Bios

Rose Pappo Allen
Rose was born in Long Beach, NY to Sephardic parents from Sarajevo, Bosnia whose heroic survival of the Holocaust inspired her life and interest in Sephardic culture. Though Rose has a Master’s Degree in Education and led a successful career in communications, she credits growing up with a family frame and art supply business as her best education.

Rabbi Alan Cohen
Rabbi Alan Cohen, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, holds degrees from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is recently retired after a 40 year rabbinic career serving congregations in Florida, South Carolina, and most recently 20 years in Kansas City, Missouri.

Herb Cohen
Herb Cohen has been an Israeli folk dancer since 1954 and has led college and youth groups in the Capital District of New York State, and workshops in other areas. He attended Camp Blue Star and worked with many Israeli choreographers.

Jan Courte
Janet Courte, chaplain with Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, serves as a Jewish educator, service leader and Cantorial soloist in the Palm Beach area. She holds a BA with Honors from San Francisco State University in Jewish Studies, History and Philosophy, which includes studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and, more recently, in Jerusalem at the Fuchsberg Center for Conservative Judaism.

Harriet Doctor
Harriet Doctor has a Masters in in elementary Education with a Major in Reading and Special Needs. She has volunteered in Elementary schools in Florida and has taught Beginning Bridge for 5 years at Park Vista High School as part of their Adult Education program.

Andy Greenberg
Andy has 35 years of experience with national companies as a sales and marketing expert. He had his own TV show and is an established author on getting the most out of life. Andy is also a lay leader of services, a Jewish educator for 25years for youth and adults, and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of several synagogues.

Rabbi Howard Hoffman
Rabbi Howard Hoffman was born in Toronto, educated at JTS and Columbia University and is a Senior Fellow of the Hartman Institute.  He spent his career in pulpits in Montreal, London, Ontario and Port Jefferson, NY.  He taught Jewish studies in universities, was an educational innovator and very involved in interfaith affairs.  He recently retired to Boynton Beach with his wife Elaine and is a member of Temple Torat Emet.

Michael D. Klein
Michael graduated from the University of Miami with B.S. Degrees in Biology and Chemistry with minors in Education and Music. He successfully completed a 37 year career as a High School and Middle School Science Teacher, Department Chairman, and Assistant Principal. He also attended Yeshiva College of South Florida and have served as Torah Reader, Hebrew Teacher, Chazzan, and Spiritual Leader of various synagogues throughout South Florida. He currently serves as Ritual Director and B’nei Mitzvah instructor at Temle Torat Emet.

Natalie Levin
Natalie Levin received a BA in English and Elementary Education, MLS/Library Science from Towson University, Towson, Maryland. She taught for 18 years in Baltimore County Public Schools.

Howard Lynne
Howard Lynn received a BS from Hunter college and his MS from NYU. He is a former Executive Director for both United synagogue and JCC. He has been teaching for 36 years to children, teens and adults.

Rabbi William Marder
Rabbi William Marder holds degrees from Harvard, Hebrew College, and Jewish Theological Seminary. After serving for almost forty years as a pulpit rabbi, he retired to South Florida, where he is active in Temple Torat Emet’s education programs.

Naomi Malakoff
Naomi Malakoff, a retired RN by profession, lived in Israel from 1979-1988.She has participated in professional Hebrew Speakers associations, as well asled beginning, intermediate and advanced Hebrew groups in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Texas as a volunteer since 1990.

Sherry Picker
Sherry Picker, MSW, has been working in Elder Care Services for 15 years. She received her Bachelors of Arts degree from Yeshiva University–Stern College and a Masters in Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work in New York City.

Leah Polin
Leah Polin is a frequent lecturer in the Chicago and Boynton Beach Florida areas on subjects involving Jewish women, Jewish history, Israel and current events/issues.  Leah was the founder and for 25 years, the director of the Dawn Schuman Institute for Jewish Learning. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, Roosevelt University, and holds a teachers’ certificate from what is now Spertus Institute in Chicago.

