Administrative Staff

Manda Graizel

Manda GraizelDirector of Jewish Innovation, is an East-Coast transplant who was raised in Teaneck, New Jersey. She received her BA in Sociology, Holocaust and Comparative Genocide Studies from Clark University in 2006 and has been working in the Jewish world ever since. During her decade in Jewish education, she has worked for Hillel, BBYO, numerous religious schools on both the east and west coasts, and most recently was the coordinator for the Diller Teen Fellows Program at Westside JCC. She received her Master’s in Education at The American Jewish University in 2011 with a focus in Outdoor and Experiential education. She says her biggest academic achievement was the A+ she received in her class on camping. When Manda is not working to create meaningful Jewish experiences, you can find her traveling, practicing yoga, playing Mah-Jong or hunting down the best cup of coffee in LA.

Audrey Davis

Audrey DavisPrograms Associate, is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Audrey graduated from Kenyon College in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in drama and history. She also spent a semester abroad at Royal Holloway, University of London to pursue her main research interests, dramatic literature and early modern England. In Los Angeles, Audrey has interned at Funny Or Die, Inc. and worked at The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company, a non-profit that provides arts education to at-risk youth. As a resident of the east side, she is thrilled to exercise her passions for both Judaism and education at the SIJCC. Audrey is also an avid consumer of pop culture, and would love to chat with you about your favorite cult TV show.


Our Teachers

Jessica Dollin

 

Jessica Dollin, JLC Core Sunday Teacher, is originally from Phoenix, Arizona. Jessica moved to Los Angeles three years ago and currently works on the Hulu show I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman. She attended Sunday school, Hebrew school and became a bat mitzvah at the reform congregation, Temple Chai. Jessica continued her Jewish education when she went through Confirmation as a senior in high school. She was also an active member in her youth group, NFTY. Jessica is new to the JLC team this year and is excited to be a part of the Jewish Learning Center! 

 

Brett Fromson

 

Brett FromsonJLC Core Sunday Music Specialist, is a singer-songwriter and music educator originally from Cleveland, Ohio. Brett graduated from the USC Thornton School of Music’s prestigious Popular Music Program in 2014, and has since continued to pursue his music career as both an artist and a teacher. He has over 15 years of Jewish camp experience and education, and for more than 6 years Brett has served as a music teacher or song leader for various camps and organizations. Brett’s released an EP in January of 2014 entitled Heartbeat Like A Train. Brett is excited to be back as the music specialist for JLC!

Meredith Goldberg-Morse

 

Meredith Goldberg-MorseJLC Core Sunday Teacher, grew up in the Philadelphia area before moving to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California. While at USC, Meredith built upon more than a decade of Jewish education by becoming an active member of Hillel and Chabad. She currently works in media, connecting films and TV series with social impact. Meredith is also involved with the non-profit organization 826LA, where she tutors and conducts creative writing workshops for elementary, middle, and high school students.

Sara Greenfield

 

Sara Greenfield, JLC Core Sunday Teacher. This is Sara’s fourth year teaching 3rd Grade (The Genesis of Stories) for the JLC.  She previously spent 3 fun-filled years working with the JCC in Chicago as an Aftercare Site Supervisor and Camp Counselor.  She originally hails from Detroit, Michigan, where she received her Jewish Education from Congregation Bet Chaverim, and graduated from the University of Michigan with a BFA in Theatre Performance. Sara has been living in LA (and loving it) for the last four years and works as an actor when she is not teaching or caring for children.   Her hobbies include dancing, moderating her incredibly cool classic-lit book club, and trivia.

Mike Levine

 

Mike Levine, JLC Core Sunday Teacher, moved to Los Angeles from Chicago, where he ran the Recess and Afterschool programs for the Florence J. Heller JCC, taking over for Sarah Greenfield when she left. He’s a contributor to The Onion, Heeb Magazine, and small humor press The Devastator. Originally from Oakland, California, Mike got his Jewish education at Temple Sinai, eventually assisting in classrooms as his first job. He graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with concentrations in Child Psychology and Theater. Mike is approaching the end of his first year in LA and is glad to be back in the classroom.

Abby Litman

 

Abby Litman, JLC Core Sunday Teacher/Hebrew Pod teacher, is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist living in Los Angeles. She graduated from the University of Southern California’s Popular Music Program in May 2015 with a degree in songwriting. In her free time Abby plays music, hikes around Griffith Park and works on art projects. Originally from Washington D.C., Abby went to a Jewish day school and excited to be continuing her involvement in the Silverlake Jewish community.

