Temple B’nai Chaim announced recently that Rabbi Shoshana Hantman has joined the Temple as its new Education Director. Rabbi Hantman will be the synagogue's first full-time educator, giving the religious school a reinvigorated focus and bringing with her 20-plus years of experience in synagogue education.
“Our congregation has been fortunate to have an excellent educational program for all ages starting as early as pre-kindergarten through B’nai Mitzvot and including pre-Confirmation and Confirmation for our high school students,” said Rabbi Leah Cohen. “I am looking forward to working with Rabbi Hantman to build upon the success of our current school and to move forward with expanded Jewish studies programs not only for our students but for our entire congregation.”
Shoshana Hantman grew up in Philadelphia and attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a bachelor's degree in history, and Temple University, where she earned a master's degree in education. Rabbi Hantman was ordained in 1989 by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and has held several
pulpits since that time. Rabbi Hantman’s focus has primarily been on expanding opportunities for Jewish education. Presently Rabbi Hantman lives with her husband, attorney Richard Weill, and their teenagers Mollie and Isaac, in Somers, N. Y.
"Putting Jewish skills and knowledge into the hands of kids and their families is the best way to nurture identity and community," Rabbi Hantman says. "During my first year at TBC, we're going to demonstrate a traditional wedding featuring our teenage classroom aides, reenact a day at Ellis Island a hundred years ago, and our
older students will help teach the younger ones about Jewish holidays using skits and songs."
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