Religious School Faculty

Carolyn Abrams is currently the Early Engagement Coordinator at TEE along with Parent-Child Hebrew. She has taught Religious School for over 16 years. During the week, Carolyn is a teacher in the Streetsboro Schools and is a mom to three.  Carolyn and her husband Adam are members of TEE. Carolyn has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Sociology from the University of Cincinnati.  Prior to motherhood, she taught elementary school.

Shari Bernstein is excited to be returning to TEE as the Pre-K and Kindergarten teacher.  Shari’s Judaic teaching experiences include over 18 years that range from preschool through adult education. Shari is married to Jeff and they are the parents of three children. Her favorite hobbies include traveling with her family, cooking, eating, and reading.

Paula Goddard’s careers have included being a banker, a religious school teacher and a preschool teacher.  She has been teaching religious school for over 16 years which includes every grade from Kindergarten through Grasde 12 with the exception of 10th grade.  She will be teaching 6th grade Hebrew and Judaics on Tuesdays and Sundays this year.  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.

Julie Hayes is currently teaching second grade in our Religious School.  Julie and her two children are members have been long time members at Temple Emanu El.  Julie loves to work for the National Council of Jewish Women.  She is the Operations Administrator and works to support all of the projects NCJW volunteers do in the community. She is passionate and devoted to this rewarding work.  Julie has a BA in Journalism from The Ohio State University.

Lisa Kornspan has an MPA, a Master in Public Policy and Management from The Ohio State University.  She also has experience in Education, Psychology and Human Resources.  She has been a Youth Director and Religious School teacher.  Lisa teaches exercise and yoga when she’s not teaching Hebrew.  She brings lots of energy and creativity to her classroom.  Lisa anjoys teaching fourth grade Hebrew and connecting with the students, as she inspires them to be more familiar with Hebrew and the prayers.  She has 3 boys that all play multiple sports.  She spends a great deal of time schlepping them to games and cheering them on.

Rebekah Levy is excited to be teaching Grade 1 this year at TEE.  For over 16 years, she has taught Grade Pre-K through Grade 3 as well as Hebrew at various synagogues. Rebekah graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BS in Psychology and a teaching certificate in Elementary Education.

Beth Mann is Temple Emanu El’s Youth and Family Program Director, planning retreats, family Tikkun Olam programs and works with TEMTY (Temple Emanu El’s Youth Group) to plan fun programs like the Purim Carnival.  In addition, Beth teaches Grade 11 & 12 in our Monday night TEEn Kolel program. Beth lives in Solon with her husband Phil and two children.

Channa Schulgasser started teaching Religious School in Providence, RI while getting her degree at Rhode Island School of Design. She loves the combination of Jewish education and arts and crafts. Her favorite projects involve “mehudar mitzvah” anything that beautifies a mitzvah – from illuminated brachot, colorful, and decorative seder> plates to personalized mezuzahcases and embellished textiles.  Channa’s education also includes a year of study at Kalisher School of the Arts in Tel Aviv. She moved to Cleveland after marrying a native Clevelander and has 3 little boys who also love to create things.