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Tiyul: Shabbat B’yachad Staff

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Adra Lustig

Tiyul: Shabbat B’yachad Director

Adra grew up in the Chicago suburbs and spent her summers at URJ Camp Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI) in Wisconsin. She attended Brandeis University and received a BA in Jewish studies. She went on to receive a masters in Jewish education (with a focus in informal education) from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Adra has worked as an educator at Jewish summer camps and synagogues all over the country since college. In addition to working as co-director of Tiyul: Shabbat B’yachad, Adra also works in our religious school office on projects related to our school blog, parent communication, and our innovative new high school program. Adra was married in July to Jason, a PhD student at UCLA in the field of Jewish history. She loves singing, cooking, eating, watching TV, and cheering on (and then having her heart broken by) her Chicago Cubs.

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Jeremy Toren
Tiyul: Shabbat B’yachad Director

Jeremy is one of the two directors of Tiyul: Shabbat B’yachad. He will graduate in May, 2012, with a master’s degree in Education and Jewish Studies from American Jewish University. This is his second year in the Tiyul: Shabbat B’yachad program, but his first as co-director. He has extensive educational experience, having worked in a number of religious schools, as well as day school and summer camp. When he is not influencing young minds, Jeremy enjoys eating meat, watching football, playing recreational softball, and procrastinating.

Lillian (Libby) Feldman-Hill
Libby is a recent Indiana University graduate who moved to LA in September to enjoy the nice weather and start a career in the multimedia industries. She grew up in the theatre and still enjoys dancing and singing and is passionate about Judaism and Jewish education. She is thrilled to be a part of the TSBY family, and looks forward to all the Jewish adventures the new year will bring.

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Lane has been a teacher for over four years now, having previously taught high school physics in Antioch, Illinois. He just moved to LA this past August and has really been enjoying it. Lane just got married to this past June, and his wife Allie (see above) is currently studying Jewish education and rabbinics at Hebrew Union College. Lane really enjoy teaching and connecting to students through knowledge. His focus has always been to get students to ask more questions so that they will want to find the answers, rather than just giving it to them from the start. He holds a BS in Physics with an emphasis in education from Illinois State University, and an MS in Science Education from Montana State University. In addition to these things, Lane am a huge foodie, and love good TV and Movies.

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Stephanie started working at Temple Isaiah in 2009 as part of the Tiyul: Shabbat B’yachad program. She attended California State University Northridge where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Child & Adolescent Development and a minor in Jewish Studies. Stephanie has been working as a Hebrew school teacher and preschool teacher for the past ten years and thoroughly enjoys every minute she spends with her students. She is very excited for her newest adventure with her husband as they prepare to welcome their first child in Spring of 2012.

Jeffrey Prince
Jeffrey Prince.jpgJeffrey is a Jewish music specialist known for his contagious enthusiasm, high energy and passion for Jewish music. A Los Angeles native, Jeffrey is a wealth of traditional and contemporary Jewish music – including many of his own tunes. A Jewish music educator, song leader and drum circle facilitator for many years, he provides his joyful brand of music for holidays, concerts, life-cycle events, camps, day schools, pre-schools and religious schools. Now in his third year with Temple Isaiah, Jeffrey is an integral part of Temple Isaiah Religious School and Tiyul: Shabbat B’yachad using his multi-faceted skills to song lead, teach and co-lead Tefillah. Jeffrey is a certified Orff-Schulwerk music teacher, a trained HealthRhythms© drumming facilitator and an American Heart Association CPR/First Aid/AED Instructor and Instructor-Trainer. Whether working with children or adults, Jeffrey believes in creating meaningful and lasting Jewish connections through music. He lives and boogie-boards in Santa Monica.

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This is Gilad’s fourth year with both Temple Isaiah and the Tiyul: Shabbat B’yachad program and he couldn’t be more excited to be back! Being with the program since its inception in 2008, he is extremely proud of how much it has grown in size, both in staff and families! A native of Southern California, with a huge Israeli family fan base, Gilad went to UC Irvine and graduated with a degree in sociology. When not imparting wisdom upon the minds of his students, Gilad can be found in either the kitchen attempting to master the art of Italian cooking or at a movie theater trying to watch movies in 3D without getting a headache.