Marca Gay

Executive Director

Marca Gay serves as Executive Director of Kehillat Israel and joined the Senior Staff team in August of 2008. A warm and engaging person, Marca came to KI after working over eighteen years at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, ten of them as Executive Administrator of the Offices of the Dean and of the President of the College-Institute. Before coming to KI, Marca was the founding Chief Administrative Officer of the L.A. Community Mikveh and Education Center where she produced "The Mikveh Monologues" at the Wadsworth Theatre.

Marca has established ties in the Los Angeles (and national) Jewish community, solid experience in oversight and management, and a reputation as a strategic planner and consummate organizer, able to bring vision to reality.

Born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Marca lived and worked abroad before moving to Los Angeles.

Marca attended Princeton University and earned a Certificate in Synagogue Management from HUC-JIR/LA's School of Jewish Communal Service. Marca is a member of the Professional Association of Temple Administrators (PATA) and the Jewish Communal Professionals of Southern California (JCPSC).

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Contact Assistant at 424.214.7466

Alice Greenwald

Director, Youth and Family Education

Alice Greenwald serves as the Director of Youth and Family Education of the Ermest and Lisa Auerbach Jewish Experience Center. Her commitment to education and dedication to children and families are evident in her passion for excellence, innovation and creativity in the classroom and outside the walls. Programs developed under Alice’s leadership have become models for educating children, teens and families.

Alice holds a California K - 8 teaching credential and a Master's degree in Educational Psychology. She has over 30 years of teaching, counseling and administrative experience in Los Angeles, Bishop and Chicago.

Alice was a co-founder and past president of REACH (Reconstructionist Educators' Association of Chicago) and is currently an active member of RENA (Reconstructionist Educators of North America).

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Contact Assistant at 424.214.7473

Julie Dubron

Director, Early Childhood Center

Julie Dubron serves as the Director of the Early Childhood Center at Kehillat Israel. This includes the preschool, and the infant and toddler programs at the KI Family Center. Julie lives in the San Fernando Valley and has two young sons who inspire her to continually grow and learn as both a parent and an educator.

Julie holds a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Studies and a California State Child Care Center Development Permit. Additionally, she holds a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology from California State University, Northridge. She has worked in the field of early care and education for over 20 years, in both direct service and administration. She has been an administrator at several child care centers and worked in a publicly funded resource and referral agency with family child care providers to develop home-based programs and address identification of risk-factors for developmental delays. Additionally, Julie has served as a mentor to students entering the teaching profession. Most recently she has worked in the Los Angeles Unified School District in their Ready for School Program providing intensive trainings for parents, preschool and kindergarten teachers and administrators.

Julie values practices that bring the outdoor and indoor learning environments together harmoniously allowing children an appreciation of the diversity in nature, supports what is meaningful to them and sparks their inborn curiosity to continuously learn.

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Contact Assistant at 424.214.7482

Deborah Tehrani

Director of Development

Deborah “Debbie” Tehrani was born and raised in Indiana. She attended college at Indiana University (IU) Indianapolis, where she graduated in with a B.A. in International Studies and Economic Development.

In her junior year of college she spent a year at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as the Hillel Leadership Scholar and was elected as the Rothberg International School Ambassador.

Following graduation from IU, Debbie was selected as the Indianapolis Community Relations Council Wolf Legislative Intern, where she worked as an assistant to a lobbyist in the Indiana Statehouse. She went on to become the Local Editor for the Indianapolis Post & Opinion.

In 2006, Debbie moved to California to attend Hebrew Union College and the University of Southern California, jointly, where she earned her graduate degrees in Jewish Non-Profit Management and Public Administration. While in graduate school, she worked for the Los Angeles Jewish Federation Planning and Allocations Department and for the American Jewish Committee International Relations Program.

Shortly after graduating, Debbie was recruited by Hadassah Southern California, where she worked as Annual Giving Campaign Manager. Subsequently she became the Director of Development for Providence Health and Services. Most recently, Debbie was Associate Director of Development, Western-Region HUC-JIR.

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Call her at 424.214.7452