CHAI CENTER FOR
JEWISH LIFE & LEARNING
A new education alternative for ALL AGES!

OUR EDUCATOR
Betsy Needle is a dedicated educator with over 20 years experience in both
public education and the Jewish community.  Currently a high school teacher at
Danbury High School and Adjunct Professor at Western Connecticut State
University, she holds an M.A. in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological
Seminary of America.  A member of Beth El in Woodbury along with husband, Paul
and children, Hannah and Ben, Betsy is the newest member of CHAI’s
instructional leadership.

Prior to becoming a full-time public school teacher, Ms. Needle taught,
administered, and developed programs and curriculum for both informal and
formal Jewish educational settings for children and families. Having lived in Israel
for several years, she is fluent in conversational Hebrew and loves sharing the joys
of the language with her students. As an environmental educator, Betsy was an
instructor and one of several who pioneered the core curriculum for the TEVA
program in the Northeast. TEVA is an experiential program that introduces children
and families to the natural world through a Jewish lens.
“These diverse teaching and learning experiences-from traditional classroom to
summer camp or the woods of Connecticut-have given me tools to create dynamic
learning opportunities for my students. It is with great excitement that I join the
CHAI teaching team this year and look forward to sharing my enthusiasm for
Jewish life, learning and traditions with my students and their families.”  
Beth El Synagogue, 124 South Pomperaug Avenue, Woodbury , CT 06798 I 203 264-4500 I info@bethelwoodbury.org