Ellen Cole (Librarian at Temple Isaiah) for 24 years, is the recipient of two coveted awards for contribution to the field of Judaic Librarianship: the Fanny Goldstein Merit Award from the international Association of Jewish Libraries and the Dorothy Schroeder Award from the local Southern California Chapter of AJL. She served two terms as president of AJLSC and is currently on the board as recording secretary. She just retired as the co-editor of the children's literature section of the International AJL Newsletter. She reviews adult and children's books for Jewish Book World, the AJL Newsletter and the Isaian. Ellen served as chairperson of the Sydney Taylor Book Awards for Excellence in Jewish Children's Literature, and loves to read when she is not swimming or dancing. She received her MA from the Johns Hopkins Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and her library training from HUC in LA, while raising three children who all graduated from Isaiah Religious School and are now college graduates and married. She has six grandchildren
Ellen Goldberg (Religious School Director) has been serving in this capacity for sixteen years. She was raised in New York and earned her MA in Elementary Education from Queens College. She served as a teacher in religious schools and public schools for eleven years before relocating to Los Angeles in 1978. Ellen has completed a Certification Program for Day School Directors through Hebrew Union College. She then became a part of their clinical faculty, which enables her to serve as a mentor to one or more HUC student, working towards a Masters Degree in the Education, Rabbinic, or Communal Service Program. In 1996, Ellen became the first recipient of the Sarah and Simcha Lainer Distinguished Jewish Educator Award. Ellen resides in Cheviot Hills with her husband, Mike. They have two adult children, Joseph and Caren, who received their Jewish education at Temple Isaiah.
Dov Gottesfeld (Kesher, Grade 4 & 9) is a graduate of Brandeis University with a M.F.A. in Theater Arts. He has been a teacher for over 30 years in California, in N.Y., in New Jersey and in Boston. He has taught Hebrew, Judaism, Bar-Mitzvah lessons, Film and Drama. Dov was also the educational director of the Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation. When he doesn't do all of the above, he devotes his time to expand his award-winning vegetarian food business "What's Cook'n?"
Lisa Greengard (Youth Group Director, Day Camp Director, Scholarship Worker Coordinator) is so excited to begin her fourth year at Temple Isaiah. She is always boasting about having the best job at Temple Isaiah because she is paid to be a big kid, planning and participating with youth activities, summer programs, and coordinating retreats. The youth lounge/camp office door is always open (across from room 203, next to the girls' bathroom on the 2nd floor, so please stop in to say hello! Lisa attended USC where she earned a B.A. in Psychology and studied abroad at Tel Aviv University. Other fun interests - she loves to scuba dive, travel, cook, dance and play softball. See you around Temple!
Naomi Katz (Art Specialist, Grades 4 & 8) has been teaching at Temple Isaiah for sixteen years. Her sons, Ary and Lydia, grew up and became "B'nai Mitzvah" and were confirmed at our Religious School. Naomi has taught at various Jewish Day and Religious Schools in Los Angeles, working with students from K through 12. She's also taught at three colleges and has conducted in-service training for schools and camp staffs and for the Bureau of Jewish Education. Currently, she also teaches for the L.A. Unified School District.
Carla Kopf (Assistant Director) was born and raised in Mexico City and attended Jewish Day School from preschool through High School. She studied for 1 year at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel 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, here in Los Angeles. Carla has been happily married for 20 years to Philippe and they love spending time with their 3 daughters, Miriam, Robin and Erica. After almost 14 years at Temple Isaiah Religious School, Carla's current goals are to better understand the needs of our Temple families regarding the Jewish education of their children and to be able to satisfy those needs in a fun, interactive and interesting way.
Deborah Kreingel (Grade 6 and Bar/Bat Mitzvah Tutor) is a graduate from the University of Judaism. She has been teaching at Temple Isaiah for "a number of decades." In 1999, Deborah was honored by the Bureau of Jewish Education with the Sara and Simha Lainer Distinguished Religious School Educator Award. Her daughter, Elizabeth Joy, grew up at Temple Isaiah and currently lives in New Mexico.
Tatyana Neyman (Grade 6 and B'nai Mitzvah Tutor) is a medical doctor, currently working as a clinical research coordinator at California Medical Clinic for Headache. She also has a degree in Jewish Education from Touro College for Jewish Studies. She has taught Hebrew in Moscow, Russia, for several years, before joining the Temple Isaiah staff ten years ago. Her husband, Joseph, is a college professor, and their daughter, Yulia, is doing her Family Practice residency at USC. Their grandson, Benjamin, is two and a half years old.
Lolly Seidenfeld (Israeli Dance Specialist) was born and raised in West Los Angeles. She earned her M.B.A. from the University of Judaism and a B.A. from Vassar College . Lolly has lived and worked in Israel, New York and Washington D.C, in areas of public policy and American Jewish life. She is the girls Phys. Ed teacher at Yavneh Hebrew Academy and teaches Israeli Dance to kids of all ages and Mother-Daughter classes as well. Lolly lives with her husband and three daughters in Beverlywood.
Dustin Tiep (Song-leader) has a degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado. He was trained as a song-leader at Camp Kutz, in Warwick, New York. He has been a song-leader since 1995 at religious schools, preschools, and Summer Camps in Las Vegas, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, and California. In addition, Dustin is delighted and excited to be with all of your wonderful children for another great year!
Diane Feldman Turen, who grew up at Temple Isaiah, has been back as the Director/Co-Musical Director of Cantor's Chanters for the past four years. She holds a B.A. in Theatre and an M.A. in Educational Theatre from NYU, and is the Founder / Director / Musical Director / Producer of the highly acclaimed Children's Civic Light Opera (estb. 1987), an educational musical theatre company for young performers ages 7 - 17 (www.CCLO.org). Diane is a member of Actor's Equity Association and performed with two National Touring Companies. She has operated several theatre programs in Los Angeles and New York, and was a Director/Musical Director and theatre instructor at Hamilton High School Academy of Music for two years. Diane has been teaching, acting, musical theatre, voice and piano for more than 20 years. She and husband Chris have one young daughter, Caitlyn, who attended Temple Isaiah Preschool and will begin Temple Isaiah Religious School on Sundays (Kindergarten) this Fall.