I have been working as a Jewish educator in the Bay Area for 30 years, both as a classroom teacher and as an administrator. For me the most exciting aspect of working with learners is the creation of a warm environment through a wide partnership of teachers, parents, and learners.
My goal is to use that partnership to develop inquisitive, engaged, and caring children who will become lifelong learners and compassionate human beings.
“I learned much from my teachers, more from my colleagues, and most from my pupils.” (Yehuda haNasi, in Ta’anit 7a).
“מִכָּל מְלַמְדַי הִשְכַלְתִי – וּמִתַלְמִידַי יוֹתֵר מִכּוּלָם”
My name is Amir. I am an Israeli American. I hold an M.A in Educational Administration from San Francisco State University. I have twelve years of experience as a Hebrew teacher, six years as a “Modern Israel” teacher, three years as a 6th to 12th Hebrew Department Chair, two years as a Middle and High School Principal, and six years K-12 Head of Judaic Studies, Hebrew, Jewish Life and Israel connections. I also had the honor of leading 19 educational trips to Israel. I had the pleasure of serving:
Brandeis Hillel Day school (CA) , Donna Klein Jewish Academy (FL) , Jess schwartz college prep (AZ), Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus (NV), and Tucson Hebrew Academy (AZ).
I also had the honor of serving as the founding Board Chair of the Israeli Scouts and The founding Regional Director of IAC in Las Vegas.
I am married, a father of two young men and in my free time I love to travel, read, cook, play and coach soccer.
I am exited of the opportunity to lead you on a special journey as we explore our spectacular Jewish heritage while learning about our own part in it.
My name is Maya, I live in Austin, and I teach Hebrew at Austin Jewish Academy. I like to provide an inviting, exciting, and joyful learning environment while offering a wide variety of learning styles and needs.
In Israel, I tutored and taught strategies to high school and college students with learning disabilities to help them reach their full potential. Learning a language should be fun, and it is the most effective way to learn. I’m a true believer in games which in my experience, have a tremendous impact, both educationally and socially. I can’t wait for all the wonderful learning ahead of us!
Shirley was born and raised in Israel and has been living in New York City for over a decade. In her daily life, Shirley manages IAC NY Educational Programs for children and teens.
Ever since she was a little girl, Shirley enjoyed sneaking into the kitchen and baking recipes she saw on TV or found in her mother’s cookbooks. She finds baking to be both a relaxing and creative activity. For her, baking a Babka (and eating it, too) is the best medicine.
In her free time, Shirley combines her two passions: working with children and baking. She hosts baking workshops for kids and has a loyal following that enjoy her specialty sweets.
Join Shirley and embark on an adventure of ethnic Jewish food exploration and discovery!
Born and raised in Israel, Ortal is a teacher for Hebrew as a second language with a vast experience in informal education for kids and young adults.
She is excited to share and teach Israeli Hebrew as a language and a culture.
She completed the teachers course of “Bishvil Ha Ivrit” in Boston Hebrew College, a Hebrew teaching program for Middle and High school students.
Ortal is an Architectural Designer, holding a degree in Architecture and urban planning from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.
Shalom! my name is Sharon and I live in Atlanta. I have chosen the teaching profession out of true love for the education discipline. I am enjoying guiding students to maturity, using a unique combination of education knowledge coupled with eighteen years of experience.
I like to incorporate games and technology into my classes and a lot of fun. So if you want to learn Hebrew in an experiential way too – I’d love you to join me!
Yael is a teacher and an educator for more than 30 years. She holds a master degree in literature from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her book clubs started 6 years ago and are focused on human point of view and academics.
Nava was born in Israel, and grew up in the sunny port city of Haifa. Looking for adventure and excitement led her to live all over the world including Canada, Greece, Germany and the US. Her love of working with people and helping others has led her to teaching languages for over the past decade. There is nothing more satisfying than making a difference in people’s lives and seeing them achieve their goals. Being a teacher is not just about teaching grammar and vocabulary, but effective communication skills, confidence and the ability to deal with uncertainty. Amongst other things Nava has a passion for creating things and even built an off grid tiny house which she lived in with her family. She can’t imagine life without books, her friends and macaroni and cheese. Nava currently lives with her family in Austin TX, and enjoys the laid back fun atmosphere of the city. She teaches Hebrew and Jewish studies, along side her many hobbies including pottery, cooking and exploring the city.’
