Administrative Staff



Michelle Gurstein- Executive Assistant to the Head of School


Michelle Gurstein was born in New York and was primarily raised here in the San Fernando Valley.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from UCLA in 1992.  After college, Michelle met and married Ken Gurstein in 1994 and they have four children.  Two of her children are Emek Alumni and her youngest is in second grade here at Emek.  Michelle joined the Emek team in December 2014 as Emek’s Admissions and Development Assistant.  She is also Rabbi Shifman’s Executive Assistant and is Project Manager for Generations LA.

To contact Michelle Gurstein, email [email protected]







Sue Howell- Human Resources Director 


To contact Sue Howell, email [email protected] 








Esther Malka- School Registrar


To contact Esther Malka, email [email protected]









Audrey Friedman- Accounts Payables



To contact Audrey Friedman, email [email protected]









Jo Colegrove- Controller



To contact Jo Colegrove, email [email protected]






Sandra R'bibo- Director of Admissions and Marketing 

Sandra R'bibo was born in Paris, France and was raised in Los Angeles. She received her Master's Degree in Behavioral and Clinical Psychology from California State University of Northridge. She married Ben R'bibo in 1997 and together they have five beautiful sons. She began "working" at Emek by volunteering to chair many of their events. Eventually her passion for the school led her to work as Events Coordinator and later as Director of Admissions and Marketing. Three of her five boys have graduated from Emek. The other two boys remain by her side at Emek. 

To contact Sandra R'bibo, email [email protected]


Lauren Davidson- Principals' Secretary 


To contact Lauren Davidson, email [email protected]



Sara Rosenthal- ECC Office Manager and ECC Summer Camp Director



Sara Rosenthal was born and raised in Valley Village and is an Emek alumna, having attended Emek from the age of 2, all the way through 8th grade.  She received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Touro College in 2009.  After receiving her degree, Sara met and married Tomi Rosenthal in 2011 and they have three beautiful boys, who all attend Emek.  In 2014, she returned to her roots and began working at Emek's Early Childhood Center as the Office Manager, and was honored to become their Summer Camp Director in the summer of 2016, where she's been enjoying the summer fun ever since!


To contact Sara Rosenthal, email [email protected]








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15365 Magnolia Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA 91403      12732 Chandler Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91607
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