Our Staff 

Meet the Rabbi

Rabbi Mendel Gurkow was born on August 29, 1963 in the Mattapan section of Boston. He received his elementary and high school education at the renowned Oholei Torah Yeshiva in Brooklyn, NY. In the spring of 1982 he was sent as one of six emissaries to teach at the Yeshiva College of Melbourne, Australia and helped invigorate and enrich the Jewish community. Rabbi Gurkow spent two of his most cherished and memorable years in Melbourne, and gained much experience in the areas of social communication, bringing people together and community programming.

Rabbi Gurkow returned to Brooklyn to study at the Rabbinical College of the United Lubavitcher Yeshiva. Under the guidance of the late distinguished Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Yitzchak Pikarski, he thrived in his studies and eventually was awarded "Semicha" (Rabbinical Ordination). During the summer of 1985 to 1987, he directed the Summer Camp of Shaloh House in Milton, MA. It was there where he learned the wonderful joy of working with children. 

In the summer of 1987, Rabbi Gurkow started and led a community Shabbat Service at the Shaloh House in Stoughton, MA. He effectively recruited a fellowship for a weekly Minyan for Shabbat and Jewish Holidays.

Shortly thereafter, he met his wife Chana, an elementary school teacher. They married in June of 1987. With the blessings of the Lubavitcher Rebbbe, they moved to Stoughton, MA to start the Shaloh House Lubavitch Educational Center. They immediately opened a preschool and summer camp program as well as establishing a Synagogue and Adult Education classes.

Since then, Rabbi Mendel & Chana have succeeded in building a vibrant and growing community in the South Shore with an energetic team of supporters, activists, and staff personnel, making Shaloh House the leading Jewish education and outreach center south of Boston. 

Rabbi Mendel and Chana are proud parents of Chaya Mushka, Bracha, Yisrael, Bluma, Fraydie, Shterna Sara, Elchonon, Sonya, Sholom, and Minda. 

 

Board of Directors 

Rabbi Mendel & Chana Gurkow
Founders & Directors

Mr. James Sheroff
President

 

Office Staff

Rabbi Mendel Gurkow
Rabbi & Co-director

Chana Gurkow
Co-director & Women's Programming

Simmie Hefetz
Preschool & Early Childhood Care Director

Fraydie Gurkow
Administrative Assistant

 

Preschool Staff

Simmie Hefetz
Preschool Director

Dawn Leifer
Pre-Kindergarten 

Cyre Feldman
Early Learners

Linda Ingle, Margie Gordon Hurwitz, Ruth Freeman, & Debbie Greenstein
Toddlers

Shayna Goldberg, Tzippi Lustikman & Leslie Cain Tamarkin
Infants

Sharon Christie
Afternoon Preschool Enrichment