Rosie Moss

 

Rosie Moss, JLC Core Sunday Teacher/Hebrew Pod teacher/B’nai Mitzvah Mentor. Originally from New York City, Rosie moved to Los Angeles a few years ago. She taught Hebrew School and was a Youth Group leader for a number of organizations on the East Coast and was happy to find a position at the Jewish Learning Center. Rosie spent a significant amount of time in Israel studying at Tel Aviv University, interning at Habima, the National Theatre, leading a Drama Therapy Workshop in a prison in Ramle, as well as working for her family’s steakhouse. In addition to teaching, Rosie is an actress, trained at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and Upright Citizens Brigade.

Alan Niku

 

Alan NikuJLC Core Sunday Teacher/Hebrew Pod teacher“Niku" was born in the back seat of a Greyhound Bus rolling down Highway 41. Since then he has kept rambling through Northern and Southern California (and a couple dozen other countries), often working for Camp Ramah and other Jewish institutions, where he has worked with Jewish kid’s teens and adults as a counselor, vocational trainer, Unit Head, and teacher. Most recently he has decided to bring together his passions for storytelling, music, and writing all together and is getting his MFA in Film Production at the University of Southern California. Niku speaks 5-8 languages (23 if you count made-up ones).

Hila Robas

 

Hila Robas, JLC Core Sunday Teacher/Hebrew Pod teacher. Hila was born in Israel. She graduated from the Open University of Israel with a B.A in Psychology and completed 16 Early Childhood Education units at Santa Monica College. Outside of JLC, Hila leads experiential workshops at various schools in Los Angeles. In addition to her work as a Preschool Teacher for several years, Hila worked as a Summer Camp Instructor for 4-12 years old and led tours, trips, created craft projects, games and outdoor activities. Hila is very excited to be teaching at the JLC and bringing her love and joy of learning to our community. 

Ye’ela Rosenfeld

 

Ye’ela RosenfeldJLC Core Sunday Teacher/B’nai Mitzvah Mentor, a native Israeli, has been living and working in Los Angeles for the past 9 years. She has come to the States to achieve her Master’s degree in Film Directing and Graduated with Honors from the American Film Institute in Hollywood. Ye’ela currently writes and directs several film projects. Six years ago, Ye’ela discovered Jewish education and fell in love with it. With a unique curriculum that she has written, she found a way to incorporate film and theater into Jewish learning and engage dozens of students in her program all across Los Angeles. As a part of the unique and fun curriculum she has been teaching, Jewish history, politics and current events, as well as Hebrew and prayer. She is also a Bar-Bat Mitzvah tutor and enjoys bringing her students from a blank slate to standing on stage with pride. Ye’ela, her husband David and their son Ori are also a part of the ECE family and feel so lucky to be a part of this wonderful community.


Ethan Senser

 

Ethan Senser, JLC Core Sunday Teacher/Hebrew Pod teacher, is a graduate of Radio/Television/Film at Northwestern University. He has been active in children’s education since an early age. He has worked as a Hebrew Sunday School teacher, in-bunk counselor at a Jewish sleep away camp, and as an assistant teacher at a preschool in Israel. Ethan currently works in the documentary department of Participant Media, a film production company with a focus on social impact.

Reby Silverman

 

Reby Silverman, JLC Core Sunday Teacher/Hebrew Pod teacher, grew up outside of Chicago and went to school at the University of Maryland before moving to Los Angeles to start her career in film. She currently works in advertising, helping create content for brands. Reby is also involved with the non-profit organization Didi Hirsch, where she serves as a counselor at the LA-based suicide crisis hotline. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, yoga, and dancing. 

Moriah Taylor

 

Moriah Taylor, JLC Core Sunday Teacher/Hebrew Pod teacher, grew up in Northern California but has lived the last 4 years in Israel. After traveling around Asia for 6 months, she has returned to California and is currently studying Cognitive Science at UCLA. Moriah enjoys yoga, hiking, and the TV show The Office. Ask her about Israel, Hebrew, traveling, and over-all adventuring!

Noam Taylor

 

Noam TaylorJLC Core Sunday Teacher/Hebrew Pod teacher, is a returning bruin (or double bruin), currently in the Master of Architecture program at UCLA. Between finishing his bachelors at UCLA and returning for his Master, Noam lived in Oakland, New York and Israel, taking any excuse to travel along the way. Since childhood Noam has been a part of various Jewish organizations and youth groups, including leadership and a staff position at both UCLA and UC Berkeley’s Hillels. He is a Northern California native who loves spending time outside whether running, climbing, hiking, camping or just anything. 

Marnina Wirtschafter

 

Marnina WirtschafterJLC Core Sunday Teacher, hails from Berkeley and moved to LA to study Communications and Theater at UCLA. After graduating, she worked at IKAR and taught at the Sholem Community School. Marnina is an active alumna of the Bronfman Youth Fellowship and Bend the Arc’s Jeremiah Fellowship. Her Jewish education started before kindergarten and never stopped. She is passionate about making Jewishness accessible, meaningful, and joyful. Marnina also works as a tutor, babysitter, actor, violinist, and singer.