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Teacher Bios

Jerusha Coltof (Kitah Nitzanim & Kitah Gan)  

Jerusha Coltof has been teaching in the Pelham Jewish Center for 21 years. She has taught children from Nitzanim through Kitah Zayin. Jerusha is a Special Education teacher, working with young children with various learning disabilities. She is currently working at Westchester Day School.  Jerusha earned her degrees from Boston University, Manhattanville College and Touro College.  As always, Jerusha is looking forward to a wonderful year with your children!

Elise Goldenberg (Kitah Alef) 

Elise Goldenberg grew up in the Pelham Jewish Center, considering it her second home.  She was a Madricha at the Learning Center for much of the past 10 years.  She has experience working with special-needs children, and has been a one-to-one with children at the Learning Center.  Elise is currently studying Early Childhood Development at Westchester Community College.  She is looking forward to her second year as a teacher and having a great year with the kids.

Sonia Levin (Kitah Bet) 

Sonia Levin is a Hebrew Language and Reading specialist.  She received an MA in Education from Tel Aviv University and a second MA in Jewish Education from Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.  Her research was focused on teaching Hebrew decoding skills to children with dyslexia, and other language/reading disabilities, based on data available in Israel, Europe, Russia and the United States.  Through her practice with this novel decoding system, Sonia found that it can be used to teach Hebrew reading not only to children with learning disabilities, but to students at any level.  In addition to being a seasoned teacher, Sonia also facilitates professional education training.  During the week, she teaches Hebrew and Judaic Studies to special-needs students at Carmel Academy in CT. She currently lives in New Jersey with her children.

Penina Weinberger (Kitah Gimmel-Daled) 

Penina Weinberger graduated from Barnard College with a BA in English literature, and holds a Master's of Social Work from Columbia and a Master's in Judaic Studies from Columbia/JTS.  She began her career as a development professional at UJA-Federation. After leaving UJA to raise her children, Penina spent several summers as a member of the Judaic studies staff at Camp Ramah, Nyack. She is involved in volunteer projects for The Windward School, and in the Jewish community, including coordinating special educational events and programming for the Young Israel of Scarsdale. Penina recently completed coursework at the Windward Teacher Training Institute. She is glad to be working at the PJC for her sixth year.

Lori Weber (Music)  

Lori Weber holds both a BS in Music Therapy from SUNY Fredonia and an MA in Music Therapy from NYU. She has sung in various bands throughout the Tri-state Area: performing for weddings, corporate events, nursing homes and more.  Lori currently works for a variety of local synagogues in Westchester, teaching religious school music, leading Kabbalat Shabbat for Nursery School and Toddlers, and leading Torah For Tots Services .  Additionally,  Lori teaches private piano and guitar lessons to children and adults.  She is currently pursuing her Cantorial Studies at the Academy For Jewish Religion (AJR), and works as a Cantorial Soloist during the year, leading both Shabbat and High Holiday services for different synagogues in the Tri-state Area.  Lori lives in Westchester with her amazing husband, Robert, and two beautiful sons -- Sammy and Zachary. 

Sandi Daniels (Torah Time Leader)

Sandi has been an Early Childhood educator for 20 years, working with children ages 3-5.  She earned a Master's Degree from Manhattanville College in Early Childhood Education.  She ran a lovely Tot Shabbat program for many years.  The services were engaging and interactive, and connected children and their families to Shabbat through prayers, songs, movement, games and stories.  Sandi has subbed in a Gan class, and has done many leave replacements.  Currently, she is working at Riverdale Temple, in a UPK class.  She is looking forward to a second year of shared partnership with PJCs parents and children on Saturday morning during Torah Time.  "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join the staff of the PJC Learning Center."  Sandi has three grown children and two wonderful grandchildren.

Thu, May 13 2021 2 Sivan 5781