"Religious School provides an opportunity for students to gain a Jewish literacy that will travel with them throughout their life. Though it won’t provide a Jewish answer to everything, it will give the skills to ask the important questions from a Jewish perspective. The inclusion of Hebrew skills gives our students a passport to the Jewish community world-wide as the common language of our people. "
Dina David-Smith is our Hebrew Coordinator and teaches Hebrew for grades 8-10.
Michaela is a life-long member of Beth-El Zedeck. She's worked as a madricha in Religious School prior to becoming a teacher. She also sings in our High Holy Day choir and is passionate about music.
First Grade Judaics Teacher
Dianne is involved in synagogue life in many areas: teacher, musician, storyteller.
Second Grade Judaics Teacher
Carrie has taught second grade in Religious School for several years and loves that age group.
Hebrew Teacher for K-2
Ellie has taught Kindergarten at Beth-El Zedeck's Religious School for four years and also teaches Kindergarten at Hasten Hebrew Academy.
Third Grade Judaics Teacher
Rebekah Maccaby has taught in Religious School, the Early Childhood Center, and as an ASL (American Sign Language) interpreter.
Third Grade Hebrew Teacher
Clara teaches Hebrew both in Religious School and also the Early Childhood Center.
Fourth Grade Judaics Teacher
Genna has been teaching in Religious School since 2008 and has degrees in both history and archeology.
Fourth Grade Hebrew Teacher
Bob has been teaching in Religious School since 2007 and has often chanted Torah and Haftarah at services.
Fifth Grade Judaics Teacher
Cindie has worked in various roles in Religious School over the years. She is a member of our Executive Board and also Sisterhood's Mitzvah Corps Chair.
Fifth Grade Hebrew Teacher
Tracy has taught adult education classes, Religious School, and tutored students in preparation for their B'nei Mitzvah.
Sixth Grade Judaics Teacher
David brings a diverse background to the Religious School classroom. He is an entrepreneur, professional athlete, entertainer, public speaker, author and singer/songwriter.
Sixth Grade Hebrew Teacher
Hershel grew up on Long Island, New York where he attended the Hebrew Academy through 8th grade and then went on to Ohr Torah Institute for high school. After high school, he spent a year studying in Israel at Yeshiva Ohr David. He and his wife Alex are Beth-El Zedeck members and have two beautiful children, Alana and Robert.
Seventh Grade Judaics and Hebrew Teacher
Rabbi Bruce is a board-certified chaplain and works at IU Health. He has taught in our Religious School for over 10 years.
Adam is our Youth Director and also teaches 8th grade Judaics.
Ninth Grade Judaics
Zev has been involved in Religious School for several years and currently serves as Chair of the Education Committee for Western Galillee/Central Region Partnership2Gether.
Tenth Grade Judaics Teacher
Alvin previously taught the Confirmation class for 22 years and is excited to be back!
Israeli Dance Teacher
Rhea has been involved with Israeli Folk Dancing since she was 15 and has taught all over the city and beyond.
Sandy has been teaching art in our Religious School for over 15 years. She enjoys painting, India ink, photography, and arts and crafts.
Bob is a singer, songwriter, musician, and actor. He has been playing music professionally since he was 16. He is thrilled to share his love of music and his growing knowledge of Jewish music with the Religious School at Beth-El Zedeck.
Hebrew Lab Instructor
Hila came to Indianapolis from Israel in 2017 and teaches in our weekday Hebrew Lab.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Instructor
Jeff tutors students as they prepare for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah. He also is the Director of Operations at the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis.