The year 2017-2018 will see co-directors for Kol Yeladim Religious School. Cantor Beth Schlossberg and Jennifer Halls will share responsibility for all school activities.
Cantor Beth Schlossberg grew up on the Main Line of Philadelphia. After graduating from the University of Michigan in 2001 with a Bachelor of Music, she spent several years singing professionally in the classical world with the Philadelphia Opera Company and the Da Ponte Concert Opera in NYC, and singing in the Jewish world as a cantorial soloist. Cantor Beth also taught piano and voice, and ran the Hebrew School and Pre School music programs at Har Zion Temple, the synagogue she grew up attending. In 2003, realizing that the Cantorate was a perfect fit to combine her love of Judaism and of music, she decided to enroll in the Jewish Theological Seminary at the H.L. Miller Cantorial School. After being invested in 2008, Cantor Beth moved to Omaha, Nebraska where she spent 4 years with Beth El Synagogue before joining the Kol Ami family in 2013. Cantor Beth and her husband Michael are delighted to share in the warmth and vitality of our community.
Jennifer Halls has lived in North Tampa for almost 20 years. An Air Force brat, she moved around often during her childhood, quickly learning to make friends everywhere and loved every minute of it. She moved to Tampa in 1998 settling down with her family and parents, Anita & Herman Greenberg who were to retire here. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a double-major in Political Science and History. Shortly after, earning her teaching credentials at the University of South Florida, Go Bulls! Jennifer has been teaching high school, both Social Studies & Math, here in Hillsborough County & Pasco County for the past 20 years. She is currently teaching at Chamberlain High School. A greatly-involved member of the Jewish community, she’s been a religious school youth educator for 20 years in Tampa including 9 years at Kol Ami. She has three children that each attended Kol Ami’s Religious School. Jennifer, Chris and her whole family are excited for this new adventure and looking forward to sharing her passion for learning with the youth of Kol Ami.
The Youth Director for 2017-2018 will be Rachel Degani. Rachel’s vision is to facilitate and foster a youth movement dedicated to growth, friendships, and self-expression. She is passionate about building upon a foundation of leadership and success mentality; a youth movement that works together to embrace servitude and radiates the overarching purpose to make the world a better place.
Rachel grew up in south Florida with a childhood rich in enthusiasm for Judaism expressed through music, art, debate, youth group, summer camp, and a love for learning. Growing up in an Israeli household with a Rabbi for a father and a Cantor for a mother, Judaism and Israel were at the forefront of many values and philosophies instilled.
Rachel’s Jewish identity was further fostered with summers in Jewish drama camp and travel camp through the JCC, as well as Jewish sleep away camp. As a teenager she was very involved with the B’nai Brith Youth Organization (BBYO) and held various positions on the Board while working with her parents as a Hebrew school teacher. In college she worked as a Hebrew school teacher, B’nai mitzvah tutor, and youth advisor for middle and high school youth groups in Orlando.
She moved to Tampa to earn her masters degree in Communication Disorders and currently works as a speech therapist in the Tampa Bay area. She has been teaching in the Kol Yeladim Hebrew School at Kol Ami for 5 years and is very excited and honored to embark on this new journey as youth director.