Judy Price
Judy Price was raised in a traditional conservative home.  Judy is recognized for her many beautiful tallitot, all handmade. She is also known for her fine needlepoint tallit bags and matching atarah. Judy has been an active member of Hadassah for more than 50 years.

Dorothy Rubin
Dorothy is a graduate of New York State Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences where she received her degree as a medical assistant. She learned Yiddish on her mother’s lap and continues to speak it whenever she can.

Bar Sananes
Bar Sananes continues the long history of Federation’s Shlichu program that brings life in our Partnership2Gether region to our local community. She works with synagogues, schools, Federation’s partner agencies and other community institutions to provide experiences for all ages that strengthen connections to Jewish identity and Israeli culture.

Miriam Schaffer
Miriam Schaffer, RJE, former Education Director at Temple Shaarei Shalom, has been involved in Education for many years and has held numerous positions in both synagogues and day schools as a teacher and Administrator. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Judaic Literature from the Cleveland College of Jewish Studies (now Siegal College of Judaic Studies). Miriam is currently the Coordinator of the Adult Learning Collaboration.

Margaret Schmitt
Margaret is a graduate of Queens College, and attended the Juilliard and Mannes Schools of Music. She sang many leading roles in opera and musical theatre companies throughout the US, and also appeared at both Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center.  Margaret has appeared in concert in Germany, Spain, England, Scotland and Russia. She is Artistic Director of “Opera Benvenuto” and The Serenade Singers. She serves as Cantorial Soloist at Temple Sinai, Delray Beach.

Andrea Schoen
Andrea Schoen has a BS from NYU and an MS from the State University at New Paltz. She taught Art and Computer graphics in NY for over 25 years. She is a jewelry designer/craftsman, knitter, painter…all things art! She loves games, puzzles, Bridge, and Canasta!

Janet Eskolsky Taubin
Janet Eskolsky Taubin has a B.S. in math from NYU, a Masters in math from Adelphi University and certification in Mediation and Conflict Resolution from Columbia University, and the NYC and Atlanta public school systems.  She has won many NSF and NASA awards and grants and was a guest at John Glenn’s second launch.  She likes to read and has led many book discussions in both Long Island and Florida.

Fran Townes
Fran Townes has been a teacher of Judaic studies to both children and adults in the USA for over 50 years. She has taught children in day schools and synagogue schools, from Kindergarten to eighth grade. Fran has also taught adult education classes in various synagogues. Fran speaks fluent Hebrew (having lived in Israel for five years). She was also a principal of a synagogue religious school.

Richard Townes
Richard Townes is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and New York Polytechnic University, receiving BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Industrial Management. He worked at Grumman Aerospace Corporation in Long Island, retiring in 1992 as the Principal Engineer for Weapons System Evaluation and Demonstration. He is also a 1946 graduate of the Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin in Brooklyn NY.

Anschel Weiss, PhD
Anschel Weiss is a graduate of the Mesivta Chaim Berlin located in NYC, Brooklyn College and Boston University.  He received his PhD in social work from Case Western Reserve University.  Anschel has maintained a close connection to various Jewish religious institutions and has continued learning and teaching throughout his adult life.  He led a Torah Study Group in Albany, NY for over 13 years with the goal of demystifying Torah and making it accessible to lay people regardless of their level of prior knowledge.

Rabbi Nissim Wernick
Rabbi Wernick has served several congregations, most recently Ahavath Achim Hebrew congregation in Wichita, Kansas. He received his ordination from the Jewish theologican Seminary and his PhD from Brigham Young University. In addition, Rabbi Dr. Wernick has taught at many universities throughout the country and abroad.

Helene Yentis
Helen Yentis has an MA in Art History and Judaic Studies from the University of Chicago.  Her diverse background includes: presentations on art history; curating exhibitions in museums, galleries and rare book libraries; leading tours of private collections and historical sites; teaching art to children and adults; developing collegiate level college curriculum; researching and cataloguing private collections; and disposing of personal collections via charitable gifting and other techniques.