Administration, Faculty and Staff

FACULTY

Bruce Powell, Head of School
PhD, University of Southern California
MA, California State University, Northridge
BA, University of California, Los Angeles

Ellen Howard, Principal
MA/MA, California State University, Northridge
BA, California State University, Northridge

ATHLETICS

Sina Monjazeb, Athletic Director
BA, California State University, Long Beach

Earl Roth, Assistant Athletic Director
MA, California State University, Los Angeles
BA, California State University, Long Beach

ENGLISH

Jaimi Boehm, Chair, Student Council Advisor
MA, California State University, Northridge
BA, New York University

Michelle Lindner
BS, University of Maine
BA, University of Maine

Cameron LoBianco, Writing Specialist, Coordinator of Interdisciplinary
Collaboration & Curriculum Development, SIEP

MA, Boston University
BA, Boston University

Darren Masserman
BA, University of California, Los Angeles

Erin Rogers
MFA, University of Southern California
BA, Colby College

Tony Soltis
MA, Slippery Rock State University
BA, Slippery Rock State University

GLOBAL JEWISH EDUCATION

Yoav Ben-Horin, Director of Global Jewish Education
MA, Oxford University, United Kingdom
BA, Oxford University, United Kingdom

Adina Cohen, Global Jewish Education Coordinator
Teaching Degree, Seminar Hakibbutzim, Israel

Tami Bandel, Global Jewish Education Assistant
BA, University of Judaism

HEBREW

Adina Cohen, Chair
Teaching Degree, Seminar Hakibbutzim, Israel

Dina Appleby
Teaching Seminary, Beersheva, Israel

Iris Cohen
MA, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
BA, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Tali Jacont
BA, Levinskey University, Tel Aviv

Adi Kogman
BA, Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel, Israel

Orit Shwartz
BEd, Seminar Hakibbutzim, Israel

HISTORY

Matthew Vacca, Chair
MA, California State University, Northridge
BA, California State University, Northridge

Robert Hendlish
MA, Pepperdine University
BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

Etan Kelman
MA, California State University, Northridge
BA, University of California, Santa Cruz

Raymond Marcus
MA, Indiana University
BA, University of California, Los Angeles

Mark Shpall
JD, University of Southern California
MA, Pepperdine University
BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

Tammy Shpall
BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

JEWISH CIVILIZATION

Beverley Kamenir
Higher Diploma, Education/Jewish Studies, University of Cape Town
BA, University of Cape Town

Gregory Keer, Speech and Debate
MFA, University of California, Los Angeles
BA, University of California, Los Angeles

Bruce Powell
PhD, University of Southern California
MA, California State University, Northridge
BA, University of California, Los Angeles

Lise Spiegel
PhD, California School of Professional Psychology
MS, California School of Professional Psychology
MM, Yale University
BM, Mannes College

Rabbi David Vorspan
Doctor of Divinity, Jewish Theological Seminary
Doctor of Divinity, Hebrew Union College
Rabbinic Ordination and MAHL, Hebrew Union College
BA, University of California, Los Angeles

JEWISH STUDIES

Rabbi Devin Villarreal, Chair
Smicha, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah
MA, American Jewish University
BA, University of California, Los Angeles

Rebecca Bodenstein
MA, University of Judaism
BA, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Stuart Jacobs, SIEP
MJEd, Hebrew College Shoolman,
Graduate School of Jewish Education
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem
BA, University of Michigan

Rabbi Tsafreer Haim Lev
Rabbinic Ordination and MA, Jewish Theological Seminary
MHL, University of Judaism
BA, California State University, Northridge

Yonatan Rosner, Drishat Shalom Project Director
MA, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem
BA, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Rabbi J.B. Sacks
DM, Claremont School of Theology
Rabbinic Ordination/
MA, Jewish Theological Seminary
BA, University of Judaism
AB, Ohio University

Rabbi David Vorspan
Doctor of Divinity, Jewish Theological Seminary
Doctor of Divinity, Hebrew Union College
Rabbinic Ordination and MAHL, Hebrew Union College
BA, University of California, Los Angeles

MATHEMATICS

Alicia Kasif, Chair
MA, California State University, Fullerton
BS, University of Pennsylvania

Robert Ahdoot
BS, University of Maryland

Ellen Howard
MA/MA, California State University, Northridge
BA, California State University, Northridge

Arsho Melikian
BS, University of California, Los Angeles

Howard Mendelson
MD, University of Illinois
BS, University of Illinois

Shana Sokol
MBA, Tulane University
BA, University of California, Los Angeles

Merzak Toubal
BS, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

SCIENCE

Eric Sloate, Chair
BS, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Jack Buffington, Robotics
M.S., California State University, Northridge (in process)
B.F.A., Academy of Art College

Andra Dumitrescu
MS, California State University, Northridge
BA, California State University, Northridge

Shadi Eliaspour
DC, Cleveland Chiropractic College
BS, California State University, Los Angeles

Prudence Gemmell
MS, California State University, Northridge
BS, California Lutheran University

Christine Mikhail
BS, University of California, Los Angeles

Yolanda Hovsepian
STEM
MS, California State University, Northridge
BS, University of California, Los Angeles

Jeff Schoenwald, STEM
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
M.S., University of Pennsylvania
B.S., MIT

Sivan Tarle, Director of Science Academy
MA, American Jewish University
BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS

Benny Ferdman, Artistic Director
BFA, Massachusetts College of Art

Bill Aron, Photography
PhD, University of Chicago
MA, University of Chicago
BA, University of Pennsylvania

