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VTS Teachers & Faculty

RABBI AVI LIBMAN
Rabbi/Education Director
avi@cbe.org
 
 
CHERYL KATZ
Director of Jewish Learning
cheryl@cbe.org
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cheryl Katz is before all else a student, and believes that learning can never be finished.  She hopes to instill the same lifelong quest for knowledge and yet more questions in her students.
 
Cheryl has held educational leadership positions at several synagogues around San Diego before coming to Beth El.  She taught 6th and 7th grade Hebrew and tutored b'nai mitzvah for many years.  She has also served congregations as a Cantorial Soloist and High Holy Day hazzan.
 
A passionate student of hazzanut, advocate for children and teens and seeker of vibrant spiritual experiences, she strives to spark authentic, deep and enduring love of Judaism in students of all ages.
 
Cheryl is a Masters candidate in Jewish Education at the Davidson School of Jewish Education at Jewish Theological Seminary.

A passionate student of hazzanut, advocate for children and teens and seeker of vibrant spiritual experiences, she strives to spark authentic, deep and enduring love of Judaism in students of all ages.

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gan, kindergarten: Hannah topeczer

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Hi, I'm Hannah! I am a fourth year student at UCSD. I'm majoring in clinical psychology and minoring in human development. In addition to psychology, my main areas of focus are childhood development and early childhood education studies. I have experience peer tutoring teens and young adults with disabilities, and working with children in an early education setting. I am also really involved in the Jewish community on campus. I organize and lead holiday and Rosh Codesh events, as well as de-stress and mental well-being programs through Hillel. In my free time, I enjoy going to the beach, practicing mindfulness, and baking.  

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ALEPH, 1ST grade: Liron goldring

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My name is Liron Mazal Goldring and this is my first year with VTS at Congregation Beth El! I am a recent graduate of Silberman School of Social Work in NYC where I received my Masters in Social Work to work with families, groups and individuals. I recently moved over to San Diego from NYC and some of my hobbies include reading, swimming and taking nature walks. I have 8 beautiful nieces and nephews and my favorite color is green! I am so excited to be teaching the Aleph class this year.

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aleph, 4TH grade: Katie oberman

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My name is Katie Oberman. I was born and raised in Carlsbad, California, where I grew up surrounded by the Temple Solel and Beth Am Jewish communities. I went to Temple Solel's Camp Simcha as a camper for many years, and I have loved working on staff there ever since. I am a student at UC San Diego where I study Education Studies so I may become an elementary school teacher. This will be my 6th year here at VTS, and I absolutely love teaching kids and watching them grow!

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hay, 5th grade: rachel schipper

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Hello! My name is Rachel Schipper and I am a Teacher/ USY Advisor here at Beth El. I am currently in my fifth year teaching here and have primarily taught 5th and 7th grade. I have also been an advisor for the Beth El Teens for the past two years. Along with teaching, I am a recent graduate from UCSD, with a major in economics and minor in dance. I will be working with the Bar/Bat Mitzvah class on Saturday, helping them learn the ins and outs of the service and and teaching them to be comfortable on the bimah.

 

vav, 6th grade: eva eiseman

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My name is Eva Illyes-Eiseman. My husband and I moved out to San Diego from the east coast, 16 years ago this past August. I have ten years of experience teaching in religious schools in South Orange, New Jersey, New York City, Los Angeles, and West Hartford, Connecticut.  This will be my seventh year at Beth El. I truly love the spark that kids have --I am a mom of five children - our oldest two are teens and the youngest is six and a half! I love teaching and truly enjoy teaching children about our rich culture, religion and our amazing Jewish heritage!  I feel privileged to get the chance to teach what I practice in my own life. I hope that comes across when I teach! I am looking forward to a wonderful year and can't wait to meet my students and their families.

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bnei Mitzvah: Katie Oberman & RacheL schipper

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My name is Katie Oberman. I was born and raised in Carlsbad, California, where I grew up surrounded by the Temple Solel and Beth Am Jewish communities. I went to Temple Solel's Camp Simcha as a camper for many years, and I have loved working on staff there ever since. I am a student at UC San Diego where I study Education Studies so I may become an elementary school teacher. This will be my 5th year here at VTS, and I absolutely love teaching kids and watching them grow!

 

Hello! My name is Rachel Schipper and I am a Teacher/ USY Advisor here at Beth El. I am currently in my fourth year teaching here and have primarily taught 5th and 7th grade. I have also been an advisor for the Beth El Teens for the past two years. Along with teaching, I am a senior at UCSD majoring in economics and minoring in dance. I will be working with the Bar/Bat Mitzvah class on Saturday, helping them learn the ins and outs of the service and and teaching them to be comfortable on the bimah.

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8th grade: heidi handelsman

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Heidi Handelsman is a theater artist, storyteller, and educator. Originally from New York, Heidi has spent time in 35 states and six countries -- so far. Heidi's favorite figures from the Tanakh include Eve, Jonah, and Esther. When she isn't digging into Jewish texts and history, she can be found hiking, cooking, and building sand castles at the beach for her son to knock down. BA: Vassar College, MFA: Brown University. 

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9th grade: Emily Curtis

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My name is Emily Curtis and I am this year's 9th grade teacher (and a youth advisor for Beth El Teens). I grew up going to USY (at Beth Am in San Diego) and I'm so glad I get to be back helping youth have the same experiences I did. I went on Nativ (a gap-year programme in Israel) and then went on to study Human Development and Family Studies as well as Rehabilitation and Human Services and Penn. State. I love to travel, hike, eat and try new things!

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hebrew language specialists & tutors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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​​​​​​Hannah Anbar: My family and I moved to La Jolla from Syracuse, NY, and we love it here.  We have 4 semi-grown children, only some of whom moved with us.  I have been a fulltime mom and whatever else I was called upon to do since my oldest was a baby.  I have a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, I have taught in colleges, Hebrew Schools, and I am a ceramist, a jeweler and an amateur flower photographer.  Currently, in addition to being Mom, I am teaching tutoring at VTS in Hebrew and also Bar/Bat Mitzvah students.  I often read Torah or Haftorah at CBE on Saturday mornings, and sometimes you can find me at the cash register in the CBE Women’s Connection Shop.  
 
Sari Berger: I am a native San Diegan, and have been attending CBE since my own Bat Mitzvah. Growing up, I went to Jewish Day school, graduating from the San Diego Jewish Academy. I earned a BA in Political Science at Lewis & Clark College, where I was president of Hillel for two years, and recently graduated with a Masters in Public Health from SDSU.

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Sun, September 19 2021 13 Tishrei 5782