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Youth and Family Education Program Faculty
Brianna Brostoff grew up in southern California, active at Temple Aliyah. She attended LA Hebrew High and Camp Hilltop in the summer. After participating in Young Judea’s Year Course, Brianna came to San Francisco and quickly jumped into active involvement in the Jewish community. She has been a Masa Israel Intern and Koret Intern at SF Hillel, when she is not studying sociology at SF State University. After a successful year teaching in our Hevruta Hebrew Program, Brianna is very excited to teach our first-third graders in our Sunday Morning Program this year!

Adam Jenkins is a junior at Terra Nova High School in Pacifica. Adam’s favorite subject is chemistry (he likes blowing things up…safely, of course). He also plays the alto saxophone in the school marching, concert, and jazz bands, and has been playing piano since he was ~8 years old. When not at school or at a band function, Adam enjoys playing computer games, spending time with his dog, or pestering his little brother. He has also traveled extensively within Europe and Israel. Although not especially religious when it comes to a belief in the Almighty, Adam values Jewish history, community, and culture…and the food, of course. (He’s a big fan of honey cake.) If you ever hear someone playing piano when they’re supposed to be in YAFE or after services are over, it is probably Adam.

Gabby Kleyner lives in Pacifica with her parents and older sister, Victoria. Her family is from Russia and she is the first American-born member of the family. She is a junior at Jewish Community High School of the Bay. Her favorite classes are math, chemistry and sculpture. She is a member of the B.P. Fashion Board at Nordstrom and enjoys volunteering at the Hebrew Free Loan
Association. During her free time she enjoys relaxing with friends, watching movies, painting and swimming. She is extremely grateful for the wonderful community at BIJ, specifically the amazing teachers and her incredible friends.

Andrea Lotker grew up in Thousand Oaks, attended preschool, religious school, was confirmed and youth group president at Temple Adat Elohim. She has taught religious school four cong-regations, was a camper and counselor at JCA Shalom in Malibu and at Camp Newman. She has been to Israel four times; spent a semester of high school with NFTY's Eisendrath International Exchange program and the Kibbutz Art Ulpan on Kibbutz Kfar Hanasi where she studied photography. Andrea also works at a small family-owned fair trade and local artists' shop in Alameda.

Leah Mills was born in San Francisco and has lived here all her life. She is a junior at Drew School and having a great time there. Her favorite classes are American Sign Language and Photography. She is interested in acting and was in The Good Doctor by Neil Simon at the New Conservatory Theater Center last year. Leah’s goals in life are to be fluent in sign language, invent a new jellybean flavor, and travel around the world. Last summer she travelled to Israel with Lily and Adam.

Jonathan Moss is an experienced Jewish educator and a psychotherapist. An MFT Intern, he treats adults, couples, and families, in private practice in Noe Valley mosspsychotherapy.com. A Jewish teacher, tutor, and community organizer for nearly a decade, he teaches primary grades, B’nei Mitzvah students, and teens, at several congregations in San Francisco and the South Bay.

David Morgenstern, Cantorial Soloist, tutors our B’nai Mitzvah students individually. David continues to share his passion for Judaism and love for Torah with our students as they prepare to become Jewish adults. He's always willing to share pictures of his kitties, just ask him!
 
Adam Safford is 19, attends City College of San Francisco and lives at home with his family. He became Bar Mitzvah, was Confirmed at BIJ and is excited to be back on Sunday mornings after a two-year hiatus. In Adam’s spare time he enjoys playing video games, watching new episodes of his favorite TV shows, riding his bicycle and exploring the Bay Area. He loves to go to the beach or the park in his spare time and one of his favorite weekend hobbies is to take pictures of places he visits. Adam will be joining us on Sunday mornings as a role model for our students showing them one more way one can be involved and stay connected to BIJ. You may find him helping Neil, managing the Micha Mocha Café, running back-and-forth between BIJ and the Mercaz, in the classrooms, and helping out with all of our great activities!

Dona Standel continues on BIJ's faculty this year. The big news in her life is that she's marrying a former BIJ faculty member: Jordan Hopstone. She's finished her undergraduate studies at SF State and has also worked for SF Hillel. Dona is excited to continue sharing her love of Hebrew and enthusiasm for all-things-Jewish with the students (especially our teens in grades 8-10 and Hevruta Hebrew) and their families in the YAFE program!
 
Ricki Weintraub continues as our YAFE music specialist. Her passion for music is infectious! You will be singing and humming throughout the halls all year. During the week you can find her in her new office at BHDS, next door!
 



BIJ Staff instrumental in our Youth and Family Education Program:

Neil Bronstein is appreciated for his friendly and welcoming face and can-do attitude. He is here to set up for services, provide security/logistics and to help afterwards. At the same time, he will likely ask about your health and give you a firm handshake.

Rabbi Danny Gottlieb

Rabbi Danny Gottlieb comes to us from Toronto, Canada, where he served the Canadian Reform Jewish community for more than 30 years, as a synagogue educator, director of the Canadian region of the Union for Reform Judaism, and most recently as rabbi of Temple Kol Ami in Thornhill, Ontario. He brings with him a love of Jewish life and Jewish learning, and a strong commitment to the synagogue as a sacred community.

Rebecca Goodman, Director of Education,
found her passion for teaching in high school as a religious school madricha. She continued in college helping youngsters connect with their Judaism and develop strong Jewish identities. Rebecca graduated from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion with a Master’s degree in Jewish Education and a Master’s degree in Jewish Communal Service. She earned the title “Reform Jewish Educator” in 2007. This title is granted to those who fulfill “extremely stringent academic requirements in the areas of education, educational administration and Judaic studies plus a supervised educational internship.” Rebecca is excited to continue working with the BIJ community and help strengthen our Youth and Family Program.


Sara Heckelman, Administrator, brings a big heart to her work as well as knowledge of the community through her years as a member of the congregation. Her father was a rabbi, so she's very familiar with the day-to-day needs of a shul.






 
   
            Brianna                                  Adam












  
            Gabby                                        Andrea







   
            Leah                                        Jonathan






 David Morgenstern  

            David                                     Adam


 
            Dona
 
  
             Ricki                                           
 
 Neil Bronstein      Rabbi Gottlieb
                 Neil                                  Rabbi Gottlieb
 



     Sara Heckelman
             Rebecca                                Sara
 
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