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bullet Danielle Kassin bullet Doug Hinko bullet Elham Rad bullet Sophie Lewis
bullet Jacob Gown bullet Sigal Abukrat bullet Cayle Rose bullet Ilana Jaffe
bullet Sara Capland bullet Diana Pakdaman bullet Eliya Ries bullet Joel Moss
bullet Jessica Moxley bullet Elham Kashanirokh

bullet Lauren Binder

bullet Noa Dori
bullet Rabbi Fruithandler bullet Nikki Nachum bullet Sarit Fried bullet Joshua Kashanirokh
bullet Rabbi Erez Sherman bullet Chana Rafi bullet Abram Goodstein bullet Rebecca Kashanirokh
bullet Cantor Marcus Feldman bullet Debbie Younesi bullet Samantha Witman bullet Tirza Volkmer
bullet Aryell Cohen bullet Frida Eytan bullet Hayley Alon bullet Shanilla Natanzi
bullet Elaine Seltzer bullet Lida Dyan bullet Alex Zaremba
bullet Michelle Willner bullet Rachel Guest  bullet Jelani Bandele   
bullet Chaim Butterfield bullet Dina Dvir  bullet Lisa Peicott   
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Danielle Kassin

Danielle Kassin - Director

My name is Danielle Kassin and I was born in the Hebrew month of Shevat. This is the month when the holiday of Tu b’Shevat is celebrated. I think Tu b'Shevat is an extraordinary holiday because it celebrates the trees! I am proud to be a part of a religion that acknowledges and sets aside a special day for the trees. I believe every tree is unique and adds many special qualities to our world. I also believe that our future generation, our children, are each unique in their own way. An important part of my job is to help nurture and plant seeds for our children's souls which will blossom into strong adults, adults who have a passion and understanding of their roots and the beautiful traditions which Judaism has to offer. One of the other reasons that I love Tu b’Shevat is because my daughter, Rhiana, was born on this holiday! Her middle name is Ayla which means mighty oak tree.

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Jacob Gown - Experiential Educator

Hello, my name is Jacob Gown and I was born in the beautiful month of Sivan. Sivan is significant because it is the month that the Jews, via Moses, received the Torah from Mt. Sinai. Before we received the Torah we were a nation without guidance. We were unaware about how we should live our lives in a holy way. Torah is our access point to holiness. To me, the Torah is the base of Judaism. It contains the formula for how to live our lives with meaning and how to make the world a better place. As an educator I get to teach these values and the interpretations of the Torah to the next generation. To me, this is the holiest job in the world because this work impacts the lives of the future. I am awed when I think about the generations of Jews all the way back to Moses at Mt. Sinai who's shoulders I am standing on. And now here I am, at Sinai, teaching Torah. Hmmmm... It is also apt that one of my two son's middle name is Moshe.

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Sara Capland

Sara Capland - Office Manager

My name is Sara Capland and I am the Office Manager at Sinai Temple Religious School. I was born in the Hebrew month of Tevet. Chanukah ends in the month of Tevet. Chanukah is one of my favorite holidays because it brings my family together and is a celebration of light. I try to bring light and community to the religious school whenever I can. I am looking forward to a great year of learning!

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Jessica Moxley - Interim Office Manager

My name is Jessica Moxley and I will be the Interim Office Manager at Sinai Temple Religious School. I was born in the Hebrew month of Nisan, which is the Hebrew month in which we celebrate Pesach. I look forward to my family’s Pesach Seder every year because I love being able to come together with my family and share in a tradition that has always inspired my love for and pride in Judaism. I’m so excited to join the Religious School this year as an interim Office Manager, and I hope I can bring some of my love and excitement for Judaism to the Religious School Office while I am here!

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Rabbi Jason Fruithandler

I was born in the Hebrew month of Sivan. In this month Moses came down from Mount Sinai and shared the 10 commandments. It was the moment God said to the Jewish people “I am yours and you are mine.” It is the foundational relationship between us and the creator of all. I love this imagery because it speaks to what I think my job is as a Rabbi and Jewish educator. My job is to know you, to share with you, and together to try and uncover Godliness through the mitzvot.

