Faculty

Melissa SoskinMelissa Soskin

My name is Melissa Soskin and I very excited to be working at RTFH this year. I am a graduate student at Mercy College studying Mental Health Counseling emphasis on children. I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology at Pennsylvania State University, where I was very active in the Chabad on campus. I currently teach preschool at CLASP. I am very active at my temple in Manhattan and just came back from a 10 day trip to Israel. I am looking forward to a fun and eventful year!

 E-mail: msoskin@rtfh.org

Ariel PhotoAriel Marcus

My name is Ariel Marcus and I very excited to be working at RTFH this year. I am a graduate student at NYU studying Speech Language Pathology. I received my undergraduate degree at The University of Rhode Island, where I was the President of the URI Hillel (a Jewish Student Organization). While in Rhode Island, I also taught Hebrew School at a nearby temple. This past summer I had to opportunity to work at Temple Beth Sholom Day Camp and continue gaining skills in Jewish education. I am looking forward to a fun and eventful year!

 E-mail: amarcus@rtfh.org

 

ssoskinShira Soskin

My name is Shira Soskin and I am very excited to be working at RTFH this year. I received my undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice at Pennsylvania State University, where I was very active in the Chabad on campus. I also received my Master's at Queens College in Social Science.Though this is my first year teaching Religious School, I am currently a teacher's assistant at CLASP Children’s Center in Great Neck and was a head counselor at Beth Shalom Day Camp in Roslyn for years! I previously tutored twin 9 year olds and their 6-year-old sister in Hebrew as well as worked for an Israeli company, at which very little English was spoken. I am very active in my community and shul, The Manhattan Jewish Experience. I am looking forward to a great year!

E-mail: ssoskin@rtfh.org

sharon richmanSharon Richman

For the past 17 years I have been the most fortunate person to be able to teach at the Reform Temple of Forest Hills.

For me, teaching the third grade is more than just a passion- it is an absolute humbling, fun, exciting, and ever changing privilege. 

There is an expression attributed to King Solomon- the wisest of all men. He said "Chanoch Lanar al pi Darko"-Teach each child in his/her own way.  What I have found over the years at the RTFH is an administration, clergy, parent body, and teachers who embrace this philosophy TOGETHER- as a kehilla (community). And perhaps that is EXACTLY why I love teaching my kids in the third grade year after year.

Because although our Jewish heritage is steeped in tradition, the way we embrace our Judaism is ever changing and so very personal.

I look forward to another amazing year and encourage everyone to come visit our classroom where stories, art, literature, games and so much more bring a sense of belonging to all who enter!

Bruchim Habaim and L'shana Tova- Welcome and have a blessed year!

E-mail: srichman@rtfh.org

 


 

Zev EcksteinZev Eckstein was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY in an observant Jewish home. He has already completed his Bachelors in Science and majored in Biology. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Education and has been working with children for many years as a tutor. He has learnt many creative and unique ways to engage children in their learning through his experiences with Hebrew teaching. His original and exciting teaching method makes students more involved and enthusiastic in all of his classes.

 E-mail: zeckstein@rtfh.org

Osnat Edrich BeckOsnat Edrich Beck is returning to the fifth grade to teach Hebrew.  She has taught in Religious School for many years and enjoys being a part of The Reform Temple of Forest Hills.  When she is not teaching she is a bookkeeper for a party rental company. She is the mother of two sets twins, one geologist, one lawyer, one firefighter, one attending Ithaca(musician).  She is excited to meet her new 5th grade class and is looking forward to exploring Hebrew with them.

E-mail: obeck@rtfh.org

 

 

 

Carly Husick

E-mail: chusick@rtfh.org

 michelle bomser

 Michelle Bomser

I am thrilled to be returning to The Reform Temple of Forest Hills for my 16th year. For my “day” job, I am an elementary school teacher at PS86 in Jamaica. I enjoy working with the older students and it is wonderful to work with the students for 2 years—both 6th and 7th grade. 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.

E-mail: mbomser@rtfh.org

 

Aaron Lober

E-mail: alober@rtfh.org

 

robin gosset

Robin Gosset

Shalom!  I am excited to begin another wonderful experience with you this fall.  I am a teacher at the Solomon Schechter School of Queens teaching Physical Education, Dance and Drama.  During the summer, I am the Director of Eisner Day Camp in Great Barrington, MA. I  look forward to sharing thoughts and ideas with you as I encourage you to challenge yourself - change the way people live today and create a better, healthier world for tomorrow.

E-mail: rgosset@rtfh.org

 

 Cheryl Cash-Linetsky

E-mail: ccash-linetsky@rtfh.org

sfruchterShana Fruchter is the music teacher at RTFH. She values the warm and welcoming RTFH community and loves to teach her students the Jewish values, traditions, and the Hebrew language through songs. She earned her Masters of Science in music therapy at SUNY New Paltz and has experienced working with a myriad of different populations. Currently, she works as a music therapist with children who have special needs. She looks forward to another great year at RTFH!

E-mail: sfruchter@rtfh.org

Efrat DanielyEfrat Daniely

As an educator of 36 years, I had the privilege of working with kids of varying ages and abilities. For the past 19 years at Kesher LD (Miami, FL), I cultivated students’ minds and developed a program. During that time, as a teacher and later department chair, I worked and established Elementary, Middle, and High School curriculum for the Hebrew Department, and was responsible for all respective teacher trainings.

Aside from teaching Hebrew as a second language, a core value I hold dear through the years is ensuring the children grow with strong Jewish values. My mission is to instill the love of Israel, teach the Hebrew language, and strengthen the Jewish roots of our students.
Prior to my years at Kesher LD, I worked with Kindergarten age children for 17 years both in Tel Aviv and Miami.
As with any successful venture, I was fortunate to work with colleagues which through collaboration, helped ensure my vision came to life. To that end, with my move to NY, opening a new chapter near my family, I look forward to a strong collaborative partnership working in The Reform Temple of Forest Hills.

E-mail: edaniely@rtfh.org

julieJulie Smelansky joins the Forest Hills family from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Julie has a passion for Jewish teen engagement, creative programming and leadership development. Her involvement in the Jewish community started in middle school where she began as a youth group member, eventually being elected to regional board in high school. Julie has spent many summers attending and working at Jewish summer camps where she was not only a counselor but also held positions as an art specialist, play director, Jewish programming specialist and worked with staff on professional development and programming. While in college, Julie continued working in Jewish informal education as she assumed the role of Youth Director and Hebrew high school teacher in her home town of Minneapolis. Julie has since fulfilled her dream of moving to New York City and is very much looking forward to working with the ToFHY teens and bringing her experience and enthusiasm for Jewish learning to The Reform Temple of Forest Hills. In her free time, Julie loves to travel, go to the beach and study art. Julie says, "I have a passion for Jewish teen engagement, creative programming and leadership development, and cannot wait to get to know you and your families!"

 E-mail: jsmelansky@rtfh.org

 

 



S.NorumGSarah Liana (Sarah Li) Norum-Gross was born and raised in New York City and has just moved back after living in New Orleans for five years. Her background is in teaching and youth advocacy. Most recently, she worked at the LGBT Community Center of New Orleans on their youth outreach while completing an M.A. in Sociology. She is excited to be involved in a cutting-edge educational program like Project 613, and to learn more about her Jewish heritage in the process.

E-mail: snorum-gross@rtfh.org