Ofek Learning Hub: Learn Hebrew, Israeli Spirit, Israeli Innovation, Enrichment, and more

Our Teachers

  • I was born and raised in Israel. For the past 25 years I have been dedicating my life to teaching the Hebrew language and strengthening Jewish identity in formal and informal settings around the world. My journey with the Hebrew language began many years ago when I was invited to serve as a Shaliach in Mexico City, where I taught in the Middle School in one of the prominent Jewish schools in the community. Since then, I have taught and mentored teachers in several Jewish schools across the United States. Teaching Hebrew, in all ages and levels, along with Adult Ulpan in the Jewish federation in Austin Texas.
    Residing in NYC, I teach Hebrew in one of the Jewish schools in the city, and work as an education Director in ACI – Astoria Center of Israel. My goal in my Hebrew lessons is to enable students to function and utilize the language in various situations in their life. Fluent in six languages, I have learned the challenges and the obstacles of learners who try to learn a foreign language. I strongly encourage independent learning, gamification, and skills oriented classes. I am father of three. I like to draw, write, and travel the world.

  • Amit Vaserman was born and raised in the south of Israel (Lehavim) and moved to Houston in 2022. Amit came to Houston as a Hebrew specialist on behalf the World Zionist Organization and he currently teaches elementary pre-K 4-5th grade. Amit holds a B.Sc. in Nutrition Science, a Master’s in education and an MBA with a major in non-profit organizations.
    Over the past 10 years Amit served in a variety of roles in the Israeli education system as well as Haifa municipality as a social-educational program coordinator promoting excellence and gender equity. He believes that as teachers we can influence our youth to build a better world by passing on values of equality, friendship and excellence. He is really excited about joining the IAC and Ofek Hub family.

  • Shalom Y’all, I am Merav, a teacher and mother to four brilliant kids Daniel, Yael, Neta and Rani. During my free time, I love to scuba-dive and ride my bike outdoors. I have a bachelors degree in teaching English, and when I moved to TX 22 years ago, I became a Hebrew and Jewish Studies teacher. I taught Middle school with B’shvil Ha’ivrit and currently teaching ITALAM for K & 1st graders. Being a trilingual speaker (Farsi is my third one) is an essential skill to have in life; whether it is just for fun, a job or exploring the world, and sometimes it is just great to speak a language that no one can understand. I am super excited to be part of this great organization and I can’t wait to get started! Yalla – let’s go!

  • Hello, my name is Meira Gotesdyner and my professional passion is the connection between the Hebrew language, Israeli culture, and Jewish tradition. I have a bachelor’s degree from Bar Ilan University and a master’s degree from Middlebury college, the school of Languages, with a focus on learning and acquisition of a second language. I teach at a Jewish school in Palo Alto as well as at summer camps, individual teaching for adults and youth, and other settings.

  • Hello, I’m Tali, currently I teach Hebrew as a second language at the Jewish school in Vancouver, Canada. I have a PhD in linguistics. I have a lot of experience in teaching Hebrew language, from teaching Hebrew to new immigrants in Israel to preparing high school students for the matriculation exams in the language. I also taught all Hebrew subjects at a college in Israel – phonetics, syntax, scientific writing, etc. Along with my teaching duties, I have been involved over the years in developing learning materials and guiding teams of Hebrew teachers, implementing, and using digital teaching aids that help make the lessons more interesting and dynamic. As a teacher I create a personal relationship with my students, support them and help as much as necessary. I see in the educational process not only the acquisition of the Hebrew language, but an opportunity for my students to use up their own potential and their creativity while training them as enterprising graduates and independent thinkers. I am convinced that my educational approach will lead my students to acquire the Hebrew language and deepen their communication skills in Hebrew.

  • Shalom Y’all! I’m Vered. I have been living in Texas for the last 5 years, I’m a mother to Nimrod, Kfir and Avishag. I have a Bachelor degree in History and Masters in Jewish Studies. I also attained a teaching certificate from Tel-Aviv University. I wrote my Thesis on the The great immigration to Israel over the 1950’s. I have taught History in high schools in Israel, and Hebrew and Jewish studies in Dallas. I’m a volunteer at the Holocaust museum in Dallas. History is a passion of main. My goal is to teach while having fun!

  • Shalom, my name is Ella. I grew up in Israel in the city of Holon which is close to Tel Aviv. I earned a bachelor’s degree in preschool teaching at the kibbutzim seminary. I moved to the USA 20 years ago to Atlanta. I am married and have 3 lovely children. I have been teaching Hebrew for 17 years. I believe that the best learning is acquired when having fun. That is why I combine songs, games, and technology in the lessons. I would love to teach your children and get them to  love Israel.

