Rachel Markowitz is the Principal of Beth Am Temple religious school. Rachel has more than 30 years of experience teaching Hebrew and Judaic studies as well as Resource Room within both traditional and special education capacities in the United States and Israel. Over the course of her career she has worked in a variety of Jewish settings including in Conservative day schools and Reform Synagogue Religious schools in Rockland County, NY and Bergen County, NJ. Rachel has a M.S. in Jewish Education and a certificate of special education from Hebrew College in Boston. In addition to a Master’s degree, Rachel holds certificates in Jewish Special Education, Hebrew Language and Teaching, Teaching Master (Neta program), and a certification in both traditional and special education for kindergarten through high school. Rachel resides in Pomona, New York for the last 28 years.
Karen Herskowitz lives in West Nyack, NY with her two children, Jacob and Sara, and her husband Michael. She's taught Sunday school at Beth Am Temple for more than 17 years, and in the Clarkstown School District for 25 years. She's looking forward to another wonderfully rewarding school year! She’s teaching 3rd grade.
Ruth Pernick has taught every grade, except for 2nd, at Beth Am Temple over the past 27 years. She teaches fifth and sixth grade Hebrew this year. Ruth is married to Rabbi Daniel Pernick and is the mother of 4 wonderful kids: Sarah, 27, Ben, 26, Joshua, 25, and David, 22. Sarah married Joel Dinin in August 2012 and she is very happy living and working in NYC. Sarah's husband Joel is a Rabbinical student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in Rivervale. Ben Recently graduated Berklee College of Music and received his Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy. Josh received his Master of Arts in Teaching at the elementary level, to teach in a Jewish day school and he's continuing his education at Pardes in Jerusalem this coming year. David recently graduated from Tufts University.
Anita Kopf (“Morah Anita”) lives in Pearl River, NY with her husband Sheldon. She has three children, and her five grandchildren who enjoyed attending Beth Am Temple Religious School. Anita has taught every grade 2nd through 7th at Beth Am Temple. This year, Anita is teaching sixth and seventh grade Hebrew and KESHET. Her goal and passion is to bring meaning and happiness to the children through Jewish studies, to help them become confident Hebrew prayer readers, and to help them enjoy their Jewish lives. With her public school background of many years, Anita tutors bar mitzvah students at Beth Am Temple and also tutors children from other temples and for public school studies.
Meredith Anides is a native of Brooklyn NY, now living in Edgewater NJ with her husband Bradley. She could not be more excited to be part of the Beth Am Temple this year! She is teaching the Yaldeinu class (Our Children), the monthly early childhood education program. During the week Meredith works in NYC in media and on weekends she enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Sheri Grubman lives in Montvale, NJ with her husband, Larry and have been "empty nesters" as their two sons, Ian and Kyle, live in Washington D.C. and San Francisco respectively. Sheri has taught at Beth Am since 2011 either as a permanent or substitute teacher and her mission has been teaching her students to become menschen. She has enjoyed working with her 4th and 5th grade students tremendously and has taken pride when they performed the wedding ritual. For this school year she will be graduating to 7th grade!