- Rabbi Shawn SimonHazani
Director of Lifelong Learning
- Debbie Folz
Director of Early Childhood Education
Rabbi Shawn SimonHazani
The Jane Fishman Grinberg Religious School
I am very grateful and excited to serve as the Director of Lifelong Learning at Har Zion Temple and look forward with much anticipation to getting to know you and having the opportunity to teach, learn with, and learn from this kehila kedosha/holy community.
I was raised in Miami, Florida and aside from Israel where I have lived for a total of 14 years, I have lived, studied and worked in Ann Arbor, MI, Los Angeles, CA, and of course, my 10-year tenure at Perelman Jewish Day School/Jack Barrack Hebrew Academy. Most recently, I was at Hannaton Education Center in Israel, where I have been active in on-line Jewish education and helped to create a residential post-high school program which pairs Diaspora teens with Israeli peers.
During my 25 years in Jewish education, I have served as youth advisor and director, teacher and administrator in religious schools and community high schools, family educator for a congregation, taught adult education and been the rabbi of a day school. What truly excites me about this new opportunity is that I get to fuse together so many of these roles and engage one amazing community from the youngest to the most experienced, in developing our shared pursuit of Jewish knowledge and skills for living fulfilling Jewish lives in the 21st century.
I anticipate many wonderful opportunities to learn together, celebrate momentous life events, holidays and so much more as we collaborate to build a community of engaged and learning children, families and adults; a community that nourishes each individual and nurtures the connections between us; a community that realizes that the strengths of our heritage lays not only in recognizing our shared commonalities but also in valuing our individuality and our differences as well; a community that celebrates and supports each other no matter what life throws our way.
Debbie Folz, Director
The Noreen Cook Center for Early Childhood Education
Har Zion Day Camp
"My passion is early childhood education. While home is where a child's Jewish education begins, the synagogue's preschool and camp expands that education and enriches the practices at home. Enrollment is the opportune moment in the lifetime of a family to engage the synagogue community. This sense of community develops joy, comfort, and a sense of belonging. And what I want most is for that sense of belonging to be centered around Har Zion Temple."
Debbie Folz, that is my name,
Working at Har Zion is my claim to fame.
Twenty-six years ago, to the Har Zion community I came,
And my life has never been the same.
First teacher, and then there were other jobs I did enter,
Like the Director of both the Day Camp and
The Noreen Cook Center!
Growing up in New York, my dad played professional basketball,
For the SPHA's and the Knicks - yes, he was very tall!
My childhood sweetheart, Bob, I married 34 years ago,
His car service can take you anywhere you want to go.
We have two wonderful grown children, Rebecca and Scott,
And they will tell you - we dine out a lot!
If not at Har Zion, traveling is what Bob and I like to do,
By plane, train, car or cruise, we would go to Timbuktu.
But coming home is what I like best,
And to me, I feel truly blessed.
For I know there are two homes for me,
One at Har Zion and the other with my family!