TBS Foundation

Scholar-in-Residence: Nahum Ward-Lev

Religious School & Family Education :: (505)982-6161
Director of Education: Joy Rosenberg
Emeritus Director of Education: Deborah Weinberg

Preschool :: (505)982-6888
Preschool Director: Gavin Blumenthal
When Gavin was five years old his family emigrated from Cape Town, South Africa to Cincinnati, Ohio. Needless to say, the change was huge. Gavin has always been enthralled with people from all walks of life. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, with a B.A. in Psychology. After living in Yellow Springs, Ohio (home of Antioch College), Gavin spent some time at an apiary in Vermont, and subsequently moved to the Green Mountain State to work in Education and Human Services. He spent six years there, during which time he attended the University of Vermont, for a Master’s in Education. He loves art, family, the great outdoors, theatre, and listening to others. He is passionate about children and his elders. He is a proud uncle of five: Jasmine, Aryeh, Justin, Ruby, and Madison, who all live in the Chicago area. Gavin loves meeting new people, so stop by and say, “hello!”

Youth Group Advisor: Ellen Zieselman
If you have children in the TBS Religious School, you probably know Ellen Zieselman. As our BSTY (Beth Shalom Temple Youth) advisor since 1990, one of our B’nai Mitzvah tutors since 1997, and a teacher in our religious school, Ellen can be found at TBS more often than not. Her TBS career began in the fall of 1990 when the 5th grade teacher quit after about 2 classes. It went so well that she graduated with her kids to 6th grade and then to 7th, the grade she has been teaching ever since. Ellen travels about 5 times a year with her class to NFTY-SW events all over our large and diverse region, generously giving up her own vacation time to do so. In June of 2008, Ellen was named the URJ RJ Youth Worker of the Month. She takes pride in the fact that BSTY has a reputation as the least cliquey, nicest, most welcoming youth group in the region. As you might have guessed from that “vacation time” comment, Ellen actually has a “real job” as Curator of Education at the New Mexico Museum of Art. Ellen was born in New York City and grew up in New Rochelle. She has an AB (with honors) in Art History from Brown University (her senior thesis was on Depression era prints) and a Masters from Williams College. She did a semester’s internship at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England. In June of 1989, Ellen came to Santa Fe and worked as a temp at places like Montgomery Ward’s until the Museum hired her in October of 1989.

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Services & Study This Week

Friday, December 19
6:30 pm Shabbat Chanukah Service & new board member installation with Friday Night Live! Bring your menorah! - oneg sponsored by Rebecca & Paul Ostrovsky in honor of Meryl Marchand

Saturday, December 20
9:00 am Torah study with bagels, lox, and cream cheese, SH
10:30 am Shabbat Morning Service

Monday, December 22
8:00-9:00 am Monday Morning Minyan and study, Upper Sanctuary

TBS Preschool!