Jerry Abelow, Director

Jerry studied at Rabbi Brovender’s Yeshiva in Jerusalem before receiving his B.A. from Yeshiva University in New York. He has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Lesley College. Prior to Alef-Bet, Jerry was a preschool teacher and adjunct lecturer in Child development for nearly a decade. He also has experience as a Hebrew school teacher in the prekindergarten and early grades. Several of his areas of expertise are the guidance of meaningful play in children and guiding teachers in best practices of early childhood education. His own sense of playfulness adds excitement to the community’s learning experience. If you see him riding his recumbent bike on his way to and from his home in Jamaica Plain, give him a wave! He and his wife enjoy camping and are members of a lively havurah.

Efrat Horn, Office Manager

Efrat is the first contact many of you will have with Alef-Bet --she’s that Hebrew accented, friendly voice you hear when you call the office. She grew up in the Tel Aviv area and earned an advanced degree in Statistics from Haifa University. She had a successful career in Human Resources for several corporations in Israel before coming to the states where her husband supports the American branch of an Israeli high-tech firm. The Horns have three daughters, the oldest of whom is an Alef-Bet alumna. Efrat is something of a good-will ambassador for Alef-Bet. Many families join us after meeting up with her in one or more of Cambridge’s fabulous playgrounds. Her work here is wide-ranging and includes many aspects of both financial and enrollment administration.

About Our Teachers

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The Alef-Bet staff is as diverse as our community. We have both new and veteran teachers who grace the classroom with a variety of languages, including Hebrew, and an unparalleled dedication to the children in our care. Characteristic of our entire faculty is a respect and appreciation for the individuality of each child, the joys and wonder of childhood, and the importance of a partnership with each family.