Beth Chai: The Greater Washington Jewish Humanist CongregationBeth Chai: The Greater Washington Jewish Humanist Congregation

Leadership and Staff

Education Director Roni Rosenthal

Education Director Roni Rosenthal-Gazit

Roni, 37, was born and raised in the beautiful city of Haifa, Israel. Over the past 20 years she has been working both as a Judaic/Hebrew teacher and as an administrative manager.

Roni started working with children as a guide at the early age of 16 at the "HATZOFIM" (a group of Israeli scouts). When Roni was 21 years old she was given her first opportunity to be a school director. In 2002, she was appointed again to be a school's administrative manager within the School of Public Health at the University of Haifa. As a teacher, she has taught in formal and non-formal structures, in Hebrew schools and Jewish schools, working with kids at various levels of the Hebrew language and working with kids in different grades, ranging from pre-k through 8th grade.

Roni holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Haifa with a double-major in Education and Sociology and a Master’s degree in Education and Counseling. Roni also has a great interest in writing and editing. She has written and published three books; her most recent book, published in 2009, is called, "101 Let's have fun – 101 fun activities that reinforce learning in the Hebrew language." Roni is currently in the process of developing a special curriculum on: "Jewish Creative Writing for grades 2-3, and 5-6". She also established a newspaper in 2007 in the DC metro area for Hebrew readers called, "Washington". She was a writer and a Chief Editor for this newspaper.

Roni is a mother of two children (ages 6 and 10), and an active participant in Israeli dancing class.  

Sunday School Parent Council

The Beth Chai Sunday School Parent Council was established to enhance the School’s educational programming and to encourage its continued development and growth. In concert with our Education Director, Roni Rosenthal, the Council engages in ongoing discussion of the school, its objectives, curriculum and achievement. The Council meets periodically with the Education Director, and at times is called on to help formulate policy recommendations to her and the Beth Chai Board. The Council is chaired by a Board member, and is joined on the Council by Beth Chai members representing each of the school’s grade levels. We encourage parents to contact the Parent Council with suggestions or concerns at any time.

Meet the Faculty:  Beth Chai’s Sunday School Teachers

2014-2015 Teachers (537 KB)