7th Grade Lindsay Propper grew up in Jupiter, Florida, and first moved to Grand Rapids in 2008 to study Sustainable Business at Aquinas College. During this time she taught 4th and 5th grade at UJS, where her favorite lessons involved discussions and activities which encouraged students to find their own personal connection to Judaism. After a few years away from Grand Rapids, Lindsay is excited to be back and re-joining the UJS community. When she’s not at UJS, Lindsay works in the sustainability department at Steelcase, enjoys painting and calligraphy, and is on a never-ending quest to perfect her challah recipe.
8th Grade . Avram (Avi) Forsteinwas born and raised in Sioux Falls, SD. His father was the only rabbi in South Dakota for the 1980s and most of the 1990s. Avram moved to Kalamazoo in mid 2002 and moved up to the Grand Rapids area in May 2003. Avram graduated from Grand Valley State University in late 2010. During the week, he works as a Social Media Content Coordinator for Greatergood.com. Avram enjoys watching documentaries, listening to stand up comedy, playing games and hosting a public pop culture quiz at various locations in Grand Rapids every week. Avram is very excited to be teaching religious school again (he taught Hebrew classes at Mt. Zion Temple in Sioux Falls during his teenage years) and is looking forward to a wonderful year.
9th Grade Rabbi Michael Schadickhas been rabbi of Temple Emanuel since July 2000. He was born in southern New Hampshire and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Connecticut College. He received his rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in May 1994. He has served congregations in Orlando, Florida and Plantation, Florida. Rabbi Schadick lives in Cascade Township with his wife Susan and his daughter Shira
10th/ Grade Rabbi David Krishef grew up in Minneapolis and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Hebrew and Jewish Studies. Following two years as a program director at the University of Minnesota Hillel Foundation, he entered the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He received ordination in 1994. Since then, Rabbi Krishef has served as Rabbi of Congregation Ahavas Israel, and in 2003 became the longest serving Rabbi in the history of the congregation. He also serves as one of the volunteer rabbis on Jewish.com’s AskaRabbi service, has edited a section on Judaism for a World Religions textbook; and serves on the Spectrum Bioethics committee. He is married to (Cantor) Marisa. They have four children, Zachary, Solomon, Harrison and Sarah
Hebrew - Shoshana Jackson is delighted to be joining the team at UJS this year! She has taught both religious studies and Hebrew to students from Kindergarten through 6th Grade. She spent eleven years with Ann Arbor’s Temple Beth Emeth and four years with the Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Congregation. Shoshana loves music, sewing, recreating history, and being out-of-doors. She lives in Walker with her husband Ben and their three children.
Hebrew - Elisabeth Rosewall
Elisabeth is a native Californian with a BS in Design from the University of California at Davis, and has lived in Grand Rapids since 1985. She has taught both 4-7th grades and Hebrew since 1990 both at Temple and Ahavas as well as in South Haven. She currently focuses on Hebrew and tutors b'nei mitzvah students at Temple Emanuel. Elisabeth has a passion for learning and Jewish education, and loves teaching Hebrew classes for adults. She especially enjoys those who learn differently and tries to find the spark in each. She feels blessed by her two children, Emily and Eric, (and the presence of cats in their lives).
Hebrew - Emily Rosewall
Emily returned both to Grand Rapids and to teaching Hebrew in the Religious School in 2009, having lived in Milwaukee the three years prior. She and her mother Elisabeth were the first Jewish students to attend Cornerstone University, where they took Biblical Hebrew. She has been to CAJE twice, and Israel once.
Art-Deet Newman Yehudit
moved to Grand Rapids two years ago from Florida. A graduate of both University of Michigan (Psychology) and Eastern Michigan University (Occupational Therapy), Deet has been the Director of the Jewish Cultural School and the Senior Center at the JCC in Ann Arbor, and taught in synagogues in Memphis, Miami, Green Bay, and Milwaukee. Deet has an love of theater and has worked backstage for over 50 years. Together with her husband, Jack Moga, she sang with the choir at the Naples Jewish Congregation and now enjoys being part of Shir Shalom.
Hebrew - Lior Lahav Wessels
Lior is a born and raised Israeli. She graduated in business management. Lior has relocated from Tel-Aviv to Michigan after her marriage, and they are both living in Kentwood with one dog and two cats. She is currently working as an accountant.
She worked as a scouts counselor in Israel and enjoys to interacting with children and teaching Hebrew.
Music - Marc Rossio Marc "The Marvelous Toy" Rossio, left his job to become a stay-at-home dad, he found that his passion for music andentertaining his children would lead to entertaining all children. He and his wife Lori have 2 talented children. Jack is in Middle School and is known for his comical stage presence. Hannah is in High School and has aspirations of Broadway and was nominated for Actress of the Year in Central Ohio at 14 years old. When Marc isn't performing he claims to be an awesome Stage Dad!
The first CD “Batteries Not Included” was secular children’s music and can be heard on XM Sirius Kids. Then, After several years of teaching kindergarten at his Temple, Marc noticed an unfulfilled niche in Jewish Children’s music. He began to write his Judaic children’s music CD “L’Chaim – To Life!” Most of this album has been played on XM Sirius Radio Chanukah since 2006 and has taken him across North America. Currently, Marc is performing Concerts, Festivals, Community Events and many other venues.
His Brother Evan lives in Grand Rapids. Marc travels from Columbus, Ohio each month to help create a musical curriculum filled with singing, interaction and humor.