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Heather Welkes, Principal
(631) 421-3224, ext. 12
Lesley Logue, Education Vice President
For Hanukkah, our Religious School visited Gurwin Assisted Living Community and performed a Holiday Concert with the help from Rabbi Jacknis
General Information and Overall Philosophy:
Our school is a partnership between the synagogue and the home, between the parent body and those who work to educate your children. It is our overarching goal to nurture the soul of every Jewish child and family.
Heather Welkes is thrilled to join the team at South Huntington Jewish Center. She will be also entering her fourth year as a Hebrew School Principal at North Shore Jewish Center, which meets on opposite days. She has two education degrees and has taught in several school districts on Long Island, in addition to Suffolk Community College, several Religious Schools, and has even directed a summer camp. On top of that, Heather owns her own side business that offers musical “Mommy and Me” classes to children under 5.
Heather has always loved all things Jewish and her childhood synagogue was her home away from home. She was involved in her youth choir, her synagogue musical theater program, and participated in her Hebrew High Program while student teaching as a Madricha. She was on her youth group board and attended the “March of the Living” in her senior year of High School, which took her to Poland and Israel to study the Holocaust. In college she participated in the Jewish Student Society and after college came back to her childhood synagogue, now as a religious school teacher. After moving to Suffolk County 15 years ago, Heather began teaching at Temple Beth Emeth of Mount Sinai and then at North Shore Jewish Center to teach first grade. In her spare time, Heather enjoys playing with her kids, ages 7 and 11, scrapbooking, dabbling in the ukulele and being out in nature, usually with a cup of coffee in her hand.
Heather loves working as a principal because it allows her to use her creative energy to execute the curriculum in new and engaging ways. She keeps up to date with the world of Jewish education by attending network meetings through the Jewish Education Project, and attending professional development programming. She loves working with the kids in our program and looks forward to a wonderful year!