Staff Profile: Jerry Brodkey

Azriella Friedman

 

Jerry Brodkey is one of our dedicated Upper School math teachers, but also enjoys co-leading a Tefillah group. Read more to learn about his love for baseball, and how many baseball stadiums he has visited.


1. How long have you lived in the Bay Area, where did you come from and what brought you here?

I came to the Bay Area in 1975 to get my teaching credential and Masters in Education from Stanford. I did my student teaching at Cubberley, and often would stop by Ricks after teaching for a big scoop of ice cream as a treat. I grew up in Sioux City, Iowa — attended college at Rice University in Houston. I didn't anticipate staying in the Bay Area but it has worked out wonderfully for me and my family.


2. What is your role at Hausner and how long have you been here?

This is my seventh year at Hausner. I teach Upper School Math, and co-teach a Tefillah group with Esti.


3. What is the highlight of your working week?

I love the classroom environment and the experience of being part of a class community. The students continuously amaze me. I also enjoy Tefillah, Kabbalat Shabbat, Havdalah, simply being in the Hausner Jewish environment. I enjoy saying good morning to all the students when I have duty at Hafsaka or lunch. I feel I am still learning new things everyday.


4. What do you do when you're not at work?

When I am not working, I spend as much time as possible with my family. I love to walk, read, and travel. It is rather magical to walk our big dog at twilight, listening to a Giants game on my old transistor radio.


5. What do you think you would do if you weren't a teacher?

If I hadn't become a teacher? Maybe go into counseling? Maybe own a bookstore? I guess I have to give up my dream of playing center field for the Yankees.


6. Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

When my son was younger we used to go around the country seeing baseball games at different stadiums. I am now up to seeing games in 50 stadiums. Recently  we have had two good trips to England to see British soccer (Manchester City is our team!) 


7. What is your favorite Hebrew word?

My favorite Hebrew word is "Hineni" — "I am here". It seems especially important to me at difficult and challenging moments in life.  

 

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