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:
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 […]
Between Hanukkah and Tu BiSh’vat Racheli Morris, Director of Education TBEeducator@bethelsp.org In Pirkei Avot, a chapter of the Mishnah, one has sayings collected from the Sages of our past. I am going to use the interim article between Hanukkah and Tu BiSh’vat to discuss this idea spoken by Rabbi Elazar ben Azariah, Avot 3:21, “If […]
Our Light Shines on Ourselves Racheli Morris, Director of Education TBEeducator@bethelsp.org On the 25th of Kislev, the Jewish holiday of lights begins. The holiday of Hanukkah means the holiday of dedication. Its stories come from many roots. There is the root of culture, politics, and religion to consider. Culture—With the spread of Greek culture known […]
Strength of Faith Racheli Morris, Director of Education TBEeducator@bethelsp.org Growing up in Israel, my ideas of Hanukkah are associated with the varied practices of Jews around the world. We enjoy l’vi’vot (potato pancakes) which are special here, and known as latkes. We enjoy sufganyot (donuts). The game of sevivon (dreidle) is different. Our tops have […]
Experience + Enjoyment = Education Racheli Morris, Director of Education TBEeducator@bethelsp.org John Dewey, a pioneer in modern educational philosophy, lived just under 100 years. He was born in 1859. He changed education forever by emphasizing learning through experience. He is quoted as saying, “The belief that all genuine education comes about through experience does not […]
Time for T’shuvah Racheli Morris, Director of Education TBEeducator@bethelsp.org As we begin our preparations for a new school year months before school begins, there is another masterpiece of timing that is commencing shortly. We are about to celebrate the Jewish High Holy Days. These days, Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur mark a culmination of […]