Our Staff

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, 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 an opportunity to teach the 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 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.

Phone: 727-785-8811, ext. 119 

Linda Ross, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Preparation Coordinator and Primary Tutor
Linda was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her and her husband Bill of 41 years are retired pharmacists and during our years in Milwaukee,  tutored/taught Hebrew for 25 years. Linda had her adult Bat Mitzvah in 1989. She ran the entire prayer service, chanted 21 sentences of Torah, and the entire Haftorah for that parsha. The day of her Bat Mitzvah, the Rabbi offered her a job to teach Torah trope and that year, she then began working with students. She formulated and improved her own materials over the years with the help of many student recommendations. Linda and her husband retired early and in 2015, moved to FL and joined Temple Ahavat Shalom immediately. In 2019, Linda started teaching 5th grade and currently is the Temple’s 5th grade Hebrew teacher.  Linda loves teaching children and loves to see the look on the students’ faces when the light goes on about Hebrew. Linda very much looks forward to meeting the B’nei Mitzvah families and working with your daughters and sons.


Kara Hermann, Religious School Secretary
Kara is a member of Temple Ahavat Shalom and is also a convert who studied under Rabbi Klein during the conversion process. She has a Masters in Political Science and studied abroad in Florence for 2 months and Budapest for 7 months. Upon returning from her studies, she decided to give back to the Jewish community and found work at her very own Temple while working on going back to school to become a lawyer. Originally as a Preschool teacher in Temple Ahavat Shalom’s Krieger Early Childhood Center and now as the secretary for Temple Ahavat Shalom’s Weaner Religious School. 

: 727-785-8811, ext. 114 Email: rssecretary@ahavatshalom.org

Avi Nardia, Youth Group Director

Avi was born in Israel. When he married his wife Gigi, he moved to her home state of Oklahoma and then ultimately to Florida. They have 4 children together. While in Oklahoma Avi taught Hebrew and Judaica for 15 years at the Temple they belonged to, Temple Bnai Isarel. Avi really enjoys working with children. He wants to be an example to his children on how important it is to be an active member of your temple. 

Avi has an MBA in Leadership Development and experience in Organizational and Executive Talent Development withing the healthcare system. He also served on several keyboards including the HR Chair of his temple in Oklahoma. 

Jewish life, core family values and leadership are his passion and the chief reason for his excitement to team up with our temple youth.

Phone: 727-785-8811  Email: youthdirector@ahavatshalom.org

Office Staff

Miranda Mamutaj, Office Administrator

Miranda has been part of our Temple Ahavat Shalom family for over ten years, she is a immeasurable asset to our business office. She enjoys challenges, creative arts, cooking, nature, and spending time with her family.

Phone: 727-785-8811, ext. 111 Email: officeadministrator@ahavatshalom.org



Elisa Pérez, Administrative Assistant

Elisa is originally from Miami, Florida. She moved to Pinellas in 2007, and has been with Temple Ahavat Shalom since 2013. She has a background in education, customer service and administrative work . She has previously worked in the temple’s preschool prior to joining the business office. Elisa has brought warmth not only to our preschool but the Temple business office as well. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and all things Disney!

Phone:  727-785-8811, ext. 124        Emailadminassistant@ahavatshalom.org

Maintenance Staff

Maintenance Supervisor

Alex Pérez
Phone: 727-831-2591

Maintenance Staff

Agim Begaj