Union for Reform Judaism Member Congregation

Faculty

Class Instructors

Amanda Miller

Amanda Miller holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from The New School, a B.F.A. in Acting from NYU, and completed a teaching artist internship and training program with the Community-Word Project. She has taught Jewish Studies and Hebrew to young children at several synagogues throughout the city. Amanda is also a writer, performer, and yoga instructor.

Stephanie Sherry

Stephanie Sherry holds a B.A. from the University of Central Florida where she minored in Judaic Studies and has a J.D. from Hofstra University. Stephanie supervises play after the Family Shabbat service and dinner and assists in the High Holy Day children’s services. Outside of UT, Stephanie most enjoys catching a Broadway show or sports event.

Jonathan Dayan

Jonathan Dayan graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a B.A. in Forensic Psychology. He began his career in Judaism right after his Bar Mitzvah, when he became a youth group leader at his temple and taught Torah trope. Jonathan has also worked with children and young adults with special needs at JCC Camp Seneca Lake. Jonathan enjoys working out, playing sports, writing poetry and going to baseball games.

Isabel Calkins

Isabel Calkins is in her third year at New York University in the Global Liberal Studies program with a concentration in Contemporary Culture and Creative Production. Along with spending her days in Washington Sq Park, Isabel is a freelance writer and brand consultant with work being featured on the websites of Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Seventeen, Elle, and Buzzfeed. She hail’s from Rochester, NY and has been an active member of the Jewish community since she was old enough to say “shalom”.

Daniella Vatch

Daniella Vatch received a B.S. in Psychology from Queen’s College. She has taught in a Hebrew Day school setting and a Jewish special needs school. Daniella enjoys cooking, hiking, reading and spending time with friends and family.

 

 Specialists

Music: Benjamin Harris, Student Cantor

Benjamin Harris will be entering his second year at the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music of the Hebrew Union College (DFSSM) in September. He is a native of Atlanta, Ben is a graduate of the Boston University School of Music. During this past year of studies at the DFSSM in Jerusalem, he has sung with Nava Tehila, a progressive community that has amassed a significant following all over Israel in recent years. Ben has a wealth of experience as a NFTY song leader, both in the Boston and Atlanta areas. He served as the Music Educator and Youth Advisor at Temple Sinai in Brookline, MA, Head Song Leader and Assistant Director of Judaic Programs at Camp Micah in Bridgton, ME, Song Leader of NFTY-SAR (South Atlantic Region), and as a teacher at Temple Sinai of Atlanta, GA, his home congregation. In addition to English and Hebrew, Ben speaks fluent French, and is an accomplished guitarist and pianist.

Art: Andrew Gach

Andrew Davidov holds a B.A. in English from Binghamton University, and currently serves as a resident of Moishe House Park Slope and Account Executive at Yelp. Andrew is the proud boyfriend of his long-time girlfriend, Becca. He loves planning community events, running around Prospect Park and frequenting the Park Slope Food Coop.

Hebrew: Rachel L. Dayan

Rachel Dayan holds a B.A. in English from Brooklyn College as well as an M.A. in Early Childhood Education (Birth to Second Grade) from Touro College, and currently serves as a NYC Department of Education substitute teacher. Rachel is the proud mom of three, including our third grade teacher Jonathan. She is an avid reader and solver or crossword puzzles.

Schlichit: Paz Habob

Paz Habob comes to us from Bet Hashmonay, a small town between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. She has been an active member of the Tzofim youth movement (the Hebrew Scouts in Israel), serving as a youth guide (madricha) and then as a guidance coordinator for sixth and ninth graders. In her free time, Paz enjoys playing the guitar and singing.