Michelle Gurstein- Executive Assistant to the Head of School & Project Manager

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Michelle Gurstein was born in New York and was raised in Los Angeles.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UCLA.  After college, Michelle met and married Ken Gurstein in 1994 and they have four children.  Three of her children graduated from Emek.  Michelle joined the Emek team in December 2014 and has been working closely with Rabbi Shifman on a variety of Development Projects.  Her various roles include Director of Emek’s All In Annual Campaign, donor relations liaison, Emek’s Pushke Campaign Coordinator and she oversees Emek’s Volunteer Program.  She is also the weekly author of the back story for the Emek Blossoms and is responsible for the Emek Ad Calendar and Emek’s Annual Year in Review.

To contact Michelle Gurstein, email [email protected]



Sue Howell- Human Resources Director 


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Esther Malka- School Registrar


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Audrey Friedman- Accounts Payables



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Karla Bautista- Principals' Secretary 


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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]