Our educational programs are run by a team of three talented educational professionals.
Rabbi Aimee Gerace
Senior Director of Youth and Family Education
Rabbi Aimee Gerace was awarded an exclusive position in 2011 into the HUC-JIR Mandel Fellowship Program. This prestigious opportunity exemplified Aimee’s qualities, understandings, and competencies to inspire congregational communities, fostering the social reality that transcends denominational and geographical boundaries.
Named the Elizabeth and Fritz Krauss Outstanding Student in Jewish Studies, Rabbi Gerace received her BA in Jewish Studies and Spanish Language from Tulane University in New Orleans. She began working extensively with Jewish youth in Los Angeles as an early childhood educator and youth advisor, before going on to receive her MA in Jewish Education from Hebrew Union College Los Angeles in 2011. Aimee first joined Temple Isaiah in 2012 as a rabbinic intern, and then officially joined the education team after ordination. This is where she successfully began to reshape the religious school and further inspire students and teachers and is now the Senior Director of Youth and Family Education.
In 2013 Rabbi Gerace was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles. She now shares her vision on a daily basis in her role as Rabbi-Educator at Temple Isaiah, creating and facilitating a well-rounded and multi-vocal approach to Israel and education within Temple Isaiah’s Religious School. Her passion for learning and deep knowledge of Jewish history gracefully elevates her ability to share her vision with others. She is an American Jewish University Teaching Israel Fellow alumna, a member of the Mandel Leadership Fellowship, a mentor and tutor to Bar/Bat Mitzvah students, and a leader on domestic and international educational student trips.
A native of the San Fernando Valley, Rabbi Gerace has made Los Angeles her home along with her husband, Marco, their two cats, and their newest addition, Carson. When she’s not questioning and challenging the norms and objectives in Jewish education, she finds great pleasure in her kitchen seasoning chili with hot sauce, or going on long walks with her family.
Director of the Religious School
As the director of the religious school, Carla is responsible for all aspects of our K-6 religious school program and works closely with the rest of the religious school staff on many other programs.
Carla was born and raised in Mexico City and attended Jewish day school from preschool through high school. She studied for one year at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem and immigrated to the United States in 1987. Carla graduated from UCLA with a BA in history and earned her MAEd and a BA in Hebrew letters from the University of Judaism (now American Jewish University) here in Los Angeles. She began working at Temple Isaiah in 1994.
Carla has been happily married for twenty-six years to Philippe and they love spending time with their three daughters, Miriam, Robin, and Erica. She is in her twenty-first year at Temple Isaiah Religious School, and she finds it as exciting now as it was when she began. She’s committed to understanding the needs of our congregants regarding the Jewish education of their families and to be able to satisfy those needs in a fun, interactive and creative way.
Assistant Director of Educational Engagement
Stephanie joined Temple Isaiah in 2015, quickly becoming an active and integral part of the Isaiah community and Religious School team.
Stephanie's work in Jewish education began when she was a junior in High School as a teaching assistant and NFTY (National Federation of Temple Youth) regional board member. She continued her path in Jewish education while in college, becoming a classroom teacher at the local congregation in Blacksburg and helping run youth group events for students in 4th-12th-grade.
After receiving an Interior Design degree from Virginia Tech, Stephanie worked for a design firm. Filling her free time with teaching Religious School and running youth programs all over Los Angeles. After a year in the field, she realized that her passion was working with children, not in interior design and decided to head back to school to obtain her Masters in Education. Stephanie attended The University of Judaism (currently American Jewish University) and has been working as a professional in Jewish Education ever since.
As Temple Isaiah's Assistant Director of Educational Engagement, Stephanie works closely with the B'yachad families and its faculty, creating amazing experiential learning experiences for all involved.
When Stephanie is not working with Jewish youth, she enjoys doing almost anything related to creating/doing art (painting, knitting, photography, scrapbooking), being outdoors, and travel.