Administration

Dr. Barbara Gereboff — Head of School

Dr. Barbara Gereboff has served as Head of School at Wornick Jewish Day School since 2010. She began her Independent School work as Head of Solomon Schechter Day School in Phoenix, Arizona. Past positions include Education Director at Camp Ramah in Ojai, and the Program Director of the Bureau of Jewish Education in Phoenix. Prior to joining Wornick, she was the Head of School at Kadima Hebrew Academy in West Hills, California for a decade.

Dr. Gereboff has also served as adjunct faculty in the School of Education at American Jewish University (formerly the University of Judaism) and at Hebrew Union College. She has chaired several CAIS/WASC accreditation teams in both religiously identified and secular Independent schools. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Arizona State University, where she specialized in Evaluation Research and State Policies surrounding teacher certification. Recipient of the Melton Senior Educators Fellowship in 1992, Dr. Gereboff conducted research in Israel about how Jewish tradition was practiced in secular public schools.

Dr. Gereboff is married to Dr. Joel Gereboff, Professor of Religious Studies at Arizona State University. They have three children and three grandchildren. She enjoys writing, reading fiction, taking long walks, and serving on the board of directors of her local Toastmasters International Club.

Beth Bonfiglio — Elementary School Principal

Beth Bonfiglio is the Elementary School Principal at Wornick. She is a graduate of Sonoma State University with a B.A. in Arts in American Multicultural Studies and holds a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. She completed her M.A. of Education in Administration at Notre Dame de Namur University and holds a California Administrative Credential. Beth also attended the graduate program for the Art of Leadership Program for Principals at Harvard University.

Beth has previously taught third grade at South Peninsula Hebrew Day School and served in the role of Social Learning Coordinator and Director of General Studies. She is known for her enthusiasm and her attention to detail, and is very happy to be part of the Wornick administrative team.

Joel Abramovitz — Judaic Studies Principal, Middle School Principal

Joel Abramovitz is the Middle School Principal and Judaic Studies Principal. Joel taught middle school Judaic Studies at Wornick for four years before becoming the Judaic Studies Principal in 2015 and the Middle School Principal in 2016. As a principal at Wornick, Joel has come to love teaching our youngest students to blow the Shofar, working with the middle school advisors to develop the advisory program, and accompanying the 8th graders on their trip to Israel. Joel also teaches 8th grade Judaic Studies and the daily dose of classroom time reminds him how much he loves learning Tanakh with the students, especially the stories of Ruth and Esther.

Joel is a graduate of the DeLeT program, a teacher preparation program for Jewish Day School teachers. While in DeLeT, Joel taught at Temple Israel of Hollywood Day School in Los Angeles. Joel has a B.A. in Anthropology and Jewish Studies from UCLA and a Master's in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at Hebrew Union College. An Oakland resident, Joel is an avid baker (bread and pie especially), runner, and a volunteer community organizer.

Michal Braker — Hebrew Language Principal

Michal Braker joined Wornick as the Hebrew Language Principal in 2015. Born in Israel, Michal grew up in Hong Kong, returning to Israel every summer to visit her family. She earned a Master’s in Education and a B.Litt in Hebrew Letters from the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California at Irvine, and holds an Early Childhood Teaching Credential.

Michal has served as Director of Education at synagogues in Tulsa, Oklahoma, San Diego and Los Angeles. While in Los Angeles, she taught at Kadima Hebrew Academy, later served as Associate Director of Los Angeles Hebrew High School and lastly as School Principal of Adat Shalom Hebrew School. After moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, Michal worked with various synagogue schools as a NESS consultant - Nurturing Excellence in Synagogue Schools through Jewish Learning Works (BJE). Prior to joining Wornick, she was the Director of Education at Congregation Beth Jacob in Redwood City. Michal loves Israeli pickles, water parks and river rafting.

