Faculty Directory

Our Rabbi:

Rabbi Louis Polisson

Rabbi Polisson is an alumnus of Brandeis University and graduated and received his ordination, as well as a Master’s Degree in Jewish Thought, from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. He believes that the future of Judaism lies in our embrace of both the old and the new, both tradition and change, and the rediscovery of Judaism as a life-giving, life-affirming, and evolving tradition that is relevant to every generation. 

Director of Education: 

Orna Sonnenschein

Orna has over 15 years of administrative and education experience working with several synagogues and Jewish organizations in the Boston area. She places great emphasis on the well-being of our children and their parents; designing meaningful yet fun experiences in the classroom; and encouraging social and emotional growth while nurturing the development of self and identity. She joins Rabbi Polisson in leading our Jewish Learning Lab and youth programming.

Administrative Staff: 

Kimberly Yaari

Kimberly is an important person in our office, assisting with school and synagogue activities, helping with food and room set up for special events and the production and delivery of communications to our membership.

Classroom Teachers:

Beresheet/Pre-K/Kindergarten: Nava Eisenberg 

A creative educator with over thirty years experience working with young children. On Wednesdays, Nava serves as our Hebrew specialist, helping children at all levels find mastery and comfort with the Hebrew language. Nava was born and raised in Israel, graduated from Tel Aviv University and has been involved in Jewish education for over 25 years both as a classroom teacher and administrator. 
 

Kitah Bet/Grade 2: Jennifer Marshal

A recent graduate from Framingham State, with advanced training in special education, Jennifer is known for her ability to create a fun learning environment in her classroom. 

Kitah Dalet/Grade 4: Luda Levy

Recently arrived from Israel via Minneapolis, Luda has a wide range of teaching experience ranging from primary grades through high school, and has a background in radio, TV, and film production. 

Kitah Hey/ Grade 5: Eli Katzoff

With over ten years of  teaching experience, Eli is known for his off-beat and creative thinking, and makes even the most challenging topics fun and exciting. 

 

 

Kitah Vav and Zayin/Grades 6 & 7: Misha Clebaner

A rabbinic student from Hebrew College, Misha has taught in a wide variety of Jewish institutions both here and in Israel, and brings a strong camp background into his unique classroom experience. Misha is also our Rabbinic Intern, sponsored by the Andrea Hill Williams Rabbinic Scholarship. 


 

Kitah Vav and Zayin/Grades 6 & 7: Ben Einsidler 

Ben, an experienced educator and known writer, brings his teaching experience from Prozdor and from JCDS to our community, and loves to "maximize the talents of all students."

 


Educational Support Staff:

Hebrew Specialist: Nava Eisenberg
Specialist Education Consultant: Arlene Schrager
Special Education Aide: Marina Kaplan
 

Shabbat b'Yahad Staff:

Kindergarten & Grade 1: Nava Eisenberg
Grades 2 & 3: Avital Skolnick
Grades 4 & 5: Tracy Manousaridis

Rabbinic Intern: Misha Clebaner
Grade 6: Larry Sternberg

Contact information

If you would like to reach our administrative staff or one of our teachers, call the Or Atid office at 508-358-9623 or email Rabbi Polisson at [email protected].

Social Action.

Community Cooks!

Upcoming dates: Sept. 30, Oct. 28:  Help cook and deliver a meal for Bristol Lodge Women's Shelter, Waltham. 

Family Promise

Ucoming dates: Oct. 7 to Oct. 21: Or Atid, in partnership with our next door neighbors Peace Lutheran Church, host homeless families for two consecutive weeks, twice a year. There are many opportunities to volunteer.

Patient Navigator Service

With JFS of Metrowest, this free service helps Jewish and other frail older adults living in Metrowest get to and navigate their medical appointments. 

Bristol Lodge

Upcoming dates: Oct. 7: Help set up, clean up and serve a meal to homeless people at this Waltham soup kitchen. Great opportunity for children ages 8 and up and adults. Choose a Sunday.

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Adult Education

In Judaism, learning is a life-long process, and each stage brings special blessings and insights. Or Atid offers a wide variety of courses for adults where we explore our rich heritage in a literary and historical way. 

The Supreme Court & Jewish Life in America:
Oct. 15, 22 & 29, 7:30-9:30pm
Led by Yoni Kadden from Gann Academy. We'll explore 3 US Supreme Court cases critical to Jewish practice and American constitutional law.

Bad-ss Broads of the Bible: 10-session course, starting Oct. 16, 10am-noon
Metrowest Jewish Women's Study Group will explore audacious female characters in the Hebrew Bible.

Why Pray? Finding Meaning in Jewish Prayer:
6-session course starting Nov. 8, 7:30-8:45pm
Led by Rabbi Polisson, come and discover the meaning and power of Jewish prayer!
 

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