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All Shalom Sunday School faculty hold a minimum of a Teacher Certificate from the State of Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Additionally, all faculty pass an independent background check before working with children.

Dr. Jerid Morisco, Director of Education

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Jeff Treistman - Kitah Gimel Class (Grades 6-7) & B-Mitzvah 

I grew up in a secular Jewish family in the Philadelphia metropolitan area and moved to Seattle in 1976 when I was 22 years old. That was the year I graduated from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio with a BA in Music. I studied philosophy and comparative literature at the University of Washington for a couple of years but never finished a degree. Instead, I embarked on a 23 year career in the food and wine business here in Seattle. I went back to grad school in 2003 and received my MA in Education the following year when I started my career as a teacher with Seattle public schools. A few years later I received my endorsement as a Library Media Specialist and worked as a school librarian for 13 years until I retired this year.

I’ve been teaching at Shalom Sunday for 12 years and am currently in the leadership training program at the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism to become a madrikh in the movement. Although I had no formal Jewish training as a child, both my parents were atheists as was my father’s mother, I have always been interested in Judaism, especially its history. I like to say my temple was the Overbrook Delicatessen to convey that we were cultural Jews with the ritual of eating smoked fish on Sunday morning, dabbling in Yiddish repartee with the counter guys and dropping some Shekels in the Tzedakah box for Jewish defense. 

Matthew Hartmann - Kita Bet Class (Grades 3-5)


Matthew Hartmann is proud to teach our Kita Bet class. Matt most recently attended Western Governors University and earned his MS in Special Education. When not teaching at SJS, Matt teaches special education students at the Northwest School of Innovative Learning in Tacoma, WA.

Tracy Oklander - Kita Aleph Class (Grades Kinder-2)

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Fri, 2 December 2022