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Michael is delighted and proud to be teaching his twelfth year at Los Angeles Hebrew High School. At LAHHS, Michael has taught several courses, including the Meanings of Tefillah, B’reisheet, Shemot, Vayikra and Beyond, Nevi’im Rishonim, Halakhah, Advanced Jewish Texts, The Jewish Calendar, and Pirkei Avot. Originally from Washington DC, Michael has been teaching Jewish texts for nearly twenty years. Michael has taught in Hebrew Schools, in Day Schools, and also in adult Jewish education. After completing five years as Middle School Tanakh/ Judaic Studies faculty at Kadima Day School in Los Angeles, Michael is teaching in a similar capacity this year at Pressman Academy in West Los Angeles. Michael has taught adult education at Florence Melton Adult Mini School in Conejo/West Valley and previously in Washington, DC/Northern Virginia. Michael is proud to lead Koleinu, a Shabbat morning service at Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles, for families with children with special needs. In 2016 Michael became The Regional Youth Director of Far West USY.
Limor Giladi was born and raised in Israel. She served in the Israeli army for two years and had the honor of founding, supervising and coordinating Shevet Idan Tzofim (scouts) in Kiryat Motzkin, a city in Israel close to Haifa. Limor created a close community and helped young children learn to love and know Israel while hiking, seeing historical sites and having activities and discussions on various issues.
Shortly after, she came to the US to work and travel for a year. In 1996, Limor came to the U.S. to study. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Jewish Studies, and earned a Certificate in Jewish Education at Gratz College, Philadelphia in 1998.After two years as an Early Childhood and Religious School teacher, Limor moved to Los Angeles in the summer of 2000.
Upon her arrival to Los Angeles, she taught at various Jewish Day schools and supplementary schools as a Hebrew and Judaic Studies teacher. Limor is currently in her tenth year of working at Milken Community Schools as a Hebrew instructor; however, she had the pleasure of teaching children as well as adults for the last 19 years. Teaching is her passion. Limor believe students can grow and develop by examining the issues they cover in class and yes, in Hebrew!
As education is her passion, she’s now pursuing her Master’s Degree in Teaching Hebrew as a Second Language, at Middlebury, Vermont.
On a personal note, Limor has twin boys who are 12 years old. They are active boys who love sports, hiking with their mom and going to the beach as much as they can.
Originally from Argentina, Cecilia found her passion for Israeli Folk Dance through Keshet Chaim and developed a program to include it into Jewish educational programs. Since then, she has been teaching Israeli folk dance in Jewish organizations, synagogues, schools and in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Cecilia developed a program that teaches tolerance, diversity and multiculturalism through Israeli folk dance that has branched out to include churches and community centers as well, and has developed training sessions for Israeli folk dance instructors, currently leading the Department of Education at Keshet Chaim. During the week, she is Ms. Hanono, a School Counselor at LAUSD, and works in private practice as a psychotherapist.
Cecilia worked as Youth Director for USY and BBYO, as Cultural Arts & Dance Director for Camp Ramah in California, has been a Daber Fellow -a specialized program to teach Hebrew informally- funded by the Avi Chai Foundation, and has been teaching at Ohr Lanu -a Special Needs Family Camp. Cecilia participated in the March of the Living as a group coordinator, as she understands the importance of educating and transmitting our history as well as our folklore.
Ettie Lerner, an artist and an art educator, teaches art, kindergarten through 12th grade, as well as exhibits her own artwork in solo/group shows.
She studied Art Education at Ha’Midrasha, a prestigious art academy in Israel, with some of the most important and influential Israeli artists and art educators. While living in the United States, she earned her B.A. in Fine Arts, and then graduated with Honors, with M.A. in Studio Art from CSU Northridge.
Her goal as a Judaic Art teacher at LAHHS is to inspire students to create art while exploring the aesthetic, critical, traditional, historical elements that relate to Judaic art. Her course is concerned with Jewish content and ideas that stem from Jewish holidays, biblical stories, and the State of Israel.
Michael Raileanu was born and raised in El Paso, TX and grew up in a family of teachers and dedicated Zionists. Michael got his first classroom assignment at the age of 15 and has been teaching non-stop ever since. He has held leadership positions in every Jewish educational setting, formal and informal, that can be named. He has spoken before groups ranging from preschoolers and their parents to governmental symposia.
Michael got his B.A. in English from the University of Texas, Austin and his M.A.Ed. from the University of Judaism. Michael was the 2007 winner of the JProStl Peer Excellence Award for Adult Education. Additionally, he received both 2010 Stuart I. Raskas Outstanding Day School Teacher Award & Grinspoon/Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. Michael is a third year rabbinical student at the Academy for Jewish Religion. Michael is married to Lorie (Beaudry) and together they have four children ranging from 16 – 24. Michael and Lorie have known each other since the age of 15 and have shared their odyssey of two countries, four states, 19 houses and myriad friends and acquaintances.
