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Gimel (3rd Grade) Teachers

Polly Lehman (Sun/Wed):

Dear Kitah Gimel Families,

Polly Lehman

Welcome to Kitah Gimel! I am so excited to meet you all and begin building a warm and welcoming khilah, or community, with you all.

This is my 6th year teaching Kitah Gimel at Talmud Torah, and as a TT graduate myself, I know the wonderful impact our community can have on our students. This year, we will build a strong foundation for lifelong friendships between our students, continue to build Hebrew language skills, and dive deep into the rich history and traditions of our Jewish heritage. Thank you for partnering with us to provide your student with a foundation and tools for living an intentionally Jewish life.

When I’m not in class, you can find me on campus serving as the Director of Jewish Student Life at Minnesota Hillel, at Beth El Synagogue serving on the Board of Directors, and working with our community’s youth, or making reservations to check out all the best sushi restaurants in town.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me throughout the year, I am dedicated to making our classroom’s experience the best it can be!



Mary Baumgarten (Tue/Thur):

Mary Baumgarten

Dear Tuesday/Thursday Kitah Gimel (3rd grade) and Kitah Dalet (4th grade) Families,

I hope that you and your families enjoyed a wonderful summer and I am delighted to welcome you and your children to a new school year at Talmud Torah. I know many of you already and I look forward to meeting those of you whom I have not yet met.

We have a wonderful group of students on Tuesdays and Thursdays and I look forward to a great year together. I have previously taught combined grade level classes at Talmud Torah and they provide many unique opportunities for individualized learning and social interaction among the students.

Please, let’s keep the lines of communication open. Feel free to reach out to me anytime with concerns, comments, or questions. I want to make sure that your children get the most out of their time at Talmud Torah and I will do whatever I can to achieve that goal. Your partnership is invaluable in making this happen!

Wishing you and your families a Shanah Tovah U’Metuka, a Happy and Sweet New Year.


Mary Baumgarten

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