2016-2017 Interim Religious School Director Narda Oz
Narda is a native of Givatayim, Israel, just across the street from Tel Aviv. She lived in Israel for 31 years. She earned a master degree in Jewish Education from Hebrew College in Massachusetts and a B.A. in Nursing from Tel Aviv University. Narda brings us over 28 years of experience teaching Hebrew and Jewish studies to students in the U.S. ranging from elementary school to retirees and seniors, across all levels, from beginners to advanced.
Locally, Narda has taught at West Chester University, Chester County Adult Education Center, Gratz College’s Jewish Community High School, and various synagogues. At Beth Chaim Reform Congregation she teaches the 7th grade, B’nai Mitzvah classes and coordinates Hebrew studies.
"Being an active member of the Jewish community enables us to feel that we are part of something larger and to celebrate our rich heritage. I want all of our students to be proud of who they are as young Jews and to be engaged with Judaism through enjoyable learning and exciting discovery.
My primary goals for our students are to enrich and expand their knowledge about Jewish history, teach them Hebrew, and prepare them to confidently lead the Shabbat service when they chant Torah and Haftarah as they become B’nai Mitzvah. As almost 80% of the world’s Jews live in the U.S. or Israel, I also feel that it is important for our children to learn about the history and current affairs of the State of Israel in order to better connect with the world’s largest Jewish community. I believe that through our diverse, dynamic curriculum, our children will be better prepared to practice Tikkun Olam and do their part to help make the world a better place."