Our 2016-17 Teachers
Our 2016-17 Teachers
Rosie Moss - 5th Grade Teacher (The Art of Ethics)/Hebrew Pod/On-Site Supervisor
Originally from New York City, Rosie moved to Los Angeles a few years ago. She taught Hebrew School and was a Youth Group leader for a number of organizations on the East Coast and was happy to find a position at the Jewish Learning Center. Rosie spent a significant amount of time in Israel studying at Tel Aviv University, interning at Habima, the National Theatre, leading a Drama Therapy Workshop in a prison in Ramle, as well as working for her family’s steakhouse. In addition to teaching, Rosie is an actress, trained at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and Upright Citizens Brigade.
Brett Fromson - Song Leader
Ye’ela Rosenfeld - 7th/8th grade teacher (Modern Jewish History)/Hebrew Pod/Teen Leader
Ye’ela Rosenfeld, a native Israeli has been living and working in Los Angeles for the past 9 years. She has come to the States to achieve her Masters degree in Film Directing and Graduated with Honors from the American Film Institute in Hollywood. Ye’ela currently writes and directs several film projects. Six years ago Ye’ela discovered Jewish education and fell in love with it. With a unique curriculum that she has written, she found a way to incorporate film and theater into Jewish learning and engage dozens of students in her program all across Los Angeles. As a part of Ye’ela’s unique and fun curriculum she has been teaching, Jewish history, politics and current events, as well as Hebrew and prayer. She is also a Bar-Bat Mitzvah tutor and enjoys bringing her students from a blank slate to standing on stage with pride. Ye’ela, her husband David, and their newborn son Ori, are proud "East Siders" and they are extremely excited to join this wonderful community.
Aaron Baskin - 6th Grade (Ancient and Medieval Jewish History)
Aaron Baskin is a recent graduate from UC Berkeley where he majored in History. Aaron loved the vibe of the Bay Area (and misses it a little) and is now back in L.A. pursuing his teaching credential. Aaron has worked at Camp Ramah for many summers with children from ages 9-15. This past summer Aaron took on the role as the head of the vocational training program for young adults with special needs at Camp Ramah. This helped Aaron see how each individual has different ways of learning and expressing themselves, and that the best teacher is one who can cultivate those strengths to make each individual successful. Aaron is also an Eagle Scout who loves the outdoors, especially hiking to the Hollywood sign!
Alan Niku - 6th Grade (Ancient and Medieval Jewish History)
"Niku" was born in the back seat of a Greyhound Bus rolling down Highway 41. Since then he has kept rambling through Northern and Southern California (and a couple dozen other countries), often working for Camp Ramah and other Jewish institutions, where he has worked with Jewish kids teens and adults as a counselor, vocational trainer, Unit Head, and teacher. Most recently he has decided to bring together his passions for storytelling, music, and writing all together and is getting his MFA in Film Production at the University of Southern California. Niku speaks 5-8 languages (23 if you count made-up ones).
Alyssa Brill - 4th Grade (Moses, Leadership, and Society Building)
Originally from Chicago, Alyssa Brill is currently a sophomore at the University of Southern California, studying biomedical engineering. Her Jewish Education roots from B’nai Tikvah Congregation in Deerfield, Illinois, where she learned some Hebrew and studied Jewish history. She spent 7 years as a camper at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin, one summer in Israel on Ramah Seminar, and just finished up her second summer as a waterfront staff member at Ramah Wisconsin. Her hobbies include playing lacrosse and gymnastics, finding new hikes and beaches in and around Los Angeles, and doing research at school.
Ethan Senser - 4th Grade (Moses, Leadership, and Society Building)
A graduate of Radio/Television/Film at Northwestern University, Ethan Senser has been active in children’s education since an early age. He has worked as a Hebrew Sunday School teacher, in-bunk counselor at a Jewish sleep away camp, and as an assistant teacher at a preschool in Israel. Ethan’s professional career has largely been focused on Children’s Educational Media, having held positions at Sesame Street and PBS.
Sara Greenfield - 3rd Grade (The Genesis of Stories)
Sara spent 3 fun-filled years working with the JCC in Chicago as an Aftercare Site Supervisor and Camp Counselor. She originally hails from Detroit, Michigan, where she received her Jewish Education from Congregation Bet Chaverim, and graduated from the University of Michigan with a BFA in Theatre Performance. Sara has been living in LA (and loving it) for the last two years and works as an actor when she is not teaching or caring for children. Her hobbies include dancing, moderating her incredibly cool classic-lit book club, and trivia.