  • Shalom! I’m Galia, born and raised in Tel-Aviv. cert M.Sc. University of Wales, UK. I served the army as a sergeant instructor in the artillery corps. I am a modern Hebrew teacher since 1995. In the UK, Italy, and Portugal, tutoring small groups of children and adults in conversational modern Hebrew as well as teaching the RAF (royal air force) soldiers. in recent years I have been writing my first book, and presenting at world conferences online. one of the most rewarding tasks I performed is teaching Hebrew & Israel history to Judaism converts. I am also a glz radio international correspondent in Italy, Portugal, and Florida. I am currently a Middle school Hebrew teacher in Miami Beach, Florida. I have always been involved in the Israeli & Jewish religious denomination at a young age I participated in a youth exchange with the “Lions international”. My role was helping to create, strengthen and adopt a spirit of understanding of Jewish and Israeli culture among people. to unite friends around the world in a bond of friendship and mutual understanding of Israel’s culture & history. During the last 25 years, I have enjoyed teaching and learning in a variety of different disciplines, while I have worked in many exciting life ventures, none has come close to the satisfaction of being involved with teaching Hebrew. for me, language is much more than a literal translation of it, it is a reflection of the culture, the essence, the energy, and the way people look at the world. this is the key to feeling a real sense of belonging. I have the patience and dedication needed and I am very creative and have the ability to create lessons that are interesting and capture the attention of the students, keeping them interested in learning more. I truly believe in teaching more than just a language. I am often told that I’m a gifted storyteller, indeed I am fond of using this medium to challenge creativity within the group, with a passion for creating great thinkers and learners.

  • Hava Douek is a native speaking Hebrew teacher with years of experience teaching Hebrew as a second language. She has worked with most grade levels, but in the last decade has primarily taught middle and high school students at Jewish day schools and Sunday schools in New York.
    Education: Hava holds a Bachelors and Masters degree from Ben Gurion University, located in Israel. She holds a teaching certificate and has recently finished her second Masters degree in Education & Teaching Hebrew at Middlebury College, located in Vermont. Hava believes in teaching her students language skills that will be useful and relevant in real-life
    situations, and relate to the students’ personal lives. She specializes in teaching the most innovative and cutting edge Hebrew language program that uses authentic materials, songs and videos to provide a meaningful learning experience. She places emphasis on teaching the Hebrew language, Jewish holidays, and Israeli culture in the most communicative, fun and
    natural way. Hava’s goal is to make her students comfortable speaking the language, and even more to make them love it!

  • Shalom Y’all, and nice to meet you! My name is Anat, and I was born and raised in Israel in a small moshav in the south. My Hebrew חourney started in my IDF service as a Hebrew teacher. Upon finishing the army service and traveling around the world, I earned my bachelor’s degree in communication and photography as well as a teaching certificate from the Hebrew Union College’s “Delet” program.

    Since I moved to the U.S. in 2015, I have been teaching Hebrew to elementary and high school students, as well as providing private Hebrew lessons. During the My Hebrew lessons, the students are engaged in a variety of activities, from videos to songs to games and competitions. Come and join us! It will be Keif!

  • My name is Dalia Lerman from California. I grew up in Jerusalem, Israel, and attended Bar-Ilan University, where I got my bachelor’s degree in education and my master’s degree in Jewish law and History . For over seven years, I have directed the Los Angeles Hebrew High School, an excellent and highly successful supplementary Judaic Studies and Hebrew school for students in grades 7 through 12. I am a proud Mom and grandmother of 3 grandsons. Teaching is my passion, and I genuinely want to focus on being on guiding students and utilizing my skills as a Hebrew scholar and teacher.

  • Shalom, My name is Hadar. I was born and raised in Israel where I received my Bachelor’s in Special Education from Seminar HaKibbutzim and graduated with honors. During my time serving in the Israeli Defense Force, I was promoted to a position where I taught Commanders essential teaching skills. I have been living in the USA for 14 years and have 10 years of Hebrew and Judaic studies teaching experience in K-8 grades. This is my third year that I’m leading the Hebrew and Judaic Department in a Jewish Day School. I am familiar with the best resources with 21st century skills to engage students in learning.

    I bring much enthusiasm and knowledge. My education, experience, and passion for teaching allow me the opportunity to educate students by instilling the lifelong love for Judaism, Israel and the Hebrew language.

  • Shalom, I’m Chen.
    Born and raised in Israel, lived in Toronto for 7 years and moved to Jupiter, Florida, almost 8 years ago with my husband, Shlomi and 2 boys, Leo & Tom. Yes, we moved from one extreme to another and we love it.
    I am a Religious School coordinator at Temple Beth David here in Florida. I’ve been teaching for 5 years at the temple and have been a religious school/Hebrew educator for more than thirteen years, teaching students in Israel, Canada and Florida.
    Graduated from the Open University in Israel, where I was awarded a BA in business and Economics. Served as a member of the Israel Defense Forces for five years.
    Excited to start our journey together as we dive into Hebrew language, values and traditions!

  • Kali Cusimano lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband and two children, Scyrus and Amari. Kali has her BA in European History and is starting on her Masters in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Yeshiva University. She works as the Communications Director and PJ Library Manager at Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel (CABI). Kali also teaches 4th and 5th grade at the CABI Jewish Community School.

  • Orly Bejerano, is a native Israeli who has lived in Natick, MA since 1998. She has taught Hebrew and Torah in a variety of schools and institutions in the Boston area, is a graduate of the first IAC G’vanim cohort, and has been involved with the organization since the Boston Chapter was established. Orly holds an MA degree from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Teaching Hebrew and Torah makes Orly feels at home while living in the US. She has 20 years of experience in teaching, including writing curricula for Grades 3-8, teaching all grade school levels, and lecturing to college and adult audiences. In the past nine years, she teaches according to the proficiency approach. In her free time, you can find her on Haifa’s beach, skiing downhill, or water skiing with her family.

    Her online lessons during the early stages of the pandemic received positive reviews and were well attended. She believes that games are the best way to learn language, and that cooking and songs are the best bridge to absorbing culture.

