Our Educators

 

PKahn
Patti Kahn
Director of Education
 
Temple Sinai's Director of Education since 2002
 
Patti joined Temple Sinai in 2002 following 3 years as Principal of the Solomon Schechter Day School in Cranford. Prior to that, Patti was the Educational Director of Temple Beth Shalom in Manalapan, NJ (1979-1996), programming for 520 students. Ms. Kahn returned to school in 1996 to earn her Masters of Jewish Education ('98) at the Jewish Theological Seminary in NYC after which Patti studied for a year in Jerusalem as part of the Senior Educators Program of the Melton Centre for Jewish Education at the Hebrew University.
 
Patti has two sons, Joshua, who lives in Brooklyn and Laurence, residing in New York City.
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ADamast
Amy Damast
Director Early Childhood Education Program 
 
Temple Sinai's Director of our Early Childhood Education Program since 2012.
 
Amy joined the Temple Sinai staff in 2012 to design, create, and direct our Early Childhood Education Program. Amy manages all Early Childhood programming, the centerpiece of which will be our school, which will officially open in the fall of 2013. She brings a wide variety of skills to this new position. She earned a Ph.D. in psychology from New York University with a concentration in Developmental Psychology. Her research focused on toddler play development and parent-child play interactions. Additionally, Amy is experienced in assessing infants and young children. She was a consultant for the Early Head Start program, training others to administer standardized assessments. Amy comes to us most recently from seven years at Temple Emanu-El in Westfield, where she was a Head Teacher in the ECE, at various times teaching 2s, 3s, and pre-K, as well as leading Mommy and Me classes and serving as Judaic Specialist.
 
Amy and her husband, Craig, have two sons, Devin and Joshua.
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Heidi Marks
Assistant to the Director of Education
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Sara Jane Armuth
Assistant to the ECEP Director
 
Sara Jane started at Temple Sinai in January 2013 as the Administrator of the Early Childhood Education Program.   She has been involved in every aspect of creating our program, and she continues to be responsible for maintaining documentation for state licensing and student enrollment records.  She also supports the day-to-day workings of the program and is a primary liaison between the ECEP families and the Temple.  On any given day, you might find her updating databases, creating registration and enrollment materials, or lending an additional set of hands in the classroom.  Sara Jane’s interpersonal skills and her ability to handle such varied responsibilities come from her earlier career as a manager of corporate retirement plans.
 
Sara Jane and her husband, Lenny , have two sons, Matthew and Jeremy.

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