Devora loves exploring the joy and wonder of Jewish tradition and community with our youngest students and their families through traditional and innovative liturgy, song, stories, games, art and more. Raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, she attended Jewish day schools and summer camps. After graduating from Mount Holyoke College, Devora served with City Year Boston in a K-8 school in Roxbury, worked in various area synagogues, and is currently enrolled in the Masters of Jewish Education at Hebrew College. Devora and her wife Stephanie live in Newton with their inquisitive and extroverted child, Yona Aliza.
Kitah Alef (First Grade)
My name is Talia Cohen and I am so excited to be joining the Dorshei Tzedek staff as Kitah Alef teacher this year! I graduated with a degree in Psychological & Brain Sciences and Children’s Studies from Washington University in St. Louis in 2016. Currently, I work as a Clinical Research Assistant in the Schizophrenia & Bipolar Disorder Program at McLean Hospital. As a new Bostonian, I am excited to be a part of the welcoming community at Dorshei. I look forward to bringing my passion for Jewish traditions and love of the Jewish holidays to the Kitah Alef “Jewish Calendar” curriculum.
Kitah Bet (Second Grade)
Happy to be returning for my third year on the CDT Religious school staff. My passion for Jewish life and learning has motivated me to move my teaching career from the public school sector as a Spanish teacher to working in an early childhood center. I grew up outside of Philadelphia, graduated from McDaniel College in Maryland, and moved to Boston to pursue and receive my Masters in Education (MAT) at Simmons College. My strong Jewish identity was formed in the small Reconstructionist congregation in which I grew up, then cemented during the five years I spent working at Camp JRF. I love the Boston area and the community here. I also love chocolate, I am a coffee snob, enjoy watching movies and theater, and will spend time curled up in front of any Jodi Piccoult book! Looking forward to another great year in Kitah Bet.
Kitah Gimmel (Third Grade)
This is my 6th year teaching at Dorshei Tzedek, and I couldn’t be happier to be here. When not at Dorshei, I teach middle school English, and it is amazing how these two different teaching venues inform each other. The joy of teaching at Dorshei is that the curriculum is designed around the children experiencing simultaneously the delight found in deep study and the pleasure of being part of an active Jewish community. Teaching at Dorshei reminds me of these things as well, and provides a wonderful springboard from which to consider my teaching practices. It also lets me bring in other passions, such as gardening, as the third grade stepped up to help the CDT/FUSN Community Garden last year, and will do so again this year. I currently live in my home town of Arlington, with my husband, two brothers and a nephew.
Kitah Hay (Fifth Grade)
My name is Aviva Feldman. I am a junior at Wellesley College, majoring in Spanish and minoring in Teaching and Learning Studies. I am currently working towards certification to teach grades 1-6. I am originally from Evanston, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. I grew up at the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation (JRC), in addition to attending Camp JRF for six years. At Wellesley, I am involved in Hillel and Chamber Music Society (I play the harp!), in addition to my education work, which takes up a lot of my time. This will be my second year teaching at Dorshei Tzedek, and I am excited to be working with the same amazing students I had the privilege of getting to know last year.
Kitah Hay (Fifth Grade)
I grew up in Newton and moved back here this year to start a Masters in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence. I play competitive Ultimate Frisbee and have been a college coach for the last 3 years at Cornell University. At my last job I made pickles and am a lacto-fermentation enthusiast! I love being in nature and being with my family.
Kitah Vav (Sixth Grade)
Laura Katz is a 3rd- year student at Brandeis University. She is studying Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and and Theater and hopes to go on to become a Rabbi. Her passions include music, theater, and teaching children about the intersection of Judaism and activism.
Stay tuned for more bios coming soon!