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.

PreK/K

Dawn Millstone

Roni Miller

Dawn has 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 and helping our Shalom school children get a great start to their Jewish learning.

Roni has been a third generation member of TBS who attended the Shalom School for 8 years. Year after year they helped with High Holidays babysitting at shul. While in high school (at a K-12 school), Roni spent most of their free time teaching art to younger children. They are a recent graduate and have a deep passion for social change and Jewish life and music. Last year Roni worked as an intern for the nonprofit, Keshet, where they co-created an LGBTQ+ Jewish group for teens in the Boston area. They are very excited to help start the journey of Jewish connection with the class and to meet the next generation of our community!

1st/2nd Grade

Eric Lederman

Eric is a mechanical engineering student at Northeastern University and a recent addition to the Temple Beth Shalom teaching staff. He grew up in New Jersey attending Solomon Schechter Day School from Pre-K all the way through 12th grade. I spent most of my summers as a camper or counselor of Ramah day camps in the Berkshires and Nyack. In the classroom he incorporates music to teach prayers and other related songs making every session engaging and beneficial. He looks forward to having your students in his class for this coming year as they take a look at the book of Genesis and work on building a solid foundation in the Hebrew language. 

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 cultural knowledge. Sundays I focus more on Jewish and 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.

6th/7th Grade

 Harriet Wallen

Sara Blumenthal

Harriet has been teaching at the Shalom School for six years where she taught 2nd, 5th, 6th, and 7th graders. Her main claim to fame is that I just completed her 40th year as a school librarian. Through the years she have worked at all grade levels, K-12, in both Massachusetts and New Jersey. Currently she is a librarian at Lexington High School and has a Doctorate in Library and Information Science. She is especially looking forward to experiencing the Better Together Program with the 6th, 7th, and even some 8th and 9th graders this year.

Sara is excited to join the teaching staff at Temple Beth Shalom this year. She is currently a first year rabbinical student at Hebrew College after having been a middle school youth group advisor, camp counselor, and Hebrew school teacher. Sara holds a BA in Psychology and Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies from the University of Michigan. When she is not teaching or studyng, Sara enjoys reading, cooking, and being outdoors.

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