Racheli Morris joined Temple Beth El as our new Educator on July 1st, 2018. She was most recently the Director of Education at Temple Beth El in Riverside, where she has been for the past three years. Concurrently, she is a lecturer in Hebrew and Jewish Studies at California State University, Long Beach, where she teaches Modern Hebrew and Israeli Culture, and developed their Modern Hebrew Syllabus for fundamental and intermediate levels of Hebrew. She was also the Hebrew coordinator at Kadima Elementary Day School in Los Angeles. Racheli has earned a United States patent and has published a series of articles on the Jewish Holidays.
Racheli is a sabra, born in Haifa. She was raised in the Golan Heights. She received a certiﬁcate in Teaching Hebrew and Jewish Studies from the Jewish Agency for Israel in Tel Aviv. She moved to Virginia Beach in 1985 and to California in 1990. She received her degree from UCI in Psychology and Social Behavior and then returned to spend a year in Israel at Hebrew University. In addition, Racheli has earned two Master Degrees in Education and Management from Middlebury College, Vermont and from Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel. She is completing her Doctorate in the Science of Jewish Studies from the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning.
Racheli has published two books, ‘Celebrate the Jewish Holidays’, and ‘Numbers that Count’ for children.
Racheli may be reached by email at TBEeducator@bethelsp.org.
Here are a few of the special programs Racheli has brought to Temple Beth El:
Shir Appeal Performance Caps Grandparents’ Day at Torah School Sunday January 6th saw a special Grandparents’ Day at TBE’s Torah School. Capably organized by Racheli Morris, our TBE Educator, there were crafts and activities, prayer in the Sanctuary, and a delicious brunch. The culmination of the morning was a fantastic performance by the critically acclaimed […]
Puppets a la Carte with Nicole Cloeren Nicole B. Cloeren is the puppet keeper. She prefers improvisational encounters between her puppets and people in public spaces because she feels this allows her audience members to experience things outside of their expectations. It is in this space of surprise and wonder that Nicole feels we can all learn […]
Karen Golden – Storyteller Extraordinaire On Sunday, September 23rd, Karen Golden performed for our students, parents, and other congregants. Karen was at the same time entertaining, funny, educational, and amazing. One children and the adults as well thoroughly enjoyed her show and we would like to thank her for coming to perform at our synagogue. […]
And here are some of Racheli’s latest articles from the Kol Beit El:
New Beginnings Randi Sher, Director of Education TBEeducator@bethelsp.org Starting a new job can be an uncomfortable undertaking for everyone. Face to face conversations and meeting the community at large often alleviates the stress. The Board of Education for the Torah School has been busy planning opportunities for families to interact with one another and with […]
Temple Beth El Welcomes Randi Sher, Director of Education Temple Beth El is so very pleased to welcome Randi Sher to our Torah School as the Director of Education. Randi’s resume is filled with accreditations that make her very qualified to lead our most precious children in their Jewish education and assist our amazing teachers […]
Seeing Seasons Change… Mostly Racheli Morris, Director of Education TBEeducator@bethelsp.org Having lived in Boston, Massachusetts and grown up in the far north of Israel on the Golan, I have had the blessing of seeing seasons change. Mostly, in Boston, after a blizzard, you come outside like you are Noah after the flood. We are all […]
Our Faith is Our Passport Racheli Morris, Director of Education TBEeducator@bethelsp.org Usually a day of happiness and celebration, Yom Ha’atzmaut is Israel’s Independence Day. It is preceded by two important events, Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaShoah, Israeli Memorial Day and Israeli Holocaust Remembrance Day. These events are not holidays from the Bible, but rather they […]
A Simple or Complex Story: Purim? Racheli Morris, Director of Education TBEeducator@bethelsp.org Sometimes the world has surprises in store for us. At the school, we engage in learning lessons and practicing skills. But each of us can remember certain moments in our education where something changed within us. The stories of the Bible are inspired […]
The Tree of Life in Tu BiSh’vat Racheli Morris, Director of Education TBEeducator@bethelsp.org I have often seen in our congregation the ceremony of a child holding a Torah passed from grandparent to parent to child in a bar or bat mitzvah and always see the strength of our Tree of Life—Eitz Hayim. Our point of […]