Our Educators

Religious School Administration & Faculty

Temple Shalom’s Religious School has the highest teacher retention in the city.  Our teachers are professional, experienced and participate in ongoing educational development and training.  Our committed and experienced staff administers our school with love and caring.  They are extremely dedicated in their willingness to fulfill the needs and requests of all of our families.

Deborah Niederman, RJE
Director of Lifelong Learning

Temple Shalom is the fourth congregational learning program Debbie has lead.  She is honored to be have the opportunity to serve her home congregation and thrilled by the support for new and innovation programming and curriculum. Debbie is one of the authors of the CHAI: Learning for Jewish Life curriculum core developed by the URJ Department of Lifelong Jewish Learning. She served as the Associate Director of the Leadership Institute for the Union for Reform Judaism for five years and previously served as a Regional Educator, Congregational Consultant and Curriculum Writer at the URJ. Debbie also worked for her alma mater, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, for over 10 years serving as both the Coordinator of Career Services and the Director of the Alumni Association of the Schools of Education.

For more than 20 years she has served on the board of the Association of Reform Jewish Educators and is a past president of that organization. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Judaic Studies and Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, MO.  In 1993 she earned a Masters in Jewish Education from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, in 1995 she received the title Reform Jewish Educator and in 2018 an Honorary Doctorate in Religious Education. 

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Karen Thompson
Lifelong Learning Office Manager

Karen manages the Lifelong Learning Office, providing administrative support to the Religious School, Next Dor other educational programs. 

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