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Rabbi Erez Sherman - Music Specialist

Shalom, my name is Rabbi Erez Sherman and I was born in the Hebrew month of Tishrei. I was born two days before Yom Kippur. Tishrei is the month where the Jewish year begins, as we celebrate Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot, all in the month of Tishrei. There is no better time for a community to come together than Tishrei. Besides the community gathering together at the synagogue, and families gathering around their tables for apples and honey, Tishrei offers a time to evaluate our goals for the year ahead. In addition, Tishrei is a time that God allows us as individuals to do teshuva, returning to the person that we would like to be. We do this by reaching out to others. Finally, the music of Tishrei holds a special place in my heart. From the famous Avinu Malkeinu melody, to the impressive Kol Nidre to the dancing of the scrolls on Simchat Torah, Tishrei is full of sights and sounds. I look forward to bringing the values that we learn in Tishrei into the rest of the year as we embark on a meaningful journey together.

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Cantor Feldman

Cantor Marcus Feldman

My name is Cantor Marcus Feldman, and I was born in the Hebrew month of Nisan. Nisan is a special month in the Torah and our tradition, for a few reasons. First, it is considered to be one of the four Jewish New Years, this one specifically celebrating our birth as a Jewish nation. Second, On the 15th day of the month of Nisan, we celebrate Passover, our liberation from slavery and the beginning of our journey through the desert to receive the Torah and to create a Jewish homeland in the land of Israel. Passover is not only the story of leaving a place of slavery and narrowness, but also journeying to a place of purpose, destiny, and holiness. My role as a Cantor and Jewish educator, is to instill the love of Judaism into each child which I have the privilege of teaching. The more I learn, the more I am inspired by the beauty of Judaism and our tradition, and what it can teach us about all aspects of life, from the way we talk, to the way we treat each other and ourselves, and even the way we interact with the world. I hope to inspire our students to not only learn, but to give them the passion and desire to continue their Jewish journey long after they leave the formal classroom.

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Aryell Cohen

Aryell Cohen - Trope Specialist

My name is Aryell Cohen, and I was born at the end of the Hebrew month of Av, the same week we introduce the month of Elul, when the High Holy Days occur. It is coincidental that at my Bar Mitzvah here at Sinai Temple, we introduced the month of Elul at Shabbat Services that morning. As I celebrate the 50th anniversary of my bar Mitzvah, we once again welcome the month of Elul with the same setting of "Mi She-Asah Nissim" that Cantor Urstein set to all of the High Holy Day themes heralding this special time. I tend to think of this as honoring our past, as we teach our children (the present) in preparation for our future!

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Elaine Seltzer

Elaine Seltzer - Kitah Zayin (7th Grade) Na’aseh Teacher & Special Programs

My name is Elaine Seltzer and I am one of the teachers on the 7th grade teaching team. I am an elective teacher and the Student Council Facilitator. I was born in the Hebrew month of Adar. Wow, Adar is the month of revealing ourselves in many ways just like Queen Esther did in the story of Purim. That is exactly who I feel like when I get to “wear” so many “hats” at STRS. I love to do art with the students and I am passionate about teaching Holocaust Studies. I have worked at Sinai for so many years, that even if you need a can opener…I could probably tell you where to go in the building! Sinai is like my home. I look forward to being very creative this year and finding new hats to share with all my students!

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Michelle Green Willner

Dr. Michelle Green Willner - Choir

Shalom! My name is Michelle Green Willner. I was born during the month of Av–a very low time of year in the Jewish calendar with many tragedies occurring to the Jewish people and much sorrow, but also with much hope for redemption and joy. This is actually quite apropos to what I teach at Sinai–i.e. the Sinai Youth Choir. For through singing songs and prayers of our history, our celebrations and our heritage, and understanding the textured meanings of this music do we feel uplifted and joyous of our unique and rich culture. I look forward to singing with your kids and performing right here at Sinai Temple and all over the city of Los Angeles!

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Chaim Butterfield

Chaim Butterfield - Tech Specialist

My name is Chaim and I was born in the Hebrew month of Tevet. Tevet is a very special month for Jewish Education for on the 20th of Tevet in the year 1483 the very first volume of the Babylonian Talmud was printed. The Talmud, a collection of the Mishnah expounded upon by the great Jewish Sages, is one of the cornerstones of Jewish learning. The very meaning of the word Talmud translates to “instruction” and “learning.” And just as 532 years ago Jewish Education was irrevocably changed with the printing of the Babylonian Talmud, so too today I hope to help revolutionize the way we teach Judaism with new approaches to learning using the amazing technologies we bring into the classroom.


