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SHIRI TENENBAUM - Shorashim Hebrew Coordinator Teacher & Hebrew Specialist

Shalom everyone! I am excited to be teaching this year at VTS. I am originally from Tel Aviv and I love teaching Hebrew and I love Israel. I have been teaching children Hebrew and Judaic studies for 7 years in various places such as SDJA, Sinai Akiba Academy in LA and more. Learning another language can be very challenging and requires taking risks. As a teacher, I believe in creating a safe environment in the classroom so all students can feel supported and not afraid to make mistakes. Also, I believe learning happens through experience- so why not make it a fun one! I love making interactive games and role play that will allow students to express their creativity and challenge their minds in a positive way. In addition I wish to be a teacher that inspires her students not only to do well in the classroom but outside of it as well. Please feel free to contact me, anytime.

HANNAH ANBAR - Sunday K-Gan Teacher & Thursday Nitzanim

My name is Hannah Anbar.  My family and I moved to La Jolla from Syracuse, NY 3 years ago, 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 Gan (Kindergarten) at VTS and tutoring 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.   

 EFRAT GOLAN - Sunday 1st Grade Teacher   

Hello, my name is Efrat Golan. I was born in Israel and grew up in Raanana, where I attended Elementary School, Middle School, and High School. I served in the IDF Air Force Intelligence and then earned my BA in communications from the IDC in Herzliya, Israel. In 2010 I moved to San Diego, and have since earned a BSc in Media Arts from Platt College. My passion lies in working with children, which I have been doing for over 10 years in different contexts, including as a sports activities guide, private tutor, and Hebrew teacher for local San Diego groups. I love spending time with children of all ages, and am looking forward to teaching at VTS!


Orli_Moses-2ndORLI MOSES - Sunday 2nd Grade Teacher & Thursday Nitzanim

Hello, my name is Orli Elza Moses-Vilensky.  I was born in Santa Monica, California, moved to Israel at age 1, then back to America when I was seven years of age. I grew up in Cypress, California where I attended Elementary, Middle School, and High School.  I did my undergraduate degree at Cal State Long Beach. I lived in Israel for a few years and completed WUJS in Arad.  I then moved to San Diego, CA and did a double Masters in Teaching English as Second Language, as well as a Masters in International Business with an emphasis in Marketing. I worked in the High Tech field for many years as well, yet I prefer the teaching world.  I worked in Orange County in a Hebrew school, as well as at Beth Israel for 14 years prior to working currently at Beth El, where I am in my 10th year. I currently work at UCSD at the Language Institute, teaching English as a Second Language and Business. I enjoy spending time with my family, doing art, dancing, and traveling around the world.  I love working with kids and enjoy their innocence when it comes to life' experiences.  Children are so much fun to educate through creative ideas and the use of total physical response (otherwise known as TPR in the teaching world). I love my job and hope to continue teaching as long as I can, especially your amazing kids.

KATIE OBERMAN - Sunday 3rd Grade Teacher

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 3rd year here at VTS, and I absolutely love teaching kids and watching them grow!

RUTH AVESAR - Sunday 4th Grade Teacher & Thursday Shorashim Teacher

My name is Ruth Avesar, I was born and raised in Israel. I am married and have 2 great kids. My kids attended Beth El Hebrew Sunday school as well and presently are in graduate school. We have lived in San Diego for approximately 25 years. I was raised in a religious Jewish family and attended an all girls Yeshiva school. I had the great opportunity to teach at Beth El Sunday school for few years in the past and feel privileged to return to Beth El to teach again as I love working with kids. I am looking forward to start working again with Beth El and Jewish education as well as meeting  the kids and their families!

SHANY AVDAR - Sunday 4th Grade Teacher & Thursday Shorashim Teacher

Shalom! My name is ShanyAvdar. I was born and raised in Israel, served for about four years in the Israeli Defense Forces as an officer for human resources. I played an active role in the Second Lebanon War in an Artillery Regiment battalion. In 2009, I moved alone to the United States of America and then started my education as a Structural and Civil Engineer. I worked for three years at a civil and environmental engineering company, and in 2015 I was an intern at UC Berkeley. In 2016 I transferred from LA’s Pierce college to UCSDmajoring in Structural and Civil Engineering and soon will graduate. I am married to Daniel since 2015 and together we have our little wonder Gaia. I have years of experience in teaching for all ages in all subject but enjoys teaching Hebrew the most . I have been a Hebrew teacher at Beth El since March 2017 and taught also at KesherKef, Temple Solel, and Torrey Language School. I have been riding horses my whole life and in my free time I like to salsa dance and listen to music. 

LEVANA DORZIA - Sunday 5th Grade Teacher

Shalom! My name is Levana Dorzia. I was born in Tel Aviv, Israel. My husband, Dov, and I have four wonderful children, Dore, Hilla, Maor and Elior. We have recently moved to San Diego after living in San Francisco for over twenty-one years. I used to teach in Emanuel Temple in San Francisco and I am ecstatic to begin teaching my 4th year here at Beth-El. I have a wonderful curriculum in store for the kids. I am very excited to meet you all and I hope that we all have a tremendous year filled with happiness and learning.

MAOR DORZIA - Sunday 5th Grade Teacher

Hi Everyone, My name is Maor Dorzia. This will be my first-year teaching at Beth El and I am ecstatic for this upcoming school year. I will be assisting Morah Levana this year with teaching 5thgrade. I am currently a senior at San Diego State University and in the process of receiving a bachelor’s degree in Specialization: Integrated Marketing Communications. Growing up, my parents had me attend Hebrew schools and programs such as Camp Tawonga for the most of my childhood and teenage years.As well as them being from Israel, this has inspired me to teach my passion and love for Judaism and Hebrew to the wonderful students here at Congregation Beth El.


EVA EISEMAN - Sunday 6th Grade Teacher & Thursday Shorashim Teacher

My name is Eva Illyes-Eiseman. My husband and I moved out to San Diego from the east coast, 14 years ago this past August.  I have been busy raising our five children while my husband, Jamin, takes care of many patients here locally in San Diego. 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 fifth 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.

SARI BERGER - 7th Grade Shabbat Teacher

Hello! My name is 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 am currently working on my Master's in Public Health at SDSU. 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.  This will be my first year as a teacher, and I am looking forward to getting to know everyone!

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