From Our Director, Vicky Benedek

                   

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 Our Staff at The Jewish Preschool of Lexington is the absolute best! I would have each one to be my children’s teacher or as my grandchildren’s teachers. But I would also have each one as my friend. I feel so lucky to work with such dedicated, devoted, loving, and professional teachers. I believe that anyone who visits our program will immediately feel the mutual respect, love, and cooperation which permeates throughout the school. After visiting with us, I know you will agree with me.

As for myself, I grew up in Israel and came to the USA with my family in the late 80’s. I have been involved with the Chabad Center and the preschool for nearly 30 years. Teaching and directing the preschool is work I love to do. The children, the families, the 

staff, the Rabbi, and the community, make JPL my second home.

Though my formal college degree is in elementary education, with a minor in special education, I have taught middle school in Israel, Prozdor (Hebrew High School) in Brookline, 14 wonderful summers at the overnight Camp Yavneh. I also directed an afternoon Israeli School. For the past 26 years I am happily “enrolled” at JPL.

 

 Let me introduce you to the WONDERFUL staff at JPL:

Pre-K Teachers                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

  Sharon Cores                                                                                                                                                                                                           

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Sharon has been teaching at JPL for the past 18 years.  Sharon began her professional life after receiving a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, working in a variety of residential and clinical settings for adults with disabling conditions. During those 25 years, Sharon provided direct care, ran family and patient support groups, trained and supervised staff and worked as part of a hospital clinical team. At the same time, Sharon also taught at her synagogue’s Hebrew School, as well as running a summer program at one of the local day camps. When Sharon decided on acareer change, she obtained an Early Childhood teaching certificate through Hebrew College, and thus began teaching here at JPL. Sharon brings her enthusiasm, creativity, and passion for working with young children every day she comes to school. She and her husband are proud parents of two sons.

  Martha Deitsch

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Martha has been a member of JPL’s teaching staff for the past 12 years. Her passion is working with preschool children of all ages, from toddlers to pre-K. Her desire and goal are to help the teachers achieve their vision in making sure every child succeeds in his or her learning environment.  Martha’s resourcefulness and talent in arts and crafts has been instrumental in creating a collection of master piece prop s, which are used weekly for our special Torah Story Time. She holds a BA in Theatre and Dance and was a member of the Topf Center for Dance Education and the Children’s Entertainment Division of the American Program Bureau. Martha and her husband are also proud parents of two daughters and they have two granddaughters.

 

Preschool Teachers

Alex Cores 

Alex 1.jpgAlex started his career at JPL as a summer counselor when he was just 15 years old. He continued as a summer staff member when home from college, followed by an afternoon counselor position. Five years ago, he joined us a full-time staff member. Alex is our “scientist in residence.” His love for exploring our immediate environment, and his extensive knowledge of bugs, creepy-crawlers, and insects, are a magnet to children and adults. Alex has a background in instrumental music and choral performance, for which he holds an Associate Degree, as well as a teaching certificate from Hebrew College. Alex was involved in a choral group for children with various learning challenges. Alex brings with him his love and excitement for exploring our natural environment.

  Iris R ozenberg

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  Iris started her formal career at JPL three years ago. But we have known Iris for the past fifteen years when she first enrolled her oldest daughter at our preschool. All her three girls graduated (JPL, of course!) but she stayed on as a teacher. Iris holds a BA in Education and Judaic studies, and MSC in human resources, as well as a teaching degree. When not at JPL, Iris teaches Judaic and Hebrew studies at various Hebrew Schools, enjoys dancing, singing and traveling. She and her husband are native Israeli and are raising their three daughters in Lexington. Iris brings to JPL her warmth, smile, love for teaching, and extensive educational background.

 

 

 

Toddler Teachers

Maya Alagna

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Maya has been a staff member at JPL for the past 4 years. We scooped her up when she and her husband were looking for a preschool for their son and young daughter. Maya is originally from Israel, where she worked for many years as a teacher of young children on a kibbutz. She studied at Northeastern University in the program for Deaf Studies. She also holds a teacher certificate from Hebrew College. Maya’s love for singing, reading books, her enthusiasm, and her overall love for working with the children, is felt daily at JPL.

 

 

 

 

 

 Sara Volpi

Sara 1.jpg Sara joined our staff 3 years ago. Sara is a native Italian, who relocated to the USA with her husband fifteen years ago, and she is now the proud mom of three girls. Sara holds a degree in Social Work, working with children with developmental delays and behavioral challenges. She also worked at a family shelter, helping mothers and children who were victims of domestic abuse. In addition, Sara worked for several years as a lead teacher at an early intervention center. Among the many talents Sara brings to school are her humor, warmth, and artistic abilities.

 

Enrichment Programs:

Angela Sc hatz

Angela is a graduate of Lesley University, began her position at JPL as a Creative Movement specialist while her youngest child was attending JPL in 

angela.jpg1994. The children and teachers love her enthusiasm and her way of engaging everyone in her classes. While living in Israel for over 20 years, she received her certification Israeli Dance instruction, married and became a proud mother of four children.

Angela uses her many skills and talents to teach creative movement to babies through 98-year-olds at schools, congregations, and senior centers in the Greater Boston area. She also leads Shabbat services for young children and teaches Hebrew language at various congregations.

 

 

 

Tal Shalom-Kobi 

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Tal has been our music educator for the past 6 years. Tal arrives to JPL with her accordion and a large selection of instruments, but her feature instruments are the bass and the piano. Tal has been in the world of music for the past 20 + years. She has a BA from Berklee, and an MA from New England Conservatory. Tal teaches piano and directs youth ensembles, as well as early childhood music appreciation (certificate from Kindermusic) at schools and at her home studio in Newton. 

You can enjoy her performances with Women in World Jazz, the ensemble she is directing.