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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.