  • Shalom I’m Raz, a Hebrew teacher, Jewish educator, and a performer based in New York. I have over two decades of experience teaching in numerous schools and Jewish community centers. I prepare young adults for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah and share the passion for quality training of youth. Dancing was the focus of my life growing up. Born and raised in Jerusalem, I was a part of the performing arts community and taught dance to children for many years. When arriving in The States, I had the opportunity to perform with my dance company at the Disney World Great Adventure. After this fantastic experience, I studied acting at Sande Shurin’s NYC School, and after a few years in the business and a couple of films, I’ve recorded my debut album Raziel “ONE”, and in 2020, I released a music video for my single “Down”.

    I believe that studying Hebrew can be a lot of fun and that every child has a unique way of learning, so I prepared a program with lots of games and adventures that are both fun and challenging, from absolute beginners’ level to highly advanced materials. I take my passion for the performing arts and bring it to life in class.

  • My name is Gil Ramot and I will be your Ofek Hebrew teacher. A few words about myself: I was born and raised in Israel and have been a Hebrew and Judaic Studies teacher since the year 2000. I hold an MSW, a Teachers Certificate and have experience with at-risk youth. I began my American life journey as a Shaliach (Emissary from Israel) to the Jewish community of Louisville, KY, and as the Hillel Program Director at the University of Connecticut. I subsequently returned to Israel and worked in Jerusalem as the representative of 13 Jewish communities in Israel. In this capacity, I was sent from Jerusalem to various American Jewish communities to speak about Israel. I moved to Ventura County to serve as the first Shaliach at the local Jewish Federation of Ventura County. I also served as the Torah School Principal at Temple Ner Ami, and as a Hebrew teacher at various Temples. I taught Modern Hebrew courses at UCSB and am currently working on my conversational Hebrew online book.

    I am married to Revital and we have an eleven and a half year old girl – Healey, and an eight years old boy – Ofree. I have been speaking and teaching about Israel for the last 21 years at various Jewish and non-Jewish venues. I served in the Israeli Army, and I LOVE Israel. I look forward to seeing you in class.

  • Shalom! My name is Sarit. I was born and raised in a small town near Haifa, Israel. I have a B.Ed. in Special Education and specialize in reading, writing, and math learning disabilities. I came to New York 12 years ago where I began teaching Jewish studies to elementary school children. I have taught 2nd and 3rd grade but, for the past few years, have been teaching 1st grade children at a Jewish school in Manhattan. I also teach Hebrew to children from elementary school up to high school ages. I love to combine technical and experiential learning and believe that children learn best from games and songs. I have been working with children for many years and believe that I can instill in them a love for Israel and the Hebrew language. I look forward to seeing you in my class.

  • Roman was born and grew up in the USSR (now Russia). At age 17 he made Aliyah and moved to Israel. Roman wanted to be a teacher since he can remember. His childhood dream came true and for about 20 years Roman had his educational career in Israel, teaching History, Hebrew and Civics in Middle school and High school. (After 3 years in the Israel Defense Forces). Since Roman received his Master’s degree in Educational Counseling (with honors) from Bar – Ilan University, he worked as a High School Counselor. His Bachelor’s degree and Teacher’s Credential are in History. He obtained a Master’s degree in teaching Hebrew as a second language at Middlebury College, Vermont and currently I am studying in the Doctoral program at this college.

    After Roman immigrated to the U.S with his wife and daughter, he continued to teach. He now teaches Hebrew at one of the Jewish High schools in sunny California, Los Angeles.

  • Ornit Levinson-Suter is the Hebrew Educational Manager of OFEK Hub. She is an English and Hebrew teacher with many years of experience, working for both the Israeli Ministry of Education as well as the education system in the USA. Ornit holds a BA in Family and Child Studies from Montclair State University in NJ, and a teaching certificate from the Kibbutzim College of Education in Tel-Aviv, Israel. She has worked both as a classroom teacher and as a Jewish educator in the community. Ornit believes in a differentiated learning experience for each student. She likes to use creative and engaging teaching and technology in her classroom. Ornit’s goal as a teacher is to be able to engage the students in developing meaningful relationships. She would like to see her students feel comfortable enough to try using Hebrew in situations outside the classroom. Ornit’s view on learning a language is that sometimes a small step in the right direction can turn out to be the beginning of a march to victory.

  • My name is Maya Lotan and I have been a tour-guide and Jewish educator since the days of my IDF service. I hold a master’s degree in Israel studies and specialized in modern history. I have a teaching certificate from Bar-Ilan University for middle school and high school and a certificate in teaching Hebrew as a second language from Kiryat Ono College. I teach at a Hebrew (Sunday) school in my community in Halifax Nova Scotia.

    I am originally from Tel Aviv, and I love the city, its history and culture. For more than a decade, I have been guiding families from abroad, Birthright tours, and school trips. I have also initiated ‘Tiyul-Ledet’ (‘Hike-Birthday’) – tours and trips for parents on maternity leave that combine birthday celebrations and nature.

  • Jeny is senior manager of IAC Activism Academy, where she leads the educational content for the IAC activism learning hub. Jeny is a natural-born activist, with extensive background in the non-profit sector, managing programs and volunteers. She has a B.ED in Sociology and informal education. Jeny was born in Minsk, Belarus, and made Aliya by herself at the age of 15. Four years ago she moved to the US and knew it was important for her to continue supporting Israel and Jewish communities here.