Ohad was born and raised in Israel and has been teaching students from grades 1st to 12th for the last 12 years. During 2013 and 2014, Ohad studied integrated photography and advanced photography in leading schools in the field. Since then Ohad has been teaching Photography workshops in various schools in Israel including photography nature and city tours. In the last 2 years, Ohad had been traveling in the world with his wife and two boys, they explore 6 continents and more than 20 countries. During this journey, Ohad had the opportunity to teach Photography skills in Uganda, Thailand, Nepal, and Peru. Ohad has loyal students from 3 generations in every family that follows his workshops and loves to attend his workshops.
Shalom, my name is Susan. I live in Austin, Texas.
I have been working as a Jewish educator for 15 years: as an art teacher for 10 years and as a preschool lead teacher for 5 years, as well as a Hebrew language and Sunday school teacher.
My passion is to share knowledge of the Hebrew language and Israeli culture in an innovative and exciting way and to observe the seeds of knowledge flourish and grow. My goal is to create an engaging environment where children can explore and develop into inquiring life-long and compassionate learners of the Hebrew language through listening, talking, reading and writing.
I am a mother of a college student and a sweet cat named Shadow. I love to spend time creating art and sewing quilts, taking long peaceful walks in nature, and listening to music.
I am excited for this opportunity to partner and travel this path as we explore our rich and diverse Jewish culture traditions and language while learning Hebrew.
Loves to teach and always excited to see that spark of understanding turns on.
Always in search of creative and interesting ways to convey to my students the concepts of Mathematics.
Yoav is an Electronic Engineer who worked for many years in the IT industry and decided to pursue a second career as a Math teacher.
He is a High School and Middle School math teacher, with massive tutoring experience including thousands of students learning with him online using various digital platforms.
An Entrepreneurs Performance Coach/ Speaker/ Podcaster/ Real Estate Investor / Motivational Speaker
It was a personal transformation that motivated me to sell the successful tourism company I was running after years of growing and developing it. I then took the time to pursue my entrepreneurial nature and fulfill the dream of economic freedom through investing in Real Estate. Nowadays, I mentor entrepreneurs and leaders to challenge paradigms and realize their full potential.
Celebrated by the New York Times for “his vibrant playing full of texture and nuance” Israeli Cellist Elad Kabilio has dual career as performer and educator. He currently teaches at the Manhattan JCC, 92Y, Manhattan School of Music, The Harmony Program and gives interactive concerts with the concert series MusicTalks. Mr. Kabilio has performed in prestigious hall such as Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Museum, Philharmonie Berlin and Teatro La Scala in Milan. Mr. Kabilio holds 4 degrees from Tel-Aviv University, Mannes College of Music – New School University and Manhattan School of music.
Loves to teach, and loves to learn.
Lior is up-to-date with the newest and coolest software on the market in order to create the best apps, videos, and computer games. His online courses have been running for more than 10 years and he has more than 20,000 fans on the courses list of his newsletter.
He also trains instructors and develops new tutorials for schools and after-school courses.
Recently, Lior has been running the Facebook page Stay Creative, which he launched two months ago, for those students who have been forced to stay home complying with the new global situation. Check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/Stay-creative-112906657018607/
Ornit Levinson-Suter is an English and Hebrew teacher with many years of experience, working for both the Israeli Ministry of Education as well as the Education system in the USA. Ornit holds a BA in Family and Child Studies from Montclair State University, New Jersey, and a teaching certificate from the Kibbutzim College, Tel-Aviv Israel. In 2018 Ornit moved to California from New York and lives in the Bay area. She is currently, working both as a classroom teacher and as a Jewish educator in the community. Ornit believes in a differentiated learning experience for each student. She likes to use creative and engaging teaching and technology in her classroom. Ornit’s goal as a teacher is to be able to engage the students in developing meaningful relationships through learning new and exciting things and by sharing their experiences. She would like to see her students feel comfortable enough to try using Hebrew in situations outside the classroom. Ornit’s teaching view on learning a language is that sometimes a small step in the right direction can turn out to be the beginning of a march to victory. Do not hesitate to take small steps!
