Temple Beth Torah

Religious School Staff

Temple Beth Torah is deeply committed to providing the best possible Jewish education to our children. Our Religious School program is very successful with 80% of students continuing their education after their Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Listed below is a brief introduction to our educational staff.

Orna Sheena is the Education Director at Temple Beth Torah.

Mrs. Sheena was born and raised in Israel. She moved to Long Island with her family in the mid 1980’s. Thereafter, she earned a B.S. Degree in Computer Science from Queens College, a teaching certificate from United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology from Touro College.

Mrs. Sheena has applied her devotion to Jewish education with her work experiences. She has taught at our Religious School for the past fourteen years as a Hebrew teacher as well as the facilitator of the school’s instructional technology program. She also serves as Director of Connections, an educational program of UJA-Federation of New York, which aims to empower Jewish families. Prior to attaining this position, she served as the Instructional Technology Associate for the Board of Jewish Education Nassau/Queens Center. There, she provided Jewish educators with guidance and training on the effective integration of instructional technology in Jewish educational settings.

As Director, Mrs. Sheena continues to guide our Religious School in providing a positive and nurturing environment for our students. She believes in integrating innovative programs and meaningful experiences into the curriculum. Her goal is to instill in all students the knowledge and love of Judaism, commitment to Israel and devotion to Jewish values.

Marc Aronin has been teaching Jewish education for eight years, and is also a certified teacher in both the elementary grades and business. Currently, Marc is teaching at a middle school during the day, and also teaches at religious schools in Oceanside and Freeport.

At Beth Torah, Marc is a fifth and sixth grade instructional technology educator. He is a strong believer that technology is a powerful tool that can help children learn about Jewish education. Marc's philosophy, as it pertains to Jewish education, is to give every child the resources to discover their own personal connection to Judaism through Jewish Holidays, values, Israel, or history and heritage.

Marc is a lifelong Long Islander and has participated in educational trips to Israel six times.

Mrs. Shirley Cappell is enjoying a lengthy career in education, having taught both general and Jewish studies in the UK, Australia and the USA. Currently, our Tutorial Program is under Mrs. Cappell's direction.

Her education includes: Teacher certification in Jewish Studies from Gateshead UK; Bachelors in Education from Liverpool University UK; Masters in Reading from Adelphi University USA; and Reading Recovery Certification from NYU, USA.

Currently, she is a reading / literacy specialist at Oceanside School District NY and has been an Elemtary teacher; Head of General Studies at Lubavitch Day School in Chicago and Head of the Jewish Studies Department at Mt. Sinai College, Sydney Australia.

Mrs. Tali Cohen was born and raised in Northern Israel. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Queens College, majoring in Jewish studies and history.

Mrs. Cohen is an experienced educator and teaches all grades from kindergarten to high school at various schools on Long Island. She is currently teaching at Long Island Hebrew Academy while pursuing her Master's degree in education.

She resides on Long Island with her husband, three children and dog.

Silvia Coleman was born in Romania, educated in Israel and came to the United States in 1964. Mrs. Coleman started teaching at the Farmingdale Jewish Center 1974, working double sessions 3 times a week.

In 1982 she joined the faculty of Temple Beth Am of Merrick teaching 4th, 5th and 6th grades. In 2005 she taught at Temple Emanuel in East Meadow.

We were fortunate to have her join our faculty in 2013 and welcome her back this year.

Mrs. Coleman is certified by the “Board of License for Teachers and Principals in Hebrew Schools of Greater New York” and also by the “New York Federation of Reform Synagogues”.

Her personal philosophy of teaching is to keep the students interested by providing them with a Hebrew language basic which can open up their world to Judaism. Language enhances and excites children and connects them to Jewish history, the prayers, and modern Israel; and to impart knowledge of Judaism to young students through life cycle events, stories, songs, dance, prayers, rituals and games.

Mrs. Glotzer has been a member of the teaching staff at Temple Beth Torah for many years. She has three children and seven grandchildren. Her greatest teaching pleasure is watching her students pass through the doors for the first time as scared students and, seemingly overnight, watch them leave as confident Bar and Bat Mitzvah young adults. She loves when her past students stop in to hello and catch up.

Mrs. Glotzer has years of teaching, educational and life experience. She has a degree in elementary education from Brooklyn College, has participated in many hours of staff development courses offered through the Board of Jewish Education, and worked in nursery school, kindergarten and several other Hebrew schools. She grew up in an orthodox family on the Lower East Side and has always been immersed in Jewish traditions, culture and holidays. She loves to share stories with her students.

Ms. Adele Lalo has had many years of Hebrew school teaching experience, across various temple settings and has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Temple Beth Torah specifically. She also draws on her traditional Jewish upbringing, along with Yeshiva attendance for 12 years, from elementary through high school. Adele has had experience teaching all grade levels, and most recently taught the Daled and Vav classes for several years at TBT, and enjoys building rapport with younger and older students.

She strongly believes that regardless of one's religiosity level, it is important to maintain a strong sense of Jewish tradition and community, and views this as a high priority in teaching.

Her education includes a B.A. in Psychology from Queens College, and a J.D. from Hofstra University. In addition to teaching, she also works in the real estate field.

Mrs. Levine is Temple Beth Torah’s Special Activities teacher and her duties include meeting with all classes Gimel through Vav each week. Activities include themed arts & crafts projects as related to upcoming Jewish Holidays, and cooking traditional Jewish foods with the students. Mrs. Levine works on all long-term projects with the teachers and students, and with Mrs. Sheena with special programs.

Mrs. Levine is certified N-6 and has a Masters Degree from SUNY at Stony Brook. She taught in the Half Hollow Hills School District and is currently a substitute teacher at Commack High School

Mrs. Lisa Steiner has been Temple Beth Torah’s Aleph Bet teacher for several years. She is married and has two children, Olivia and Dylan. The Aleph Bet class is a hands on learning experience for the students. They color, cut, glue, create and write their way through all of the Jewish holidays and bible stories. The children in her class are introduced to the letters of the Aleph Bet and can be heard singing the Aleph Bet song.

Lisa’s “real job”, as the students call it, is as an Academic intervention Specialist in Levittown School District. She is NYS Elementary Pre-K-6 certified, NYS B-6 Literacy certified and has a Special Education extension from Brooklyn College.