  • Shalom, I’m Seth – a science teacher in NYC. I was born in the US but grew up in Jerusalem, close to Shuk Mahane Yehuda, where I could find amazing, fresh food on an almost daily basis. For the past 6 years, I have lived in NYC and taught Hebrew, Judaism, math, and science. I am particularly interested in applying the science we learn to understanding technologies and procedures that can help us change the world, such as solar energy or desalination plants in Israel. When I am not teaching, you can find me traveling, cooking, reading, and cycling!

  • Dana Bar-Or is a Middle School Director and has 16 years of teaching experience, mainly in Middle School and Upper School. Dana was highly involved in the IAC and served as the first member of the ‘Gvanim’ leadership group. Her teaching style is engaging and focused on the students. In her free time, she enjoys practicing her boxing skills. In the past, while in Israel, Dana worked as a lawyer in her hometown of Haifa.

  • Mirit Balkan, a mom of 3, arrived in Cleveland a decade ago from Israel. Mirit is teaching with the “Bishvil Ha-Ivrit” program at @Akiva School in Cleveland. She brings with her over twenty years of experience in group facilitation with expertise in conflict transformation and peace building. Mirit worked at The Yitzhak Rabin Center and Gilo Center for Civic Society and Democracy in Israel and served as a program manager at The Jewish Federation of Cleveland. She represented IAC as a mentor and facilitator of the ‘Gvanim’ Community Leadership Program in Cleveland, served as chaplain at the Cleveland Clinic Hospital, and as a life cycle celebrate and registered wedding officiant.

  • My name is Hanita Hayim and I have been a Hebrew teacher for more than 20 years. I started my teaching career in Israel when I taught first, second, and fifth grades in elementary school. Out of love for the Hebrew language and a desire to pass it on to future generations, I studied teaching Hebrew to the upper grades. I also specialized in teaching Hebrew as a second language. After a few years, I realized that my goal in life is to teach Hebrew in other countries. About 6 years ago, I moved to the US and since then I have been enjoying teaching Hebrew in a Jewish school where I get great pleasure from hearing the children learn this special language.

  • Hi, my name is Jenny. I will teach Hebrew level 1 through Israeli songs, poems, books and more. I have been a teacher for more than a decade and started my teaching career in the IDF. I hold a master’s degree and specialized and worked as a special Ed teacher. I am the mom of 2 wonderful kids. Teaching is my passion, and I can’t wait to share my knowledge and my fun way of teaching with you.

  • My name is Sarit, and I am currently located in Los Angeles. I chose to work in Hebrew education because of my love for Israel and for teaching children. I enjoy teaching kids of all ages and love seeing them make progress in learning the Hebrew language and in appreciating the culture and history of Israel. I like to teach in a way that fosters experiential learning and believe that this is the way to instill the love of the Hebrew language in my students. Looking forward to meeting you all in my class!

  • Mirit is an educator, born and raised in Israel where she taught immigrants the Hebrew language and Israeli culture. She has multiple degrees in Hebrew language and linguistics, and in education. Mirit has lived in the U.S. since 2008, where she has taught Hebrew and Israeli studies at Binghamton University and Ithaca College, and co-founded the local Israeli Film Festival.

  • Nava was born in Israel and grew up in the sunny port city of Haifa. Looking for adventure and excitement led her to live all over the world including Canada, Greece, Germany and the US.

    Her love of working with people and helping others led her to teaching different languages over the past decade. For Nava, there is nothing more satisfying than making a difference in people’s lives and seeing them achieve their goals. Being a teacher, she believes, is not just about teaching grammar and vocabulary, but effective communication skills, confidence and the ability to deal with uncertainty.

    Always interested in the culinary arts, Nava has worked in the boutique catering food industry in Israel and even started an Israeli pop up restaurant in Germany. Sharing Israeli cuisine with people and exposing them to new cultures through food is one of her favorite activities.
    She currently lives, teaches and cooks in Austin TX.

  • Shalom! My name is Sharon and I live in Atlanta. I have chosen the teaching profession out of true love for the field of education. I enjoy guiding students to maturity, using a unique combination of education knowledge coupled with eighteen years of experience. I like to incorporate games and technology into my classes and a lot of fun. So, if you want to learn Hebrew in an experiential way – I’d love you to join me!

  • Maya was born and raised in Israel and lives in the beautiful city of Austin, TX. She teaches and tutors Hebrew and Jewish studies and has over a decade of experience in education in various settings. Her passion for education began in college while tutoring elementary through college students with learning disabilities.

    Maya teaches learning strategies to help her students reach their full potential. Maya likes to provide an inviting, exciting, and joyful learning environment to accommodate a wide variety of learning styles and needs. She strongly believes in using games, which in her experience have a tremendous impact, both educationally and socially. “The most effective way to learn Hebrew is through fun and engagement”. Maya is looking forward to all the wonderful learning ahead of us!

  • Yakov was born and raised in Israel and currently lives in New York City. Yakov is a highly experienced teacher of Hebrew and Israeli culture. Since he relocated to the US, Yakov has been working as a Hebrew teacher and a youth guide in several schools and Jewish community centers in Manhattan. During his career, Yakov has worked with diverse populations and age groups, including children with special needs. His passion for education began during his military service as a commander in an elite IDF unit where he was responsible for educating the next generation of Israel. Following his military service, Yakov was engaged in various army-preparation programs, and he went on to study education in college. Yakov believes that having fun in class is the key to learning. Perseverance, investment, and hard work are the hallmarks of success.

