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 [email protected]
Rabbi Mordechai Shifman- 6th Grade
Emek Hebrew Academy Teichman Family Torah Center is fortunate to be under the direction of Rabbi Mordechai Shifman. Formerly, Rabbi Mordechai Shifman distinguished himself as a highly effective leader, serving as the High School Principal and Rav Bet Sefer at the Rabbi Alexander Sender Gross Hebrew Academy in Miami Beach, Florida for over twelve years. Due to his efforts both within the school and out in the community, the Rabbi Alexander Sender Gross Hebrew Academy High School enrollment almost doubled. Since his arrival in 2011, Rabbi Shifman has made a tremendous impact at Emek increasing the number of students from 480 to over 890 students. This is a direct result of his kind nature, positive attitude, warmth and the family-like environment that he has instilled at Emek.
Rabbi Shifman studied under the tutelage of the venerable sage Harav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach Zt”l in Jerusalem followed by many years of studying under the direction of Harav Yochanan Zweig Shlit”a at the Talmudic University of Florida, where he received his Yoreh Yoreh Semicha ordination. Many of the ideas and concepts contained within Rabbi Shifman’s weekly Torah Thoughts and Emek Blossoms are based upon the teachings of his Rosh Yeshiva.
Rabbi Shifman is an accomplished Talmid Chacham and is a sought-after lecturer. He has served as the scholar-in-residence on numerous programs all over the world and has inspired thousands of people with his thought-stimulating lectures. Rabbi Shifman has delivered a daily Daf Yomi class for over twenty one years and his capacity to elucidate the most difficult Talmudic passages in a clear and cohesive manner is unparalleled. Rabbi Shifman’s gregarious and dynamic personality makes him the perfect fit to unify and galvanize our diverse community. The combination of a Masters in Business Administration and a Masters in Religious Education ensures that Rabbi Shifman is leading our school with the necessary fiduciary responsibilities, without compromising our expectations for the highest Torah and general studies standards.
To contact Rabbi Mordechai Shifman, [email protected]
Maya Saadi grew up In Israel, served in the IDF, and worked for El-Al Israel airlines. Maya studied Middle Eastern studies and Arabic language at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She moved to Los Angeles and continued her education at AJU in Jewish education. Maya has taught at Temple Israel of Hollywood as a Judaic and Hebrew teacher, and Yavneh Hebrew Academy as an Ivrit teacher for 11 years. Maya attended a lot of Hebrew programs and workshops for teaching Hebrew as a second language. Recent ones were, בשביל העברית and Italam. Maya feels fortunate to work with children and to instill a love for Ivrit and Israel in the hearts of children.
To contact Maya Saadi, email [email protected]
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