Lila Kagedan, Founder and Founding Director of Sulam: Lila is a passionate educator and curriculum writer, as well as an ethicist and consultant for NGOs and academic institutions. She has lectured extensively and taught students of all ages in formal and non-formal settings. Lila studies at Harvard University and has recently completed Orthodox rabbinical school at Yeshivat Maharat, where she received smichah (ordination). Lila holds degrees from University of Toronto and Harvard University, and she has studied at Midreshet Lindenbaum, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.
Hadassah Margolis, Assistant Director of Sulam: Hadassah is a clinical social worker and supervisor at McLean Hospital and Riverside Community Care with expertise in facilitating groups, conducting individual therapy, and teaching MSW students and graduates. Over the past 12 years, Hadassah has worked on a wide range of issues, including spirituality and mental health, parenting education, and postpartum mental health concerns. Hadassah was a founding board member for Sulam for four years before transitioning to Assistant Director. Prior to joining Sulam’s board, she was on the board of Parents Helping Parents. Hadassah holds a B.A., summa cum laude, from Brandeis, and an MSW from Simmons.
Jasmine Bar-On, Teacher: Jasmine was born and raised in Israel, where she has worked as an art therapist and teacher with elementary and high school students. She has extensive experience working with students with special needs, and she has worked professionally in an Israeli dance company. Her artistic creativity extends to her keen ability in making curricula accessible to students of a variety of ages and abilities. Jasmine has led numerous art workshops in Israel and the States, including in American summer camps. She also served in the Israeli army and held the rank of Sargent, where she was responsible for educational initiatives. She holds a B.A. in communication and political science from Bar Ilan University and an art therapy degree from Beit Berl College. She is excited to be living in Brookline and looks forward to teaching Sulam students.
עם הגעתי לבוסטון בעקבות פוסט דוקטורט של בעלי, נפלה בידי ההזדמנות להיות מורה ב”סולם”. היום במחצית השנייה של שנת הלימודים בסולם אני יכולה לשתף שכמורה בסולם אני מרגישה משמעות רבה ותרומה רבה לחברה בבוסטוןדרך תפקידי כמורה בסולם אני מרגישה שאני תורמת לחיזוק הזיקה ליהדות דרך הוראת חגי ישראל, פרשות השבוע ומושגי יסוד ביהדותהוראת השפה העברית גם משמעותית מאד עבורי. אני מרגישה סיפוק רב לראות כיצד התלמידים בסולם מתקדמים בשפה, ואיך היא הופכת להיות חלק בלתי נפרד מהם. השילוב של ילדים ישראלים ואמריקאים בגילאי 5-8 שלומדים יחד בסולם מקסים בעיני וגורם לתפקידי להיות מעניין ומהנה עוד יותר. – יסמין בר-און קפלן
Rina Wagman, Teacher: Rina is currently pursuing an MBA and Masters in Jewish Professional Leadership at the Hornstein Program at Brandeis University. She has spent her last five years working for Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP). Mostly recently, she served as a Missions Officer, organizing trips to Israel. Rina earned a Community Teaching Certificate for teaching in Jewish schools from Gratz Hebrew High School in addition to degrees in Government and Near Eastern Studies from Cornell University. She spent many summers teaching Hebrew, Jewish customs, and Israeli dance to children and a semester studying at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In her spare time, Rina manages the fundraising for and performs in the Israel Folkdance Festival of Boston as well as co-runs a weekly Israeli dance session and annual Israeli dance camp in Boston.
My mother teaches kindergarten and first grade at a day school, and I never thought I would follow in her footsteps. When I started working at Sulam, I didn’t know what to expect. However, the experience has been more rewarding than I could have ever imagined. It has been fun getting the children excited about Judaism and Israel through songs, dances, and art projects—especially those I learned at their age. It has been incredible seeing how quickly the children simply soak in knowledge. We have children in Sulam who started the year with difficulty writing the Alef Bet who can now not only write, but also read and even write in cursive! Even children who came into Sulam barely understanding Hebrew can now actively participate; the Hebrew immersion really works. – Rina Wagman
Inbal Katz, Teacher: Inbal came to Boston from Israel two years ago with her husband and two daughters. She received her B.Sc. and MBA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has teaching experience from preschoolers to high schoolers, with roles as a group counselor for Israel’s Nature Protection Society, teacher for youth remote learning programs, and Base Commander and Regional Educational Officer for the IDF, managing a unit of teacher-soldiers operating in civilian facilities. Presently, Inbal teaches at Sulam and Hebrew Play, planning and delivering Hebrew lessons and sensory activities for local preschoolers and toddlers.
Veronique Corrdin works professionally as a grants manager in Harvard Square. She previously worked in the Jewish community, planning informal Jewish educational programs. When not wrangling her almost 8-year-old, she enjoys entertaining, cooking, baking, and serving on the Sulam board. Her non-profit compliance and finance skills are helping Sulam attain 501c3 status. (She also enjoys the role of the parent that knows the least Hebrew!) She and her family especially look forward to the time they spend camping and going to the beach.
Will Corrdin is a seasoned Jewish communal professional currently employed at JF&CS. His previous roles included working for CJP, the Nesiya Institute, Temple Israel of Natick, and Camp Yavneh. He has served on the boards of Keshet and Prism (the New Center for Arts and Culture). In addition to serving on the board of Sulam, he is also a member of the Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts’ board of directors. Will cares deeply about the role Hebrew language can play in connecting Jews to the collective story of Jewish history. He helps Veronique with the wrangling of their son and serves as her professional taster. He enjoys hiking with their dog and the Boston sports scene.
Michael Goldstein is the Senior Director of Growth Initiatives at Year Up Boston, which takes urban young adults from poverty to a professional career in a year. He is an entrepreneur with a passion for education. He founded Providence Summerbridge, Youth Tech Entrepreneurs, and the Summerbridge/Breakthrough Alumni Network, and he served as executive director of City Year Rhode Island and development director of MetroWest Jewish Day School. As an inaugural CJP/PresenTense Fellow, he launched Hebrew Play, which inspires families to play in Hebrew with their young children. Michael was recognized in 2002 by the Boston Business Journal and in 2007 by the Providence Business News in their respective “40 Under 40” awards.
Alon Landa is a serial technologist having worked on different technologies from GPS satellites and the Hubble Space Telescope to medical devices that measure blood sugar without blood. He spent his elementary years in Solomon Schechter Day School, continuing to public high school, an engineering degree and eventually an MBA. He’s equally happy working on cutting-edge technologies or spending Shabbat with his family disconnected from this fast-paced world. Having married someone of Muslim faith who converted to Judaism, Alon is keenly aware of how Judaism is perceived from the outside, and works hard to build a form of Judaism that is inclusive and understanding of other world views. Most recently, Alon completed a half marathon and has absolutely no intention to run a full marathon.
Tamar Winter is a Pediatric Nurse and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She currently works as a healthcare provider in Boston. Tamar grew up going to orthodox Hebrew day schools and believes that knowing Hebrew builds a solid foundation for Jewish learning and connection. Sulam has allowed her child to enjoy the best of both educational worlds. Her child attends a neighborhood public school, and then enjoys Hebrew immersion at Sulam after school. It provides an ongoing connection to Judaism while being a part of the neighborhood. To balance life, Tamar enjoys exercising, cooking, and organizing.