Middle School Girls- Judaic Studies

Talia Rosenbaum- Middle School Girls- Judaic Studies


This is Talia's 4th year at Emek teaching Middle School Girls' Limudei Kodesh.
She attended Emek herself from K-8th and then went on to Bais Yaakov Los Angeles for high school, and spent a year studying abroad in Israel. Talia is extremely passionate about instilling a love and dedication to Judaism in her girls and she enjoys every minute of it. She encourages her students to use their unique G-d given abilities to connect to Hashem and to help the Jewish nation. Talia is currently studying for her Bachelors degree with a major in Communication Studies and plans on getting her credential. 

To contact Talia Seidel, email trosenbaum@emek.org.





Chaya Gitty Smith- 6th Grade Judaic Studies 

To contact Chaya Gitty Smith, email cgsmith@emek.org. 


Rabbi Yosef Plittman- 7/8th Grade Girls 

Rabbi Yosef Plittman will be joining Emek’s academic team for the coming school year.  As a Rebbi, his goal has always been to utilize his learning background, professional training, experience working with kids, and friendly personality to teach children, imparting a passion for Torah and Judaism.  Rabbi Plittman is excited to share his knowledge and enthusiasm with Emek’s 7th and 8th grade boys in the accelerated track.  Rabbi Plittman joins us from Yeshiva Aaron Yaakov Ohr Eliyahu, where he was the 6th grade Rebbi, teaching subjects including but not limited to Gemorah, Mishnah, Chumash, Parsha, and Chagim.  He studied in Toras Moshe, Jerusalem, Israel from 2006 – 2009 under the direction of Rabbi Moshe Meiselman and attended Rabbi Yaakov Leff's Yeshiva in Adelphia, NJ from 2009-2013.  After marrying Los Angeles native and Bais Yaakov graduate Yael Rosenbaum, he returned to Toras Moshe from 2013 – 2016, studying Issur v’Heter under the direction of Rabbi Shmuel Weiner.   The Plittmans have two adorable girls, four year-old Ayelet Esther and two year-old Avital.  Rabbi and Mrs. Plittman enjoy getting to know Jews from all backgrounds, and are looking forward to joining the Emek family, as well as becoming involved in our community.

To contact Rabbi Yosef Plittman, email yplittman@emek.org.


Tova Union- 7/8th Grade Girls- Student Council Advisor 


Morah Tova Union was born in NY and after graduating 8th grade, she made Aliyah to Eretz Yisrael with her family.  She studied at Michlalah  in the fields of  biological sciences, education and Judaic studies. This strong education provided a  foundation  for her to pursue a lifelong career of teaching and mentoring. After she married, Tova taught in Israel and later in South Africa. In Cape Town, Tova founded Jewish Marriage Education for new brides and counsellors; this organization would eventually spread knowledge to hundreds of young women in South Africa and later in Los Angeles.

After six years in South Africa, the Unions relocated to Los Angeles. Almost immediately Tova joined the staff of Hillel Hebrew Academy, where she taught and mentored the middle school girls for twenty three years. She joined Emek six years ago as our Middle School girls Mechanechet  and has been spreading “school spirit” ever since with her incredible extra - curricular programs: Chessed program, Bat Mitzva program, team building STUCO activities and trips, holiday centered Ruach events and Chai Lifeline kids-driven tzedakka campaign. She serves as our student advisor and has an “open door” policy with all of our girls offering guidance and emotional support whenever they need it.

To contact Tova Union, email tunion@emek.org







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