Educators

Elizheva HurvichYouth and Family Education Director of Congregration Netivot Shalom


Educators


Judy Massarano, Educator  

Judy has taught Judaic Studies in the Bay Area since 1993. Currently working as a private tutor, religious school teacher, preschool specialist, and elder companion, Judy recently served for 3 years as an early childhood educator at Congregation Netivot Shalom. She also taught 2nd-8th graders at Oakland Hebrew Day School for 21 years. Judy teaches private students of all ages about Judaism and Hebrew, and trains young people and adults in synagogue skills. Residing in Berkeley with her partner Glenn, she enjoys gardening, hiking, cooking, and singing piyutim.


Orli Loewenberg, Jewish Studies and Hebrew Specialist 

Orli has been teaching Hebrew and Jewish Studies nearly forever. She taught previously at Tehiyah, OHDS, Congregation Sinai in San Jose and has been teaching the Amitim at Netivot Shalom.  Orli also worked in Santa Cruz's Life Lab Science Program promoting resource conservation and environmental stewardship. She has a BA degree in Cultural Anthropology from McGill University.  She loves young people, and making learning fun, meaningful and active. Her goal is to imbue her students with positive feelings towards their Jewish identity. When not teaching, she's puttering in her garden, or playing with her children.


Danielle Bohnik, Hebrew Specialist
Danielle was born in Israel and moved to the United States in 2003.  Since being in California, Danielle has worked at various synagogues and schools.  At Congregation Anshey Sfard in San Francisco she helped to create the Hebrew School and also created and led a Hebrew program for children and adults in Biblical and Modern Hebrew language.
Aside from being with us at Ketzev, Danielle currently teaches Hebrew and Judaic Studies at Congregation Temple Emanuel, Congregation Adat Israel and at the Shalom School.
Something that is close to Danielle's heart is her work doing Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparatory instruction for the children of Russian Jewish families who would otherwise not have the opportunity to participate in this celebration and rite of passage.
Danielle very much enjoys being an educator.  She is used to working with students who are new to the Hebrew language as well as those who are at an advanced level.
Danielle is enthusiastic about helping her students to become interested in their Jewish identity and she is very happy to bring her knowledge of Hebrew language, Torah, Jewish history and Israeli culture to her students.  Danielle's dream is that all Jews will know the Hebrew language and will feel connected to Judaism.
Danielle is the mother of a wonderful son.

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Cedar Shapiro, Hebrew Specialist

Cedar grew up in Minnesota and graduated from Macalester College in 2014 with a major in Classical Languages (Hebrew and Arabic). Shortly after graduating, she migrated to the Bay Area to connect with earth-based Jewish community and begin studying ecofeminist Jewish ritual leadership with the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute. After four years of training, she was ordained in July 2018. As a Kohenet, Cedar is passionate about making Jewish wisdom accessible, inclusive, liberatory and engaging. Much of her creative and professional work lives at the intersection of art, spirituality, ancestors and social change. In addition to teaching Hebrew at CNS, Cedar works an Apprentice Mentor with Wilderness Torah's B'Naiture program and a Digital Storyteller with her company Sacred Witness Media, creates liturgical and loop music, and studies movement-based expressive art therapy with Tamalpa Institute. Cedar is excited to support Ketzev students in forming their own connections to Hebrew and Judaism, particularly through music and art!