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Temple Beth Shalom

Temple Beth Shalom, a modern, progressive, Conservative Jewish Congregation, strives to teach, challenge, support, and inspire our diverse synagogue family. A warm, caring, and welcoming environment nourishes our congregation as we face the challenges of today’s changing world.

760 Route 6 , Mahopac, New York 10541
Phone: (845) 628-6133

Our Staff

Libby Spitzer – Education Director

Libby’s passion for Judaism began when she joined the adult b’nei mitzvah class at her synagogue.  The more she learned about Judaism the more she wanted to learn.  This passion led to her desire to pursue a Master’s degree in Jewish Education from The William Davidson Graduate School at The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York. While in graduate school Libby spent three weeks in Israel learning about the complexities of the country and connecting to our Jewish homeland. Libby did her practicum at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, A Living Memorial to the Holocaust and assisted in the creation of the innovative Voices of Liberty exhibit.

Libby has been a Jewish educator in Westchester County for 13 years. She has taught both in Religious School and Nursery School to children of all ages as well as leading “Mommy and Me” and “Fun Under One” programs. Libby was the Program Director of “Global Connections,” a JCC program for teens which culminated in leading a trip to Israel with the group.  Since graduating from JTS, she has served as the Assistant Education Director at Westchester Jewish Center in Mamaroneck for five years creating special school-wide programs, supervising and mentoring staff, and teaching innovative elective courses. This past year, as Madricha of the Westchester Jewish Teen Learning Initiative (WJTLI), Libby was privileged to cultivate significant relationships with many WJC teens. This is Libby’s third year as Education Director at Temple Beth Shalom.

Libby is a caring and innovative leader. Her mission and passion is to instill a love and pride in Judaism in her students through living Jewish values.  She believes there are many paths to Judaism and her goal is to help people on their own journeys to their Jewish identity. She loves collaborating with others and is excited to join the Temple Beth Shalom community.

Libby enjoys spending time with her husband, Barry, son Jesse, daughter Darcy and son-in-law Ivan, beautiful twin granddaughters Arya and Victoria, and pooch Poco along with her family and friends. She loves reading, traveling, movies and gardening.