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Abby Fisher
-OJE Teacher

This is my first year working at KI. I loved OJE as a student myself and am so excited to now work as a counselor. I just graduated from UC Berkeley and am excited to be back in my hometown of Los Angeles!

    

Ally Heller
-On-Site Teacher
 

I am so excited to join the On-site staff this year. I am a born and raised Valley (San Fernando Valley) Girl who is about to start my tenth year teaching. This is my fourth year at KI and I love this community and both the ECC and JEC. My passions include gardening, sewing and hanging with my cats.

      

Ben Bleefeld
-On-Site Teacher

This will be my first year teaching at KI. This fall, I will be starting the post baccalaureate
Premedical Program at USC. I am from Philadelphia and, as such, I am a massive Philadelphia sports fan. I graduated from Columbia University with two degrees in astrophysics and bible. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends, going to the beach, and cooking.     

 

Ben Poor

-OJE Teacher

I'm looking forward to my first year teaching at KI! Most of my time is spent being a rabbinic student at Hebrew Union College.

When I'm not studying, I like hiking and camping in the Angeles National Forest, playing music, and finding the best ice cream spot in LA.


 

    

Daniella Wodnicki 

-KITT Advisor

 

This is my sixth year teaching at KI and I will be leading a KITT group. In my spare time I love to paint, craft, and explore the outdoors.

 

 

Debbie Dreiman

-Hebrew Tutor

This is my eleventh year teaching at KI. I am so excited to teach second and third 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.

    

      

     

Elise Benveniste

-On-Site Teacher
 

I am thrilled to be continuing as both a ECC and JEC teacher this year!  I love doing art with our students, especially creating beautiful Judaica that you would be thrilled to have on your table or mantle.

Gili Beeri
-7th Grade Teacher
-Hebrew Tutor

 

I am thrilled to be starting my nineteenth year with KI, and my fourth year as a KI Hebrew tutor. Outside of teaching and tutoring, I love to spend time with my family, work out, read and travel. I'm Looking forward to another wonderful year!

 

Grace Jacobsen
-On-Site Teacher

 

I am so excited to begin my first year teaching at KI! I am currently finishing up my teaching credential at CSUN and can’t wait to see what the future has in store. In my spare time, I love to go to the beach, hang at home with cats and go to concerts! 

   

Hannalee Isaacs
-OJE Teacher   

This is my second year working at KI, and I'm super excited to meet the OJE families! I am originally from Chapel Hill, NC and am a third-year at UCLA studying Political Science and Sociology. In my free time you can find me hiking, cooking, skiing, and exploring LA!

       

 


Hannah Engel  
-OJE Teacher
-Hebrew Tutor


I'm a senior at UCLA, and this will be my third year at OJE and my first year as a Hebrew Tutor (although I've taught Hebrew at other synagogues before!). I'm looking forward to getting to know and learning with my students this year. When I'm not studying or at KI, I enjoy hiking, spinning, and trying new restaurants around LA. 


Ilan Berdy 
-OJE Teacher
-Hebrew Tutor


This is my second year teaching at OJE, and I am beyond excited! I am a third year Mechanical Engineering major at UCLA, and some of my hobbies include rock climbing, snowboarding, and solo traveling.

 

Ilana Rabin
-Hebrew Tutor

I am thrilled to be starting my eighth year with KI. Outside of tutoring and teaching, I love to cook, work out, listen to podcasts, and play with my puppy, Linus. Looking forward to another wonderful year!

    

Jeffrey Baldinger
-Hebrew Tutor

This is my ninth 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.

Lauren Jane Lev
-Sunday Teacher
-Hebrew Tutor


My name is Lauren Jane and I've been working at KI since 2007! The rare times I'm not at KI, you can find me in a comedy club, seeing live music, boxing, at a Dodger game, riding my bike or eating Mexican food with friends! I look forward to continuing to tutor in Hebrew! 

Mandi Frenkel
-Hebrew Tutor


I am so excited to be joining the KI team as a Hebrew tutor. I know what a vital role my Hebrew tutors and teachers played in my life, and I hope to provide the same warmth and love to your children so that they can flourish and learn at their full capacity. I was born and raised in the Palisades and grew up coming to KI. It is like my second home! I love being part of the KI community, and I'm thankful to join the team of tutors. My passions include playing guitar, writing music, and singing. 

Mikayla
Weinhouse

-OJE Teacher

I’m a sophomore at UCLA and this will be my first year teaching at OJE! I grew up attending KI for religious school and used to be a student at OJE, so I am thrilled to return as a teacher! In my free time I love reading, hiking, skiing, and exploring the outdoors in any way I can!

Rachael Stone
-Hebrew Tutor

This is my tenth year working at KI and I am excited to be back as a Hebrew tutor. In my spare time I love practicing meditation and yoga.

Rachel Martin
-OJE Teacher

This will be my third year at KI and I’m excited to be back at OJE! I grew up attending KI for religious school so it feels extra special to be able to work here now. I’m looking forward to having lots of fun!     

Rebecca Freund
-Hebrew Tutor

This is my seventeenth year working at KI. I am so excited to be back teaching Hebrew.

Rebecca Noy
-OJE Teacher

This will be my third year working at OJE and I am so excited to meet all my students this year! In my free time I love skiing, hiking, traveling and just being outdoors in general.

              

Rina Weil           

-On-Site Teacher
-Hebrew Tutor

 

This is my sixth year working at KI. My favorite part about being Jewish is celebrating holidays with my family. I am looking forward to a great year.

Sarah Livschitz
-OJE Teacher

 

I am a third-year rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College, and am so looking forward to being part of the OJE program this year! In my spare time, I love exploring the beautiful Santa Monica hills by bike. 

 

Sasha Dominguez
-KITT Leader

I'm thrilled to be returning to KI. This will be my 3rd year leading a KITT group. In my spare time I love exploring the outdoors, enjoying live music, and spending time with my family and friends. 

Sophia Toubian
-OJE Teacher

This is my second year working at KI and I’m so excited to be back! I am a UCLA graduate pursuing my PhD in Data Science. In my spare time I love to read, hike, surf, and skate!

Starline Hodge
-OJE Teacher

 

This is my third year with KI and I'm excited to be at OJE again! In my spare time, I love drawing, making stickers, photography, and exploring new places.

 

Tikva Cohen
-On-Site Teacher

This will be my third year working with KI and I could not be more excited. I am a fourth year student at UCLA and love to spend time on campus, with friends, or doing activities like baking, swimming, and visiting new places.

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