Michael brings tremendous humor, cool references, experience and enthusiasm to his teaching. If you have ideas you would like to share or would like to discuss the Dodgers, the Dallas Cowboys, the Lakers, the Texas Longhorns, or the importance of frozen Peanut Butter M&M’s please feel free to send him an e-mail.
Aaron Samuels grew up in Albany NY, belonging to the conservative Ohav Shalom congregation. He received his bachelor’s degree in music performance from Kent State University, his MA in Judaic Studies from Case Western’s Siegal College in Cleveland, and is currently working on his PhD in ancient Jewish history at UCLA. At LAHHS, Aaron teaches courses in biblical studies, Jewish history, and the history of Jewish religion.
Mariel was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Having attended private Jewish schools growing up in South America, she eventually studied psychology at the University of Buenos Aires, and simultaneously studied a second degree in Jewish education. She received this degree from the Haim Greenberg Machon L’Morim in Kiriyat Moriah, a branch of the Jerusalem University specifically dedicated to Jewish teaching in the Diaspora. While studying abroad in Israel, she worked with elementary and middle school in Herzliya. She continued her studies in the Rabbinical Seminar of Buenos Aires while she worked in Jewish elementary schools until she moved to the U.S. with her husband Guillermo.
In Los Angeles, Mariel has been involved in conservative synagogue PR and programming, education, and fundraising for almost 15 years. Mariel also works in public relations for an international company. She is the proud mother of three. Camila, the eldest daughter, studied at IDC Herzliya in Israel, and is now the PR Director for the Israel Government Ministry of Tourism. Bianca, her second daughter, is a freshman at Indiana University. Liam, her youngest son is in 7th grade. Both Camila and Bianca were LAHHS students, and Liam will begin next year. Mariel continues to stay very active in the Jewish world, currently conducting an educational and social Jewish women’s group that she started in Chabad, and expanded in other communities. She is an avid and strong supporter of Israel.
Nili was born in Tel Aviv and grew up there with its beach, sun and intellectual pursuit. She studied in Israel and the U.S., obtaining degrees in philosophy, education, and Jewish Studies. Nili teachesa variety of courses in L.A Hebrew High: Hebrew, Bible and other courses in Jewish studies, and she also has written the curriculum for some classes.
Nili thinks that the students of LAHHS are wonderful. Helping students to discover their capabilities and igniting their individual spark is one of her main educational and humanistic goals.
Jeffrey grew up in Altadena, California, a fan of skateboarding, surfing, soccer and the violin. He attended Interlochen Academy for the Arts in Michigan to immerse himself in music during his senior year of high school. From there he studied in the UCLA music department for two years and ended up graduating with a BA in history with an emphasis on Jewish history. During his time at UCLA he began to learn about Judaism and became familiar with the Jewish demographic of West LA. After graduating college he went on to study in four different Yeshivot in Jerusalem, including the esteemed Mier Yeshiva, for the next six years. His studies involved Jewish law, ethics and philosophy. He is now back in Los Angeles teaching Judaism and attending the American Jewish University for an MA in Jewish education.
Diana began teaching Hebrew at the age of 18, alongside getting her degree in biology from Tehran University. She got an Education Certificate from Otzar Ha’Torah Seminary and continued her studies in Los Angeles at the University of Judaism where she took classes in Children’s Psychology so that she could better understand her students’ needs. She has experience teaching in both private and public schools to different grade levels and learning levels. Over the course of 30 years, she has gained experience teaching Hebrew in three countries, and is very excited to bring her passion for learning to the class.
Michael Waterman is eager to begin his 16th year on staff at Hebrew High, having begun his tenure at the turn of the Millennium. He has taught Ethics, Current Events, Jewish History, Israel & Zionism, Contemporary Jewish Issues, and is currently the leader of our Junior and Senior Seminar Programs. Mike graduated Los Angeles Hebrew High School and Fairfax High School in 1968, U.C.L.A. in 1972 (BS in Political Science) and Southwestern University School of Law in 1975 (Juris Doctorate). He is or has served on the Boards of Directors of the Bureau of Jewish Education, Valley Beth Shalom, International United Synagogue, Encino Law Center, Camp Ramah in Ojai, Mercaz, AMCHA-UCLA Alumni, Pacific Southwest Region of United Synagogue, and, of course, Los Angeles Hebrew High School.
Mike is currently a member of the California Bar Association and is president of Pegasus Investments, a real estate brokerage and syndication firm specializing in single-tenant, triple-net leased properties throughout the United States.
He brings a tremendous love of Judaism, paternal experience as a father of three, and practical experience in both the Jewish and secular worlds to share and inspire the students at Hebrew High as they prepare to grow into their own exciting adult lives – filled with Menschlichkeit and meaning.