Faculty and Staff

Bruce Powell, Head of School
PhD, University of Southern California
MA, California State University, Northridge
BA, University of California, Los Angeles

Ellen Howard, Principal
MA/MA, California State University, Northridge
BA, California State University, Northridge

Departments

Sina Monjazeb, Athletic Director
BA, California State University, Long Beach

Alvin Castro, Associate Athletic Director
BS, De La Salle University

Dina Nelson, Chair
BA, California State University, Northridge 

Elisha Schaefer, Israeli Dance
BA, Vassar College

Jaimi Boehm, Chair
MA, California State University, Northridge
BA, New York University

Kimberly Callaway
MA, California State University, Long Beach
BA, California State University, Long Beach

Erin Gastaldi, Journalism
MFA, University of Southern California
BA, Colby College

Sarah Golden
BA, Sarah Lawrence College

Femke Groen
BA, University of Alberta

Darren Masserman, Mock Trial
MA, California State University, Northridge
BA, University of California, Los Angeles

Lauren Schmidt
MFA, California Institute of the Arts
BA, Emerson College

Tony Soltis, Writing Coordinator
MA, Slippery Rock State University
BA, Slippery Rock State University

Mark Thorpe
BA, California State University, Long Beach

Yoav Ben-Horin, Director of Global Jewish Education
MA, Oxford University, United Kingdom
BA, Oxford University, United Kingdom

Neila Wolff, Assistant Director of Global Jewish Education 
BA, University of Southern California

Adina Cohen, Global Jewish Education Coordinator
Teaching Degree, Seminar Hakibbutzim, Israel

Stuart Jacobs, Global Jewish Education Coordinator
MJEd, Hebrew College Shoolman,
Graduate School of Jewish Education
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem
BA, University of Michigan

Adina Cohen, Chair
Teaching Degree, Seminar Hakibbutzim, Israel

Dina Appleby
Teaching Seminary, Beersheva, Israel

Iris Cohen
MA, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
BA, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Adi Kogman
BA, Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel, Israel

Roman Shnaider
MA, Bar Ilan University
Academic Teaching Degree, Achva Academic College
BA, Ben Gurion University

Orit Shwartz
BEd, Seminar Hakibbutzim, Israel

Matthew Vacca, Chair
MA, California State University, Northridge
BA, California State University, Northridge

Ari Dembo
BA, University of Texas at Dallas

Danielle Goldblatt
MA, American Jewish University
BA, American Jewish University

Robert Hendlish
MA, Pepperdine University
BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

Daniel Hirsch
BA, Pomona College
Fulbright Scholar, Instituto de Educación Secundaria Neil Armstrong

Etan Kelman
MA, California State University, Northridge
BA, University of California, Santa Cruz

Raymond Marcus
MA, Indiana University
BA, University of California, Los Angeles

Mark Shpall
JD, University of Southern California
MA, Pepperdine University
BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

Tammy Shpall
BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

Lise Spiegel
PhD, California School of Professional Psychology
MS, California School of Professional Psychology
MM, Yale University
BM, Mannes College


Beverley Kamenir
Higher Diploma, Education/Jewish Studies, University of Cape Town
BA, University of Cape Town

Bruce Powell
PhD, University of Southern California
MA, California State University, Northridge
BA, University of California, Los Angeles

Rabbi David Vorspan
Doctor of Divinity, Jewish Theological Seminary
Doctor of Divinity, Hebrew Union College
Rabbinic Ordination and MAHL, Hebrew Union College
BA, University of California, Los Angeles

Rabbi Devin Villarreal, Chair
Smicha, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah
MA, American Jewish University
BA, University of California, Los Angeles

Rebecca Bodenstein
MA, University of Judaism
BA, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Rebecca Bubis
MA, Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education, Hebrew College
Pardes Educator Program
BA, Barnard College
BA, List College -JTS

Winston Chang, Speech & Debate, Moot Beit Din, Mock Trial
BS, University of California, Los Angeles

Benny Ferdman, Artist-in-Residence
BFA, Massachusetts College of Art

Daniel Hirsch, Speech & DebateBA, Pomona College
Fulbright Scholar, Instituto de Educación Secundaria Neil Armstrong

Gregory Keer, Director of Speech and Debate Program
MFA, University of California, Los Angeles
BA, University of California, Los Angeles

