Weaner Religious School Staff

Gayle Maller, Religious School Principal

Gayle was born in Brooklyn, New York. She was raised with a strong Judaic background and attended a yeshiva through the 8th grade. After graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, N.Y., she began a lengthy career as a fashion designer. In 2000 she and her husband Scott moved to Clearwater, where Gayle accepted the position as an instructor at the International Academy of Design and Technology in Tampa.

When her son Dylan began attending preschool at Temple Ahavat Shalom's Krieger Early Childhood Center, she was given the wonderful opportunity to get back to her Jewish roots and teach 7th grade Religious School at the Temple. In 2009, Gayle was promoted to Religious School Principal. She brings to this position strong Jewish values and a love for Judaic learning.

Her focus is on bringing new and exciting programs and curriculum to the students, so that they may gain their own love for Judaism and a pride in their Jewish identity. She along with her husband Scott and their son Dylan, are proud members of Temple Ahavat Shalom and truly feel like it is their second home.

Barbara Smith, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Preparation Coordinator and Primary Tutor

Barbara has held the positions of Bar/Bat Mitzvah Preparation Coordinator and Primary Tutor since 1990. In 2013, following the retirement of Elaine Wolstein, Barbara also accepted the position of Hebrew School Principal. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Barbara was a leader in the local Jewish community, attended Baltimore Hebrew University and graduated from the University of Maryland with a BA in Education and Accounting. From playing innovative Jewish games to developing curriculum, Barbara brings commitment, vibrancy and meaning to Jewish Education. Barbara is very devoted to every one of our students and their families. She spends many hours with each student during the Bar/Bat Mitzvah process and continues to nurture and guide them in the years after they become Bar/Bat Mitzvah. She also works closely with Rabbi Klein, Cantor Jacobson, Elaine Wolstein, and Gayle Maller in the development and updating of our entire Religious School and Hebrew School curriculum. Barbara and her husband, Norman, have two grown children and two grandchildren.

Anne-Marie Cumming, Youth Director

Anne-Marie has been part of our Temple family since 1992. She works with our senior, junior, and primary school youth groups to create many fun and meaningful social, religious, educational, and community service events.

Past events include: Vertical Ventures Rock Climbing & sleepover, a drum circle, theater trips, Havdalah at the beach, Mitzvah Day projects, and conventions with youth groups from other Reform congregations. Anne-Marie holds a bachelor's degree in French literature from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts and two master's degrees: one in international business administration from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California and the other in French language and literature from the Sorbonne in Paris, France.

As the Youth Director she brings great sensitivity to children's individual needs and strengths. She is committed to making Judaism an important part of the identity of each young person with whom she spends time. Anne-Marie and her husband, David, have two grown children, Heather and David.

Norman Smith, Hebrew School Principal

Norman has taught the third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades Hebrew classes, as well as Judaics, and is now the Hebrew School Principal.

Born in New York City, Norman graduated from New York City University with a BEE in Electrical Engineering. He has worked in Electrical Engineering and owned his own electrical contracting company.

Although of course we teach Hebrew, our primary goal is to enhance each child’s self-esteem and Jewish identity. Norman hopes to share his enthusiasm and guidance with our teachers and wonderful children.

Norman, and his wife Barbara, have two grown children and three grandchildren.

 

Office Staff

Sharon Binder Administrative Assistant

Phone:  727-785-8811, ext. 124

Email: adminassistant@ahavatshalom.org

Miranda Mamutaj     Accountant

  Phone:  727-785-8811, ext. 111

Email:  bookkeeper@ahavatshalom.org

 

Madison Parker Weaner Religious School Secretary          

  Phone:  727-785-8811, ext. 114

Email:  rssecretary@ahavatshalom.org

 

 

 

Krieger Early Childhood Center Staff

 Sarah Kurland Center Director

Phone:  727-785-8811, ext. 116

Email:  preschool@ahavatshalom.org 

 

Maintenance Staff

 

Alex Perez

 

Supervisor Phone:  727-831-2591

 

Agim Begaj

 

Maintenance staff  
Valbona Begaj Custodian