Beit Sefer Staff

For information on our Beit Sefer (Religious School), click here.

The school has a Director and three teachers:

Clare Kinberg head shotBeginning with the 2015-2016 school year, AARC Member Clare Kinberg will serve as our Beit Sefer director. Clare has a Bachelor’s degree in education, and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science. She has taught for many years in religious schools. She and her family moved to Michigan in 2003, via St. Louis, Brooklyn, Seattle and Eugene, OR. She was the founding editor of Bridges: A Jewish Feminist Journal, and worked for the journal for over twenty years. Clare has deep family connections to Reconstructionism; her brother, niece, and nephew are all Reconstructionist rabbis. She has an exciting plan to bring “project-based learning” to our Beit Sefer–more about that here. Clare and her wife Patti have two teenage daughters, Zevi and Myisha. You can contact Clare here.  (Clare will continue to be our communications and events coordinator as well, and also serves as the Librarian for Temple Beth Emeth. )

Sharon Alvandi pictureSharon Alvandi is new to Ann Arbor, but not to teaching.  She has a Master’s degree in teaching, and was a founding teacher for Bronx Park Middle School, a small, interdisciplinary school with a focus on problem-based projects, where she taught English Language Arts. This year she will be joining the Jewish Community Leadership program through the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work, focusing on Judaic history and contemporary ethics; her specialty will be in community organizing, and her minor in social policy.  She is a member of the Young Leadership Board of the American Sephardic Foundation.  And she plays the ukulele.

Shlomit Cohen has a degree in Archeology (Egyptology) and Geography from the Hebrew University, in Jerusalem. Shlomit Cohen picture She was born and raised in Israel, and came to the U.S. in 2003; she moved to Ann Arbor in 2012. She teaches yoga in various venues around town, included at Temple Beth Emeth.  She is an experienced Hebrew teacher and has been an educational program coordinator in several museums and camps in Israel.

Jeremy Goodman

Jeremy Goodman is a sophomore at the University of Michigan. A graduate of the Solomon Schechter Day School and Chicagoland Jewish High School, he helped teach religious school throughout high school, and has been a counselor at Camp Ramah, in Wisconsin. He is an education major and hopes to teach high school,



Several teenage members of AARC assist as madrichim (guides).