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Meet Sarit Tsor Ferreira, Director of Education and Community Engagement

Sarit was born and raised in Israel. Her family moved between Dimona, a small city in the Negev Desert, and Kibbutz Ginosar, where Sarit’s grandparents were founding members and her mother was born and raised. Growing up, Sarit enjoyed a variety of artistic pursuits and took classes in drawing, ceramics, and graphic design. She could also be found swimming in the lake, hiking, or camping with her family and friends. Sarit worked in a variety of agricultural and service jobs within the Kibbutz, such as the grapefruit grove, the banana plantation, and the dining hall. However, her favorite job was working as a caretaker with the infants, toddlers, and children of the kibbutz.

As required of all Israeli citizens, Sarit served in the IDF after graduating from high school. There, as part of the Air Force Intelligence unit, she worked in aerial photo analysis. When her service was complete, Sarit moved to Massachusetts, where her sister was residing. Once there, she decided to combine her love of the arts with her passion for working with children by pursuing a bachelor’s degree in education, with a second major in art.

Sarit brings significant experience to the role, having been directly involved in Jewish education since 2000, working first as a teacher and later as the Director of Education at Temple Beth Torah in Holliston, MA, and then as the Director of Education at Temple Chayai Shalom in Easton, MA. In March of this year, Sarit and her colleagues on very short notice (being notified by the state on Friday, March 13 that they must close their school due to COVID-19), shifted their in-person educational and engagement models on-line. In a matter of days, they were up and running, only missing one Sunday of their SULAM program in total.

As a Jewish educator, Sarit loves finding relevant and exciting ways to engage children and their families in Jewish experiences. She believes that Judaism can guide us toward becoming the best versions of ourselves – that it is a way of being. Sarit is especially interested in experiential and self-directed learning, through which learners of any age can explore what is most meaningful to them. Sarit has experience with teaching and guiding staff in Project Based Learning, Torah Godly Play, and incorporating games as a tool for more effective and enjoyable Hebrew language instruction. Sarit is currently pursuing an advanced degree at Hebrew Union College’s Executive Master's Program in Jewish Education.

Sarit is married to David, an Assistant Creative Director at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund. David and Sarit have two sons: Ben (20), who is studying Game Art and Development at Southern New Hampshire University (Manchester NH campus), and Ethan (16), a homeschooler who is self-directing his education by taking classes at community college and with a tutor. Daisy, a playful calico cat, completes the Ferreira family.

You can reach Sarit at sarit@tbanashua.org.

Sat, July 4 2020 12 Tammuz 5780