Dana Bar-Or is a Middle School Director and has 16 years of teaching experience mainly in Middle School and Upper School. Dana was highly involved in the IAC and served as the first member of the Gavanim leadership group. Her teaching style is engaging and students centric. In her free time she enjoys practicing her boxing skills. In the past, while in Israel, Dana worked as a lawyer in Haifa her home town.
My name is Efrat Hazaz, and I was born, raised, and grew up in Israel.
Since I was reallocated to Chicago with my Family during 2012, I have worked as a Hebrew teacher in Jewish Schools in Up North Chicago, IL, and later in San-Diego, California.
My experience with the Hebrew teaching is in a verity of classes and schools, from 1st-4th throughout 5th and 8th grade, in a day Hebrew school in Chicago and on Sunday’s school in San Diego.
My journey with Hebrew teaching has started back then while I served at the IDF as a trainer for immigrant soldiers, who made Aliya to Israel from North America, Russia, Europe, and more. Besides teaching them the Hebrew language, I helped the immigrant soldiers to be part of the Israeli community and to merge with the Israeli culture.
Between the years of teaching, I built a management career in Israel at the largest Insurance Company, which I developed, designed, and implemented training and education to teams and departments while I managed over 100 subordinates and managers. Today, I also work as a parenting consultant by Adler Theory.
The ability to merge the Israeli culture as an executive, with the teaching experience for the Mid-west and C.A.’s kids, with the knowledge of the kids’ needs provides me the opportunity to teach our children proactively, and in a way they will appreciate the Hebrew and the Israeli culture and will feel part of it.
Mor Cohen was born and raised in Israel and works as a Jewish educator, focusing on Hebrew teaching, Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutoring, Israeli Spirit, and Judaism. She has been working with students of all ages from all around the United States.
In the lessons she teaches, Mor pays great attention to creating a constructive environment. As a professionally trained performer and filmmaker, she uses arts and crafts, acting exercises, and music in her lessons, through which the students get a creative outlet to explore new ideas in a fun, interactive way.
Lior Ofir was born in Ramat Gan, Israel in 1985. He was drafted into the Israel Defense Forces in 2003 where he joined the elite Naval Commando Unit (“Shayetet 13”). He served as a sniper, a medic and hand-to-hand Krav Maga combat instructor. He served for almost five years.
Lior is also a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion and a Motivational & Leadership Speaker - “How to win everything without having anything”. He reinforces and gives tools to overcome challenges and to pursue excellence.
Michal Laufer is a 49-year-old, mother of 2, and currently living in Kibbutz Dan, Israel – a beautiful place in the upper Galilee. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master’s Degree in communications. Michal is the creator of board games for kids, the “Give&Get Games” – games that develop communications and social skills, encourage values, emotional expression, will power and positive thinking.
“My inspiration for creating these kind of games evoked from my last job as a manager in the Israeli kid’s TV channel that made me wonder about the content kids are exposed to these days, and also form my studies of Torah and Kabbalah. I believe that when we give our kids the right tools – of course in a fun way! – for life, based on the knowledge that the more you give the more you get, their future will be really good!”- Michal Laufer
Shiri Rosenblat-Itzhak holds a Masters in Psychology counseling from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She is a certified Executive Coach (school of continuing education at NYU), is a member of the ICF and holds certificates in positive psychology (Cipp, CAPP). Shiri has over 20 years of experience working with teenagers and young adults.
She is grateful for her family and friends, finding her calling in life, and coffee.
My name is Irit Izhar, my family and me moved to the United States in 2007 , we reside in northern New Jersey. I’m trained as a Hebrew teacher with B.Ed from Israel.
