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Our School

Har Sinai Congregation and Temple Oheb Shalom are excited that we have two passionate and experienced Jewish educators working together to plan an outstanding year for our students and families.  Our newly merged school strives to provide a sacred Jewish educational home for every student which values social justice, inclusion, support for the people and the state of Israel, and commitment to a secure Jewish future while instilling a strong understanding of Reform Jewish practice and belief.  Our historic congregations provide a rich foundation for Jewish learning while nourishing meaningful Jewish identities.

Meet Us

We will provide multiple opportunities to meet our co-educators during the summer and to hear about the plans for the year.  If you would like to personally reach out at any time, feel free to email Nina Pachino or Aviva Janus or call them at 410-358-0105.

Meet Our School Leadership

Aviva Janus

Aviva Janus

Religious School Co-Director

Aviva Janus is originally from Stony Brook, New York. She holds a B.S. in psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and an MA in Jewish professional Studies from the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership in Chicago.  Aviva attended the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies in Jerusalem.

Aviva joined the Oheb Shalom staff last year, taking the helm of the Religious School at a time when stability was needed. Aviva expanded her role to include the family education program as well as teaching adult education courses.

Previous to this, Aviva served as the Education Director at Shaare Tefila, a Conservative synagogue in Olney, MD for seven years.  She was tasked with recreating a religious school after a five year hiatus during with the congregation moved into a new building.  Aviva successfully pioneered the online Hebrew program for students which is used as a model across the country.

Aviva’s hobbies include cycling, kayaking and cooking.

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Nina Pachino

Religious School Co-Director

Nina Pachino is the Director of Posner JEM and Family Programs. Nina comes to Har Sinai Congregation with 12 years of experience in Jewish education, most recently as the Principal of Temple Solel’s Religious School (Bowie, MD). Nina’s energy, creativity and enthusiasm, as well as her ability to inspire families’ investment in Jewish life, make her a wonderful addition to our staff.

Nina grew up in Huntingdon Valley, PA outside of Philadelphia. She graduated from Penn State University and then moved to Baltimore. She was the Youth Director at Temple Emanuel and Temple Oheb Shalom. She also served as the Assistant Director of Temple Oheb Shalom’s Religious School. Nina lives in Baltimore County with her husband, Michael, a well-known simcha DJ, and her daughters Maddie and Winnie.