Meet Our Team
Rabbi Emma Gottlieb – Director of Education and Family Programming
Rabbi Emma brings passion for experiential and alternative methods of Jewish education and is enthusiastic about improving and growing Makom Afterschool and Makom Families. She previously served as Rabbi and Head of School of congregations in Boston and New York and has taught in both informal and formal Jewish educational settings, including camps and Hebrew schools. A guitarist and singer, she is a song leader and shelihat tzibbur – prayer leader. Rabbi Emma is eager to bring her wealth and diversity of experience to Makom and is happy to be back in her hometown. For more info about Rabbi Emma, check out her website. Contact Rabbi Emma via email or call 416-546-6043.
Ayala Reznik – Hillcrest Village, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
Born and raised in Binyamina, Israel, Ayala has worked with children ages 1-12 in a diversity of contexts, including kindergartens, after-school programs, daycares, arts and crafts workshops, and as personal tutor for a child with learning disabilities. Among her teaching techniques, Ayala specializes in using art and creative-exploration strategies as tools of education and intercommunication. Over the summer of 2016, while in Israel, Ayala completed an advanced study offered by the Ministry of Education on the practice of teaching Hebrew as a second language. She is currently completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts at OCAD University, with a major in Sculpture and Installation and a minor in Drawing and Painting.
Dana Rubinshtein – Kensington Market, Teaching Assistant all days
Dana Rubinshtein was born in Russia, grew up in Israel and immigrated to Canada in 2002. She speaks English, Hebrew, Russian, French and Spanish. Dana has a science background and holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Concordia University in Montreal. She has extensive experience working with children in various educational settings, including as a Hebrew and Math tutor and teacher’s assistant at Ecole Maimonide, head counselor for the Concordia Institute of Aerospace Design and Innovation summer camp, Project Judge for the Hydro Quebec Science Fair and science educator for Let’s Talk Science and Montreal Brain Awareness.
Eyal Pundik Sagie – Kensington Market, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
Eyal is a painter and teacher from Israel who just recently moved to Canada with his wife and baby daughter. In Israel, Eyal taught art and Hebrew, and ran environmental awareness workshops for children and young adults. Eyal is passionate about teaching and believes that social change starts with the individual.
Hannah Wachs – Seaton Village, Tuesday
Hannah grew up in Jerusalem and the Galilee, before moving to the U.S to study art. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from Maine College of Art and a Master of Fine Art from California College of Art. She has worked at schools in Boston and San Francisco teaching art and doing other activities. She moved to Toronto 8 years ago. She is currently working as a freelance illustrator but actually spends most of her time with her 3 children, ages 2, 5 and 8.
Michal Hass – Seaton Village, Monday and Wednesday
Michal Hass is a native Israeli recently relocated from Tel Aviv to Toronto. She has university degrees in Music from Berklee College of Music, Boston, and in Psychology from Tel Aviv University. Michal is a highly skilled educator, author and editor with more than 10 years of experience working in colleges and schools. She established and taught school and college level courses in Hebrew as a foreign language, music, math and computers, including preparation of all study materials. In addition to teaching Modern Hebrew at the University of Toronto, she is a Modern Hebrew teacher at the MNJCC Hebrew Institute, and a Hebrew and music teacher at Kachol-Lavan, the Israeli School in Toronto. Michal has also translated dozens of professional and scholarly articles in the fields of music and the sciences between English and Hebrew for various universities and private organizations. She is an editor and engraver of music compositions, and her family (husband and children) are all musicians. Michal is fluent in Hebrew, English, and German.
Nura Sadan – All locations, Thursday
Nura moved to Toronto with her husband and 3 year old daughter for her husband’s work – he is the Director of Camp Gesher and Shaliach for the Habonim Dror youth movement. In Israel, Nura worked as a social worker. This days, Nura is focussing on her passion for yoga as a yoga instructor and for birth as a labour doula.
Omer Shamir – Seaton Village, Friday; Hillcrest Village, Tuesday
Omer grew up in Jerusalem, where he studied in Yeshivah during his high-school years. Upon finishing his military service, he volunteered with “Friends of Dad”, the IDF Paratroopers Orphans Camp. At Hebrew University, Omer studied Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies, where he also got a chance to help research children’s textbooks and their compliance to UNESCO standards. Omer moved to Canada in 2014 and now teaches at Makom as well as the Hebrew Institute at the Miles Nadal JCC.
Orri Melamed – Seaton Village, Teaching Assistant, all days
Orri Melamed comes to us with a teaching background in Hebrew studies, the Holocaust, as well as Israeli culture and history. He has taught elementary as well as high school students. He was raised in Israel and brings with him a well-rounded viewpoint and teaching skills. Orri has worked for and volunteered within many Jewish organizations in Toronto as well as in Windsor, Ontario.
Yoav Gilad – Hillcrest Village, Teaching Assistant Monday and Wednesday
Yoav Gilad moved to Toronto in 2015 after finishing the Israeli military service as a commander. In Israel, Yoav worked at the Alut organization which serves children with special needs. Yoav is very enthusiastic about educating children. Yoav returns to Makom for a second year as teaching assistant at the Hillcrest Village location.