Director of Congregational Learning - Penina Hoffnung
Penina joined our staff in August 2014 as our new Director of Congregational Learning. She worked at the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey for 18 years, 15 of those as Director of the Department of Jewish Education and Continuity and three as the Community Family Educator. She created community-wide Jewish educational fairs, events and children’s museum. As director, she ran the Midrashah Jewish Junior College of Jewish Studies, a teen supplemental program of deep Jewish learning. She helped found and serves on the executive board of NAACCHHS (pronounced like the thing you get from your children), the North American Association of Congregational and Community Hebrew High Schools.
Her personal Jewish journey included a childhood in New Jersey, Western Pennsylvania, Cleveland Ohio, and Westchester County, NY. After attending high school in three different states, she made aliyah at age 19, briefly serving in the Israeli army and living on a border kibbutz and the heart of Tel Aviv. She attended art college in Israel and then back again in NY, with a BFA in Visual Arts from SUNY College at Purchase. She holds a Masters in Jewish Education from Gratz College. She is Ema/mom to four, ranging in age from 26 to 14, all over the globe. Her youngest, Maya, came along with her to Memphis and is attending Houston High School. Penina describes herself as a “Veggie Foodie”, and a lot of her “down” time seems to have to do with food, including foraging wild food, shopping for weird ingredients, reading cookbooks instead of novels, and then foisting the dishes that result from all this on unsuspecting Shabbat dinner guests. Please feel free to contact Penina Hoffnung with your questions and input.
Office Administrative Assistant - Cheryl Strong
Cheryl has been part of the Beth Sholom family since 2003. Her smiling face and warm disposition greet each member or guest who walks in Beth Sholom's front door. She is also often the first voice you hear when you call the synagogue office. When Cheryl is not answering phones, making copies or preparing mailings, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family. You should feel free to contact Cheryl Strong.
Kitchen Supervisor - Claudia Burkins
Beth Sholom just wouldn't feel like home without Claudia here to whip up her Saturday Kiddush luncheons or fry up her famous fried chicken. She has been part of the Beth Sholom family longer than most of our members, as she joined our staff in 1963. In addition to taking care of Beth Sholom's culinary needs, Claudia also works as a private caterer, so it is likely that you have enjoyed her food at a recent Bar Mitzvah, wedding or bris. Claudia stays busy with her 7 children, 7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren when she is not in the Beth Sholom kitchen.
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