I am thrilled to be returning to The Reform Temple of Forest Hills for my 17th year. For my “day” job, I am an elementary school teacher at PS86 in Jamaica. I enjoy working with the older students. I find that I learn as much from them as they do about Judaic Studies. Learning is one of the important Jewish Values and I enjoy sharing my knowledge with the students.
Rick Rosenbluth was born in a small city in Florida near Tampa. He first went to Israel when he was 18 and was struck by the beauty of the country. That following summer he volunteered at a youth village in Pardes Hana. It was that experience that solidified his love and devotion to the State of Israel. While majoring in Jewish Studies and Social Work at the University of Florida (Go Gators!), Rick was extremely active in Jewish/Israel student organizations. Rick was the vice president of the JSU, a two-time Israel Month Director, and for two years he was a WZO Student Outreach Fellow. His greatest accomplishment at UF was directing the Florida Loves Israel Conference. In 2013, after his graduation, Rick made Aliyah and drafted into the IDF's Armored Corps. While in the IDF he was awarded best soldier in the company multiple times and was active in Operation Protective Edge. In addition to teaching Fifth grade Hebrew with us Rick also works as the Masa Israel Teaching Fellows Recruitment Coordinator and Director of Northeast Garin Tzabar.
David Marx grew up in Scarsdale and after graduating from high school lived in Israel for 5 years, studying Hebrew, working on a kibbutz, learning more about Judaism and serving in the Israeli army. He completed his bachelor’s degree in psychology at Yeshiva University and his master’s degree at Hunter College School of Education in elementary general and special education with a focus on learning disabilities. When not teaching, David is studying for the LSAT, hiking, biking, or scuba diving.
He is personally very interested in using special education methodology in Jewish education environments and creating more inclusive spaces.