Stuart Jacobs
MJEd, Hebrew College Shoolman,
Graduate School of Jewish Education
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem
BA, University of Michigan

Rabbi Tsafreer Haim Lev
Rabbinic Ordination and MA, Jewish Theological Seminary
MHL, University of Judaism
BA, California State University, Northridge

Yonatan Rosner, Drishat Shalom Project Director
MA, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem
BA, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Rabbi J.B. Sacks
DDiv, Jewish Theological Seminary
DMin, Claremont School of Theology
Rabbinic Ordination/MA, Jewish Theological Seminary
BA, University of Judaism
AB, Ohio University

Rabbi David Vorspan
Doctor of Divinity, Jewish Theological Seminary
Doctor of Divinity, Hebrew Union College
Rabbinic Ordination and MAHL, Hebrew Union College
BA, University of California, Los Angeles

Alicia Kasif, Chair
MA, California State University, Fullerton
BS, Millersville University

Ellen Howard
MA/MA, California State University, Northridge
BA, California State University, Northridge

Arianne McStroul 
BA, California State University, Northridge

Arsho Melikian
BS, University of California, Los Angeles

Carmela Rotter
MA, Hebrew Union College
BA, University of Southern California

Orit Shwartz
BEd, Seminar Hakibbutzim, Israel

Prudence Gemmell, Chair
MS, California State University, Northridge
BS, California Lutheran University

Scott Christopher
MS, Bowie State University
BS, California University of Pennsylvania

Danielle Goldblatt
MA, American Jewish University
BA, American Jewish University

Shadi Goleh
DC, Cleveland Chiropractic College
BS, California State University, Los Angeles

Yolanda Hovsepian
MS, California State University, Northridge
BS, University of California, Los Angeles

Arianne McStroul 
BA, California State University, Northridge

Christine Mikhail
BS, University of California, Los Angeles

Hollie O’Brien
BA, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Nagla Orlando
Ed.D. William Howard Taft University
M.Ed., William Howard Taft University
BS, California State University, Long Beach

Gregory Keer, Chair
MFA, University of California, Los Angeles
BA, University of California, Los Angeles

Bill Aron, Photography
PhD, University of Chicago
MA, University of Chicago
BA, University of Pennsylvania

Roger Blonder, Media Arts
MFA, University of California, Los Angeles
BA, University of California, San Diego

Silvie Deutsch, 2D & 3D Art
MFA, University of California, Irvine
BA, Wesleyan

Diane Feldman, Drama, Musical Theatre & Vocal Performance
MA, New York University
BA, California State University, Northridge

Grace Hutchison, Graphic Design
BA, University of California, Los Angeles

Emily Jones, 2D Art
MFA, California State University, Northridge
BA Fine Arts, California State University, Northridge

Lindsay Kerr, Choreographer
BFA, Tisch School of the Arts at New York University

Dina Nelson, Modern Dance, Arts Coordinator
BA, California State University, Northridge

Oren Paley, Video Production 
BFA, Syracuse University 

Elisha Schaefer, Israeli Dance
BA, Vassar College

Jared Stein, Music
BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

Raquel Safdie, Chair
MA, University of Judaism
BS, University of Buenos Aires

Natalie Ardagna
MA, California State University, Northridge
BA, Pepperdine University

Solange Dichter
Fashion Design Degree, Shanker College, Tel Aviv

Li-Bu Larson
MA, University of California, Los Angeles
BA, Jinan University Guangzhou, P.R. China

 

 

Susan DeRuyter, Director of College Counseling, Dean of Academic Advisement
MEd, Loyola Marymount University
BA, Loyola Marymount University

Meredith Britt, Associate Director of College Counseling, Associate Dean of Academic Advisement
MEd, Vanderbilt University
BA, Vanderbilt University

Lisa Simonian, Associate Director of College Counseling, Associate Dean of Academic Advisement
MEd, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
MS, California State University, Northridge
BA, California State University, Northridge

Jessica Lewis, Registrar/College Counseling Associate
BS, Saint Mary’s College of California

Mark Shpall, Dean of Students, Director of Community Programs
JD, University of Southern California
MA, Pepperdine University
BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

Tammy Shpall, Dean of Grade-Level Deans, 9th Grade Dean
BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

Beverley Kamenir, 10th Grade Dean
Higher Diploma, Education/Jewish Studies, University of Cape Town
BA, University of Cape Town

