Religious School Faculty

Avigail Bucy teaches 6th grade on Sunday and Tuesday, and 7th grade on Monday night. She is currently a student at Kent State University studying Judaic Communication, and serving as the Student Voice for the Kent Hillel Board of Trustees. Avigail is very passionate about Jewish Education and spent this summer in Israel, learning and working full-time and hopes to be able to use what she learned to enrich her classrooms. Her Hobbies include cross-country running, the Fine Arts, and event planning. 

Cathy Kantin can’t wait to teach eighth graders on Monday nights. She is a middle school social studies teacher with the Hudson City School District and is starting  her twelfth year there.  Her first teaching job was with the South Euclid- Lyndhurst City Schools for ten years.   Cathy took a hiatus from teaching full time when her children were young and taught second grades and middle schoolers at Fairmount Temple.  She lives in Solon with her husband, three children, and two yellow Labs. Cathy enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Sarah Foster went to Skidmore College and earned her Masters in Jewish Nonprofit Management and Masters in Religious Education from Hebrew Union College in 2015. She has worked with youth and young adults in a variety of capacities and is passionate about helping others along their Jewish journey. In her spare time, Sarah loves doing yoga, baking, and completing crossword puzzles.   

Judy Reynolds has a master’s degree in Behavioral Analysis from Arizona State University and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) at Monarch Center for Autism. She previously taught both 5th and 6th grades at B’nai Jeshurun and is looking forward to teaching 4th grade this year! Judy is also the new USY Advisor for B’nai Jeshurun! She has spent many summers at Camp Ramah and brings her breadth of Jewish knowledge into her teaching. 

Sousan Aminfard is a veteran in Jewish education since 1982.She has degree in psychology , education, and early childhood. This year she will be working as a tutor and Hebrew Through Movement specialist.

Paula Goddard’s careers have included being a banker, religious school teacher and a preschool teacher.  This will be her 20th year teaching religious school which has included every grade from kindergarten through grade 12 with the exception of 10th.  This year, along with working in our preschool, she will be tutoring students in third through sixth grade.  Paula and her husband Arthur are members of TEE and have two children.

Erin Gabay is thrilled to be teaching 3rd and 9th Grades this year! When Erin is not at Temple Emanu El, she can be found teaching at the Ratner School or hanging out with her 3 children in Solon. Her background includes undergraduate and graduate degrees in Jewish Studies, working as Jewish as a Jewish Family Educator, along with an Ohio teaching license in middle school math and science. Erin spent time with her family in Israel over the summer and is happy to be back to connect with students new and old.

Shoshana Hyer – Born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel. Moved to USA in 2002 and started teaching Hebrew and Judaism in a religious school first in Dallas, Tx and then Cleveland. She also worked for Oranim for several years, running Birthright and Masa trips to Israel. Beside teaching at BJ, Shoshana has taught Hebrew and tutored kids for Bar/Bat Mitavahs at Fairmount Temple. Shoshana graduated from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and these days she is working on her second degree as a dietitian. She is married to Moshe and they are the parents of two lovely boys.

Robyn Feldman is excited to be teaching fifth grade this year. Robyn is a pediatric Occupational Therapist and works for the Madison Local Schools. Robyn studied Hebrew at Hebrew University in Jerusalem for a semester. In her spare time she loves running a going to fitness classes.