Gail and her husband Steve have been members of Temple Judea since 1985. After many years of active membership, Gail “jumped the fence” from President to Executive Director in 2007. “It has given me the greatest pleasure to incorporate my professional life into my Jewish life,” she says.
Gail brought to the position more than 20 years of business experience working for small to large businesses of various kinds as employee, consultant and business owner. She has an undergraduate degree in Secondary Education with a major in English and a MS in Clinical and Counseling Psychology.
“I love the community at Temple Judea because it is down to earth and you can be yourself with no pretensions. Our community is made up of people of diverse backgrounds and varying practices relating to Judaism. And it’s all good!”
Gail has five sons and five grandchildren. When she’s not working or otherwise engaged in synagogue life, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.
Rebecca Slavin-Phillips, PhD
Religious School Director
My passion is Jewish Education. My enthusiasm is spurred by sharing our wonderful culture and traditions with young inquiring minds. My journey has led me to working in both informal and formal Jewish educational venues. My experience began as a teacher, then as Assistant Principal of a regional Hebrew High School, Education and Youth Director at a large New Jersey synagogue, and most recently Principal of K-10 at a large area synagogue. My students have included Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and Ultra-Orthodox Jews. I am committed to tolerance, diversity and pluralism for all Jews and religious beliefs.
I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh followed by a Master’s degree from Drew University with a certificate in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. I earned my PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. My dissertation topic was “Tradition and Individualism in Suburbia: An Ethnographic Study of Orthodox Jewish Women.”
Education is best served as a team effort between the student and parents, teachers and administrators. My goal for our Religious School and Confirmation Academy is to promote a successful learning environment that is fun, content-rich and engaging. I am excited to be joining you in shaping our Religious School, Confirmation Academy and B’nai Mitzvah Program.
Dr. Rebecca and her husband Jake, live in Blue Bell. They have one infant son, Asher.
Director, Small Wonders at Temple Judea
Sheryl has been the director of Temple Judea’s Nursery School and Kindergarten since June 2000. She holds a BS in Early Childhood Education from Temple University, as well as a Jewish Education teaching certificate from Gratz College.
Sheryl came to Temple Judea with more than 20 years’ experience teaching children from pre-school through kindergarten at various private schools throughout the Philadelphia area. She also spent 12 years teaching religious school to third, fourth and fifth graders.
Sheryl greatly enjoys the strong feeling of community at the school and looks forward to having new families introduce their children into this wonderful, warm Jewish environment.
Sheryl and her husband Scott live in Holland, Pennsylvania. They have two adult children and two grandchildren. Sheryl is especially proud that both of her children have chosen to go into the field of education.
Nancy Weldon Perrine
Nancy Perrine grew up in Greenville, Pennsylvania. A small town on the border of Ohio and Pennsylvania. Nancy graduated from Reynolds Senior High School in May of 1975 and married her childhood sweetheart Rick in July 1975. Nancy has one child, Richard Joseph born in 1980.
Nancy left her small town roots, moved to the area in 1978, and began her corporate career at The Central Atlantic Home Office of Prudential. This was a big move and challenge for Nancy, but she embraced each placement in Prudential with ambition to learn and grow. After 18 years, Nancy decided to leave corporate. In February 1999, Nancy found a new home at Temple Judea of Bucks County as the Administrative Assistant. Nancy continues to serve the synagogue in any function that needs her. She has embraced her position at Temple Judea like the one she did at Prudential. Nancy was never an Administrative Assistant and knew nothing about Judaism; Nancy molded the Administrative Assistant position to fit her personality, caring deeply for the people and her position at Temple Judea. It is a family.
When Nancy is not working she is active in her church, Doylestown United Methodist Church, loves sports, camping and always experimenting with ways to eat raw vegetables since she is a vegan.
Be sure to stop by Temple Judea and come in to say “Hello” to Nancy. You can contact her at 215.348.5022 x10 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.