Gregory Keer, Upper Grade Dean
MFA, University of California, Los Angeles
BA, University of California, Los Angeles

Rebecca Bodenstein, Upper Grade Dean
MA, University of Judaism
BA, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Julie Brennglass, LMFT, School Counselor
MA, Phillips Graduate Institute
BA, California State University, Northridge

Jaimi Boehm, Dean of Faculty Development
MA, California State University, Northridge
BA, New York University

Matthew Vacca, Dean of Academic Affairs, Director of Summer School
MA, California State University, Northridge
BA, California State University, Northridge

Kimberly Callaway, Director of Blended Learning Program
MA, California State University, Long Beach
BA, California State University, Long Beach

Jeanette Rivera, Learning Specialist
MA, Teachers College, Columbia University
BA, Boston University

Renée Levine-Blonder, Director of All-School Shabbaton, Coordinator of Grade-Level Trips, Coordinator of Service Learning
MAJE, Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion
BA, University of California, San Diego

Tami Bandel, Study Hall Supervisor
BA, University of Judaism

Steven Deutsch, Drishat Shalom Project Coordinator
MS, California State University, Northridge
BA, Syracuse University

Jamie Stein, All-School Shabbaton Coordinator
MBA/MA, American Jewish University
BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

Etan Kelman, PeTaCh Program Coordinator
MA, California State University, Northridge
BA, University of California, Santa Cruz

Lise Spiegel, Peer Mentor Coordinator
PhD, California School of Professional Psychology
MS, California School of Professional Psychology
MM, Yale University
BM, Mannes College

Rabbi David Vorspan, Rabbi-In-Residence
Doctor of Divinity, Jewish Theological Seminary
Doctor of Divinity, Hebrew Union College
Rabbinic Ordination and MAHL, Hebrew Union College
BA, University of California, Los Angeles

Rabbi Tsafreer Lev, Rabbinic Director
Rabbinic Ordination and MA, Jewish Theological Seminary
MHL, University of Judaism
BA, California State University, Northridge

Yonatan Rosner, Co-Director of Jewish Life
MA, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem
BA, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Rabbi J.B. Sacks, Co-Director of Jewish Life
DMin, Claremont School of Theology
Rabbinic Ordination/MA, Jewish Theological Seminary
BA, University of Judaism
AB, Ohio University

Omer Maor, Director of Information Technology

Angela Neff, Director of Educational Technology
MEd, San Francisco State University
BA, San Francisco State University

Rachel Schroeder, Help Desk

Etan Kelman, Educational Technology
MA, California State University, Northridge
BA, University of California, Santa Cruz

Michelle November, Director of Admissions 
MS, Columbia University
BA, University of California, Berkeley

Debbie Abelson, Director of Enrollment Management
MPA, University of Southern California
MA, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

Neila Wolff, Admissions Associate 
BA, University of Southern California

Joyce Ritch, Admissions Administrative Assistant

Suzy Bookbinder, Director of Institutional Advancement, Chief Development Officer
MSW, Yeshiva University
BA, University of California, Los Angeles

Leah Kitz, Associate Director of Development
MSW, University of Southern California
MAJCS, Hebrew Union College
BA, University of Judaism

Erika Guerrero, Development Associate, Donor and Alumni Relations

Rosana Soudani, Database Coordinator

Cheri Mayman, Director of Marketing 
MSW, University of California, Los Angeles
BA, University of the Pacific

Grace Hutchison, Director of Communications 
BA, University of California, Los Angeles

Jamie Stein, Special Events Coordinator 
MBA/MA, American Jewish University
BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

Deborah Shapiro, Chief Operating Officer
BA, University of California, Los Angeles

Kaye Bernstein, Tuition Assistance Director
BS, University of California, Los Angeles

Kaleah Jones, Human Resources Generalist
BS, Argosy University of Santa Monica

Elena Karapetian, Assistant Controller
BA, Volgograd University

David Marcus, Campus Business Manager
BA, California State University, Fullerton

Toni Wilson, Accounts Payable Coordinator

Gabe Lynn, Office Manager, Transportation Coordinator
BFA, University of Utah

Barbara Edberg, Administrative Assistant
DC, Cleveland Chiropractic College
BS, Cleveland Chiropractic College

Jessica Fish, Administrative Assistant
BA, University of California, Los Angeles

Rita Mendeleva, Executive Assistant to Head of School, Principal, & Board of Directors