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.

Rebecca KoshnerRebecca Lee Koshner

I 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 nine 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. 


Marcy Kaufman

Marcy Kaufman

I have been Sunday School Teacher for seven years. I started teaching second grade. For the past six 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, ages 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 a 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. 


Alex MalanychAlex Malanych

Shalom! 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.



Celebrate Shavuot

Celebrate Shavuot

Shavuot means “weeks.” It marks the completion of the seven-week counting period, the Omer, between Passover and Shavuot. One of the three pilgrimage holidays mentioned in the Torah, it celebrates both the harvest of the first fruits and the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people on Mount Sinai over 3,000 years ago.

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