Professional Staff

Bethany Leinweber, Director of Jewish Learning

Bethany grew up in Baltimore, where she was very involved with USY and even continued her religious school studies long distance after her family relocated to Sarasota.  As a result, she was able to receive her diploma from a Hebrew High school. She earned a Bachelor in Elementary Education and Judaic Studies and her Master in Reading and Learning Disabilities from University of Miami.  She participated in a semester abroad in Israel during her college years. She has worked in a Religious School settings for 25 years, teaching grades K-8, Hebrew and Judaics. Bethany is the Founding Director of The Gan at Temple Sinai.  She teaches Kindergarten at Sarasota Suncoast Academy.  She and her husband, Joshua, are the proud parents of Noah, Sage and Alix.

Bethany may be contacted by clicking here.

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 by clicking here.

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 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