David Sherman, MJEd
Director of Education
As Director of Education, it is my mission to create learning experiences that bring us closer to our Jewish heritage and help strengthen our skills and knowledge. Education at Temple Beth Am helps everyone feel connected to Judaism and feel at home in our Temple.
I was born in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up in Newton MA., a small western suburb. I met my wonderful life partner, Wendy when we were in the 7th grade and convinced her to marry me 10 years later. We lived in Sudbury, a bit farther west, for 30 years where we raised our two sons, Benjamin and Matthew. I have re-invented myself several times through my adult years, each time with the support and patience of my wife Wendy and my sons. I have been a “would-be” musician, a labor relations manager for a large manufacturing firm, the owner of a “mom & pop” video store, taxi cab driver, and Jewish Educator.
My origin in Jewish Education came in early 1983 when I intercepted a phone call requesting Wendy to sub at our Synagogue. As she was not home, I asked, “What about me?” Now, 30 years later, it becomes clear; “Why me?” I love learning, especially new things about Judaism.
Wendy and I moved to Florida in June of 2003. The cold winters of Massachusetts finally took their toll. We live in Jupiter Farms where it is peaceful and we have no worries about snow! Over the past years I have taught at several area Temples as well as at the Judaica Institute in WPB. In 2004 I accepted the position of Director of Education at Temple Beit HaYam in Stuart; and in April of 2008, I accepted the position of Director of Education at Temple Beth Am. My wife Wendy is one of the teachers in the TBA pre-school.
One could say that I am a life-long learner, ever-curious about our heritage and what it has to offer me in making sense of my world. I hold many degrees & certificates, amongst which are a Jewish Family Educator certificate and a Masters in Jewish Education from Hebrew College in Newton, MA, as well as certificates from the Institute for the Study of Modern Israel from Emory University, Facing History and Ourselves, and the Mandel Teacher-Educator Institute.