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Doug Hinko - Tech Specialist

Greetings! My name is Doug Hinko and I am pleased to be working with Stars Religious School during the 2015-2016 school year as a Technology Specialist. One of my greatest passions is finding new ways to share, learn and grow together. The world is ever changing and we have a responsibility to keep up with these changes in order to help prepare our young generation to lead the future. I was born in the month of Adar which is a "happy month!" I try to find joy and happiness in everything that I do. Whether it be working with a group of students to solve a problem, going to the grocery store, or anything in between, I believe that life is too short to not find joy and happiness in all situations.


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Sigal Abukrat - Reading Specialist

My name is Sigal Harel Abukrat. I was born in the Hebrew month of Tishrei. This is a very important month in the Jewish calender. In this month, we celebrate one of the most central holidays in Judaism, Rosh Hashanah ("head of the year"). The month of Tishrei symbolizes new beginnings. In education every school year is a new beginning, another step in a child's development. A new school year is an exciting time for children . It means making new friends, taking part in new activities, learning new skills, and trying new things. The New Year is, a time to bring from the past all that is right and good, and to give to the future the best we have to offer.


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Diana Pakdaman

Diana Pakdaman - Kindergarten - Kitah Gan

Shalom! My name is Diana Pakdaman. I’m looking forward to meeting the incoming kindergarten, kitah gan students! I was born on the 25th of the month of Kislev; which is the first night of Hannukah. Kislev is the 3rd month after Rosh Hashannah (the beginning of the Hebrew New Year). I love Hannukah because it is the holiday of lights. It is also about the rededication of the holy temple after it was recaptured from the Greeks. The holy temple was recaptured during winter time when the nights are longest and coldest. Because of this darkness, the Hannukah candles were even brighter and warmer in the winter. I see myself as the Hannukah lights. I love teaching and believe through teaching one can brighten any child’s life. I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and love of Judaism with future generations. Just as a candle brightens the whole room in the darkness, each child’s life can be brightened by sharing the love and passion for Judaism. With each child’s newfound knowledge and enlightenment, I look forward to having a classroom filled with the bright minds of our children.

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Elham Kashanirokh

Elham Kashanirokh - 1st Grade - Kitah Aleph

My name is Elham Kashanirokh and I am teaching Kitah Aleph at Sinai Temple Religious School. I was born in the Hebrew month of Nisan. Pesach or Chag HaAviv is one of my favorite holidays because it marks the new year of the season of spring. As we ask why this night is different from all other nights during the Passover seder, I ask myself what will be different in this year of teaching? What new way of teaching can I incorporate into my lessons? How can I make my students learn more? Just as flowers blossom in spring, I look forward to watching my students grow and blossom throughout the year.

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Nikki Nachum

Nikki Nachum - 1st Grade - Kitah Aleph

My name is Nikki Nachum and I am teaching Kitah Aleph at Sinai Temple Religious School. I was born in the Hebrew month of Tishrei. Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot all take place in the month of Tishrei. My favorite holiday is Sukkot because we are asked to spend a whole week sleeping, eating, singing, and hosting new and old friends in an outdoor shack-like structure, under the night sky. I love to bring people together whenever I can, celebrating the outdoors and nature. I also love bringing community and togetherness to my religious school classroom. I am looking forward to a year of closeness and togetherness with STARS!

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Chana Rafi - 2nd Grade - Kitah Bet

Shalom, my name is Chana Rafi and I was born in the Hebrew month of Av. This is the month when the ancient and modern holiday of Tu b’Av is celebrated. Although it is a lesser-known holiday, Tu b’Av is distinguished as a holiday of love, where the “daughters of Jerusalem would go dance in the vineyards.” This is the day, which the Talmud considers the greatest festival of the year, with Yom Kippur coming in second! The 15th of Av, a day of love, is no less holy than the day of Yom Kippur. The message is priceless. Judaism places love on a greater pedestal than even Yom Kippur! Love is a fundamental element in Judaism. The ability to love and care for our students is the key to open their hearts and their minds. As an educator, I believe that through unconditional positive regard we can ignite children’s innate curiosity and passion. I hope to inspire within my students a love of Judaism and learning! Wishing everyone a Shana Tova U’Metukah.

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Debbie Younesi - 2nd Grade - Kitah Bet

My name is Debbie Younesi. I teach Kitah Bet (Second Grade) at Sinai Temple Religious School. I was born in the month of Tevet. Tevet is the tenth month of the Jewish calendar. This month begins with the last days of Chanukah and shares a root with the Hebrew word tov, meaning good. By internalizing the message of the ever-increasing lights of the menorah— reminding us of the power of good over evil— we are able to reveal the good which is hidden in our lives and in the world around us. The Zodiac sign for Tevet is a Capricorn/Goat. I believe that I have the playful nature of jumping up and down like a goat :). I’m happy and energetic and looking to bring out the good in my students. I am looking forward to a great year of joy ahead.

