A fourth year rabbinical student in the ALEPH program, Esther has worked as an educator in Jewish education for many years. Most recently, Esther helped develop the curriculum and taught for Romemu’s Seekers Program. With a Masters in Social Work and post-graduate training in Play Therapy, Esther brings a deep understanding of children to her work. Creating spiritually exciting programming for children and their parents has been an extensive part of her journey, and she looks forward to continuing that work at Shaare Zedek. Esther received her BA/MSW at Yeshiva University and hopes to receive Rabbinic ordination in January of 2018.
Ali is thrilled to be a part of the loving community of Shaare Zedek where she has taught since 2014. When not teaching Minyan Gadol or tutoring students in b'nai mitzvah prep, Hebrew, and Jewish studies, Ali divides her time between her two greatest passions: acting and playwriting. Ali graduated from Yale University in 2014 and has experience leading acting classes for students of all ages and abilities. Ali is passionate about facilitating engagement in Jewish life.
Miriam Bachman, Experiential Youth Leader
Miriam Bachman began working with Shaare Zedek in 2015. Before that, she spent a year in Israel volunteering to teach English to elementary schoolers. She has a degree in English from Boston University where she led the Conservative Minyan at Hillel, and is currently working on a Master's in Teaching of English at Teacher's College, Columbia University.