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Middle School Girls- Judaic Studies




Dorit Rodan- 7th Grade Girls/Student Council Co-Advisor



Dorit Rodan recently moved here with her husband and two children from Gush Etzion, as mashlichim for Bnei Akiva. She is a graduate of Bar Ilan University, where she received a Master's in Therapy and Education. She has been practicing in both fields for the past 6 years in schools that cater to children with special needs. Her two children are currently attending Emek. 


To contact Dorit Rodan, email drodan@emek.org.







Tova Union- 7th & 8th Grade Girls/Student Council Advisor



Morah Tova Union made aliyah to Eretz Yisroel when she was in the 8th grade. She studied biological science and Judaic studies, which ultimately led her to her current teaching career. After she married, Morah Union moved to South Africa where she founded a number of Jewish organizations in Capetown and Johannesburg, including Jewish Marriage Education for new brides and counselors; this organization would eventually spread knowledge to hundreds of people. The Union family spent six years in South Africa and then they moved to Los Angeles where she taught and mentored at Hillel for 23 years. She joined Emek 3 years ago and has been spreading "school spirit" ever since with her incredible chessed program, Bat Mitzvah program, and holiday centered STUCO activities. 


To contact Tova Union, email tunion@emek.org.





Esther Markel- Middle School Girls: 6G




In 1996, the Milken Foundation recognized Mrs. Markel for her outstanding achievements in the field of education by awarding her with the prestigious Jewish Educators Award. After serving in the Conejo Jewish Day School for over a decade, most recently as its principal, Mrs. Markel has returned to Emek to share her passion for education with our students. As Emek Middle School principal, Mrs. Markel is committed to forging strong relationships with the students, inspiring each of them to embrace their education with a positive and enthusiastic mindset. “These middle-school students are just beginning to discover their interests, strengths and passions. I enjoy guiding them on their way to building their identity as adults”, Mrs. Markel remarked. All of Mrs. Markel’s children attended Emek and she now is reaping the harvest- the nachas of ten beautiful grandchildren.


To contact Mrs. Esther Markel, email emarkel@emek.org. 



Basia Markman- Middle School Girls Judaic Studies


Basia Markman has lived in Los Angeles all her life and attended Bais Yaakov High School. She received her teaching credentials from Nachlas Seminary in Jerusalem & is presently continuing her education. For the past seven years, Basia has run summer camps for children in Pico Robertson. In her spare time, she composes piano music and teaches it as well.


To contact Basia Markman, email bmarkman@emek.org.



Talia Seidel- Middle School Girls: 6G

To contact Talia Seidel, email tseidel@emek.org.