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Frida Eytan

Frida Eytan - 3rd Grade - Kitah Gimel

Shalom, I’m Frida Eytan and I will be teaching Kitah Gimel! I was born in the busy Jewish month of Tishrei, the first month of the Jewish year. Tishrei is considered the “head” of the year and the reservoir from which we draw our strength and inspiration throughout the year ahead. The Jewish month of Tishrei is filled with major holidays: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah. These are all my favorite holidays, especially Simchat Torah – “the Joy of the Torah.” I get such joy from studying Torah and teaching Torah to our children!

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Lida Dayan

Lida Dyan - 3rd Grade - Kitah Gimel

My name is Lida Dayan and this is my 6th year teaching at Sinai Temple's Religious School. My goal for my students is for them to succeed in all that they do and enjoy the adventures they encounter along the way! My birthday falls in the hebrew month of Elul. The month of Elul is a time of repentance for the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The name of the month is said to be an acronym of "Ani l'dodi v'dodi li," "I am my Beloved's and my Beloved is mine," a quote from Song of Songs. Elul is the last month of the year- a time to make New year's resolutions before the start of the new year. As the month of Elul approaches, the new school year approaches as well. This is a time of preparation for the upcoming year as I prepare the curriculum and get ready to meet another wonderful group of students.

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Rachel Guest - 3rd Grade - Kitah Gimel

My name is Rachel Guest and I will be teaching Kitah Gimel (third grade). I was born in the Hebrew month of Sivan. Sivan is the month in which we celebrate Shavuot, the end of the wheat harvest, and commemorate the amazing gift of Torah. Just as we were given the gift of Torah at Sinai, I feel that learning is a wonderful gift. I am so excited to continue to share the gift of Torah and knowledge with my students throughout the year and I cannot wait to learn from them in return! I can also appreciate the celebration of the wheat harvest as I enjoy eating as many bagels as I can! I think the counting of the Omer, the days between Pesach and Shavuot teach us not only to be patient, but remind us to set goals for ourselves and look forward to the reward that comes from dedication to a task. I think this is a wonderful lesson for students and teachers alike as we embark on an educational journey together and strive to dedicate ourselves to our studies and to the joy of learning for another school year.

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Dina Dvir

Dina Dvir - 4th Grade - Kitah Dalet

My name is Dina Dvir. I teach the 4th Grade – KITA DALET in Religious School. I was born in the beginning of the Hebrew year – In the month of TISHRE. My deep belief is that every day I am reborn. This is why I like our Jewish religion so much. Among all of our prayers we also have one we say first thing in the morning: MODEH ANI and it means I am thankful to you God that God brought my soul back to me. Yes, when I open my eyes in the morning - I am thankful! I am looking forward to a year that I can share my gratitude for teaching my students.

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Elham Rad - 4th Grade - Kitah Dalet

My name is Elham Rad and I was born in the Hebrew month of Sivan. This is the month when the holiday of Shavuot is celebrated. I believe Shavuot is an extraordinary holiday because after B’nai Israel comes out of Egypt they were given the most precious gift, The Torah. This valuable gift was not only given to the people who were present at mount Sinai, but to all of us as our souls were present at that unique moment. We all said “we shall do, and we shall listen.” Following the commandments and learning the values will lead us to a brighter future. By continuing the chain of the generation, we will follow the roots of our fathers and mothers, and from generation-to-generation “L’dor Vador,” we will learn together in our upcoming year. Looking forward to learning Torah and values with my students, the next generation!


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Cayle Rose - 5th Grade - Kitah Hay

My name is Cayle and I was born in the Hebrew month of Tishrei. Tishrei is the month of the Jewish High Holy Days, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, and other holidays such as Sukkot and Simchat Torah. The 10 days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are known as “Aseret Yamei Teshuva”, and teshuvah means to return. I love the month of Tishrei because it is full of opportunities to return to Judaism. We may not always go to shul or make time for Judaism, but during Tishrei, Jews all over the world, of all different backgrounds and levels of observance, remember how important Judaism is. As a teacher I hope to inspire students to seize every opportunity to return to Judaism not only during Tishrei, but all through the year and for their lifetime.