  • Dalia Mendel is an experienced teacher of Hebrew and Israeli culture. Dalia relocated to the US in 2014 with her family and since then has been teaching Hebrew to different age groups and in different Jewish organizations such Jewish day schools and Temples. In her classes, she will focus on the four Hebrew language skills – speaking, reading, writing, and listening – using authentic Israeli songs, games, teacher prepared materials, videos, and more in order to keep her students engaged and to meet different learning styles. Dalia brings her love and passion for Israel and Hebrew in her classes.

  • My name is Zehava Dahan, and I am the Enrichment Educational Manager of Ofek Hub. I have been working as a Jewish educator in the Bay Area for 30 years, both as a classroom teacher and as a head of Jewish and Hebrew studies in formal and informal Jewish education. Studying education at Haifa University and at San Francisco State University inspired me to use varied education approaches, keeping the student at the center. For me, the most exciting aspect of working with students is the creation of a warm environment through a broad partnership of teachers, parents, and students. My goal is to use that partnership to develop inquisitive, engaged, and caring children who will become lifelong learners and compassionate human beings.

  • Dana was born and raised in Jerusalem. She graduated with honors from David Yellin Teachers College in Jerusalem where she received her B.A. in Education. She earned her M.A. in Education at the American Jewish University. She previously taught English to third-sixth graders in Israeli public schools. Dana learned French and Spanish, served in the Israeli army, and received an award of excellence from the IDF for her service. Dana pioneered a new pilot program with Rabbi Melissa Buyer, utilizing an experimental distance learning teaching model and won a BJE Lainer Award in 2011. She currently teaches 3rd, 5th and 6th grade at the day school of Stephen Wise Temple where she was the Hebrew language coordinator at the religious school. Dana also teaches Hebrew at The American Jewish University – AJU – and at Los Angeles Hebrew High School.

    Dana believes that each student is an individual and has a unique gift to offer the world. She believes in teaching her students according to their own individual path and it is important for her that her students are happy and learn to think outside the box, become positive, empathetic, appreciative, creative, and self-reflecting. It is also important for Dana to pass on to her students her love and devotion to Judaism, Israel, and to Hebrew. Dana loves music and is the proud mother of Ariel and Daniel.

  • Aya Goshen is an independent art curator based in New York City, originally from Israel. She graduated with an MA in Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, an MBA from Tel-Aviv University, and a BA in Economics and Communications from Haifa University. Aya combines a passion for art with broad proficiency in marketing. She initiates, curates, and produces contemporary art projects that celebrate art and bring people together.

  • Sheryl Silver Ochayon holds a law degree from Harvard Law School, a BA in History from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and a Certificate in Genocide Studies from Stockton University. After a long legal career, she followed her passion for Holocaust education. In 2005 she began working for the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem as a guide in the Holocaust history Museum, writing and developing online courses for educators around the world, and creating educational videos.

    Currently, Sheryl is Yad Vashem’s Program Director for Echoes & Reflections, a program that empowers American middle and high school educators to confidently teach the Holocaust with dynamic classroom materials and professional development. Sheryl has represented Yad Vashem in different contexts both in the US and in Israel at seminars and international conferences, and at the United Nations.

  • Jonathan Emanuel has been an educator and program provider for over 2 decades, working in formal and non-formal settings, both Jewish and others. He has served as a camp director, program director and has created several leadership programs for teens and young Jewish leaders. He has a BA in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz, has studied text and mysticism at Yeshivat Shalom Rav in Tzfat, Israel, and is presently completing his master’s degree in Jewish Education at Gratz College in Philadelphia, PA. He has served as the Director of Teen Services for the Jewish Federation of the Greater East Bay, supervising programming and educational resources for a program serving over 1000 Jewish teens. Mr. Emanuel served as the Director of Youth Education and Family Education at Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon, CA, and currently teaches Jewish Studies to the Middle School at Brandeis Marin Day School in San Rafael, CA.

  • Vavi was raised in Tel Aviv by a theatrical and artistic family. She studied English Literature and Art History at the Hebrew University, and Painting and Drawing at the Bezalel Art Institute in Jerusalem. Her career as an Israel educator spans more than 30 years. As a freelancer, Vavi creates educational materials, conducts workshops for educators and adult students, and serves as a consultant on Arts & Culture for the iCenter for Israel Education.

  • Yael has been a teacher and educator for more than 30 years. She holds a master’s degree in literature from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her book clubs started 6 years ago and are focused on a human point of view and academics.

  • Sivan Arbel is an Israeli vocalist, composer, and educator who has performed all around the world in places such as The Lincoln Center in New York City, the Minsk Jazz Festival in Belarus, Bratislava Jazz Days Festival in Slovakia, Boston Jazz Festival, and the 4020 Festival in Austria, to name just a few.

    Arbel holds a B.A in Jazz Performance from the Newpark Music Center in Dublin and is a graduate of the Jazz Performance Program at the Rimon School of Music in Israel. She has collaborated with musicians around the world such as the Japanese band Ichimujin, Brazilian Pandeiro player Túlio Araújo, the ‘Groove It Forward’ Project, and pianist Guy Mintus. Arbel has also released two albums: Broken Lines in 2016 and Change of Light in 2019, which was selected as the Best Vocal Disc of 2019 by Jazz2K.

