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.

Nanci Siegel Manson | Director of Education and Youth

nanci@bethelphoenix.com | (602) 944-3359 ext. 123

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Nanci Siegel Manson is originally from St. Louis, Missouri and has lived in Phoenix for the past 24 years. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Elementary Education with 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 serv

ed for three years as their Director of Education, responsible for both the preschool and religious school.

Nanci lives in Scottsdale with her husband, Roy, and has 4 grown children.  Nanci is an avid jazzerciser and Roy enjoys a good golf game. They both enjoy watching movies, both old and new. She loves to visit her family around the country and playing with her grand puppies.

 

Wendy Adair | Education Department Assistant

talmudtorah@bethelphoenix.com | (602) 944-2464 ext. 122

Wendy Adair, Office Manager

Wendy Adair is a native of Arizona who grew up in Phoenix belonging to Temple Beth Israel growing up. Prior to her employment at Beth El, she retired from a career in Law Enforcement as a Parole and Probation Officer having worked in both the Arizona State Corrections department and then in Lane County Oregon’s Corrections Department. She has worked in women’s prisons, men’s prisons, and in community corrections.

After returning to Phoenix (from Eugene, Oregon) following her retirement, Wendy decided to join Beth El Congregation to be with her family who was already members. It was here at Beth El that she found a comforting and spiritual home. In 2005, Wendy joined the Beth El Staff as an Administrative Assistant of the Education Department. Working at Beth El strengthens her connection to Judaism, and she learns a lot from her colleagues as well as from the entire Beth El Community.  Being a part of the Talmud Torah Community is one of the highlights of her day-to-day living as she states, “I feel so fortunate to work at a place that I love being a part of!”

Wendy passes on her love of Judaism and learning to her beloved grandchildren. She and her family just celebrated her fourth grandson becoming a Bar Mitzvah! Also this summer, she had the pleasure of seeing off her three grandsons and one granddaughter at the airport for a 4-week Jewish Summer Camp experience at Camp Ramah in Ojai, California.

 

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

Nicki Lasky

Nicki Lasky is a native of Arizona and the children know her as Ms. Nicki from the preschool. She has taught the 2 and 3-year-olds at Beth El’s Early Childhood Center for the past 25 years. Nicki taught this class for 3 years and is happy to return. The Madrikhim in this class will be Camille and Mikaela.

Alef Bet ♦  2nd & 3rd Grade Class Teacher

Michele Gusdorff

We are fortunate to have Michele Gusdorff teaching in our Talmud Torah for 10 years.  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

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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 1989 – 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

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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 Angress

cantor-angressCantor Angress received his Bachelor’s 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 Master’s 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 Moskowitz

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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 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