During my years in the US, I tought Hebrew in various schools and after school organizations, to students from many age groups, including adults, middle school and elementary school aged kids. Mainly focusing on children that are making their first steps in learning the Hebrew language. By doing this I acquired techniques and methods to help those young learners, who mostly read and write English in their day to day life.
And to keep things interesting, I’m also a trained pastry chef and spend a lot of time exploring this area, with focus on healthy and tasty baking products. This also allow me to teach Hebrew through doing and get to more students through non-verbal senses.
I invite you and the future generation to join me in a journey and learn the wonderful Hebrew language, with its multitude of layers. Promising an interesting learning experience, that will strengthen the connection to our language and culture.
My name is Maya Lotan, I am a tour-guide and Jewish educator since the days of my military service.
I hold a master’s degree in Israel studies with a specialization in modern history.
I am originally from Tel Aviv, and I love the city and its history and culture.
I have been guiding for over a decade families from abroad, birthright and school trips.
I have also initiated Tiyul-Ledet (hike-birthday) – tours and trips for parents on maternity leave and a concept of combining birthday celebrations in nature.
Michal Laufer is a 49 year old, mother of 2, and currently living in Kibbutz Dan, Israel – a beautiful place in the upper Galilee. She holds a Bachelors degree in
sociology and a Masters in communication. Michal is the creator of board games for kids, the “Give&Get Games” – games that develop communications and social skills, encourage values, emotional expression, will power and positive thinking.
“My inspiration for creating this kind of games evoked from my last job as a manager in the Israeli kids TV channel that made me wonder about the content kids are exposed to this days, and also form my studies of Torah and Kabbalah. I believe that when we give our kids the right tools – of course in a fun way! – for life, based on the knowledge that the more you give the more you get, their future will be really good!”- Michal Laufer
Mirit Balkan, a Mom of 3, arrived in Cleveland a decade ago from Israel. She brings with her over twenty years of experience in group facilitation with expertise in Conflict Transformation and Peace Building. Worked at The Yitzhak Rabin center and Gilo center for Civic society and Democracy in Israel, and at The Jewish Federation of Cleveland, a Nonprofit that fundraises and distributes funds for Jews in need, locally and globally. She is a mentor and facilitator for IAC – Israeli American Counsel – Gvanim community Leadership program, and is continuously looking for ways to create significant dialogues and meaning for individuals and groups.
Karin Adoni Ben-David, is a highly sought-after Certified Nutritionist and Health Coach
specializing in healthy lifestyles, emotional eating, and sugar detox. After suffering from severe eating disorders for over a decade, she transformed her life and now devotes herself to the practice of health and nutrition. Today, she empowers the lives for her clients, just as she did for herself, through healing the mind, body, and soul through the power of food.
Karin utilizes a comprehensive approach that combines nutrition, education, support, and behavioral change. Karin made her mark as a nutritionist at one of Israel’s most successful practices. Working with celebrity clientele and using the most cutting-edge resources, Karin developed her unique and effective approach to eating and obtaining a
positive self-image. Later, she became the Head of the Nutrition Department at Reebok Sports in New York City. Today, Karin has an exclusive, private practice in Los Angeles and leads the popular and successful online nutrition programs for clients nationwide.
Karin’s programs restore the body to balance through eating real and delicious whole foods, setting them apart from conventional nutritional practices.
Dr. Hillel Mali is a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow and Gruss Scholar-in-Residence at NYU School of Law. Dr. Mali is currently conducting research for his dissertation dealing with the relationship between rituals and the law in ancient times. He completed his PhD: “Descriptions of the Temple in the Mishna: History, Redaction and Meaning”, for which he received the Riklis Prize for Academic Excellence in Jewish Studies (2018).
Yael holds a master’s degree in special education, has been a parenting specialist for the past 20 years, she is a behavioral therapist and an ADHD expert.
Yael is the founder and owner of the International Parenting School (PIS), which provides lectures, workshops, and individual training to parents from around the world.
She also leads a parent-specialist training program, in the Alfred Adler approach, in collaboration with the Michal Dalyot Center and the Haifa University Clinical Center.