Talmud Torah Staff Biographies

Talmud Torah Staff

Meet our talented Talmud Torah Staff. Our instructors are highly experienced and meet the individual needs of your children as well as conduct interesting and fun class discussions on various Jewish topics, Jewish history, and Hebrew language studies.

Director of Education and Youth

Nanci Siegel Manson


Nanci, originally from St. Louis, Missouri, has lived in Phoenix for 24 years.  She graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in elementary education and an endorsement in early childhood education. Nanci has worked for the Valley of the Sun JCC as a camp director and as the assistant director in the Early Childhood Center.

Prior to joining Beth El, Nanci developed the preschool at Har Zion in Scottsdale over 18 years ago. She served for three years as their director of education, responsible for both the preschool and religious school. She lives in Scottsdale with her husband, Roy, and has 4 grown children.

Education Department Assistant

Wendy AdairWendy Adair, Office Manager

Wendy is a long time member of Beth El and has been with the Talmud Torah for many years. All of her children and grandchildren have been or are currently attending Beth El’s Talmud Torah.


Mechinah ♦ Pre-K, Kindergarten & 1st Grade Class Teacher

Julie Marmorstein

Julie Marmorstein is a Phoenix native, and she grew up attending Beth El’s preschool as well as Solomon Schechter Day School. She met her husband while teaching at Beth El and has a 9 year-old step daughter and a 13 month old baby girl. Julie has a B.A. degree from Arizona State University. She spent four years teaching at Beth El Preschool. Her teaching methodology facilitated growth through individualized learning styles. Her weekly lesson plans incorporate creative, fun, and age-appropriate activities. More recently, Julie worked as a habilitation therapist through Arizona Autism United helping children attain life skills through improving fine and gross motor skills, socially adaptive behaviors, developmental skills, and increased communication. She worked one-on-one with children to reach their individualized goals and facilitated learning through interventions.This year Julie will be teaching the three’s class at Kol Ami Early Childhood Center, and she is very excited to be joining Beth El’s Sunday School.

Alef Bet ♦  2nd & 3rd Grade Class Teacher

Michele Gusdorff

We are fortunate to have Michele Gusdorff teaching our Alef/Bet class for the fifth year.  Michele holds both a BA and MA from  Temple University where she majored in Speech and Language Pathology.  She also holds a Hebrew Teacher’s Diploma from Gratz College.

In addition  to many years’ experience as a Speech Therapist in the Philadelphia School District, Michele taught in Philadelphia area religious schools and was an active volunteer and board member at synagogues.

To contact Michele, email  bet.bethelphoenix@gmail.com

Kitah Gimmel ♦ 4th & 5th Grade Class Teacher

Nora Elias


Nora is a native of Argentina who also lived in Israel and New York before coming to the Valley.

In Israel she studied at Machon Greenberg in Jerusalem.  She actively pursues educational opportunities through NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) and CAJE (Coalition for Alterna tives in Jewish Education).  Nora is a very familiar face at Beth El – she has been teaching at the Beth El Early Childhood Center since 1988 – this year she is teaching the new Pre-K class.   A decade after she began teaching at the preschool,  she joined the teaching staff at Talmud Torah.  Students in younger grades eagerly anticipate Nora’s warmth and energy – under her nurturing tutelage, our students’ knowledge of Hebrew becomes firmly rooted as they begin to read prayers.

To contact Nora, email her at gimel.bethelphoenix@gmail.com

Daled Hay ♦ 6th and 7th Grade Class Teacher

Wendy Rozov


Wendy Rozov is thrilled to be beginning the year as an Educator at Beth El. She is a 14 year resident of Phoenix, mother of 2 girls, business owner and a licensed Realtor in Arizona.  She grew up in Philadelphia and has been a Jewish Educator since graduating from Gratz College in 1971.  In addition to being Beth El’s newest Talmud Torah teacher, she teaches at The New Shul and the BJE’s Hebrew High.  Her interests include poetry, Jewish themed comic books, travel and cooking.  She loves all things Jewish (except maybe jarred gefilte fish) and is excited about bringing her passion to her classrooms.

Vav ♦ 8th Grade Hebrew Class Teacher

Cantor Jonathan Angresscantor-angress

Cantor Angress received his Bachelors degree in Music and Judaic Studies from the University of Miami. He also played a vital role in the establishment of the Pre-Cantorial studies program at the Frost School of Music, which included building a Jewish musical curriculum as well as teaching Jewish music in classroom and professional rehearsal settings. The culmination of Cantor Angress’ many years of study came to fruition in 2014 when he received his Masters degree in Sacred Music and Cantorial Investiture from the H. L. Miller Cantorial School of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York City.

Online Distance Learning Instructor

Alicia MoskowitzAlicia Moskowitz

Alicia Moskowitz is a native Phoenician who joined Beth El Congregation in the early 2000s. She has been learning about computers and technology since she was 6 years old when her grandfather (of blessed memory) built her her very own computer and personally instructed her on its workings (he was an engineer). Alicia has since utilized technology throughout her education and career as a marketing specialist, aesthetician, and currently as Beth El’s Program Coordinator. Alicia learned to read Hebrew as an adult and completed her own adult Bat Mitzvah ceremony in 2008 here at Beth El. She is excited to share her love of Hebrew, technology, and Judaic studies with your children every week.


Madrachim Training Instructor

Shira Kronik