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Charles Colona

Education Coordinator


Charles is a native of San Diego, CA. He grew up in a Reform Jewish synagogue, where he was active in religious school and youth group programs. He attended Jewish day schools all through his elementary and middle school years and spent a year at a yeshiva high school. He attended San Diego State University, where he received a degree in linguistics with an emphasis on teaching English as a Second Language (ESL), and a minor in Arabic and Islamic studies.

Charles was an ESL teacher for adults on student exchange visas for five years before coming to Houston. Charles comes to Helfman Religious School with more than 15 years of experience teaching Judaism to many ages. Charles has also been a B’nei Mitzvah tutor for several years and has experience in organizing youth group activities for middle and high school age students.

Charles is always looking forward to teaching and community building with the youth of Emanu El!