We Thank You, Teachers

A Message from Rabbi Sobo

May 19, 2020

On Sunday, May 17, we completed our religious school year.  It was a year that brought ingenuity and creativity to its finest.  While for our classroom teachers and most of the madrichim (teen aids), this last day was a ‘l’hitraot’ (see you later), I would be remiss to not recognize the incredible service of our specialist team who brought the best of themselves every week.  We will miss you next year:

Jennifer Mollenhauer has taught Jewish and Israeli dance, along with the history of its development for 15 years at Temple, from basic movement and step patterns with our younger students, to more detailed steps with our older students.  She has been an integral part of the education for an entire generation of Temple Israel students.  Dance has been a part of her life for a long time, with 12 years of ballet and over 18 years of belly dance experience.  She is the founder and leader of the Shimmy Cats, a local Middle Eastern Belly Dance troupe that performs at festivals and special events.  

Rachel Evans, after 7 years of teaching, and most recently as our Art specialist, will also being stepping down.  She has brought creativity and passion to our Hebrew students, younger grades, and into art over the years.  We hope she enjoys spending her Sunday mornings with her precious newborn son and bonding as a family.

Dakota Saul has taught middle school and music over the last 4 years at Temple, after many years as a student and was part of the team of madrichim, bringing his love for Judaism and music to our school.  He lives in Columbus and we are grateful for the years that he commuted to remain with our school here in Dayton.

Newer to the scene, but none-the-less will be missed, Jese Shell taught 3rd/4th grade last year and debuted our cooking rotation this year, with a special focus on non-Ashkenazic foods.  Much of North American Judaism is centered around Ashkenazic (Eastern European Jewish origins), and Jese helped bring a broader view of our history, culture, and foods to our students.

It is with deep gratitude for their service to the school and with sadness that we say goodbye to our team of specialists, and wish them all well wherever their journey takes them.