and our cat Oar. I am happy to be returning to the Jewish education world. In the past I have worked at Temple Beth Shalom in Needham, Temple Beth Avodah in Newton, and the JCC in Newton. I have a Masters from Brandeis in Jewish Studies and a BA in Communication from UMASS Amherst. I am hoping to get to know your fifth graders and explore Jewish history together.
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