Roger Blonder, Media Arts
MFA, University of California, Los Angeles
BA, University of California, San Diego

Justine Bruner, Studio Art, Yearbook Advisor, Director of Senior Internship Program
BA, Rutgers University

Diane Feldman, Choral Music/Musical Theatre
MA, New York University
BA, California State University, Northridge

Gregory Keer, Film Studies
MFA, University of California, Los Angeles
BA, University of California, Los Angeles

Dina Nelson, Modern Dance, Arts Coordinator
BA, California State University, Northridge

Elisha Schaefer, Israeli Dance
BA, Vassar College

Jared Stein, Music
BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

WORLD LANGUAGES

Raquel Safdie, Chair
MA, University of Judaism
BS, University of Buenos Aires

Solange Dichter
Fashion Design Degree, Shanker College, Tel Aviv

Andrea Fuentes
MA, Columbia University
BA, University of California, Los Angeles

Sheila Liberman Reich
BA, Hunter College, New York

COLLEGE COUNSELING

Susan DeRuyter, Director of College Guidance, Dean of Academic Advisement
MEd, Loyola Marymount University
BA, Loyola Marymount University

Meredith Britt, Associate Director of College Guidance, Associate Dean of Academic Advisement
MEd, Vanderbilt University
BA, Vanderbilt University

Neila Wolff (NCJHS 2008), Registrar/College Guidance Assistant
BA, University of Southern California

STUDENT SERVICES

Mark Shpall, Dean of Students, Director of Community Programs
JD, University of Southern California
MA, Pepperdine University
BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

Tammy Shpall, Dean of Grade-Level Deans, 9th Grade Dean
BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

Beverley Kamenir, 10th Grade Dean
Higher Diploma, Education/Jewish Studies, University of Cape Town
BA, University of Cape Town

Gregory Keer, 11th Grade Dean, Director of The Institute For Student Leadership & Communications
MFA, University of California, Los Angeles
BA, University of California, Los Angeles

Rebecca Bodenstein, 12th Grade Dean, Director of All-School Shabbaton 
MA, University of Judaism
BA, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Julie Brennglass, LMFT, School Counselor
MA, Phillips Graduate Institute
BA, California State University, Northridge

Matthew Vacca, Academic Coordinator, Director of Summer School & Programs
MA, California State University, Northridge
BA, California State University, Northridge

Renée Levine-Blonder, Shabbaton and Class Trips Coordinator, Community Service Coordinator
MAJE, Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion
BA, University of California, San Diego

Tami Bandel, Study Hall Supervisor, Drishat Shalom Project Coordinator
BA, University of Judaism

JEWISH LIFE

Rabbi David Vorspan, Rabbi-In-Residence
Doctor of Divinity, Jewish Theological Seminary
Doctor of Divinity, Hebrew Union College
Rabbinic Ordination and MAHL, Hebrew Union College
BA, University of California, Los Angeles

Rabbi Tsafreer Lev, Rabbinic Director
Rabbinic Ordination and MA, Jewish Theological Seminary
MHL, University of Judaism
BA, California State University, Northridge

Yonatan Rosner, Co-Director of Jewish Life
MA, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem
BA, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Rabbi J.B. Sacks, Co-Director of Jewish Life
DM, Claremont School of Theology
Rabbinic Ordination/
MA, Jewish Theological Seminary
BA, University of Judaism
AB, Ohio University

TECHNOLOGY

Omer Maor, Director of Information Technology

Angela Neff, Director of Educational Technology
MEd, San Francisco State University
BA, San Francisco State University

Melanie Creer, IT Help Desk

ADMISSIONS

Debbie Abelson, Director of Admissions
MPA, University of Southern California
MA, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

Michelle November, Associate Director of Admissions
MS, Columbia University
BA, University of California, Berkeley

Jill Zuckerman, Consultant
BA, California State University, Northridge

Joyce Ritch, Admissions Administrative Assistant

ADVANCEMENT

Suzy Bookbinder, Chief Development Officer
MSW, Yeshiva University
BA, University of California, Los Angeles

Leah Kitz, Associate Director of Development
MSW, University of Southern California
MAJCS, Hebrew Union College
BA, University of Judaism

Erika Guerrero, Development Coordinator, Donor Relations

Stefanie Phillips, Development Coordinator, Capital/Endowment, Alumni Relations
BA, California State University, Northridge

MARKETING

Cheri Mayman, Director of Marketing
MSW, University of California, Los Angeles
BA, University of the Pacific

Ariana Silver, Marketing Coordinator, Yearbook Assistant
BA, University of California, Santa Barbara
Certificate, Advanced Make-up Artistry, Make-Up Designory

Jamie Stein, Special Events Coordinator, Theater and Arts Department Assistant
MBA/MA, American Jewish University
BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

BUSINESS

Deborah Shapiro, Chief Operating Officer
BA, University of California, Los Angeles

David Marcus, Campus Business Manager
BA, California State University, Fullerton

Sue Dwyer, Director of Human Resources
BA, University of California, Irvine

Elena Karapetian, Assistant Controller
BA, Volgograd University

Kaye Bernstein, Tuition Assistance Director
BS, University of California, Los Angeles

OFFICE

Gabe Lynn, Office Manager, Transportation Coordinator
BFA, University of Utah

Barbara Edberg, Administrative Assistant, Assistant to Head of School
DC, Cleveland Chiropractic College
BS, Cleveland Chiropractic College

Jessica Fish, Administrative Assistant
BA, University of California, Los Angeles

Caryn Thomas, Executive Assistant to Principal, Business Manager & COO