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Eliya Ries - 5th Grade - Kitah Hay

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Lauren Binder - 5th Grade Pod Teacher

My name is Lauren Binder and I was born in the Hebrew month of Kislev. I like to think of Kislev as the month of miracles. It is during Kislev that we celebrate Chanukah, the miracle of the Maccabees defeating King Antiochus and the Syrian Empire and reclaiming the Temple for the Jewish people. Each year, Chanukah reminds me to have faith in my beliefs and the power of light in the face of darkness. The second miracle that happens during Kislev is that the month brings rain to the desert climate of Israel after the dry, hot summer months. As an east coast native, I love the change of seasons, and particularly enjoy the rain and watching the way it nourishes the world. The Hebrew word for rain is "geshem," which comes from the root "lehagshim" meaning to fulfill, or make something become a reality. That's how I see my role as a teacher this year: just as the rain comes to fulfill and actualize the world, I am so excited to help students realize their potential and nourish and enrich their learning.

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Sarit Fried

Sarit Fried - 6th Grade - Kitah Vav

Morah Sarit's favorite verse from the Torah is from the book of Numbers (Bamidbar) Chapter 3; Verses 1-2: "These are the offspring of Aaron and Moses...These are the names of Aaron's sons."

Hi, my name is Sarit and I chose a verse from the book of Numbers (Bamidbar). Rashi points out that it only mentions Aaron's sons and not Moses,' yet it calls them the offspring of Moses. This is because Moses taught them Torah and whoever teaches Torah to another it is as if he has fathered him. Parents give physical life to a child and teachers help instill that life with even more purpose and meaning. Being taught how to live a life with purpose and meaning is creating and fathering that life. So too, I consider my job as a teacher that of a mother's and it is a great honor. At the beginning of each school year I look forward to meeting my new "children" (students). I embrace this amazing opportunity to help "raise" them in the Torah way.

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Abram Goodstein - 6th Grade - Kitah Vav

My name is Abram Goodstein and I was born in the month of Elul. During the month of Elul, Moses ascended Mount Sinai for the second time. During his first visit, he brought back two tablets that contained the Ten Commandments for the Israelites to observe and celebrate. On his descent he found the Israelites worshipping a golden calf and broke the tablets out of anger. So in Elul he walked back up Mount Sinai to ask God for reconciliation and forgiveness for the Israelites actions and his own response to them. God, of course, forgave Moses and the Israelites. For me the month Elul is a time for introspection and personal growth. Moses and the Israelites each grew from their mistakes. Mistakes are important and meaningful as long as there is growth and forgiveness. I am looking forward to the growth, questioning, and learning of my students in the upcoming year!

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Samantha Witman - 6th Grade - Kitah Vav

My name is Samantha Friedland and I was born in the month of Adar. This relates to me because Purim falls in the month of Adar. Purim is a joyous holiday filled with laughter and joy. Those traits depict who I am as both a person and a teacher. I gain tremendous joy and laughter from my students, and love the wonderful gifts of knowledge they bring to the classroom. Outside of being a teacher I am also a wife to a wonderful magician who performs many magic tricks which is connected to Purim as well. We have two little girls Emmanuelle and Juliette, and a little boy born in July named Hershel. I look forward to teaching this year at Sinai temple.

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Hayley Alon - 7th Grade - Kitah Zayin

Hi my name is Hayley Alon and I was born in the month of Cheshvan. The Jewish people, in the time of King Solomon, finished building the Holy Temple of Jerusalem after seven long, laboring years in Cheshvan. Obviously, building the Temple was no easy task. It included many, many detailed commandments of how exactly it should be built and decorated, with no room for error. Therefore, it not only included physical labor but it also required extreme focus and attention to detail. I am the type of person who needs to get things done in order to enjoy my relaxing time. I love the feeling of just “being” after a day of “doing.” I believe that the month of Cheshvan epitomizes this balance between “doing” and “being.” Moreover, Cheshvan is the month after a long stretch of holidays. There are no holidays and the cold weather starts to sink in. People see this as a bitter time and an “empty” month. However, I see it as a month of great opportunity since we can take the “high” of the previous holidays into the New Year. It is actually the start of “doing,” which ultimately I require to “be.” I am looking forward to doing a lot of great work with my students this year.

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Alex Zaremba - 7th Grade - Kitah Zayin

My name is Alex Zaremba and I will be teaching kitah zayin this year. I was born in the Hebrew month of Sivan, the month when we celebrate Shavuot, the holiday that marks when the children of Israel received the Torah on Mount Sinai. As a teacher I try to bring the same enthusiasm and celebratory feel into all aspects of education, just like we celebrate the gift of our holy book, and the learning that ensued once we received the Torah.

