Morah Michal Almalem was born and raised in Israel. She studied art history and archaeology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem where she received her BA degree and a teaching diploma. Morah Almalem worked as an instructor in two museums, the First Temple Period Model in the Jewish quarter of Jerusalem and the City Museum” of Ashdod. In 1998 she started her teaching career and taught 10th -12th grades in Ashkelon and Gan Yavne, preparing students for their graduation examination (similar to SATs).
In 2003 she moved to Memphis and started teaching at BJCS. Morah Almalem is the Jewish Studies Principal and oversees the Jewish Studies curriculum and programming. She also teaches 6th, 7th and 8th grade Hebrew, Jewish social studies, Mishna, Tanach, and Facing History. In 2008 she was given the Outstanding Teacher Award by the Hadassah in Memphis. In 2009 she received a teaching award from the Tennessee Holocaust Committee for a special art project done by her students. She also attended a Facing History “Peoplehood” seminar in Israel. Morah Almalem receives frequent accolades from former students when they contact her from high school and college to let her know how they appreciate what she taught them and are applying their Judaic connections and education to further develop skills for their future.