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Judaic Studies and Hebrew

Ela Alexander — Hebrew and Judaic Studies Teacher
Certificate in Early Childhood Education, Cañada College, Redwood City, CA
Trained in Preschool Administration program, and implements the TaL AM Aleph and Bet Hebrew programs, the Chalav Udvash Hebrew program and Hebrew At the Center Hebrew program
Joined Wornick in 2002
I love listening to music, as well as singing and dancing.

Edna Avraham — Head of the Hebrew Department, TK-8
DeLeT Fellowship mentor
B.A. in Hebrew Language and Bible Studies, University of Haifa in Israel
Master classes in special education, USFCA
Certified to teach the NETA Hebrew program for middle school students
Joined Wornick in 2010
I love to travel the world, and explore different cultures.

Rafi Esterson — Judaic Studies Teacher
B.A. (Honours) in Jewish History, University College London
M.A. in Jewish Civilization, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Former Director of the Kesher Center for Jewish Learning and Culture, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Joined Wornick in 2016
I love to learn new skills with my children. Gardening is our latest adventure (with a minor in entomology).

Dalit Gvirtsman — Hebrew Teacher
B.A. in General and Interdisciplinary Studies in the Faculty of Humanities, Tel Aviv University
Taught Hebrew to K-8 students since 2001
Certified to teach the NETA Hebrew program for middle school students and TaL AM 1,2,3
Joined Wornick in 2016
I enjoy reading, cooking, and writing my weekly Blog in Bainyanim (The Israeli Community Site in Silicon Valley).

Jory Gwasdoff — Judaic Studies Teacher, School Songleader, and Development Intern
B.A. in General Social Science with a focus of Applied Economics, Business, and Society, University of Oregon
Joined Wornick in 2018
8 years experience teaching in religious schools
I believe in building community and making school feel like a second home. I enjoy backpacking across the world, learning about new cultures, and playing guitar!

Riva Jacobs — Judaic Studies Teacher and Lower School T'fillah Coordinator
B.A. in Psychology, Queens College of the City, University of New York
M.A. in Jewish Education, Jewish Theological Seminary of America
Joined Wornick in 2014
My favorite hobby is Israeli folk dancing.

Netta Lachish — Hebrew Teacher
Jewish History and General Studies, Tel Aviv University
Acting, Kibbutzim College Performing Arts School
Teacher of the Playback Technique for children, youth and adults
Actress, singer, director, choreographer, and dance teacher
Joined Wornick in 2016
DeLeT Fellow
I am so happy to be in the US with my family! My favorite dessert is watermelon and Feta cheese!

Ilanit Magal — Hebrew Teacher
B.A. in Hebrew Literature, Ben Gurion University
M. Ed. in Management, Oranim College
Diploma of Didactic Diagnosis and Learning function improvement
Joined Wornick in 2018
I believe in every student, love teaching, educating and student interaction.

Chelsea Mandell — Judaic Studies Teacher, Middle School Judaic Studies and T'fillah Coordinator, and Middle School Advisor
B.A. in Environmental Studies, Minor in Jewish Studies and Social Justice, University of San Francisco
Joined Wornick in 2015
I believe in educating children about Judaism and making it applicable to their everyday lives. I enjoy connecting and working with children of all ages.

Tami Segal — Hebrew Teacher
B.A. in Sociology and Geography, University of Haifa
M.A. in Applied Linguistics (in process), University of Haifa
Former Director of Linguistics Lab at Western Galilee College
Joined Wornick in 2018
I like to hike with my friends and family, and read historical fiction.

Ronit Solomon — Assistant Hebrew Teacher
Majoring in Education at College of San Mateo
Former Israeli Intelligence Quality Engineer
4 years experience in high-tech industry
Joined Wornick in 2015
I love reading, listening to different kinds of music, and training.

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