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Jelani Bandele - Na'aseh (5th - 7th Grade) Sports Ruach Elective Teacher

I am always interested in learning. Just recently, I learned that I have a Hebrew birthday and that I was born in the Hebrew month Iyar! Iyar is the month of the holiday of Lag Ba Omer. Lag Ba Omer is a holiday that is commemorated by bonfires at the beach/park and rely races. Lag Ba Omer is the day we pause the somber counting of the omer in order to celebrate with campfires, song, and good food. I like the outdoors, exercise, and especially sports. I also like to celebrate each day. I am passionate about teaching sportsmanship and values through athletics. There are many life lessons to instill while teaching sports. I am looking forward to a great Sports Ruach class this year.

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Lisa Peicott - Intern Cantor/Trope Specialist and Na'aseh (5th - 7th Grade) Elective Teacher

My name is Lisa Peicott and I was born on August 19th in the Hebrew month of Elul. This month is important because it precedes the most holy time in our Jewish Calendar. In the Jewish tradition, the month of Elul is a time of repentance in preparation for the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. While I don't necessarily look forward to not eating during Yom Kippur, I am proud to be a part of a tradition that recognizes the importance of saying you’re sorry and repenting for your negative actions. In this busy world, we often forget about how we treat others and even ourselves, and the month of Elul is a chance to reflect on all of our actions throughout the previous year, to say we are sorry, and to decide what kind of people we want to be in the New Year. While Elul is a rather serious month, the message is beautiful and it all leads to a Good and Sweet New Year!

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Sophie Lewis - 3rd Grade Teaching Team/Na'aseh (5th - 7th Grade) Elective Teacher

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Ilana Jaffe - Na'aseh (5th - 7th Grade) Elective Teacher

I've always had a meaningful relationship with nature. And to have been born in the Hebrew month of Shevat- a month trees are honored and celebrated- I feel all the more passionate to keep that relationship growing. It is in growth, I feel, that we find purpose. And growth- in its most authentic form- is a process that takes place outside the comfort zone; in situations one must push themselves to try and fail and learn, and then- with gratitude- try again. Just as the trees will surely outlive us, so too will our legacies; our own personal narratives. As an educator, artist and human being, I strive to "tie-dye" my own personal narrative with all colors of the 11th commandment: "You shall leave this place better than you have found it".

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Joel Moss - Na'aseh (5th - 7th Grade) Elective Teacher

My name is Joel Moss and I was born in the month of Elul. This is a holy month, one of introspection and anticipation of the New Year. We hear the shofar and recite psalm 27 every day. I find that this is a time to re engage my friends and family as we begin to gather to welcome the New Year. The parsha that I was born to was Ki Teitzei, where we learn about 74 commandments of the 613. Learning these was influential in knowing that it is a mitzvah to pass knowledge to others. I was always fascinated by the book of Beresheet and the creation theme. I look forward to sharing mitzvot, fun and smiles with all.

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Noa Dori - Na'aseh (5th - 7th Grade) Elective Teacher

My name is Noa Dori and I was born in the month of Av. This is the month when we celebrate Tu B'av, or as we call it in Hebrew" Yom Ha'ahava", the day of love. As a girl growing up in Israel, I loved seeing all the red heart shaped balloons around the country and attending the beautiful outdoor music festivals. Love is an important part of our soul, and an important biblical reminder for us to live by "Love your neighbor as yourself". Love is the reason to why I chose to be an educator. I love sharing my passion for the arts with my students and even more so I love watching them grow into their own beautiful version of themselves.

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Joshua Kashanirokh - Teaching Assistant

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Rebecca Kashanirokh - Teaching Assistant

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Tirza Volkmer

Tirza Volkmer - Teaching Assistant

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Shanilla Natanzi - Teaching Assistant

My name is Shanilla Natanzi and I was born in the Hebrew month of Cheshvan. Cheshvan is also referred to as the “bitter” month because of the lack of holidays celebrated this month. Nevertheless, I do not believe it to be “bitter”. Cheshvan is my favorite month not only because it is the month of my birthday but also because it occurs right after summer break and the high holidays. This month provides us with the time to settle down from the excitement of previous months festivities and reflect on everything we have in life. I believe it is incredibly important for everyone to take the time to genuinely appreciate everything G-d has provided for him or her, whether it is the ability to travel the world over the summer or a beautiful family to celebrate the holidays with. Working with children has given me the opportunity to share my experiences and appreciation for the world with the children who walk into the classroom every week.

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