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 is a certified teacher in elementary education, receiving his degree from Hofstra University. He is a lifelong Long Islander and is currently teaching at Religious Schools in Freeport and Oceanside.

Marc is a fifth and sixth grade instructional technology educator at our Religious School. 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.

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.

If you ever walk past a classroom and hear the teacher calling her students “honey, or sweetheart” or telling them that they are the best, chances are that you are passing Mrs. Glotzer’s classroom.

Mrs. Glotzer has been a member of the teaching staff at Temple Beth Torah for the past fifteen years. She has seen many children 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. One of her greatest pleasures is when students from the past come in to say hello.

Mrs. Glotzer has had many 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. Lalo currently teaches the Daled and Vav class at Temple Beth Torah. She has taught Hebrew school for several years, in various settings and temples, and has experience teaching lower and upper grades. More specifically, she has taught at Temple Beth Torah for six consecutive years until 2009, before returning this year and is glad to be back.

Ms. Lalo grew up in a traitional religious household and attended Yeshivas from Kindergarten through high school. She is also fluent in Hebrew, and considers it an honor to impart Jewish knowledge and values to the students.

Ms. Lalo holds a BA degree in Psychology and Sociology from Queens College, a JD degree from Hofstra University, and works with her family's business.

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 Bet teacher for the last 3 years. The Bet class is a hands on experience. 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 Alef Bet. Miss Glotzer says they readily sing the Alef Bet song.

Lisa’s “real job”, as student call it, is teaching 1st grade in the Levittown School District. She has a degree in Elementary Education and psychology from Hofstra University, a Master of Science degree in literacy from C.W.Post. Certification is NYS pre-K-6th grade, and she has literacy certification as well.