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 Ashley.

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 Ashley began her teaching career with Cal Serves Americorps, working with elementary school children, before returning to SRJC to get her degree in child development. For two years prior to joining the staff of BACNS, Ashley taught at Learning to Learn Preschool in Petaluma. She came to Beth Ami because she believes in open-ended, play- and inquiry-based early childhood education, and in trusting children to follow their instincts and their interests.





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.