  • Formerly the Director of Education for the JFCS Holocaust Center based in San Francisco, Leslie moved to Idaho – and joined the staff – in 2021. Originally from Southern California, she taught Holocaust studies at Tarbut V’Torah Community Day School in Irvine, where she also accompanied her students on study trips to Poland and Israel. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in History (with a focus on Holocaust Studies) from Loyola Marymount University, where she studied under world renowned Holocaust scholar, Dr. Michael Berenbaum. Leslie has worked as a museum educator for both the Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance and the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. She has also served as an historical consultant for multiple high school productions of “The Diary of Anne Frank,” one of which she directed herself. Leslie is a graduate of the Orange County/Long Beach Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) Glass Leadership Institute and was selected as an educational consultant for Chapman University’s Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education. She was honored to be chosen as one of Orange County’s Most Influential 2019 by the OC Register for her ongoing work with high school students in combating antisemitic behavior.

  • Susanne M Reyto, an award-winning author, speaker, world traveler and an ardent supporter of Israel and the free world. She is an active member of several organizations, immediate past Chairman of the Board of Governors of City of Hope and board member of Beverly Hills Women’s Club. She served as president of Hadassah Los Angeles and ZOA Western Region. Being a child survivor, she is a frequent speaker at Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. She works tirelessly for the education of our future generations, about history including the Holocaust and Communism. Now as Chairman of VIOLINS OF HOPE Los Angeles County, Susanne will continue to engage in educating the public, particularly students about history, culture and music.

    Her childhood experiences and her ultimate escape from Communist Hungary in the late 1950’s left Susanne with an unwavering spirit of optimism and perseverance. She grew up in Australia, lived on Guam while her husband served in the US Navy and has traveled the world. Her writings have been featured in major US newspapers and Internet magazines/websites. She has appeared on television and radio in the US and Canada. Her book, Pursuit of Freedom has been designated as recommended reading for youngsters. Her recently published book, Destination Freedom, aims to reach middle-school age and older.

  • Leora Raikin is the Executive Director and Founder of the David Labkovski Project. As the artist’s great-niece, she has the connection and understanding of Labkovski as a person and an artist. Leora has assumed the responsibility of carrying on her uncle’s work through the creation of the DLP. She works tirelessly using her great-uncle’s artwork to engage, enrich, educate, and empower audiences and students through lectures and workshops. Leora has been a keynote speaker at numerous schools, synagogues, and organizations including Chapman University Rogers Center Holocaust Commemoration Program, the United States Military Academy at West Point, the Johannesburg Holocaust Museum, and the Genocide Center and the Holocaust Museum in Los Angeles. Leora has a master’s degree from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She and her husband have a son and a new puppy, Whisky.

  • Since its founding five years ago, Stephanie Wolfson has been the Director of Education and Curator for the David Labkovski Project. She was also a consultant to the Education Department at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Stephanie was taught about the Holocaust at too young an age and with inappropriately graphic material and has since made it her mission to engage audiences with this history in a way that is accessible, and which provides an opening for discussion and thought. Stephanie holds a BA in Education from George Washington University, an MA in Jewish Communal Service and Education from Brandeis University and is currently working toward an MA in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University. Stephanie and her husband live outside LA. They have 4 grown children, a grandson, and a little dog – CC.

  • Hello, my name is Tony Ben-Zion. I am a mother of two sweet boys, happily married, and I live in Los Angeles, California. I am a teacher of cooking and baking. I grew up at home with my grandmother who was an amazing cook and had a great love for cooking and baking. Over the years, I have recreated recipes and dishes that are passed down in our family from generation to generation, and also created my own recipes. I am a Wingate Institute graduate in yoga instruction, and a therapist in Shiatsu and reflexology. I have been teaching yoga classes to pregnant women, children, and adults for 13 years. For the past three years, I have created workshops, and taught cooking and baking classes for adults and children at the IAC Sheffer Center, and privately in Los Angeles. I currently teach cooking and baking classes on ‘Zoom’. I am the owner of The Sixth Spice blog and maintain a YouTube channel to which I upload easy and delicious recipes to every week. https://youtube.com/c/TheSixthSpice

  • Yakir Ben-Moshe, born in 1973, lives and works in Tel Aviv. Yakir won the Israeli Prime Minister’s Prize for Literature in 2012 and the Israeli Minister of Culture’s Prize in 2003. He has published six books, the most recent of which, “Whistle of a Night Watchman”, was published by the Bialik Institute in 2021. His poems have been translated into various languages, including English, Russian, Greek, Chinese, Turkish, and have been published in anthologies and literary journals. Since 2000, Yakir has been the literary editor and cultural events editor at ‘Beit Bialik’, the house of the Israeli national poet Hayim Nahman Bialik, has edited the ‘Poetry on the Road’ project of the Tel Aviv Municipality (2004-2015), and the International ‘Gate’ Poetry Festival (2011-2015). He served as a judge for the best Poetry Award of the Israeli President’s House in Jerusalem (2018-19) and for the ‘Haaretz’ newspaper short story competition (2005). In addition, Ben-Moshe writes press articles about literature and classical music, edits poetry and prose books for many writers (including Nava Semel, Yossi Alfi), and has rich and varied experience in teaching literature and writing workshops in many settings, including Tel Aviv University, Seminar Kibbutzim, Helicon (the Association for the Advancement of Poetry in Israel), Kibbutz Yotvata, and more. For this, he was awarded the title of ‘Best Writing Workshop Teacher in Israel’ by the ‘Maariv’ newspaper.

