Hello fellow learners! I’m glad to be back teaching this year : its going to be fun and I look forward to learning with you.For those who don’t know me, here’s some information… I’ve been a member of the Beth Jacob community for 14 years. This is my 3rd year teaching preschool. My bat mitzvah was in 2016. My husband and I live in Scandia, and we have 4 children, one of whom had Miller Dieker syndrome and died when he was a little more than 2 years old. The other 3 are alive and well and all live in and around the Twin Cities. We’re also blessed with 3 daughter in laws, one grandchild, and one more grandchild due to appear in October. Fun fact: we make maple syrup (well, the trees make the sap but then we collect it and boil it into syrup) in the early spring. See you in class!
Alex Stewart 1st-2nd Grade:
Hi Parents and Community Members! My name is Alex Stewart and I am the 1st-2nd Grade Shabbat Rituals teacher! I am a Junior at the University of Minnesota where I study Elementary Education, Leadership, and Hebrew. On campus, I am the Student President of Minnesota Hillel, and in the summer I am up in Webster, Wisconsin as a full-summer camp counselor at Herzl Camp! I am originally from Wayzata, Minnesota where I grew up until 2015, then I moved to Scottsdale, Arizona. I couldn’t be away from these Minnesota winters any longer, so I came back for school!
We are going to have an amazing school year full of questions, discoveries, and community-building!
Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your students’ education – I am so honored.”
Drake Prohofsky – 2nd & 3rd Grade
Drake enjoys board and card games, playing with his kid, and eating chocolate peanut butter ice cream. He loves playing Pokémon and the Eragon series. He has two dogs – one that loves giving kisses and styles his hair for him, and one who is big enough to ride like a pony. Drake thinks the best Jewish holiday is Sukkot, because you get to be outside all the time. He loves coming to shul, but would much rather be in class than sitting still in services. Even better, he’d like to be outside. He’s excited to teach again this year, and hopes his students learn a lot and have a great time.
Steve Greenberg – 5th & 6th Grade
Since the year before my bar mitzvah at Beth El Synagogue (then in Minneapolis), I’ve been involved teaching and tutoring Judaica. Although I’m officially retired, I now teach and tutor youth and adults at three synagogues in the Twin Cities and serve as a cantorial soloist at a synagogue in Rochester, MN. I have a master’s degree in education with focus in psychological counseling. My husband Keith and I have a home in Plymouth, where our dog Oliver allows us to live with him.
Izzy Lundquist – 7th-8th Grade
Izzy Lundquist is from Prior Lake, MN and in her senior year at the University of Minnesota where she double majors in Human Resources & German. There, she serves as Vice President of External Relations on the Strategic Leadership Team at Minnesota Hillel. Izzy has a passion for Jewish community and learning, so she’s thrilled to teach Hebrew school for the first time this year. She can’t wait to explore what it means to be Jewish for oneself, in one’s family & relationships, and in the world alongside her 7th and 8th grade students!
Amalia Prohofsky – Tefillah Teacher
Amalia lives with her husband Drake, baby Grey, and two chaotic dogs. She loves to read and eat cookies. She also likes learning weird facts, everything about theater, and sleeping in late. Amalia’s favorite part about being Jewish is having an excuse to invite friends over at least once a week and that there is always so much more to learn. She wants her students to feel confident and comfortable with tefillah and is looking forward to getting to know them all better this year.
Carlie Sachs – Permanent Sub
My name is Carlie Sachs and I am the permanent substitute teacher in our Shabbat learning program at Beth Jacob this year. I am so excited to join the community and get to know everyone. I am currently a student at the University of Minnesota majoring in Health and Wellbeing Sciences with emphasis in Public Health and Pre-Medical Studies. Aside from school, I am involved in student leadership at Minnesota Hillel. I am originally from Houston, TX where I attended Hebrew and Jewish day school.
Beth Jacob Congregation
1179 Victoria Curve
Mendota Heights, MN 55118