Meet the Team

Kitah Alef

Nicole Ellefson – School Director & Roshat Kitah Alef

Nicole is an educator by training and a teacher by avocation.  She brings extensive knowledge of how children learn, building curricula, and pedagogical practice to her work with Kitah Alef on Sundays and Kitah Bet on Wednesdays.  Sitting and talking with kids about Hebrew and G-d are some of her favorite things to do.  Her two children, Reid (age 20) and Emma (age 16) were b’nai mitzvah at KI.  Nicole, her husband Ken Frank, their children live in Williamston with their three crazy dogs.

Shoshie Fox-Long – Morat Kitah Alef

Shoshie, a lifelong KI-er, loves being around kids and helping them learn. In addition to being a Sunday School teacher, she also lifeguards and teaches swimming at the Y. She is currently studying psychology at LCC.

Also helping us in Kitah Alef as madrichimot are a number of recent graduates from our school!

Kitah Bet

Sarah Fox-Long – Roshat Kitah Bet

Sarah, a graduate of Wayne State University and former Camp JRF (now Camp Havaya) counselor, brings a love of Torah and the Hebrew language to  Kitah Bet. She was thrilled to join the Kivunim squad upon her return home to Lansing from Detroit and take part in bringing up the next KI generation. She encourages the kids to look critically at classic texts, come up with their own answers to ancient questions, and make the tradition their own.

We are joined in leading Kitah Bet by former students and MSU alumni.