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Rabbi Carrie Vogel

Director, Jewish Experience Center

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Rabbi Carrie Vogel serves as the Director of the Jewish Experience Center. Carrie will oversee and work with the JEC team to make sure that our programming and experiences are at the highest level.

Carrie was ordained as a rabbi from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion here in Los Angeles in 2009. In addition she received a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters in 2006 and a Master of Arts in Jewish Education in 2007 from HUC-JIR. During Carrie’s time in rabbinic school she worked at a number of synagogues, camps and day schools in the greater Los Angeles area. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Cincinnati.

Carrie and her husband Brian are the proud parents of their son, Jonah. She loves The Ohio State Buckeyes, hiking and reading.

Rachel Tichauer

JEC Assistant Director, On-Site Programs

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Rachel Tichauer has a Bachelor of Arts in Education from University of Arizona and is currently working on her Master of Arts in Education from American Jewish University. She grew up in Los Angeles where she developed her passion for Judaic Education.

Rachel was a teacher in our program for three years and is very excited to be back and reconnect with families and staff at Kehillat Israel. In her free time, Rachel enjoys sports, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.

Rachel See

JEC Assistant Director, Experiential Education

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Rachel See is excited to be a part of the Jewish Experience Center team as JEC Assistant Director, Experiential Education. Rachel graduated from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles

in 2012 with Masters Degrees in Jewish Education and Jewish Nonprofit Management. She is also a graduate of UC Berkeley where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies with an emphasis in Judaism.

During her time at HUC-JIR, Rachel interned at KI and loved being a part of the JEC community, including going to OJE at camp each month. Her passion for Jewish and experiential education comes from years attending and working with religious schools, summer camps, Israel trips, youth groups, and an ECC. Most recently, she worked at the iCenter for Israel Education in Northbrook, IL. In her free time, Rachel loves running, photography, and appreciating the California sunshine.

Rabbi Daniel Sher

Youth & Family Rabbinic Fellow

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Recently ordained as a rabbi, Rabbi Daniel Sher has joined our educational team after two terrific years as KI’s rabbinic intern. Daniel takes on a newly crafted position: Youth & Family Rabbinic Fellow, and he is charged with engaging all of KI’s families with children ranging in age from infancy to teens to young adults in our 20s and 30s group, Kehillat 20/30. On any given day you might find Daniel helping to lead Shabbat for our Parenting Center, on the floor with our two-year-olds leading Hebrew Through Movement, leading our teens on a hike through Temescal Canyon or preparing to lead Saturday morning Torah Study. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife and son.

Melissa Grant

JEC Executive Assistant

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Melissa earned her Bachelors in Business Administration from Western Michigan University and is an integral part of our JEC team. When she is not at KI she loves hiking and yoga. If she could have a superpower it would be teleportation!

Jeffrey Baldinger

This is my fourth year at Ki and I will be tutoring Hebrew this year. In my spare time I love going on hikes. I am looking forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new students and teaching them Hebrew. 

Gili Beeri

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This is my fourteenth year working at KI and this year I am a Hebrew tutor and will be teaching 4th grade. When I am not at KI I love spending time with my three kids especially when they are all being nice to each other!

Judy Battaglia

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This is my third year working at KI and I will be teaching 7th grade and leading Rosh Hodesh groups. Something interesting about me is that I also teach at Loyolla Marymount University. In my spare time I like to read, write, dance, and collect rocks and sea shells.

Rebecca Freund

This is my twelfth year working at KI and I am a Hebrew tutor. In my spare time I like to play games. I am excited to be back and teaching more kids how to read Hebrew!

Sabrina Khalili

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This is my second year at KI and this year I will be teaching at OJE. In my spare time I enjoy photography. Something interesting about me is that I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. 

Daniella Wodnicki

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This is my first year back working at KI, I worked here for a year and a half about 10 years ago! This year I will be teaching 5th grade. I just moved back to Los Angeles from Boston and am excited to get re-acquainted with the city. If I had a super – power it would be time travel!

Elysha Ben David

This is my second year working at KI and this year I will be teaching 4th and 5th grades. When I am not at KI I enjoy hiking and curling up with a good book. I am really looking forward to sharing my experience and close connection to Judaism and Israel with my students.  

Camille Jackson

This is my fifth year teaching at KI and I am a Hebrew tutor. In my spare time I enjoy reading and hiking and spending time with my kids. I am looking forward to the opportunity to excite students about learning Hebrew.

