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Temple Executive Director


Amanda Chase

Amanda was born and raised in Northern New Jersey and lived in Manhattan for 10 years before moving to Los Angeles in 2016. Prior to joining TSSB, Amanda worked in independent school Admissions in both New York City and Los Angeles. She loves children and always wanted to be a teacher and hopes to visit the Religious School classrooms as much as she can.
Amanda lives in Marina del Rey with her wife, Emily and her son, Rowan. She is thrilled to be part of the TSSB community.

Religious School Faculty

Ellen Eisenstat, 3rd/4th Grade

Ellen is enjoying her eighth year at TSSB teaching second grade and is always excited to see her students discover their Jewish-ness and learn Hebrew.  Ellen worked for many years in TV production and writing before studying to be a Jewish educator. She has taught Hebrew school for nine years and also works at a foundation that brings Israeli doctors to the U.S. to do heart research. Her favorite people in the world are her husband, Jim, and her son, Joseph.

Barbara Mitnick, 2nd/3rd Grade

As a child, Barbara attended Yeshiva Rabbi Moses Soloveichik and spoke Hebrew fluently. After a fifteen-year career in public relations in New York, Barbara moved to Marina Del Rey in 2000 to become a certified Montessori teacher. She taught at a Montessori school in Manhattan Beach.   Barbara discovered TSSB the first year it opened and has been teaching here ever since, including the K-1 class, third grade, fifth grade, and tutoring for B'nai Mitzvah.
Ye'ela Rosenfeld, Bnai Mitzvah

Ye'ela Rosenfeld, Youth Group Teacher and B'nai Mitzvah Program Director

Ye’ela is a native Israeli who has been living in Los Angeles for the past 5 years. She has a Master degree in Film Directing from The American Film Institute in Hollywood and is currently writing and directing films and theatre plays. A couple of years ago Ye’ela discovered Jewish education and was thrilled to find out that she can apply her knowledge and experience to develop fun and exciting ways of teaching and learning Hebrew and Judaica. Ye’ela is excited to be able to take part in preparing the students of TSSB for their B'nai Mitzvah. She hopes to inspire, excite, and educate the B'nai Mitvah and teens to continue developing their Jewish identity and their future role and involvement with their Jewish community.

Dotan Horowitz, 1st Grade

Dotan grew up in New York where he attended a Jewish day school, and learned his aleph-bet alongside his abc’s. Speaking Hebrew fluently not only helped him connect with his family roots in Israel, but also has always given him that connection to the Jewish religion & culture. After graduating from Brandeis University in Boston, Dotan moved out to Los Angeles in search of palm trees and respite from the snow. Throughout university he was an undergraduate Hebrew Department TA in addition to teaching the graduate level Hebrew language class. Since being in Los Angeles, he has taught religious school for grades 1 & 2, run a youth group for Jewish high school students, and taught Hebrew language at a charter school. He is excited to be a part of the TSSB family now, and looks forward to a wonderful year together.

Mon, November 11 2019 13 Cheshvan 5780