Elementary & Middle School

15365 Magnolia Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Tel: (818) 783-3663        Fax: (818) 783-3739

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Early Childhood Center

12732 Chandler Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91607

Tel: (818) 980-0155        Fax: (818) 980-6908

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About Emek


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Nava Kashanian

Nava Kashanian moved to America from Iran in 1989. She started her higher education in Baltimore and continued when she moved to California in 1990. She completed her degree at Valley College and began working as a teacher's assistant for Torah Chaim. She went on to work at Toras Emes as a teacher of 3 year olds. After moving to the valley, she began her career at Emek, where she loves teaching the Nursery aged children. 

To contact Nava Kashanian, email nkashanian@emek.org.






Sorah Tropper 


Sorah Tropper was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Her family made aliyah when she was 7 years old. She lived and earned her diploma in Jerusalem. Sorah has taught in a number of schools and has directed a daycare for a number of years. She is currently completing her State of California Early Childhood Credential at West Los Angeles College. 

To contact Sorah Tropper, email stropper@emek.org.










Michal Hagbi


Michal Hagbi was born and raised in Israel by immigrant parents from Yemen. After completing high school, she began working with special needs children in Tiberias. In 1992, she arrived to the United States and worked in various jobs in the field of physical therapy. After the birth of her first child, she began a search for an orthodox school with a strong sense of community and values. This is how she found Emek! After her son left the Emek Nursery, she began attending child development classes at Valley College and worked as a teacher's aid at Emek. In 2004, she began working as a teacher and has been here since. 


To contact Michal Hagbi, email mhagbi@emek.org.