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VTS Teachers & Faculty

RABBI AVI LIBMAN
Rabbi/Education Director
avi@cbe.org
 
 

RABBI CARRIE BENVENISTE
Interim Director of Jewish Learning
carrie@cbe.org
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rabbi Carrie Benveniste's career as an educator began during her undergraduate years at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, when she worked with teen parents in the Americorp Teen Academic Parenting program. She was ordained at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University here in Los Angeles. 

Since graduation, she has taught in both after school religious school programs and day school programs. She has served as the director of a small congregational school in San Luis Obispo, the co-director of a congregational school in Venice, the Malibu Jewish Center, where she was the Director of Education and the Assistant Rabbi. Rabbi Carrie has been Director of Education at Congregation Tikvat Jacob’s Ohren Education Center for the last nine years.  

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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: 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 5th year here at VTS, and I absolutely love teaching kids and watching them grow!

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bet, 2nd grade: Orli moses

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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.

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gimmel, 3rd grade: Rebecca hiner

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Rebecca Hiner is a graduate of the Joint Program between the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and Columbia University, having majored in Biology and Midrash (Rabbinic Literature). She also holds an MSc in Immunology & Inflammation from NYU. Although she has worked as a research scientist since 2007, Rebecca also accumulated teaching experience through her involvement with Girl Scouts, Ramah Berkshires, and tutoring through the years. She is passionate about meeting students where they are spiritually and emotionally, and building the bridges necessary to help them build a happy relationship to the course material and build a meaningful Jewish life. 

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dalet, 4th grade: Jasmine elisha

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Jasmine Elisha is a fourth-year undergraduate student at UC San Diego. With this degree, she hopes to pursue a career in pediatric occupational therapy working with children with various learning and developmental disabilities. In her free time, Jasmine loves exploring dessert places across San Diego, hiking in Torrey Pines, and spending quality time with friends (distanced of course). Jasmine is also very passionate about facilitating the growth of children’s Jewish identities. She is very excited to be a part of the VTS community and is looking forward to a great year teaching 4th grade! 

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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 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.

 

vav, 6th grade: eva eiseman & Liron goldring

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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.

 

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 co-teaching the Vav class in working together to explore their Jewish identities through text, history and personal meaning.

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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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Natalie Cruz: is the daughter of Israeli parents and grew up speaking Hebrew at home. She lived in Israel for several years, met her husband there, and their two sons attend the SDJA. Natalie enjoys helping students strengthen their Hebrew language skills as she believes it’s one of the many ways students feel connected to their Jewish identity, community and to Israel. Natalie taught at Congregation Beth Am’s Hebrew school for many years, teaching various grades. Over the past year she has loved getting to know the VTS students and is excited to begin her second year supporting students at Congregation Beth El.
 
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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Sat, December 5 2020 19 Kislev 5781