School Age (Pre-K-6 grades)

Beit Binah Religious School

Important resources:
Make sure you’re registered! Please complete one registration form per child; one tuition/membership agreement per family must also be completed per family. Questions? Contact Alona Shahbaz at

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Parent Handbook 2016-2017

Pre-k through 6th Grade

8:30 a.m. to noon
Bagel nosh, 8:30 a.m.
T’fillah (prayer) service, 9:00 a.m.
Class,  9:30 a.m. to noon

4:00 to 5:45 p.m.

Class for  3rd through 6th grade

Some important resources: Beit Binah means “house of understanding” in Hebrew. We believe that, rather than simply providing students with prayers to memorize and letting them struggle with terms and stories that have no personal connection, it is important to help your child integrate Jewish knowledge into his or own life. Our program is a carefully orchestrated experiential environment with opportunities for children to learn from our rabbis, professional teachers, each other, and the community.

Students lead each other in prayer, social action, storytelling, and Jewish arts, pushing one another to delve into the true meanings of Jewish life. We encourage discussion and debate around Jewish values. We use the wealth of educational resources available in the Bay Area, a hotbed of innovation in American Judaism to provide a dynamic experience for our students.

Contact for Information: Jonathan Emanuel, Director of Youth Education and Family engagement, at (415) 388-1818, ext. 105 or jemanuel @

Zman Kef Youth Group

3rd through 6th grade

Join other Kol Shofar students for fun activities such as ice skating, bowling, and movies. Programs occur on a monthly basis from September through May. Contact for more information: Jonathan Emanuel, Director of Education and Family engagement, at (415) 388-1818, ext. 105 or

Meet our 2016-17 Beit Binah Instructors



 Tracie Stein                                                                                      Pre-K/Kindergarten

This is Traci’s 3rd year with the JCC Preschool Tiburon. She previously worked at the Marin JCC camp, Youth and Family Program where for five years she had worked with children of all ages. Tracie continues to focus on her academic development in the field of early childhood education.


robynRobyn Carmel                                                                                     1st grade

Robyn Carmel is happy to be back teaching at Kol Shofar, where she worked for nine years before moving into the Development Department at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. She “wandered” until the age of 40 at which time she became Bat Mitzvah as part of the first Kol Shofar Adult B’nei Mitzvah Program! Besides being an avid fundraiser for the Jewish Community, she is also a passionate “ocean educator,” a naturalist with the American Cetacean Society, a volunteer at The Marine Mammal Center, and believes that we cannot teach tikkun olam without teaching about how to care for our blue planet. Robyn is an extremely proud Jewish mother to her sons Aaron and David, and has two precious dogs, Orli and Poli.

seth_rosenthalSeth Rosenthal
2nd Grade

Seth loves being Jewish and can’t wait to share that with your children. He attended Hebrew Day school from preschool to eighth grade, which contributed his love of Judaism.  Seth’s favorite holiday is Sukkot. He has very fond memories of building the Sukkah with his family as well as celebrating all of the holidays would not be complete without his grandmother’s famous Kreplach and Meatballs with sweet cranberry sauce. He has traveled to Israel, which included a six-month program where he lived and worked in the town of Eilat. Seth was a Theater major at the university level, with an emphasis in Children’s Drama. He can’t wait to start the school year and share his enthusiasm with your children. Shalom!


doritDorit Israel                                                                                             3rd/5th Grade Hebrew

Dorit Israel was born in Israel and came to the USA fifteen years ago. She holds a BA in Jewish Studies and a Masters in Education from SFSU, with emphasis on Hebrew curriculum. Dorit has taught various grades, including Bar/Bat Mitzvah studies at Rodef Sholom and she taught Middle school Jewish Studies and Hebrew in Brandeis and is very excited to be teaching 3rd and 5h grade Hebrew at Kol Shofar this year. Dorit hopes to redefine the way Hebrew is taught in schools with an all new perspective methodically.Dorit lives in San Anselmo with her 11year old daughter, Refael.


asher-bio-photoAsher Butnik                                                                                3rd/5th Grade Judaic Studies

Asher grew up in Southern California and moved to the Bay Area three years ago to pursue his lifelong dream of living in the fog. A musician by training, he tries to spend most of his free time making music. This year at Kol Shofar, he will be teaching 3rd and 5th grade Judaic studies as well as working in the Tichon program. He also teaches at Beth Sholom in San Francisco.


marilyn_goodmanMarilyn Goodman
4th & 6th Grade Judaic Studies

Marilyn has been a Hebrew School teacher and B’nei Mitzvah tutor for almost 10 years. She teaches Religious School at Congregation Kol Shofar, and tutors at Congregation Rodef Sholom. She absolutely adores working with children, teaching them the Torah, and lessons of Judaism. By day, she is an instructor at City College of San Francisco. Marilyn is the head of the marketing department, and teaches courses in Marketing, Advertising, and Consumer Behavior.


jordan hopstoneJordan Hopstone                                                                                    Tichon & USY Leadership Coordinator

Meet Jordan, our USY Leadership coordinator. He is a lifelong hockey fan (go Sharks!) and spends his free time surfing. A Bay Area native, Jordan has an extensive background in Jewish Studies and Experiential Education.



tikva_farberTikva Farber
4th & 6th Grade Hebrew

Tikva is a Hebrew and Judaic Studies teacher with over 30 years experience teaching adults, teens, and children of all ages in Biblical, Prayer book, and Modern Hebrew.
She implemented and tested material for the successful Hebrew Neta curriculum for high school and mplemented the Tal Am Hebrew curriculum for elementary school into the Brandeis Hillel Marin and San Francisco Hebrew programs. Tikva taught Hebrew immersion intensives to college students and adults in Israel at the Ulpan of Kibbutz Sdot Yam. She taught high school Judaic Studies at the Hebrew Academy of San Francisco, elementary and middle school Hebrew Language at Brandeis Hillel Day School in both the Marin County and San Francisco campuses, and served as a head teacher at the Brandeis Hillel Day School during its foundational years in Marin County, California. She is a published poetry writer and an avid swimmer and hiker. Tikva started the community Garden at Congregation Kol Shofar. She is certified by the Israel Ministry of Education and is currently on the Congregation Kol Shofar Beit Binah and Adult Education faculty.

stella_faraelStella Farael
Hebrew Resource Specialist

Stella is the the Hebrew Specialist for Beit Binah. She teaches students from 3rd to 6th grade, working with them on learning the Hebrew letters, vowels, and reading skills. She works with students who need additional help, those who accelerate, and new students that need to catch up with their classes. Stella has been teaching Hebrew for over twenty years and finds it extremely rewarding! She is originally from Jerusalem, Israel, and has been living in the U.S. for the past forty years. Kol Shofar is s second home to Stella and her daughters, as they grew up attending Beit Binah and Tichon while working as TAs until they left for college. She is very grateful to be a part of the Kol Shofar family!