  • Shalom everyone! My name is Liat and I was born and raised in Rehovot, Israel. I graduated from Hadassah College in Jerusalem as an industrial designer. I worked for a short time as an exhibition designer and quickly moved to the field of graphic design. After marrying in 2000, I moved to New York where I continue to work as a packaging designer in Brooklyn. 4 years ago, I opened my blog “Food for Thoughts” where I express my love for baking, making food, and everything in between. I host workshops and chefs in my home kitchen. When Covid hit, I started hosting Zoom workshops for the Israeli and Jewish American communities. I believe in seasonal local cuisine and venturing into neighboring cuisines for a new and different taste of our own.

  • Noa was born in Jerusalem and spent her childhood as a city mouse in bustling Tel Aviv and became a country adolescent in Kiryat Tivon- a beautiful small town in Jezereel Valley. She served as a lead vocalist in Navy ensemble and graduated from the London School of Musical Theater on top of a BA in Humanities from the Open University. Aside from her love for music and a career as a freelance vocalist, Noa is passionate about education –an elementary school teacher in Tel Aviv originating and leading various educational programs, and since moving to the Bay Area she teaches Prayerbook as well as modern Hebrew to teens and adults and created a lecture series combining her two passions teaching “The History of Israel Through Music”.

    Noa also leads the Bnei Mitzvah for Sherith Israel in SF, and serves as cantor/officiator for services. She currently lives with her husband – a chocolate maker- in San Francisco and enjoys merging her passion for music and education in the Bay Area.

  • Anat has served as MATI board member for 9 years and as CEO for 7 years. MATI (Merkaz Tarbut Israeli) is a non-profit organization for Israeli Culture in Los Angeles. For more than 30 years, she has taught music, working with special needs kids and young adults and is also a writer and a producer of different Israeli-Jewish community events in Los Angeles including the Holocaust Memorial family community program in the last 10 years.

    Anat has been a guide at the Holocaust Museum LA for the last 5 years, giving tours in Hebrew and English. She is involved in other Holocaust-related school programs and the Violin of Hope project in LA. Anat serves as the West Coast Representative of ‘Anu’, the Museum of the Jewish People of Beit Hatfutsot in Tel Aviv and the Chair of the Board of the Advot Project – a non-profit organization that uses art-based curriculum to teach communication and relationship skills, empowering participants to find their voice and use it.

  • Udi Urman is the Director of the Lambert Center for Arts and Ideas and the The Sonabend Center for Israel at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan.
    Previously, Urman served as the Executive Director of Friends of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. He was the Director of Cultural Affairs at the Israeli Consulate in New England and New York, was a Board Member at NEMPAC, and has taught at Brandeis University. He specializes in the Arts and in cultural spheres and has extensive experience developing and executing large-scale fundraisers and nonprofit projects. In his current role, he is raising brand awareness through producing exhibitions, events, tours, and more. Udi is the founder of NY Public Art, a platform for tours and public art projects in New York.

  • Celebrated by the New York Times for “his vibrant playing full of texture and nuance”, Israeli cellist Elad Kabilio has a dual career as both a performer and a lecturer. He currently teaches at the famed Manhattan School of Music and gives lectures as part of the concert series ‘MusicTalks’. Mr. Kabilio has performed in prestigious concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Museum, Philharmonie Berlin, and Teatro La Scala in Milan. Mr. Kabilio holds four degrees from Tel-Aviv University, Mannes College of Music, New School University, and Manhattan School of Music.

  • Hi – my name is Lior and I love to teach and to learn! I keep up with the newest and coolest software on the market to create the best apps, videos, and computer games. My online courses have been running for more than 10 years and I have more than 20,000 fans subscribed to my newsletter. I also train instructors and develop new tutorials for schools and after-school programs. I recently began running the Facebook page ‘Stay Creative’ that I launched two months ago for students who have been forced to stay home due to Covid restrictions.

  • My name is Shir, and I am an interdisciplinary artist and art teacher. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Art and Education from ‘Hamidrasha’ – Faculty of the Arts at Beit Berl, Israel. I am also a master’s candidate in Art History, after graduating from Tel Aviv University. I have been an art teacher at several schools for the last eight years, and I enjoy meeting and learning from kids and their creative pursuits. In my classes, I emphasize self-expression through art, and at the same time create communication through talking about artwork.

  • Hello, my name is Yris Bilia. I was born in Israel and served as a Lieutenant and air-traffic controller in the IDF. I hold a BA in Psychology and Philosophy from Haifa University and then moved to NY where I live in Manhattan with my husband and our four children. My background is in advertising as a TV producer with some acting, and I currently teach Hebrew in Elementary and Middle school. I am passionate about travel and have visited over 30 countries around the world. I love learning about the nature, history, and customs of the places I explore and enjoy their adventurous side. I create an exciting environment in my classes where students can see themselves as global citizens and independent learners with an open mind to explore and understand the world around them.

  • Nice to meet you! My name is Tal Hadari. I’m 43 years old, and I live in Israel. I am an expert in Organizational Behavior (M.A. in Organizational Sociology) with extensive experience working in the private and government sectors. About a year and a half ago, I decided to focus on what really matters – in my opinion – and I built a magical social initiative: #You’ve Got It, (“Yesh Lach Et Ze” in Hebrew). #You’ve-Got-It focuses on personal empowerment, with an emphasis on young women, teenage girls, and others.

