Talia Rosenbaum- Middle School Girls- Judaic Studies
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Chaya Gitty Smith- 6th Grade Judaic Studies
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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.
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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.
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