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Rachel Sternheim, M.A, Ed.

Director of Education

​Raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico in a home filled with Jewish tradition, values and celebrations, a love of community and Israel developed from an early age. The connection grew through involvement in youth groups, Hillel and visits to Israel.

Working as a Hebrew school teacher sparked a calling that resulted in graduating from University of New Mexico with BS in Education, teaching in the Los Angeles Unified School District, a move toward educational administration, earning an MA in Education from the American Jewish University and a BA in Hebrew Letters from the Zeigler School of Rabbinic Studies. As the principal of Temple Emanuel Academy Day School in Beverly Hills, key initiatives included the development of a gifted and talented focus, implementation of the foreign language teaching standards and the Hebrew Proficiency model, multiage learning, and an emphasis on individualized staff development. 

In 2013, starting an educational consulting practice with a special emphasis on the needs of parents of gifted students, has allowed additional insight into the important role of parents in education. Sharing a home filled with celebration, books and a love of the arts with husband, Harvey and two teenage daughters has added joy and blessing to her life.


Dale Cooperman, M.A., Ed. Spec.

Director of Early Childhood Education

​Dale Sides Cooperman earned multiple degrees at Herbert H. Lehman College in NY and the University of New Mexico, culminating with the degree of distinction as Education Specialist.

She began her journey in Jewish education with her own children, and since 1985, she has worked with Jewish children of all ages. Dale has enjoyed teaching kindergartners, and sixth and eighth graders, right here at Congregation Albert since 2000.  

​Since 2009, Dale has been the Director of the Congregation Albert Early Childhood Center.  Under her leadership and guidance, Dale has achieved the 5 Star level of accreditation and created a community of learners that nurtures our youngest learners and their families.

Dale continues to be a mentor teacher, working with CNM in the training of aspiring early childhood educators.

As nationally recognized authors, Dale and colleague Idie Benjamin have written “Drops of Honey,” an interactive and fun Big Book series and curriculum for young learners, their families and their teachers.

Dale has also co-authored more than 27 articles for Jewish educators, and continues to present at conferences, sharing her joy and passion in the education of young children.

In 2014, Dale was nominated for and was a finalist for the coveted Covenant Award.

Married to her husband since 1971, she’s a proud mom to two happily married children, and a joyful “Mimi” to her 4 precocious and adored grandchildren. And let’s not forget her two rescued Boston terriers, Penelope and Izadora Duncan, who help Dale keep busy and active!

Dale is continually guided by the tenet of leaving the world better than how she found it.


Fri, February 3 2023 12 Sh'vat 5783