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12732 Chandler Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91607

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Seema Gersten- Pre-1 Boys Secular Studies



Seema Gersten was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.  She is a graduate of Bais Rivkah Seminary.  She received her BA from Touro College NYC and her Masters in Education from Brooklyn College School of Education.  After many successful years of teaching in the greater New York area she moved to LA  and has continued to inspire and motivate young children.  She is the founder and primary speaker for The Early Edge, which provides a variety of professional development workshops and seminars for early childhood professionals, teachers, parents and administrators.  Mrs. Gersten is proud to have a strong affiliation with Columbia University Teachers College Reading and Writing Workshop where she has attended multiple institutes on teaching reading and writing as well as coaching teachers in the  reading and writing workshop approach.  She is a published author and professional comedian who enjoys her monthly book group as well as her weekly Mah Jong game.  Mrs. Gersten and her husband Seth are the proud parents of two Emek graduates and one UCLA graduate- Go Bruins! 


To contact Seema Gersten, email sgersten@emek.org.

The teacher's assistant is Danielle Lototsky. 




Eti Hendeles- Pre-1 Boys Judaic Studies


Ateret (Eti) Hendeles was born in Israel and raised all over. By age 20 she had already lived in 3 countries and 4 states. Eti got her Early Childhood Teaching credentials from Santa Monica College and has been working with children from the age of ten. She also has experience with ages ranging from newborn up until 8th grade. She has worked in classrooms of all ages from Pre Nursery up until 8th Grade. Eti has worked with Special needs children and adults. Eti was born into a Family of Educators. Her Grandfather (father’s side) opened up the Hebrew Academy in Miami Florida. Her father was the principal of Maimonides Hebrew Academy in Los Angeles.  Eti learned from a young age to work hard and to make a difference. Eti wanted to be a teacher since she was in Kindergarten after having an inspiring and loving teacher. Eti hopes to inspire her students to make a difference in their communities and live a Torah life style. 

To contact Mrs. Hendeles, email ehendeles@emek.org

The teacher's assistant is Sandra Bloom.  




Jessica Gabai- Pre-1 Girls Secular Studies



Born to an American father and a French mother, Jessica grew up and studied in Paris where she received her Bachelor’s degree at La Sorbonne. She arrived in Los Angeles at the age of 24 and worked in the entertainment industry for a short time. She was married soon thereafter and has three wonderful children, who are all currently attending Emek. 

As soon as the children were of school age, she literally went to school with them, starting as a volunteer, then as a teacher’s assistant and substitute and now as teacher. She has worked in all grade levels that range from preschool to 8th grade.  As she was often tutoring the students who needed it most, She received special education training. She finally decided to go back to school to earn a teaching credential as well as a Master’s degree from WGU.


To contact Jessica Gabai, email jgabai@emek.org. 

The teacher's assistant is Sarina Barkey. 




Fraida Rimson- Pre-1 Girls Judaic Studies


To contact Morah Fraida, email frimson@emek.org.

The teacher's assistant is Yaffa Aharonoff.