Mindy Davids, Director of Religious School and Educational Innovation
Mindy has served as the Director of Religious School and Educational Innovation since 2006. Before then, she served as the Director of Religious Education at Temple Beth Sholom in Santa Ana, CA and as the Director of Education at Temple Beth Torah in Melville, NY.
Mindy earned a double Masters degree in Jewish Education and Jewish Communal Service from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and a Bachelors degree in Hebrew Studies from the University of Wisconsin. In addition, she has completed all coursework toward a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Fordham University in New York.
Mindy is active in many areas of Jewish life. She is a past President of the Association of Reform Jewish Educators (ARJE), serves on the leadership council of the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA), and serves on the council of Alumni Associations of the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Insitute of Religion (HUC-JIR).
Mindy loves being a part of the Shaaray Tefila family and brings her creativity, passion for learning, and a love of people to her position.
Connie Heymann, Principal
Connie is in her eighth year in the Religious School. Previously she had been, for six years, the principal of a small Hebrew School in Upper Manhattan. She is happy to be here working with the talented teachers and the warm and knowledgeable staff at Shaaray Tefila. When she isn’t here, she enjoys traveling, enjoying the food experiences of New York City, and having adventures with her family. Connie is looking forward to ringing the bell with students who complete Mitkadem ramot again this year!
Meredith Lubin, RS Assistant Principal
Meredith is delighted to be joining the Religious School team! Before coming to Shaaray Tefila, she spent four years as the Education Coordinator at Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Outside of the world of Jewish education, Meredith enjoys music, books, and spending time with her family and friends. She can’t wait to get to know all of the Religious School families and is looking forward to a fantastic school year!
Casey Talmas, RS Operations Coordinator
Casey joined the Religious School as Operations Coordinator in May of 2015. She has served Shaaray Tefila since 2012 in a variety of roles, most recently as the congregation's Events Coordinator. Casey grew up in Lancaster, PA and is a proud Penn State alum. Casey loves to quilt and create unique crafts. Casey is happy to help with any questions you may have about your child's Jewish journey!