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Education Director - Elisa Westfall

Elisa Westfall has been the Education Director since 2021. She has taught Judaic Studies at TOL for 15 years while also serving as the Religious School Board Chair. During the week, she is a Nationally Board Certified 6th grade ELA teacher at CrossRoads Intermediate School in Lexington School District 5. Elisa earned both her BA and MA in Education from the home of the “Fighting Koalas,” Columbia College! She can be found at the Katie and Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center in the summers where she serves at the director of Camp Gesher. 

Elisa and her husband Paul are the proud parents of two daughters who attend Tree of Life Religious School and another daughter who has been confirmed and is now a madricha at the school.  

The 2021-2022 school year will be different, but Elisa's goal is to keep the heart, soul, and laughter thriving both in and out of the classroom as we all work together, as a team, at the Tree! 

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Office Manager & Administrator - Alicia Rosen

Alicia Rosen has been the Office Manager at Tree of Life Congregation since March 2021. Alicia is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, where she was a member at Temple Beth El. She’s a University of Tennessee graduate with her Bachelor's of Science in Social Work. Alicia volunteered and lived in Haifa, Israel for a year and a half and considers Israel to be her second home and a place near and dear to her heart. In her spare time, Alicia enjoys playing board games, practicing bikram yoga, and spending time with her family and dog.

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Mon, January 30 2023 8 Sh'vat 5783