Jessica Jacobs

This is my eighth year working at KI and I will be teaching 7th grade and tutoring Hebrew. In my spare time, I enjoy performing improv comedy, writing a food blog called “LA on $20 a day” practicing yoga and taking my Pomeranian Chou Chou out on walks. I am really excited to work with 7th graders again on our curriculum devoted to being an upstander.

Debbie Dreiman

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This is my sixth year teaching at KI. I am so excited to teach Second grade this year. When I am not at KI I love to be with my family cooking and going on vacations. I can’t wait to meet all of my new students this year.

Michelle Blumenthal

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This is my first year working at KI where I will be teaching 5th grade. An interesting thing about me is that I am obsessed with being from Texas and I say “y’all” a lot. I also am in love with my dog Roxy who has her own hashtag on Instagram (#Roxyfromtheblock).

Elenna (Lenny) King

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This is my ninth year working at KI and this year I will be teaching sixth grade and running a KITT group. If I had a superpower I would choose to fly so I can travel to more places faster.

Lauren Lev

This is my thirteenth year teaching at KI and this year I will be teaching 6th grade, facilitating a KITT group, working as the Project Based Learning Specialist and tutoring Hebrew. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, playing with my dog Billy, and going to Dodger games.

Jandira Raphael

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This is my sixth year teaching Kindergarten at KI. When I am not at KI I love spending time with my family and all my pets. I am looking forward to having a great year with everyone!

Ariella Beitler

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This is my second year teaching at KI. This year I will be teaching 6th grade. In my spare time I love traveling. I am really excited to teach this curriculum again to a new group of students.

Aurora Simcovich

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This is my second year teaching at KI. This year I will be teaching 1st grade. When I am not at KI I love spending time with my husband and daughter swimming and eating yummy foods!

Alex Rubin

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This is my second year teaching at KI. This year I will be the Hebrew Coordinator, a 7th grade teacher, the Shevet Achim Leader and a Hebrew tutor. When I am not at KI I like to play ultimate Frisbee and eat soft pretzels!

Leah Sternberg

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This is my first year working at KI and I am working at OJE. When I am not at KI I am a full-time 5th year Rabbinic Student. I am so excited to be working at OJE because I love hiking and everything outdoors! 

Brooke Botwinick

This is my third year working at KI and I will be leading Rosh Hodesh groups. In my spare time I love to bake, make jewelry, and practice yoga.

Herschel Bleefeld

This is my fifth year at KI and I will be a Hebrew tutor. I love spending time with my wife and daughter and look forward to another great year teaching Hebrew.

Hannah Hochberg-Miller

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This is my first year teaching at KI and I will be teaching Kindergarten. In my free time I love to cook and bake. I also work for KI as the B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator! I am so excited for a great year!

Leenie Baker

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This is my first year working at KI and I will be teaching 2nd grade. When I’m not at KI I’m acting, or writing, or hanging out at the beach. I’m excited to meet all my students this year.

Madelyn Ross

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This is my first year working at KI and I will be teaching TK When I’m not at KI I love travelling and playing with animals. I am really looking forward to teaching all about the Jewish community and my favorite Jewish holidays.

Max Muller

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This is my first year working at KI and I will be teaching 3rd grade. In my free time I love to be outdoors, go hiking, play Dungeons and Dragons, and hang out with my cat, Panini.

Michelle Kaz

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This is my fifteenth year working at KI and this year I am teaching 1st Grade and tutoring Hebrew. In my spare time I love hiking, doing Zumba, and dancing. My favorite part about Judaism is spending time with my family and eating yummy foods during the holidays.

Nicole Bresnick

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This is my first year working at KI and I am teaching 3rd grade. When I am not at KI, I teach at a pre-school and go to school myself! I also love working out at the gym. I am looking forward to a great year!

Rachael Stone

This is my fifth year working at KI and I am excited to be back as a Hebrew tutor. When I am not at KI I teach Jewish Yoga and Meditation classes and enjoy incorporating these into all of the Hebrew classes I teach. I am excited to learn with all my students again this year.

Rina Cohen

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This is my first year working at Ki and I am teaching 4th grade. My favorite part about being Jewish is celebrating holidays with my family. I am looking forward to a great year.  Click here to see Rina's welcome video.

Robert Blachman

This is my second year working at KI and I am teaching at OJE. In my free time I love to read a good book, especially a science fiction one. Laster tag is the only sport I consider myself good at. Something interesting about me is that I will try making any recipe once.

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