Meredith Goldberg-Morse - 3rd Grade (The Genesis of Stories)
Meredith Goldberg-Morse grew up in the Philadelphia area before moving to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California. While at USC, Meredith built upon more than a decade of Jewish education by becoming an active member of Hillel and Chabad. She currently works in media, connecting films and TV series with social impact. Meredith is also involved with the non-profit organization 826LA, where she tutors and conducts creative writing workshops for elementary, middle, and high school students.
Abby Litman - 2nd Grade (Keeping Time and Holidays)
Abby Litman is a singer-songwriter and multi instrumentalist living in Los Angeles. She graduated from the University of Southern California’s Popular Music Program in May 2015 with a degree in songwriting. In her free time Abby plays music, hikes around Griffith Park and works on art projects. Originally from Washington D.C., Abby went to a jewish day school and is now excited to become a part of the silverlake jewish community!
Mike Levine - 2nd grade (Keeping Time and Holidays)
Mike Levine just moved here from Chicago, where he ran the Recess and Afterschool programs for the Florence J. Heller JCC, taking over for Sarah Greenfield when she left. He’s a contributor to The Onion, Heeb Magazine, and small humor press The Devastator. Originally from Oakland, California, Mike got his Jewish education at Temple Sinai, eventually assisting in classrooms as his first job. He graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with concentrations in Child Psychology and Theater. Mike is approaching the end of his first year in LA and is glad to be back in the classroom.
Rebecca Silverman - 1st Grade (International Jewish Celebrations and Rituals)
Named Rebecca Silverman, most people call her Reby. Born and raised in Chicago, this past May Reby graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Global Women’s Health. She attended Jewish Day School from kindergarden to high school, followed by a gap year during which she lived in Jerusalem and traveled to 10 countries to learn about world Jewry. Growing up, Reby spent her summers as a camper and counselor at Camp Young Judaea Midwest in Waupaca, WI. During her time at UMD, she served as a counselor at a crisis intervention hotline, started the first ever Jewish Feminist group on campus, and created a girls’ empowerment club called Power Up for elementary school students in the DC area. Reby also served as an event manager at a venue space on campus, helping run weddings throughout the year. Currently, she works as an assistant at Participant Media, a socially-relevant entertainment company in Beverly Hills. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, dancing, and spending time with friends!
Valerie Schneider - Kindergarten (Holidays, Rituals, and Body)
Valerie is a Los Angeles native who has called Southern California home her entire life, with the exception of a three year sabbatical spent enjoying “La Dolce Vita” in Italy. It was there that her passion for cooking, languages, and living a simpler lifestyle were fueled. There, she also developed a desire to learn more about Judaism and become further involved in the Jewish community when she returned home to Los Angeles. Valerie is an alumna of San Diego State University and has a background in makeup artistry and digital media, having worked for MAC Cosmetics, Discovery Channel and Sony Pictures. While in Italy, she made a living by teaching English to Italian adults and children of all ages. More recently, she taught English to international students in Santa Monica. In addition to cooking and teaching others about food/cooking (she has a food blog that she started while living in Italy— ask her about it!), Valerie loves to travel, enjoys wine-tasting (Manischewitz of course), hiking, and being involved in pretty much any experience where she can learn, explore, and be creative.
Hila Robas - Kindergarten (Holidays, Rituals, and Body)
Hila was born in Israel and loves teaching Hebrew and Jewish studies. She graduated the Open University of Israel with a B.A in Psychology and completed 16 Early Childhood Education units at Santa Monica College. Hila focuses on all aspects of development including social, emotional, physical, cognitive, language and literacy. In addition to her work as a Preschool Teacher for several years, Hila worked as a Summer Camp Instructor for 4-12 years old and led tours, trips, created craft projects, games and outdoor activities. Hilais very excited to be teaching at the JLC and bringing her love and joy of learning to our community.
Anna Goodman - Kindergarten (Holidays, Rituals, and Health)
Anna attended Pardes Jewish Day School, Scottsdale, Arizona and Camp Young Judea in Texas and Tel Yehuda in New York. Before college, she spent a gap year in Israel with AJU and Camp Young Judea. She majored in psychology with a minor in sociology from Suffolk University. She is currently a City Year AmeriCorp Member tutoring and mentoring High School students in Los Angeles. She formerly worked with Upward Bound in Boston, mentoring first generation students from low-income families, cared for children at Baka Kindergarten in Jerusalem, and ran activities at Camp Swift in Arizona, a weeklong sleepaway camp for at-risk youth.
Zoe Pressman - Teaching Assistant
Zoe grew up in San Francisco, spending her youth at Temple Emanu-El before TA-ing the 1st Grade classroom. She also was a Faculty Associate & Residential Advisor at National High School Institute at Northwestern. After graduating from Northwestern University in Spring of 2016, she moved to Los Angeles.