4th Grade

Fatima Casas- 4th Grade Girls Secular Studies



To contact Fatima Casas, email fcasas@emek.org.

The teacher's assistant is Karen Giron. 





Devora Pollak- 4th Grade Girls Judaic Studies


Devora Pollak was born and raised in Los Angeles and attended Yavneh and Bais Yaakov Los Angeles. She then attended Yavneh's Teacher's College in Cleveland, Ohio. Upon graduation, Mrs. Pollak received her Judaic Studies Teacher Certification and returned home to Los Angeles. She began her teaching career at Emek 28 years ago. She has taught in many different parts of the country, but has returned to Emek, her home, once again. 

To contact Devora Pollak, email dpollak@emek.org.




Rabbi Boruch Friedman- 4th Grade Boys Judaic Studies


Rabbi Boruch Friedman was born and grew up in Minnesota, which makes him part of the "Frozen Chosen." Rabbi Friedman is somewhere in the middle of fourteen siblings. He studied in many different yeshivas, including Buenos Aires, where he began his teaching career in 2001. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their 6 children. 

To contact Rabbi Boruch Friedman, email bfriedman@emek.org.

The teacher's assistant is Miriam Eglanov.





Michael Schwartbach- 4th Grade Boys Secular Studies 


Michael Schwartzbach, better known as “Mr. S”, welcomes the incoming 4th grade students to his class. Over the summer he was one of 1,000 teachers in the entire country selected to attend Columbia University’s Teacher College in New York.  In his previous endeavors he worked at KEARTH 101, Sony Music, and The Firm Music Agency, until he found his calling as a teacher. He and his wife Breanna have a beautiful little boy and a dog. Michael is fortunate enough to be the Regional Director of Destination Science summer camp, which gets kids excited about science and builds terrific life skills. Michael received his Bachelor’s Degree in Media Arts and Communication at The University of Arizona. He studied at The University of London, and has obtained a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and an MBA in Business Administration and Marketing. 

To contact Michael Schwartzbach, email mschwartzbach@emek.org.

The teacher's assistant is Ilana Krause.



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