Esther Benari-Altmann, Education Director

As our Education Director, Esther has overseen the significant growth of our Religious Education program, the renovation of our upstairs classrooms, the planned re-opening of our preschool, and the redevelopment of our Adult Education programming.

In 2015, Esther was honored for her hard work with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation's Excellence in Education award, an honor bestowed to only a small number of Jewish educators in New England.

Most recently the interim Head of School and Judaic Studies Coordinator of the former Sinai Academy Jewish day school in Pittsfield (where she served for two years), Esther boasts nearly two decades of experience in Jewish education, including as Principal of Supplementary and Day Schools in Eastern and Western Canada. 

Prior to her career as an educator, Esther, an Israeli native, worked as a criminal attorney, including a stint as Chief Prosecutor in the Haifa Police Judicial Department.

Esther holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Jewish Studies from Bar-Ilan University, Israel, Jewish Day School Principal Certification from York University, Canada, as well as a Master’s Degree and a LLB from Tel- Aviv University, Israel.

Esther can be reached by E-Mail at or by calling the Temple office at (413) 442-5910, Ext. 12.


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