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About Our Staff

Rebecca Schnaper, Director of Education

To contact Rebecca, email her at rschnaper@byachadspringfield.org 

Our Rabbinical Leadership

Rabbi Amy Wallk

Temple Beth El

Rabbi Amy S Wallk has been an active Jewish educator for more than 30 years.  She has worked with adults and children, in both formal and experiential settings. Rabbi is considered to be a gifted teacher and a visionary educational leader. In addition to her ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, she has earned a Master's Degree in Jewish Education from the University of Judaism and a PhD in Education from Michigan State University. 

Rabbi Jeremy Master

Sinai Temple

Rabbi Jeremy Master was born and raised on Long Island. He graduated with a BA in Religion and the College of Social Sciences from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. After college, he attended the Hebrew Union College and was ordained in 2004. He currently serves as the Rabbi of Sinai Temple since 2018.

Our Teachers

Debra Cohen

Pre-K Teacher

Morah Cohenn is well known to the preschoolers in Longmeadow, MA. She is beginning her 29th year teaching and has worked at Sinai Temple teaching 2nd grade for several years, along with Temple Beth El, providing child care for the High Holidays and the Tot Shabbat Program. Morah Cohen loves to teach, sing, dance, tell stories and do fun activities.

Morah Debra will be teaching the younger Pre-K students.

Hannah Wald

Pre-K Teacher

Morah Hannah started out her teaching journey as a madricha at Sinai Temple, from 2014 to 2018. Morah Hannah graduated from Westfield State with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education in 2022. She looks forward to sharing her passion for Early Childhood Education with the B’Yachad community. 

Morah Hannah will be teaching the older Pre-K students.

Helene Shapiro

K-1st Grade Teacher

Morah Helene has been teaching at Sinai and Temple Beth El for a combined 15 years, however she's been a teacher since 1989! She loves her work and her students so much, and because of this she travels back and forth one hour from Connecticut each time she comes in! We're so glad to have Helene back.

Norma Garde

2-3rd Grade Teacher

Morah Norma has been teaching in the Springfield Jewish Community for over 20 years! Throughout that time, she has taught grades 1-4. Over the years, she has also worked with children of all ages having been involved in girl scouts. In addition to her work at Sinai, Morah Norma currently works in retail and has a small  home business creating various paper crafts. We're so glad to have Norma with us again.

Michelle Greston

4th Grade Teacher

Morah Michelle has previously taught at Reform and Conservative Synagogues in NY & CT and at Sinai Temple & Temple Beth El. As an Occupational Therapist in the public schools, she works with children from Pre-K through 12th grade with various disabilities. Morah Michelle has enjoyed getting to know students and families while tutoring Hebrew and helping both young and adult students prepare for their B'nai Mitzvah. Morah Michelle is delighted to be teaching at B'Yachad!

Jill Pollack

5th Grade Teacher

Morah Jill is excited to be joining the B’Yachad community. She has experience teaching Judaics from the preschool level through b’nai mitzvah age. One of her favorite things about learning with students is working together to ask and find answers to big questions. When not in the classroom she loves to cook, bike and find new outdoor places to explore.

Phyllis Katz 

6-7th Grade Teacher

Morah Phyllis has taught Judaics in every grade from 3rd to 12th. An accomplished educator, she has her MA teaching license in history, and has won the Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education.  Prior to teaching, she was an attorney in Washington, DC and has coached over 500 middle-school and high school students in basketball.  Morah Phyllis currently leads tours for school children at Springfield's Museum of Fine Arts. 

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