B’nai Mitzvah Tutors

Rabbi David Abramson

Rabbi David L. Abramson has served congregations in Arizona, Ohio, Massachusetts, and Minnesota. Rabbi Abramson has taught Judaic Studies, Bible and Rabbinics at Jewish day schools in Massachusetts and Minnesota; and, for many summers, taught Judaica at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin. Rabbi Abramson currently serves as Adjunct Rabbi at Congregation Beth El and teaches in our Religious School.

Judy Bisman

Judy Bisman is a veteran Jewish educator who has been teaching at Beth El since 2014. She has taught b’nai mitzvah students for over 25 years utilizing a variety of methods to meet different learning styles. The relationship between the b’nai mitzvah student, the family and tutor is essential to a good experience and Judy incorporates a personal touch with all her students.

Marilyn Fine

I have been a Jewish educator for over a half century, and have taught hundreds of youngsters and adults at Beth El. My extensive experience, combined with my passions for Judaica and music, have enabled me to instruct and inspire students with a wide array of backgrounds and abilities. It is a pleasure to work with families as they explore the richness of our heritage and prepare for this important milestone.

Tamar Gasko

I’ve grown up (and still live) in Bethesda, and have been preparing students for their B’nai Mitzvot and practicing informal and alternative education for ten years. My Jewish education and identity has grown out of a lifetime of Jewish day school and summer camp, an engaged Jewish family life, a love of Hebrew music and language, and personal connections with Israel and Jewish history.  I have a B.A. in theater and have worked in local D.C. theaters; I have solo-traveled in South America and studied abroad in Perú; I have worked in carpentry, on a farm and in a bakery; I am belay certified and worked for three years on a ropes course, leading team-building activities and  I study American Sign Language.

Lilah Katz

Lilah is our teen tutor.  Often, B’nai Mitzvah students work best with somebody who is close to them in age.  Lilah is a 10th grader at Richard Montgomery High School.  She is an outstanding Torah reader with a lovely voice. In addition to tutoring Beth El b’nai mitzvah students, she serves as a Madricha (teacher’s assistant) in our Religious School.  Her family has been active members at Beth El since June of 2000.

Tali Moscowitz

Tali Moscowitz has worked at Congregation Beth El since 2006. She has a BA in Elementary Education and is working to complete an MS in Non Profit Management with a Certificate in Jewish Communal Service. She has a passion for working with kids with disabilities and creating meaningful Jewish experiences for them. In her spare time, Tali can be found teaching or taking yoga classes or seeing the latest Broadway musical.

Sheldon Novek

I have been teaching Religious School and doing b’nai mitzvah tutoring for over 30 years, and I have just started my 23rd year of doing the same here at Beth El (I have been teaching the Confirmation class since starting here).

I tremendously enjoy preparing the students for their b’nai mitzvah as it an exciting time in theirs and their family’s lives.  Originally from Philadelphia, I am married with two grown sons, enjoy film, theater and television, ice hockey, photography, traveling and always, always, good and unusual food!

Sarah Roark

I love middle schoolers and have been teaching them forever.  My favorite part of tutoring is being able to connect with students one on one and figure out how to best match their individual learning styles. I was born in Bethesda and grew up at Beth El, as did my own children.  I am also the Lower School librarian at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School.

Betsy Roth

I have been a teacher (for the young and young at heart) at Beth El since 1993. Cantor Lubin was my teacher! He encouraged and mentored me to be come a b’nai mitzvah tutor. It has been my most fulfilling passion since. My greatest joy is to sit in the main Sanctuary and see so many of my (former) students feeling comfortable and participating in on any given Shabbat morning Service!

Alisa Silverman

Alisa (Schwartz) Silverman is a member, teacher, and tutor at Congregation Beth El. Each student and family is unique so there is not one approach to teaching or practicing for your special day. Starting a year out, we begin preparation. My goal is to set a steady pace and create an enjoyable experience.

Rabbi  Alfredo Winter

I have over 40 years on the pulpit, having led congregations spanning the eastern United States including Virginia, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, and Puerto Rico. I am  fluent in English, Spanish, German, Portuguese, and Hebrew and have extensive tutorial experience in b’nai mitzvah preparation. Preparing students for their bar or bat mitzvah has always been a truly rewarding endeavor and I work with each student to provide an enriching as well as meaningful experience.

For more information on any of our tutors please contact Hazzan Asa Fradkin at afradkin@bethelmc.org.