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HAR HASHEM M’AMEINIM 2021-2022

Caroline Saliman has taught/directed camp/told stories at Har HaShem for more than 20 years-- specifically tutoring for 17 years. She appreciates the opportunity to be with students one on one as they are learning to read and chant Hebrew, finding personal meanings and making connections to prayers and Torah, and is grateful for growing relationships with students and families. After graduating from CU, Caroline lived in Israel on kibbutz before returning to Colorado to obtain her teaching certification. Caroline also loves teaching at the Boulder Jewish Community Center Preschool and for BJCC Shalom Baby/Shalom Family programs. Caroline has been the recipient of the Chidush Educator's Award, and Grinspoon Steinhart Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. Caroline also co-directs Har HaShem’s day camp and teaches in Har HaShem’s mini- mensch program.

Marcia Seigal holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Master’s Degree in Jewish Communal Service and a Certificate in Jewish Music from Gratz College. She also received a Certificate in Hebrew Language and Jewish/Israel Studies from the WUJS Institute in Israel. Marcia has been working in the Jewish community for 25 years, and has extensive experience working with youth. She has worked in settings ranging from preschool to camp to youth group to social services. These days, Marcia is busy raising her three children Hannah, Jonah and Aylah. She also is a member of Or Zimrah (Har HaShem's house band), as well as Mishpacha Adventures Coordinator. Marcia has been a B'nai Mitzvah tutor for 15 years and has worked with nearly 200 students.

Bon Singer has been working with b’nai mitzvah kids for twenty years. She has taught general Jewish studies, served in a cantorial role for several synagogues in California, led meditation and chanting sessions and workshops, and developed her own ethics and leadership program. She greatly enjoys connecting with other people, teaching kids and adults. She especially loves working with kids and making it fun.

Hannah Goldstein graduated this year from the George Washington University in Washington DC where she studied International Affairs and Public Policy. This fall, she will pursue her JD at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Hannah had her Bat Mitzvah and was confirmed at Har HaShem and recently worked as a Madricha for the 5thgrade. Hannah has traveled to Israel three times including for IST, Birthright, and to complete an internship in Jerusalem at the Hebrew University. In college, Hannah earned her Hebrew proficiency and was very involved in Jewish life. She worked closely with GW Hillel and Hillel International to promote Jewish engagement on college campuses.

Avivah Malin is a junior at Williams College in Massachusetts, and this is her sixth year of having Hebrew tutoring be one of the highlights of her week. She loves the opportunity to form lasting relationships with her students and to focus on teaching them Jewish knowledge they will use for the rest of their lives — from Jewish music to modern Hebrew. She has also worked as a cantorial soloist for Rabbi Ruthie Gelfarb at Synagogue of the Summit and as a Madricha for Har HaShem Sunday school. Outside of the Jewish aspects of her life, Avivah loves competing as a runner for the Williams cross country team, skiing, and climbing mountains.

Roberta Spivak

My family of four moved from Sunnyside, Queens to Louisville in 2004 and we have been members of Har Hashem for several years. I have an M.A. in Middle East politics from Columbia University and a B.A. from Colorado College. I have lived in Israel and love to speak Hebrew and watch Israeli TV. I also study Arabic with a tutor in Palestine. At Har Hashem I wear many hats including chair of the Youth Education Committee, co-leader of the Wednesday morning minyan, and occasional Torah study leader. I spent four summers as a camper at Camp Ramah in Palmer, MA where I fell in love with Shabbat and learned most of the prayers we chant today. I am a new ma’amenah and am excited to work with our kids and families, sharing my love of Hebrew language, Jewish culture, and ritual.

Elaine Barenblat

Elaine Alterman has called the Boulder area home since 2014 and enjoys many things Colorado has to offer including skiing, hiking, climbing, and the changing seasons. A native of San Antonio, TX, Elaine tutored her first student just one year after her Bat Mitzvah and never looked back. Over the years, Elaine estimates that she has had the privilege of tutoring well over 300 students and looks forward to learning with many more as part of the Har Hashem team. Her unique and creative approach to Hebrew and Jewish education makes her sessions fun and engaging, and she delights in watching her students fall in love with Judaism as they prepare for their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs.

B'nai Mitzvah M’ameinim Contact Information 2021-2022

Caroline Saliman

csaliman@gmail.com

(720) 934-3960

Marcia Seigal

Seigalsx2@aol.com

(303) 929-7913

Bon Singer

bonmsinger@gmail.com

(720) 301-0171

Hannah Goldstein

hgoldstein1997@gmail.com

(303) 517-4730

Aviva Mailn

avivah.malin@gmail.com

(303)-522-5982

Roberta Spivak

bertie2244@gmail.com

(720)-724-7217

Elaine Barenblat

elaine.barenblat@gmail.com

(210)-859-2173