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TEMPLE SHIR TIKVA

Jenna Friedman - Director of Youth Engagement

Jenna is thrilled to be embarking on her third year as the Director of Youth Engagement here at Temple Shir Tikva, and to continue building on the relationships she has established in her first two years. Jenna grew up in Westchester, NY and attended Tufts University, where she majored in English and minored in Film Studies.  Jenna grew up an active member of her Temple’s youth program, and worked as a counselor at URJ Eisner Camp for 4 summers; she credits her deep passion for Judaism to her years of teen involvement and as a camper and counselor at Eisner.

In her role, Jenna serves as the coordinator for our Madrichim (teen classroom leadership) Program, an educator in AISH (our teen learning program), the advisor for STIFTY (our teen youth group), the facilitator for our new Teen Philanthropy program, and the manager of all Junior Youth programming. She has also taught both Hebrew and Judaics in our 6th Grade program, and she is excited to be joining this year’s 6th Grade team as a Hebrew support specialist. 

Jenna is passionate about elevating teen voices, the power of storytelling in all forms (written, visual, and performative), and creating compassionate, joyful Jewish community. She is also a slam poet, amateur swing dancer, and a "retired" softball player. 

Jenna is beyond excited to welcome your children to TST, and to get to know as many of you as possible! You are always welcome in her office, and she will always have a snack on hand for those who seek it. 

Feel free to give Jenna a call at 508-358-9992 ext. 221 or e-mail her at jfriedman@shirtikva.org

Elizabeth Suga - Education Coordinator

Elizabeth joins our Education Team from Pollard Middle School's special education department in Needham. She is a longtime member of the teaching faculty at Temple Beth Avodah in Newton. She has a background and skill set of working with families of all backgrounds, strong systems organization, and a desire to innovate and improve the administrative realms of Jewish learning programs. Elizabeth works in the main office on Wednesdays and Sundays during Religious School and AISH; the rest of the week, her office is upstairs in the education wing. Elizabeth has two daughters, Samantha, a sophomore at Arizona State University, and Grace, a sophomore at Natick High School.

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