    This initiative includes empowering social media videos, private coaching sessions, lectures, mini group sessions, group coaching, writing a book and, in the spirit of the current era, Zoom sessions and a lot of other surprises. Who comes to #You’ve-Got-It? Girls that decide they want to succeed!! In what? In any area of life, and together we can learn HOW! If you want to really get to know me: I love dark chocolate, can’t stand the smell of coriander, and if I want to relax – all I need is to sit by the beach and watch the waves. And what I truly believe in is that when you have faith you can accomplish anything you desire. Well, almost. The rest we can learn together.

  • Shalom! I’m Dr. Amir Gefen, researcher and lecturer on cyber safety. In my PhD work at Bar Ilan University, I researched Cyberbullying among adolescents and its effects comparing to other forms of violence. I teaching in MA program for Educational Counselling. I am working with many municipalities and schools on designing and implanting online safety and cyberbullying prevention programs. In my previous role I’ve been a member of the founding team of the Israeli Child Online Protection Bureau – 105 helpline. Prior to that I worked many years in hi-tech firms in Israel and US. I am specializing in Artificial Intelligence technologies and Metaverse platforms.

  • Nice to meet you. My name is Etty Yogev and I am married and a mother of two teens. I am certified as a Parenting Coach by the Adler Institute and the Ministry of Education in Israel. I coach parents, both in Israel and the U.S, via workshops and private sessions. I have an MSc degree in Organizational Development & Behavior, and a certificate in Mediation, Positive Psychology and Mindfulness. I am community manager of “Moms for Teens Consult Together”. https://www.facebook.com/groups/mothersandteens/?ref=share –

    The quality of relationships we have with our families directly affects the quality of our lives.

    -The “how” is more important than the “what”. Our positive approach is everything!
    – It is never too late to improve the relationship with our teens
    – there is always an opportunity to tighten and strengthen the bond. Optimism!

  • Yael Rosen serves as the One2One Director at ENTER: The Jewish Peoplehood Alliance. Prior to this position, Yael directed the International Programs Department at ANU – Museum of the Jewish People, managing programs in over 40 countries across the world. With a passion for programming based on interpersonal encounters, Yael led program development for G2G: Generation to Generation, and previously worked at ATZUM, heading a project for Righteous Among the Nations living in Israel and establishing a program bringing together youth and Ethiopian Prisoners of Zion. Yael holds a BA in business management and sociology from Hebrew University, a MA in public policy from Tel Aviv University and is a licensed Israel tour guide.

  • Shalom! My name is Michal Segev, an Israeli native and currently an Austinite (Austin, TX). I am a certified EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teacher with an M.Ed in Language Teaching (Dyslexia focus). I am a certified ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) Parent Coach and an ADHD-CE. I am also a Doctorate student at Florida U in Special Education (Dyslexia/ADHD focus). So… I know ADHD! I am married and have two children (8 & 12) who are great parenting teachers. In my practice, I work with parents of children with ADHD in coaching them to support their children and teach them the skills they need to do well in school and life. I work with 1-6 graders as an academic ADHD/Executive Functions coach and their parents. I also work as a school interventionist in K-5 and coach administrators and General-Education teachers on how to work with neurodiverse students. I am a perpetual student, learning from research and my clients, and I hope my knowledge and experience help you support your family and dear ones with ADHD.

  • Dr. Shelly Rave believes that “there is a direct correlation between a healthy relationship and abundance. Our relationship can fulfill us very easily and drain us just as quickly. As long as I know how to love myself and others, I can succeed in other fields of my life”. Dr. Rave is an engineer with a high-tech management background and holds a master’s degree in Business Administration, and a PhD in Faculty Management. She has had a coaching clinic for over 12 years where she supports couples and leads online ‘Zoom’ workshops. Dr. Rave also lectures MBA students about coaching.

  • Shiri Rosenblat-Itzhak holds a master’s in Psychology Counseling from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She is a certified Executive Coach (School of Continuing Education at NYU), is a member of the ICF, and holds certificates in positive psychology (Cipp, CAPP). Shiri has over 20 years of experience working with teenagers and young adults. She is grateful for her family and friends, for finding her calling in life, and for coffee.

  • My name is Hadas Weissberg and I’ve been the IAC Care National Director until recently. I am coming with wide experience as educator with youth. In addition, I have PhD in expressive therapy. I am really excited about the opportunity to teach and guide students toward their Bar/Bat Mitzvah and open their mind to subject like identity, social responsibility, Tikkun Olam and more.

  • Lilach has been working with parents for more than 15 years. She has a master’s in Psychology, practices CBT and ACT therapy, and is a parent educator and a life and marriage coach. She is also a certified Gottman Seven Principles Leader.

  • My name is Avital Fux. I have been living in the Boston area for the last 15 years with my husband Arik, and our 3 daughters – Ori (16), Arbell (13) and Ayala (9). I’m an educational counselor, as well as a parent coach, and couples counselor. I have practiced these areas in the US and in Israel, working with parents and school staff. In my work, I help Israeli families who relocated out of Israel, cope with the challenges that come up as kids and parents grow up. I believe it is worth investing in parenting skills, as parenthood is the best investment there is. A lot of things can be temporary – friendships, work, where we live. However, our kids, our families are forever. The sooner we start building positive relationships with our kids, based on understanding and mutual respect, we will lead more pleasant lives, and lead to long term close and warm family relationships.

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