Our Staff

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.

Chayli Fehler

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.

Juliet Berman

Administrator; Aleph Learning Centre and The Zone; Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue

 Juliet lives in Elstree where she and her family are active members 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. 

Gila Gluck

Assistant Head

Gilla 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

Bracha Stern

Year 1

Upon returning from studying in Israel for two years, Brucha recently qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Having obtained a teaching certification while in Israel, Brucha is looking forward to teaching Year 1 and exploring the children’s Jewish identity with them in a creative, interactive and exciting way.

Shira Neville

Year 1

Batya Moller

Year 2

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.

Gillian Rosenfeld

Year 2

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.

Rivki Zobin

Year 3

Rivki has just finished a year in Seminary in Israel. Before this, Rivki worked on the keystage 1 reading team at ALC. Rivki has always wanted to teach and is looking forward to share Jewish knowledge in an exciting way, helping the students gain a strong love and pride for their Jewish heritage and identity.

Rachel Englard

Year 3

Rachel has also finished a year in Seminary in Israel and before this, Rachel loved working as a Hebrew reader and classroom assistant at the Aleph Centre.  She is looking forward to sharing her Jewish learning with the children in a fun and exciting way. She wants them to be proud of their Jewish heritage and identity. She is very excited to teach fun and engaging lessons this year!

Emma Creek

Year 4

Born and bred in Manchester, Emma moved to London this year to continue her degree in architecture. She studied at Yavneh Girls Manchester, followed by a gap year in Israel at Sha’alvim for Women before university. Having spent many winters and summers on Bnei Akiva machane as well as being part of various other educational roles, Emma is really excited to expand the children’s Jewish knowledge and identity which hopefully will give them a growing love for Judaism that they can carry with them.

Ben Schemtob

Year 4

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 Neerkin

Year 5

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.

Louis Seitler

Year 6

Growing up far beyond the Watford gap in rainy Manchester, Louis has recently moved to London to start Law School. He attended Yavneh Boys in Manchester, then went on to study at Yeshivat Eretz HaTzvi and has just finished studying Law at the University of Birmingham. Louis has spent many years undertaking various educational roles, such as numerous summers and winters on Bnei Akiva Machane. He is looking forward to increasing the children’s Jewish identity through fun and interactive lessons at this important time of their life as they leave Primary School for High School.

We also have a team of 10 Hebrew Reading Assistants who read one on one or small groups session in all classes.

The Zone Staff Bios

Eli Gordon

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.

Rachel Cooklin

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!

Aleph Centre Chairs – Vanessa Mendelsohn & Tanya Phillips

Aleph Centre BoardBen Dimson, Anna Lemer, Laura Swimer, Richard Latner

The Zone Chairs – Jeremy Callman and Claire Leek