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Chaya Roberts grew up in New York City. She was the second daughter of immigrants from Poland and Russia. English, Russian and Yiddish were used by her parents at home. She learned French and Spanish instead!
She went to the University of Michigan and Brooklyn College for a BA in comparative literature and teaching. She moved from New York in 1967, joining her sister in Berkeley. There she taught in public schools for about 25 years. Her interests and certifications are as a reading specialist, and as an English as a Second Language teacher. She also did masters (MS) study in school administration, where she completed Calif State University's state credential program as a principal. Chaya studied clinical psychology at a doctoral level (Psy.D program) at California Institute of Integral Studies.
Chaya attended B'nai Emunah while raising her daughter Margie. Her daughter was Bat Mitzvahed at BE in 1996, after studying Hebrew and culture at the synagogue's school. She chose this temple because of the open-mindedness of its congregants. Years later, she became more active, arranging onegs weekly. In 2009 she joined the Board of Directors as a one-year member. She was then re-elected for another term, which she now services. She has volunteered in the office, where she learned more about daily operations. She enjoys the temple community.