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Steve Weintraub, Religious School Director

Steve comes to Temple Sinai from Furlong, Pennsylvania, where he was the Religious School Director at Temple Judea of Bucks County for the past 29 years. Steve is a former chair of the Philadelphia Jewish Principal's Council and Bucks County Jewish Principal Council. Under Steve's direction, his former Temple Judea participated in the NESS (Nurturing Education in Supplementary Schools) Program and the Havayah Program established by Gratz Hebrew College and Jewish Learning Venture of Philadelphia, formerly Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education.

These programs provided enhanced instructional models for participating schools as well as increased professionalism and curriculum development.

Steve's experience is not isolated to the world of Jewish education. He is a veteran high school math and computer science teacher from the Philadelphia public school district. He also worked as the Executive Director for School Organization at the Board of Education in Philadelphia. Educated at Temple University and Northwestern University, Steve holds a Master's Degree in Educational Administration as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education. He also holds a teacher's license from Gratz Hebrew College.

Steve and his wife Sarah, a teacher who works one-on-one with children with dyslexia, look forward to the new challenges and opportunities here at Temple Sinai. Steve may be contacted at. sweintraub@sinaisrq.org.

Laura Freedman , Director of Early Childhood Education

Laura received her B.A. and M.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Florida. Her Masters included a specialization in Reading and a minor in Psychology. She has extensive experience in the classroom and in mentoring other teachers. She grew up in a Reform synagogue and attended URJ Camp Coleman as a camper as did both her daughters. When her daughters attended a temple preschool she was the chair of the lay committee that interfaced with the temple's board of trustees. The Freedmans joined Temple Sinai when they moved to Sarasota. She understands schools and synagogues and is a valuable asset to the temple's professional staff. Contact Laura at Laura@sinaisrq.org

Deb Bryan, Youth Group Director

Deb Bryan has been working with children since she began teaching in 1991. She currently teaches in the English Department at Riverview High School from which she graduated but has also taught at Pine View School for the Gifted as well as Booker High School. In 2006-07, Deb taught music at Temple Sinai, and is thrilled to be working again with such a fine staff!

In addition, Deb volunteers on The Domestic Teen Travel Committee at The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and has also been a proofreader for The Jewish News. In 2001, Deb was the Sarasota County Teacher of the Year and has received numerous other awards, including a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of South Florida where she received a Bachelor of Science (BS) in English Education. Deb also has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Theatre, a Masters of Education (M Ed) in Interdisciplinary Studies in Curriculum and Instruction, and an Educational Specialist (Ed Spec) in Educational Leadership. She has presented numerous workshops and conducted seminars both locally and throughout Florida.

Deb is the daughter of Dr. Barry Torine and Mrs. Saundra Torine, and she is married with two children, Dylan and Madison, who attended religious school and celebrated their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs here at Temple Sinai. Deb's philosophy about teaching and working with children can best be summed up with the words of the English philosopher, Herbert Spencer: "The great aim of education is not knowledge but action." Contact Deb at dbryan@sinaisrq.org.