Nicole Haire — Education Operations Administrator, 8th Grade Science Teacher

As Education Operations Administrator, Nicole Haire manages much of the behind-the-scenes work that ensures the smooth functioning of our education programs. She served as Upper School Principal at Wornick from 2009 to 2016. Nicole came to Wornick a year earlier as a math and science teacher in grades 5-8. She enjoys her many roles of teacher, advisor, mentor, and administrator. Nicole has a B.A. in Psychology and Liberal Studies from St. Mary’s College, and a Multiple Subject Credential and a M.A. in Education from UCLA. She received a CLAD Certificate from the State of California and holds an Administrative Credential and M.A. from San Francisco State.

Nicole began her teaching career in South Central Los Angeles in the early 90’s as a fifth and sixth grade teacher. After arriving in the Bay Area, she taught at Burlingame Intermediate for 7 years, while earning her administrative credential, as well as speaking at conferences on curriculum development throughout California. Nicole started her administrative career in the Burlingame District Office, running the summer school program. She also spent a year in the Redwood City School District as an administrator of a K-8 school. Before coming to Wornick, she wrote articles for parenting magazines and taught preschool. She enjoys spending time with her teenage boys, cooking, and traveling.

Karen Alexander — Director of Admissions and Institutional Advancement

Karen Alexander is the Director of Admissions and Institutional Advancement at Wornick. Prior to joining the Wornick administrative team, she worked as a journalist for more than 20 years. Karen’s writing career included staff positions at the Los Angeles Times and Legal Times, and she was a frequent contributor to The New York Times and other newspapers and magazines. She also ghost wrote a cookbook and worked as an editorial assistant to journalist Bob Woodward.

Karen first fell in love with Wornick as a parent. Now she enjoys welcoming new families into the school and sharing her enthusiasm for Wornick’s program with the community. She has a B.A. in English from Yale University. She loves spending time with her children and cheering for them on the Wornick cross country team, cooking, hiking and helping people with their writing.

Phoenix Feinbloom — Director of Development

Phoenix Feinbloom is the Director of Development at Wornick. She comes to this position from Mills College (her alma mater) where she worked in major gifts for 6 years. Prior to Mills, she was in development at Stanford University as part of the Annual Fund Leadership giving program.

In her previous life, Phoenix was a professional opera singer and still enjoys attending opera when she is not busy raising her two little girls. She received an M.A. in Music from the Mannes College of Music in Manhattan, as well as her B.A. from Mills in vocal performance. Phoenix is delighted to be part of the Wornick community and loves seeing the positive impact that fundraising can have on our students' experience here.

Fred Weiner — Chief Financial Officer

Fred Weiner has been the PJCC’s Chief Financial Officer since February 2007. Currently, he is also the CFO for the North Peninsula Jewish Campus and Wornick Jewish Day School, PJCC’s partners on the 12-acre Campus. He leads and manages the finance, facilities, information technology, and human resources departments, and legal and risk management areas as well as plays an integral and instrumental role in strategic and long-term planning and implementation for all of these organizations.

Fred has over 35 years of diverse management experience in public and non-profit organizations including financial management and analysis. He served in various department head and financial management positions with the City and County of San Francisco for 20 years. He also held consulting, analytical, and management positions involving Federal, and California State, regional and local agencies during his career. He has a Master’s Degree from Stanford University and Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He is married with three daughters, and two grandsons.

Esther Gillette — Executive Administrator

Esther Gillette joined Wornick in 2011 after previous careers in educational software, consulting, and international business. She earned a B.A. in Communication, with a Minor in Russian Studies, from University of California, San Diego. Esther holds a M.B.A. from Quinlan School of Business, Loyola University Chicago. As a volunteer for several organizations, she has held various positions of leadership and finally decided to put her business acumen and volunteer experience together for the betterment of Wornick Jewish Day School and its community. She is an avid reader and polyglot who loves to garden and cook. Esther is also an alumnae Wornick parent.

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