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Etzim Educators


Alex Lippe

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Sam Powers

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I am so excited to be joining the TBS community this year as a Youth Educator and Musical Leader. I am a graduate from Berklee College of Music where I studied mandolin performance and music business. I have been a professional Jewish musician for over a decade and have been a Jewish Educator since 2016. This year I will be working with Mayim, Shorashim, and Etzim. You can also see me playing Shabbat Friday Night Services all year long! 


My educational philosophy is that students' interests should shape their learning. I believe that my role as an educator is to create an inclusive learning environment for my students and teach through their interests.


Sadie O'Neill

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I am thrilled to be returning to TBS this year as a Shorashim educator. I recently graduated from Lesley University, where I earned a degree in Counseling and Expressive Arts Therapy. I have spent the past 15 summers at URJ Crane Lake Camp as a camper, counselor, and most recently, the Performing Arts Director. My time at summer camp has sparked my love for Jewish learning and I am so excited to use my creativity, joy, curiosity, and passion to continue to nurture that spark within the TBS community. 


Leah Goldstein

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I am so excited to begin my second year at TBS as a Jewish Learning Guide in Shorashim, teaching for Etzim, and serving as the Jr. BESTY advisor. Originally from Austin, TX, I have been living in Brookline for the last 13 years and absolutely love the Jewish community here. 

Prior to joining TBS, I spent a decade working with teens in different capacities at Hebrew College where I was the Associate Director of Prozdor, a pluralistic Hebrew High School program. While there, I also served as the Director of the Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston (JTFGB) at Hebrew College, a Jewish leadership program that educates and empowers teens from the Greater Boston Area to develop a life-long commitment to strategic philanthropy, advocacy, and community engagement as they work together and learn the ins and outs of the nonprofit sector.

I am deeply passionate about Jewish education and have dedicated my life to working with kids of all ages to make a real impact on this next generation. As an educator, I have always found myself the most energized when teaching and talking about tzedakah and tikkun olam. I love finding new and creative ways to organically infuse Jewish values into the lives of everyone I work with. I believe in creating a unique, sacred, and fun space where kids can not only learn with each other, but also from each other. I am constantly inspired by all of the time I have spent watching children thrive and grow over the years. Forming meaningful and lasting relationships with every one of my students has always been one of my favorite things and I am really looking forward to doing that with the incredible community here at TBS.


Emily Kraus

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