David Scott

David M. Scott, RJE, MARE is the Director of Lifelong Learning and Engagement at Congregation Beth Israel and Director of the Miriam Browning Jewish Learning Center, the congregation’s religious school program. David has served the congregation full time since January 2014, after practicing law […]

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Lisa Klein

Lisa Klein is the Managing Director of Jewish Education at the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston.  A native Houstonian, Lisa grew up at Congregation Beth Yeshurun where she attended the William S. Malev Religious school and worked as a B’nai Mitzvah tutor.  She was […]

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Gabrielle Gelman

Gabrielle “Gabi” Gelman has been teaching at Robert M. Beren Academy for the past 15 years. She currently teaches Middle and High School Bible and has also taught Kindergarten Judaics. Additionally, Gabi is a curriculum planner for the RMBA Tanach department. She passionately believes that each […]

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Daniel Barvin

Daniel Barvin lives in Houston with his wife Kaori and son Kai. Daniel works for Coya Therapeutics, as the Director of strategic planning and operations, where he helps to commercialize therapies for neurodegenerative diseases. Daniel is the chair of the Houston Federation’s young adults […]

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Edward J. Septimus, M.D., F.I.D.S.A, F.A.C.P, F.S.H.E.A.

Dr. Ed Septimus received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in 1972. Dr. Septimus went on to complete his postgraduate training in internal medicine and infectious diseases at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Dr. Ed Septimus is board certified […]

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Sophi Zimmerman

Sophi Zimmerman grew up in Houston. As a student at the University of Houston, she trained to be a storyteller. When Sophi told stories Houston schools and libraries, she discovered that telling a story is a wonderful way to teach. Sophi has more than […]

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Fran C. Brochstein

Irving L. Samuels Outstanding Teacher Awards for Judaic Studies Fran C. Brochstein offers one on one art experiences to kids, teens and young adults of all abilities to create and to elevate at her current practice, BOOST heARTs, LLC.  Fran’s career is based on […]

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Eileen Elfezouaty

Irving L. Samuels Outstanding Teacher Awards for Judaic Studies Eileen Elfezouaty was born in Chicago, Illinois.  She went to the University of Illinois and graduated with a BS in Human Factors Engineering. After she graduated from college, she then worked as a Research Scientist […]

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