"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 Lab.
Gan (Kindergarten) teacher
Sarah is a life-long member of Beth-El Zedeck. She currently is co-lead teacher in the Challahs 2 classroom in our Early Childhood Center.
Kitah Alef (First Grade) Judaics Teacher
Bob is a singer, songwriter, musician, and actor. He has been playing music professionally since he was 16. He has taught music in our Religious School and is excited to be teaching first grade this year.
Kitah Bet (Second Grade) Judaics Teacher
Dianne is involved in synagogue life in many areas: teacher, musician, storyteller.
Hebrew Teacher for Mechinah (K-2)
Ellie has taught Kindergarten at Beth-El Zedeck's Religious School for several years and currently teaches Hebrew for kindergarten, first, and second grades.
Kitah Gimmel (Third Grade) and Kitah Vav (Sixth Grade) Judaics Teacher
Born and raised in Indianapolis, Ruth became a bat mitzvah at Beth-El Zedeck, before becoming confirmed and a madricha for Religious School. After graduating high school, she attended college at The University of Florida where she studied History and Economics. Post-college, Ruth completed a year of service with AmeriCorps in San Antonio, Texas, working as student support in underserved schools. Back in Indianapolis, Ruth is a high school math teacher.
Kitah Gimmel (Third Grade) Hebrew Teacher
Clara teaches Hebrew both in Religious School and also the Early Childhood Center.
Kitah Dalet (Fourth Grade) Judaics Teacher
Zev has taught in our Religious School for several years, teaching kindergarten, first, fourth, and ninth grades.
Kitah Dalet (Fourth Grade) Hebrew and Hebrew Lab Teacher
Rebekah Maccaby has taught in Religious School, the Early Childhood Center, and as an ASL (American Sign Language) interpreter.
Kitah Hey (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.
Kitah Hey (Grade 5) Hebrew and Hebrew Lab Teacher
Rabbi Bruce is a board-certified chaplain and works at IU Health. He has taught in our Religious School for over 10 years.
Kitah Vav (Sixth Grade) Hebrew Teacher and Bar/Bat Mitzvah Instructor
Jeff will teach sixth grade Hebrew this year. He also tutors students as they prepare for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
Kitah Zayin (Seventh Grade) Judaics Teacher
Genna has been teaching since 2000, and teaching in our Religious School since 2008.
Ulpan 8 and Youth Director
Adam is our Youth Director and also teaches 8th grade Judaics.
Ulpan 9 Teacher
Martin has lots of experience with Jewish youth and is excited to work with the 9th grade class!
Ulpan 8 and 9 Hebrew Teacher
Tamar was born and raised in Israel and moved to the U.S. in 1991. She has a passion for helping people learn Hebrew in a positive, fun environment.
Confirmation (10th Grade) Teacher
Rabbi Jenni was ordained by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in May 2019. She began serving as Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Beth-El Zedeck in July 2019. A California native, Rabbi Jenni and her husband, Brad, moved to Indianapolis in 2019.
Confirmation (Tenth Grade) Teacher
Alvin teaches the Confirmation class with Rabbi Jenni.
Ivrit (Hebrew) Instructor
Tracy has taught adult education classes, Religious School, and tutored students in preparation for their B'nei Mitzvah.
Hebrew Lab Teacher
Sasha teaches in our Hebrew Lab and in our Blintz 1 classroom in our Early Childhood Center.
Amy Friedman teaches in the Bagels Too class in our Early Childhood Center and will also serve as a substitute teacher in our Religious School.