Rhonda Karol grew up in Framingham, Massachusetts, loving to go to synagogue and Hebrew School, and carrying her Dad’s Tallit Bag on the High Holy Days!
Rhonda majored in Sociology and Elementary Education at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. She attended Graduate School at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, earning a Master of Arts Degree in Jewish Communal Service.
Throughout her growing and professional years, she has always worked with children and their families in many different settings. There has been babysitting, camp counseling and directing, teaching and directing in various Early Childhood settings, teaching different grades in various Synagogue Religious and Hebrew Schools, leading a high school student summer trip to Israel, and directing the Children’s and Youth Services Department at a Jewish Community Center.
Rhonda has served on or chaired many volunteer boards whose mission is to improve the lives of children and their families: the Association for Young Children, United Way Success by 6, Dover Children’s Home, Early Reading First Grant, congregational Sisterhoods,and, currently, The Children’s Reading Foundation of Dona Ana County. She has also taught Early Childhood classes at local universities and community colleges where she has resided.
She is married to Rabbi Larry Karol. Their son, Adam, married Juliana Schnur in February, 2015. They reside in New York City.
Kaitlyn Mead. graduated from New Mexico State University in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Criminal Justice. She recently started New Mexico State’s Masters in Counseling Program.
Katelyn volunteered as a madricha for Congregation Albert in Albuquerque for seven years and has taught Jewish Preschool for 5 years. She loves working with kids and the creativity that working as a Sunday School teacher allows her. In her free time Katelyn enjoys reading, doing yoga, and spending time with friends.
Sarah Mindlin grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her Jew-by-birth father Eddy, Jew-by-choice mother Judy, younger brother Greg, and four dogs (maximum of two at a time!). Her family was active at the Reform temple Congregation Albert with religious school and monthly family Shabbat services and dinner. She went to a Jewish day school for 5th and 6th grades and was fortunate to get to go to Jewish camps in the summers, including JCC day camp, Congregation Albert’s weeklong Camp Oranim in Santa Fe, and three sessions at URJ Camp Newman in Santa Rosa, CA. Sarah was a madricha (teacher’s aide) at religious school for five years in middle and high school and was active in youth group and NFTY. Sarah was a Girl Scout through 8th grade and was active in youth and high school sports, primarily soccer and basketball.
After graduating from Eldorado High School in 2010, Sarah worked at URJ 6 Points Sports Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina for its inaugural summer. She then moved to Las Cruces that fall to begin college at NMSU. She spent some time in Kinesiology and then Elementary Education before ultimately graduating with a Bachelor of Individualized Studies degree in 2014. She is now working on a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree in Elementary Education K-8 from Western Governors University, a fully accredited online university. 2015-16 is her sixth school year teaching at Temple Beth-El.
Erich Zamaret grew up in Ramat-Gan, Israel. He was mobilized for army duty at 18 and served 40 months in the Signal Corp including the 1956 Sinai Campaign. Erich came to the U.S. as a foreign student with his cousin’s affidavit and studied at RCA Institute, Hofstra University (B.S. in Electronics) and Syracuse University (M.S.E.E. at the IBM Poughkeepskie campus) all in part time study while raising a family. In 1971 Erich and his family left for Israel where he worked at Rafael & Ismael Aircraft Industries. While in Israel, Erich also tutored math and Hebrew. He also participated in several Tel Aviv to Jerusalem marches and Sea of Galillee crossings.
In 1976 Erich returned to the U.S., settled in Natik, MA, where he worked as an engineer while also teaching Sunday schools in Framingham and Natick. He received an M.A. in Jewish Studies from Hebrew College in Brookline, M.A.
After retirement Erich moved to El Paso where he continued to teach in schools and Hebrew schools, including at Temple Mt. Sinai, Congregation B’nai Zion and the Jewish Day School. After moving to Las Cruces, Erich subbed for 10 years at the public schools and teaches at Temple Beth-El. He also is teaching Intermediate Algebra at NMSU and reading Hebrew at Dona Ana Community College.