Our Teachers

Our Teachers

Zehava Dahan

Zehava Dahan

Hebrew

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”

Amir Eden

Amir Eden

Israeli Spirit & Hebrew

Shalom,
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.

Maya Fela

Maya Fela

Hebrew

Shalom!
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 Ozery-Cohen

Cooking

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!

Ortal Ohad

Ortal Ohad

Hebrew

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.

Sharon Freeman

Sharon Freeman

Hebrew

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!

Yeal Marx

Yael Marx

Enrichment

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 Berg

Nava Berg

Hebrew

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 Dahan

Ohad Dahan

Enrichment

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.

Susan Slomowitz

Susan Slomowitz

Hebrew

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.

Yoav Zimerman

Enrichment

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.

 

Dana Regev

Enrichment

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.

Elad Kabilio

Elad Kabilio

Music

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.

Lior Noyman

Lior Noyman

Video Animation

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

Hebrew

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

Dana Bar-Or

Hebrew

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.

Efrat Hazaz

Hebrew

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

Israeli Spirit

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.

Shira Schaffer

Hebrew

Shalom!
My name is Shira Schaffer and I live in San Diego, right now. I was born and raised in Israel and have been a teacher all my life. I teach Hebrew at the San Diego Jewish Academy. I love teaching our beautiful language as well as Israel’s culture, history, music, and more.
I believe in the golden rule: “Treat others the way you would like to be treated”. I can’t wait to meet you all!

Prof. Uzi Rabi

Prof. Uzi Rabi

Political Science

Professor Uzi Rabi is the Director of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, and a senior researcher at the Center for Iranian Studies, both at Tel Aviv University. Formerly, he was the Head of the Department of Middle Eastern and African History at Tel Aviv University.

Mirit Balkan

Mirit Balkan

Hebrew

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.