Anafim and Alim Teachers

BACNS has two classes for our oldest students.

The Anafim (which means branches in Hebrew) class serves a mixed-age group of children ages 3-5, and is taught by Amanda and Ellen.

The Alim (leaves) class serves children ages 4-5, and is taught by Barbara and Naeomi.

Teacher Amanda more coming on Amanda soon! 









Teacher Ellen received her B.A. in Psychology from Sonoma State University and has completed her child development coursework at Santa Rosa Junior College. Before coming to Beth Ami, she worked as an assistant and then as a lead teacher at Brush Creek Montessori. She has substitute taught at Art in the Garden, a Reggio-inspired school in Petaluma, as well as Spring Hill Montessori.





Barbara Whitaker


Teacher Barbara has a B.A. in Early Childhood/Elementary education from Michigan State University, and a Reading Certificate and CLAD certification from Sonoma State University. She has worked for the past 16 years in early childhood, public school, and Jewish education. Barbara has been a part of Beth Ami since 1997 when her daughter was born! Barbara loves coming to work with the children and having the opportunity to work with such a warm, talented, knowledgeable, and amazing staff.







Teacher Naeomi More on Teacher Naeomi coming soon!





Shorashim (ages 2-3) Teachers
Shtilim (3-4) Teachers

Beth Ami Community Nursery School is a program of Congregation Beth Ami, and is supported by the Jewish Community Federation (JCF) of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, as well as Jewish Learning Works and First Five Sonoma County.