Talmud Torah of St. Paul

Where critical thinking
and Jewish values intersect

Faculty

Our Afternoon School teachers are committed to TTSP, to our mission, to their own professional growth, to their subject matter, and most of all to our students.  

Director of Education

 

Heidi Tarshish

Heidi’s journey into Jewish education was fostered by her close relationship with her grandparents and parents who lived Jewish values and practiced Jewish ethics. A native of Minnesota, Heidi grew up in St. Louis Park, participated in Jewish life, attended Jewish camps, B’nai Emet Synagogue, and youth group. Interested in theater, education and Jewish studies, Heidi attended the University of Minnesota where she graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in both theater arts and Jewish Studies. Heidi taught in both the public and private sector before going back to the U of MN to receive a certificate in early childhood and kindergarten education. Heidi traveled extensively as a recipient of the Mann Teacher of the Year Award and the National Grinspoon-Steinhardt Educator Award.  Her travels took her to Lithuania, Russia, Italy, Spain, Morocco, Turkey, Greece, and Israel to learn about Jewish diversity, culture, and history. Heidi’s interest and passion for social justice, inclusion, and diversity brought her to Temple Israel where she spent several years developing and implementing an education program for teens and their families. Heidi is married to Sully Tarshish and they are the proud parents of 4 adult children; Ethan (Julie), Benjie (Eugenia), Karinne (Dan), and Esther. Heidi is a very proud Baubie of wonderful twin grandsons, Oscar Sidney and Charlie Martin, as well as granddaughter, Avital Mori.  Heidi is excited and proud to be celebrating her fifth year at TTSP, including the Newman School.

 

Faculty

 

Toby Saide Meirovitz is a Midrasha graduate of Talmud Torah of St. Paul. As a child of Holocaust survivors, she grew up in a home filled with yiddishkeit, one of memorable Jewish sights, sounds, smells, and tastes. At the University of Minnesota, she earned a BS in sociology as well as several graduate credits in industrial relations, resulting in a career in HR management. Subsequently, her passion shifted to education, first working as a substitute teacher, then as a special education paraprofessional in ISD 197 where she continues to work in the high school. She took courses in teaching methods at St. Catherine’s University and participated in various professional development opportunities. Toby was recruited by TTSP to provide differentiated instruction, both one-on-one and in small groups. She now teaches beginning Hebrew and Jewish studies, continuing to support each student’s individual needs. She strives to design engaging and meaningful classes while fostering each child’s success in a nurturing, yet spirited environment. Outside of work, Toby especially enjoys time with her family, surrounded by much love and laughter.

 

Sara Lynn Newberger (BS, University of Illinois; MA, Brandeis University, Hornstein Program in Jewish Communal Service and Education; Jerusalem Fellow) Sara Lynn remembers receiving her first chumash (volume of Torah) in 3rd grade – and thus was born a life-long love of studying Torah. Born in Chicago, she landed in St. Paul in 1989 where she came work at the Talmud Torah of St. Paul Day School because the mission and vision resonated with her soul. At TTSP has had many jobs. Her favorite is what she is doing now, exploring Jewish texts, customs, values and ideas with students. Sara Lynn is the director of TTSP’s Hineni: Adult Jewish Learning and Contemplative Practices. She believes passionately in the importance of Jewish learning and the impact it can have on people’s lives. When not working, Sara Lynn enjoys cooking, visiting with friends, singing, and being outdoors. Sara Lynn is married to Barbie Levine and is Savta to Ruby. Sara Lynn has recently begun to explore, both in her own learning and teaching, areas of Jewish mindfulness and spirituality. In addition to planning programs for Hineni, she is facilitating groups in Jewish Meditation, Torah and Mindfulness, Mussar/Middot, and Contemplative Chanting. She is teaching the Rhythms of Jewish Living course in the Melton core curriculum.

Noi Maodi moved from Israel to St. Paul with his wife, Sophia, in 2016. Born in 1994 in Be'er Sheva, Noi lived most of his life in a small settlement called Yated in the south of Israel. He went to Yuvalei Habsor Elementary School and graduated from Nofei Habsor High School in 2012. Noi served in the Israeli Defense Forces as a Sergeant in the Kfir Brigade of the Infantry, and is currently a student at Saint Paul College studying Biochemistry, a caterer at D'Amico's Catering, and will be teaching Bet and Gimmel Hebrew at Talmud Torah of St. Paul's Afternoon School. By way of hobbies, Noi enjoys playing volleyball, swimming, hiking, camping, fishing, cooking, going to music festivals, and playing video games.