Meet the teachers!

Meet the teachers of the Nathan and Hilda Katzen Center for Jewish Learning

There are over a dozen teachers with a wealth of knowledge at the center. More profiles will be added as we get closer to the school year.


Arielle Herzberg I teach Jewish studies to the fourth graders at Temple Sinai. I was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia. I am currently a sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Psychology and working toward becoming and Physical Therapist.  I am fairly involved in the Jewish community, interning for Hillel, singing in Hillel's premier a cappella group, Hillelujah and as a sister of Alpha Epsilon Phi, a Jewish sorority. Judaism has been an integral part of my entire life, whether it be Jewish day school, Jewish summer camp, Hebrew school or celebrating holidays with my family. I had the privilege to attend Gratz Jewish Community High School in addition to my public high school. Through JCHS I had the opportunity to earn a teaching certificate, which lead me to teach religious school. I wanted to spread my passion for Judaism to the younger generation. ~ Arielle Herzberg



Rebecca KoshnerI am a junior at Pitt, majoring in Architectural Studies, with a certificate in Jewish Studies, and a minor in Studio Arts. After graduate school, I plan on practicing architecture abroad and specializing in disaster relief housing. Growing up, I attended Jewish Day School for 9 years in St.Louis where my mother was a practicing Rabbi. I enjoy teaching at Temple Sinai because it gives me great pride and joy to see students falling in love with their Judaism. ~ Rebecca Lee Koshner





Marcy Kaufman

My name is Marcy Kaufman.  I have been Sunday School  Teacher for 7 years.  I started teaching second grade.  For the past 6 years I have been teaching Torah Time.  This year I will be teaching both Kindergarten and Torah Time.  During the week, I am an Early Intervention teacher at Pittsburgh Public Schools.  When I am not teaching children, I spend time with my husband and two sons, 13 and 10.  We love watching baseball, skiing, biking and having family fun.

I have been teaching and working with children since I was about 16 years old.  I have a Bachelorette degree in Early Childhood from Penn State University, a Masters in reading  from University of Pittsburgh, as well as Special Education teaching certification from Drexel University.  I love working with children.  I grew up with a strong Jewish background and understanding of what it means to be Jewish.  This is the goal I have for the students of Temple Sinai. 

  ~ Marcy Kaufman

Alex MalanychShalom! My name is Alex Malanych and I teach in Temple Sinai’s Sunday school and Hebrew programs. Additionally, I am the youth advisor for our teen group, PARTY! As a doctoral student at the University of Pittsburgh, I study Jewish diversity and ritual. Over the past ten years, working in both Jewish classrooms and camps, I have become passionate about fostering Jewish spaces for youth. I am passionate about Hebrew, modern Jewish history and culture, and helping students’ develop personal connections to their Jewish identity. I am excited to be part of our school’s mission to make Judaism a full mind-body experience and our commitment to transmitting Judaism l’dor vador—from generation to generation.

~Alex Malanych



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