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
Juliet lives in Elstree where she and her family are active member of Borehamwood Shul. She leads a busy life, balancing work, children and volunteering, as well as running the Shine for Shani charity. She enjoys design and creative projects and is pleased to be able to use her organisational skills at the Aleph Centre and The Zone. Having previously been involved with Radlett cheder and worked in the Borehamwood Shul office she is pleased to use her experience to work with the Aleph Centre team.
Aleph Staff Bios
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.
Sam studied at City of London School, then learnt in Aish Gesher yeshiva in Jerusalem, and is now studying Computer Science at City, University of London. He has experience teaching in various Cheders in London, as well as having undertaken Madrich roles for a wide range of Jewish organisations, including Tribe, Bnei Akiva, Ezra and Aish UK. He is dedicated to teaching the students with engaging and high-spirited lessons, where they will develop a real ownership over their Jewish identity.
Avishai has just completed two years of study at Yeshivat Hakotel in Jerusalem. He is currently studying Politics and Religion and Kings College. Having been involved with Youth Groups for as long as he can remember, he is now Rosh of Edgware Bnei Akiva and on the National Council (Hanhallah) of Bnei Akiva. He is very excited to teach fun and engaging lessons this year!
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.
Amber studied at Immanuel College, where she held a leading role in both Israel Society as well as being the Religious Studies prefect in sixth form. She is currently in her final year at Birmingham University, studying Philosophy, Religion and Ethics. She was also involved in Bnei Akiva both as a Madricha and Rosh at Norrice Lea synagogue. She hopes to ensure that each and every child enjoys their time at the Aleph Centre whilst also enhancing their Jewish learning.
The Zone Staff Bios
Head of Zone - Year 7
Hi, my name is Eli Gordon. I have spent time studying at Yeshivat Hakotel in Israel and have completed a geography degree at the University of Birmingham, where I was also the JSoc chair. I have been involved in my local youth movement for many years as an educator and I have just begun work as an Informal Jewish Educator at Yavneh College. I am excited to be a part of such an amazing programme and can’t wait to see what the year ahead might hold.
The Zone Year 7 Educator
Hi! I’m Rachel Cooklin, I’m from Mill Hill and went to Yavneh College and then did a gap year at Midreshet HaRova in Jerusalem. I’m about to start my final year of university, studying History at UCL and this will be my third year of the Zone. I can’t wait to get started with the Zone this year and get to know everyone!
The Zone Year 7 Educator
Hi, my name’s Rina Shaya. I’m from Edgware and I went to Hasmonean High School. Last year I was on a gap year at Midreshet Nishmat in Jerusalem. This year I am starting my degree in dentistry at King’s College London. Although I’ve worked at lots of different youth organisations in the past, this is my first year at the Zone and I can’t wait to get started and have an amazing year together!
Aleph Centre Chairs – Vanessa Mendelsohn & Tanya Phillips
Aleph Centre Board – Elliot Cedar, Ben Dimson, Barry Kaye and Tania Phillips
The Zone Chairs – Jeremy Callman and Claire Leek