Our Director of Education, Susan Morrel, joined Beth El Temple Center in January 2007. Previously, Susan served as the Family Educator and Assistant Director of Education at Beth El Temple Center and worked for Temple Emanuel in Worcester, MA for 13 years in several roles including Family Educator, B’nai Mitzvah Tutor, and Teacher.
Susan earned her B.S degree in International Marketing/Management from the University of Massachusetts. In addition, Susan earned her Executive Masters in Jewish Education from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, an intensive program of study with faculty in the field of Jewish Education leadership on all 4 campuses of HUC- JIR including Cincinnati, New York, Los Angeles and Jerusalem. Susan also serves as a Clinical Faculty Mentor at Hebrew College in Newton Massachusetts. Susan and her husband Dean live in Sterling and have four children, Alicia, Stephanie, David, and Shaina.
Susan’s passion for Jewish Education is deeply grounded building meaningful relationships - sharing stories, and growing and learning together. Getting to know the entire family, and meeting each individual where they are on their own Jewish journey, at whatever point that is, is key to Susan’s philosophy of Jewish Education.
At Beth El Temple Center, Susan is known for her approachability, sense of humor, team work, creativity, and dedication to the continual improvement of our educational programming. Susan works to ensure the school adapts to reflect and address the changing culture of today’s families. Susan’s goal is for each student to emerge from our religious school as part of the next generation of caring and committed young Reform Jews, grounded with a strong sense of community, a deep understanding of what it means to be a mensch (a person of integrity and honor), and an appreciation of how our traditions and rituals have meaning in our lives today. She provides the setting and structure for every student to gain the foundational Jewish knowledge, experience, and personal understanding to inform their decisions and sustain the transmission of our heritage from generation to generation.
Come and stop by to meet Susan. Susan is always eager to speak with those interested in how Jewish Education can become a meaningful part of their lives.
Rabbi Sandi joined the BETC staff in 2011. She believes that all students, young and older, should have opportunities to study all aspects of Judaism with each other, using creative, accessible and interactive methods that inspire further growth and learning. Sandi feels a Jewish obligation to respond to those in need and affect change in the world with education, hands-on work, fundraising, and advocacy and looks forward to engaging in Tikkun Olam at BETC! Sandi treasures the wisdom in Jewish traditions, worship, holidays, life-cycle events, and rituals and enjoys leading others in learning, celebration, and prayer.
Previously, Rabbi Sandi was the Family Educator and Havurah Coordinator at Temple Sinai in Brookline, MA where she created the curriculum and led family education programs for students in grades kindergarten through seven, and brought groups of families together to get to know each other and enjoy being Jewish together in groups called Havurot. In addition, Rabbi Sandi completed a Chaplaincy Residency program at Hebrew SeniorLife during which she served as a rabbi and chaplain to patients at Children's Hospital and seniors at The Jack Satter House in Revere and Orchard Cove in Canton. Rabbi Sandi continues to serve as the rabbi and interfaith chaplain at The Jack Satter House.
In 2010, Rabbi Sandi was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. While in rabbinical school, she was an intern at Central Synagogue in New York and participated in a thought-provoking and life-changing Rabbinical Student Delegation to Senegal with American Jewish World Service.
Rabbi Sandi grew up in Queens, New York and graduated from Brandeis University with a degree in Judaic Studies and Masters in Teaching. Upon graduation, Sandi was a DeLeT (Day School leadership through Teaching) fellow and then taught second and fifth grades at The Rashi School in Newton, MA.
Rabbi Sandi lives with her spouse Stephanie Rotsky, and their son, Ilan, in North Quincy. When she's not at BETC, she can be found kayaking in Vermont, reading John Grisham and Daniel Silva novels, and listening to WBUR.