Meet the Founders and Educators
Avima Rudavsky Darnov
Raised in a Hebrew speaking home in Massachusetts. Her father, who served as a conservative rabbi for over 60 years, and her mother, who was born in Jerusalem, were brought together by their mutual love of Hebrew language and Judaism. Her parent’s love for Hebrew language, culture and Judaism led Cantor Darnov to pursue the Cantorate which brought together her talents and love for teaching, singing, Jewish music, Hebrew and Judaism.
Avima was invested as Cantor by and holds a Masters of Arts with a concentration in education from the graduate school of The Jewish Theological Seminary. She has served as a Cantor for conservative congregations for over twenty years and has taught hundreds of students of all ages. Children and adults praise her warm, patient, enthusiastic and open teaching style. In addition to her musical and educational pursuits, Avima Rudavsky Darnov is a weaver who sells hand-woven tallitot through her online business TheTallitCorner.com.
Raised in Southern California, Allen was inspired him to pursue a career in the rabbinate from his experiences in Camp Hess Kramer, Gindling Hilltop Camp, and later involvement with the Jewish Union at UCLA. He was ordained as a Reform Rabbi exactly one week before marrying Avima, and served the Reform rabbinate for over thirty years. He also holds a Ph.D. in the field of Hebrew Bible and Semitics from the Graduate School of The Jewish Theological Seminary. He has taught at Hebrew Union College, The Academy of Jewish Religion and The New School. He now serves as a chaplain for Caring Hospice of Edison, NJ.
Whether he is teaching children or adults, Rabbi Darnov is beloved as a teacher for his dedication, sense of humor, clarity of communication, expertise in material, and broad insight. He also brings his beautiful guitar playing to our school and to our services
OUR WONDERFUL FACULTY
Rabbi Allen and Cantor Darnov are blessed to have talented and loyal teachers that have been with us for many years.
Justin Feingold has been with us for many years. He has a BA in English from Ohio State University and is working on his Masters in Education at Monmouth University. Justin previously taught at an area synagogue for four years. His livens up his class with basketball and bowling. mixed in with teaching students to read Hebrew. Our students love to hang out with him during break to discuss the latest movies and video games .
Jessica (Jessie) Glass holds a sweet spot in our hearts as she started out as one of our first Hebrew Corner students and alumna. She started her career with us as a teen tutor and now loves teaching our youngest (3rd and 4th grade students). Jessie is a talented artist and connects to our students through her cartoon creations, and of course through all the latest movies and video games.
Sarah Smith joined us with amazing credentials as a fluent Hebrew speaker and teacher at Hatikvah charter school in East Brunswick. She has amazing and fun teaching ideas. Her classroom is always very active. We can’t wait for her to return from maternity leave!
Sarah Posen has graduated from being one of our wonderful teen tutors to a paid teacher- and is a product of The Hebrew Corner. She is active in B’nah Brith youth and is proving to be a wonderful teacher.
Marsha Zagoren is our newest hire. Marsha brings with her a degree and many years of experience working with special education students. She has been a wonderful asset for our students who learn differently..She also has many wonderful ideas to contribute from her years of experience teaching in area schools.
We have also been blessed with many teen tutors throughout the years. These are alumni who cannot get enough of The Hebrew Corner and help us out on a volunteer basis. Currently they are Rebecca Stein, Samantha Schoenberg and Naomi Littenberg.