Our Teachers

Suzanne Burack        

Art Specialist 

Suzanne teaches art to students from kindergarten through the ninth grade. She encourages students to embrace their imagination and learn to think outside of the box to solve problems. The students explore different artists, experiment with different art mediums and learn how to understand and appreciate art through a Jewish lens. Suzanne has taught art at Temple Emanuel for nine years. She received her MAT in communication arts from Webster University and graduated with a BFA in Graphic Arts and a BSBA in Marketing from Washington University. She is a member of the St. Louis Artists' Guild and National Art Education Association. During the week, she is the art teacher at Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School. Her goal is to provide all students with an educationally challenging, yet fun, experience in the art room. 


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Mark Cohen    

4/ 5/6th Grade Teacher

Mark has worked at the Assistant Director of Camp Emeth for 14 years. He taught Religious School at Congregation Shaare Emeth for over ten years. Currently Mark teaches 5th great at Highland Elementary in Riverview Gardens School District and is passionate about his non-profit, Stomp the World. Mark is excited to join the Temple Emanuel community as a co-teacher in the 4/5/6 class!

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Cantor Josh Finkel

Music and Kehillah Specialist

Cantor Finkel has been the spiritual leader of Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community since July, 2017. Josh earned his Master of Sacred Music degree and received his cantorial ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music in 2014. He is an award-winning composer of worship music. In 2015 he was named one of the Jewish Daily Forward's "21 Jewish Voices That Move Us."

Elaine Goldman        

Pre-K and Kindergarten Teacher

Elaine Goldman has been a member of Temple Emanuel her whole life and considers it home. She has taught in our school for 17 years! She received her Masters in Teaching from the University of Virginia in 1995 and went on to teach 6th- and 8th-grade history in St. Louis at MICDS. She chaired the middle school history department, but then took a break from teaching when her family started expanding. Elaine loves her Pre-K and Kindergarten kids and families. She engages them in a variety of activities with one goal in mind – to make Temple Emanuel a familiar, warm, happy and caring environment – a place they can call home.

Sondra Horowitz        

TE Tots Teacher

Sondra joined the TE Religious School staff in 2015.  She has vast experience working with children of various ages in various settings. Currently, Sondra works at the national Parents as Teachers office. A native of Niskayuina, New York, she now calls St. Louis and Temple Emanuel home. Sondra attended Washington University and holds a Master’s in Counseling. She and her husband, Don, have three children.

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Cindy Kessler        

Hebrew Teacher and Kehillah Specialist

Cindy is a product of Temple Emanuel's Religious School. Her family has been members here for many years. Cindy began teaching at Temple Emanuel in 2014. She has taught TE Tots in the past and is currently teaching our 2nd-year Hebrew students. Cindy hold a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Indiana University. She is currently is an instructor in theater arts and music. She lives in St. Louis with her husband and young daughter.


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Kevin Lee 

7th & 8th Grade Teacher 

My name is Kevin Lee and I have always loved working with children. I have been working in the Jewish community for about 5 years now. I got my start working for Camp Emeth and from there started teaching at Shirlee Green Preschool. Currently I work at Riverview Gardens High School teaching Forensics Science and coach of the dance team, while also trying to expand my nonprofit Stomp the World.

Alyssa Person

Hebrew Teacher 

Bio and photo coming soon!

Anita Schwartz

Teaching Assistant

Anita has been working in our Religious School for 4 years. She is dedicated to supporting and caring for children mentally, physicall and educationally. Anita is married Dan and together they have three children and five grandchildren

Hannah Dayan   

1st/2nd/3rd Grade Teacher

Bio and photo coming soon!

Jacob Marks

Hebrew Teacher 

Bio and photo coming soon!