At the Aleph Learning Centre we have experienced, committed and enthusiastic staff. Our teachers are responsible for preparing lessons in accordance with our mission statement and are encouraged to use creative methods of teaching including the latest techniques and technology. They are devoted to creating a safe and stimulating environment inspiring our students to learn and continuously progress individually and as a class.
Director of Education; Aleph Learning Centre and The Zone; Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue
As Director of Education at the thriving Aleph Learning Centre and The Zone at Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue, Chayli’s professionalism and dynamic leadership has seen the Cheder expand to become one of the largest Jewish supplementary schools in Europe. She is also Founder and Director of Project ImpACT, a new youth volunteering programme across London, that creates and facilities volunteering opportunities for young people, and leads The Step Up, a charity that runs educational holiday programmes in refugee camps in East Africa for children and youth that have fled war and conflict. She is an Educational Consult and has created innovative and popular educational resources and curriculums, used in most Jewish primary schools in the UK. She founded JEdNet an online teachers platform with thousands of free Jewish educational resources and was previously Head of Children’s Education at United Synagogue. She has completed an MA in Jewish Education and is on the advisory board of the Jewish Volunteering Network.
Administrator; Aleph Learning Centre and The Zone; Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue
Tanya is originally from South Africa and a mother of two children. With a background in Human Resources and Psychology, she makes use of her organisational and people skills to ensure the smooth running of the office and the administrative side of things at the ALC and The Zone. Tanya enjoys being a part of the dynamic ALC and Zone teams.
Assistant HeadGilla is a graduate of the Jewish Teachers Training College in Gateshead. She has had rich experience promoting and delivering education to children around the UK. Gillah also works as team manager for the London Borough of Barnet’s largest health and social care provider. She is also currently studying at London Metropolitan University, completing a BSc in social work. Gillah has a passion for developing a learning environment which delivers professional, exciting and contemporary Jewish Education.
Aleph Staff Bios
Originally from Manchester, Shoshana trained in Gateshead as a Jewish Studies teacher and lived in Israel for a number of years. She is a well loved and experienced teacher and runs a successful play group in Golders Green. She wants to ensure each child has a great start to their Jewish learning in the ALC.
Year 1AEliana studied at Hasmonean High School, and then took a gap year in Israel at Midreshet Torat Chessed.She is currently in her second year at City University studying Sociology and is president of the City Israel society. In the past Eliana has been involved with bnei akiva and various other children’s camps.She is excited to give over interesting and interactive lessons.
Bruchi Cohen has just finished 2 years in Gateshead teaching training collage. Prior to this Bruchi assisted her mother, Morah Shana in the ALC Reception class. At the moment Bruchi assists in Menorah Primary School. Bruchi has always wanted to teach and enjoys sharing Jewish knowledge in an exciting way.
Originally from Israel, Batya has taught for over 20 years in both the UK and USA, and is currently a primary school teacher at Beis Yakov. She has particular experience in working with children in the infant years and enjoys teaching in a creative and stimulating environment. She would like her key stage 1 students to be proud of their Jewish identity.
A familiar face, Gillian has been a part of HGSS Cheder for 18 years. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience from her years teaching in various primary schools in London. She ensures the children are involved in what they are learning, have a sense of pride in their work and enjoy coming to the ALC.
Daniella Reich graduated from Hasmonean High school and went on to attend MMY Seminary in Israel. She is now studying to become a primary school teacher in the University of Hertfordshire. In the past Daniella has been involved in various youth movements and children’s camps. She is very excited to bring her love of education and pride of her heritage to the class to provide an enjoyable and engaging learning environment.
After graduating from Hasmonean High School and attending Darchei Binah Seminary in Israel, Dina is now studying Interior Architecture at Chelsea College of Art. She has been a Madricha for Ezra Youth for many years, which is renowned for its success in informally educating and empowering young people. Dina is excited to use her experience of Jewish informal education in the classroom, to make the lessons informative and educational but still fun and enjoyable. Dina hopes to infuse her pride and love of her heritage to her pupils.
Yael Marcus lives in Edgware and went to Hasmonean High School. She is doing her second year at City University studying Speech and Language Therapy and last year had an incredible gap year at Midreshet Harova studying in the Old City of Jerusalem. After a busy summer of being a Madricha on Bnei Akiva Machane and travelling, Yael is really looking forward to starting work at the Aleph Centre, getting to know everyone and sharing some great experiences!
Ben is currently studying Maths, Biology and Business A-Levels at the JFS sixth Form, and wants to study Law in the future. He is a Madrich at B’nei Akiva at Norrice Lea. He is also fluent in Hebrew, and alongside his knowledge in Judaism, is passionate about delivering fun, informative and interactive lessons at the Aleph Learning Centre.
After leaving Hasmonean, Yossi spent 3 years in Yeshivat Bais Yisroel in Jerusalem. He is currently studying International Relations in Queen Mary University. Yossi has previously been involved in youth groups here in London, and in America. He is excited about giving over a fun Jewish themed educational experience for the Aleph Learning Centre.
Avital is currently reading English Literature at a London university after spending a year in Israel studying in Seminary. Alongside her degree, she is involved in various youth programs and is really excited to create a positive Jewish experience and an engaging learning environment!
Ben studied at Hasmonean High School followed by Yeshivat HaKotel in Jerusalem and then Kings College London. He has been involved in informal Jewish education for many years, has run many summer and winter camps and has worked in Jewish & Israel education for Bnei Akiva and for UJIA. During the week he now works in the environmental sector.
The Zone Staff Bios
Head of Zone - Year 7
Ben Gordon spent time studying at Yeshivat Hakotel in Israel and has completed an international relations degree in Goldsmiths College University, where he was also the Jsoc president. He is an experienced educator and Youth worker and is currently the assistant Head of Jewish Studies at Yavneh College. We are excited that he will be joining The Zone in January to take on the leadership of this programme and inspire participants with all the participants.
Year 7 Educator
Solomon Sperber is currently in year 13 at Habs. He is studying Maths, Economics and Art at A-Level with a hope to do Graphic Design at university. Solomon would love to take a year out before however to travel and spend some time in Israel. He is really looking forward to getting involved with The Zone this year having just got back from Ghana where he was a madrich on a summer camp in the Norther Region.
The Zone Year 7 Educator
Michoel is currently studying for his BA in Youth Work. He is also a part time Youth Worker and volunteers with young people in a youth club and informal Jewish education in City of London. Michoel wants to make a difference in the world and is keen to improve the way young people are portrayed. Michoel’s approach builds on trust, respect and honesty when working with young people. He would describe himself as warm, committed and sensitive and is someone with whom people find it easy to open up to. This is his third year working with The Zone programme, and he very much enjoys his role and getting to know the youth in the programme.
Year 7 Educator
Born in Israel to British parents who made aliyah during their BA hachshara, Sarit participated in the Bnei Akiva movement from a young age and later on was counsellor and one of the founders of a new BA branch. She majored in theater in high school and went to pre army program at Brovenders Midrasha for Israeli girls as well as successfully completing an Israel Advocacy course. Sarit served in a special operations intelligence unit in the IDF. After her army service she returned to Brovenders Midrasha to help guide and counsel religious girls from abroad who were interested in joining the IDF. Sarit is crazy about music and goes at least once a month to a live concert!
Aleph Centre Chairs – Simon Maurice and Louise Bentata
Aleph Centre Board – Elliot Cedar, Ben Dimson, Barry Kaye and Tania Phillips
The Zone Chairs – Jeremy Callman and Claire Leek