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Suzanne Hersh

Principal,  Jewish Heritage School at Congregation Habonim


Let’s start with the most important thing: I am the mother of Levi, 19, and Bessie, 16.  Many times through the years I have said to my kids that there are three things which I hope will always be part of their lives: Judaism… and fruits and vegetables.  I wish to impress this idea on the students of Habonim as well!

Since graduating some decades ago from Queen’s Artist in the Community Education Programme, I have taught children and adults in various settings, from federal prisons to public and parochial schools.  For the last thirteen years I have been teaching elementary French at Bialik Hebrew Day School.  At Holy Blossom Temple’s Shabbat Family Service, I will begin my eighth year leading a break-out group for older children in which we consider the weekly Torah portion and the holidays in creative ways.  I also enjoy chanting Torah a few times a year at HBT.  In 2012 I began teaching at the Jewish Heritage School and at the Downtown Jewish Community School.  Aside from teaching, my husband and I direct a small, independent theatre company (  In 2012 we staged a reading of The Bird of the Ghetto by the Yiddish writer Chava Rosenfarb, as part of Holocaust Education Week.  It was the first time this play was presented in English.

I am excited about the new year at the Jewish Heritage School and look forward to seeing familiar and new faces!  Here’s to a wonderful, adventurous year of shared Jewish discovery and joy!

Sat, July 11 2020 19 Tammuz 5780