Shalom, 7th grade parents! My name is Jaclyn Cohen and I am thrilled to return to seventh grade on Tuesday nights.
I was born and raised here in Los Angeles, attended high school at Windward in Santa Monica, then college at UC Davis, and am now in my final year as a rabbinical student at HUC-JIR here in LA. I received my Master's in Jewish Education from HUC in 2012. This is my second year serving as the rabbinic intern at KI and I feel extremely fortunate to work with this community. I'm an avid bike rider, reader, learner, and baker of gluten-free goodies. I'm excited to begin this new year with your seventh graders here at KI!
Hello 7th grade families! My name is Rebecca Freund and this is my 5th year teaching at KI, where I teach 7th grade, OJE and I’m one of the Hebrew tutors. My favorite part of 7th grade is my Team Building elective. The kids usually love the challenges, and it’s exciting when they are able to connect Jewish values to those challenges.
When I am not at KI, I enjoy spending time with friends, going to concerts, and hanging from the rafters (literally). I have been teaching and performing aerial acrobatics (think Cirque du Soleil) for over 7 years now, and loving every minute of it. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions during the school year.
Welcome to 7th grade! My name is Camille Gullotti, and I am very excited to be teaching 7th grade this year.
I graduated with a B.A. in Religious Studies and Jewish Studies from Cal State University Long Beach. I am delighted to be able to implement what I learned at Cal State, here at KI in my classes. Besides teaching 2nd grade, I also teach 6th and 7th grade and am one of the OJE Hebrew tutors.
My family and I have been members of KI for over twenty years. I am proud to say I became a bat mitzvah here! When I’m not at KI, you can find me playing with my delightful twenty-month-old son Landon, or reading any and everything I can get my hands on.
I am so pleased to be returning for my fifth year at Kehillat Israel. Along with teaching 7th grade, I am the Hebrew Coordinator for 4th-6th grade, a 3rd grade teacher, and a private Hebrew tutor. I am passionate about Jewish education, and have been teaching Jewish values and traditions since working as a teacher's assistant at my congregation in the Bay Area from 2000-2004. I graduated from Stanford in 2008 with a degree in creative writing, and since then I've been living in Los Angeles, happily pursuing both Jewish education and acting, along with writing a food blog. I love to bring art, music and food into the classroom as learning tools. My favorite part of teaching 7th grade is running the cooking elective. It is a thrill to share my love of good food with the students and to teach them that they too can make healthy, delicious food that reflects our diverse Jewish heritage.
I grew up here in Los Angeles and attended Brentwood School. I graduated from The University of Arizona in 2012 with a BA in Education and a Minor in Judaic Studies. During the week, I am a 2nd grade teaching assistant at Viewpoint School in Calabasas. Along with teaching 7th grade at KI, I also teach 3rd and 5th grades, am one of the OJE Hebrew tutors and lead the 7th grade Rosh Hodesh group. When not teaching, tutoring or leading a group, you can usually find me on the couch watching sports or in the kitchen cooking or spending time with my family and friends.
My name is Rachel Wolman and I could not be more excited to be teaching your kids this year. This will be my sixth year as a Jewish educator, but my first year here at Kehillat Israel. Previously, I spent four summers as a song leader at Camp Newman in Northern California, and this past summer I was the head song leader and social media specialist at the Union for Reform Judaism Six Points Sports Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina.
When I am not teaching a KI, I work as the Judaic music teacher at Valley Beth Shalom Day School three times a week. And when I am not there I work once-a-week in Ventura at Temple Beth Torah in the family-teen program. It's a good thing I drive a Prius!
I am originally from Washington D.C. and moved to LA four months ago to be with my partner who is about to become a rabbi through Hebrew Union College.
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