Yehudit Feinstein, Founder & Coordinator, Revson Fellow
Since relocating to New York in 2000 to pursue her career as an artist, Yehudit has always sought ways to create community and nourish her ties to Israel and the culture she so deeply loves. Born and raised in Israel, Yehudit holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts from The School of Visual Arts in NYC and a Master’s Degree in Psychoanalysis from The Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. Her art has been featured in many exhibitions and is displayed in private collections in New York and Israel. Yehudit has extensive experience as an educator including teaching in Israeli high schools and serving as an Educational Officer in the Israel Defense Forces. She merged her love of teaching and mastery as an artist while working at BIMA, a Jewish arts summer program at The Berkshire Institute for Music and Art, at Williams College, Gan Shalom and at various Jewish and art programs throughout Manhattan. Yehudit joined the CBE teaching staff in 2002 where she served as Charles H. Revson Fellow and is Director of Israelis in Brooklyn. She founded Israelis in Brooklyn in the Spring of 2010. She lives in Prospect Heights with her husband Tal and her sons Uri, Itay and Assaf. Samples of her art can be found at www.yehuditfeinstein.com
Shanie Korabelnik, Associate Director
When Shanie was five years old her parents repatriated to Yavneh, Israel. After finishing her military service, and traveling around the world for a year and a half, she earned a BA in International Relations and Political Science and an MA in Politics and Communications at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Throughout her studies Shanie coordinated social activities, conferences and Israel-related events focused on education, leadership, and Jewish communities throughout the world. Shanie served as a Deputy Delegate to the 35th World Zionist Congress, and has been a member of an Israeli student delegation to the US meant to enhance interaction with American students regarding the Middle East. In her experience in teaching, program coordination and curriculum development, Shanie brings years of experience to the program, both in formal and informal education.
Shiran Arberman: Assistant to director, Dual Language track teacher
Shiran Arberman was born and spent her young adult life in Israel. Shiran served in the Israeli army as the supervisor of a medical center. Additionally she has worked as a counselor for the Jewish Agency working with Reform Zionist youth movement (RSY Netzer). She moved to the US nine years ago after completing a degree in Industrial Design at Hadassah College in Jerusalem. Prior to working with Israelis in Brooklyn, Shiran taught Hebrew in the CBE Yachad program and at the Park Slope Jewish Center Hebrew School. While teaching, Shiran brings her passion for Israel and the Hebrew Language to the classroom in a meaningful way. When not at work, she enjoys caring for her two sons Emmett and Dean.
Adi Amit Brosh
Adi was born in Israel in 1975 and grew up in Ramat Hasharon. After her army service, she lived in Kibbutz Yiron in the Galil where she worked with kindergarden children and later with 4th-6th graders as their after school activity counselor. She also taught Hebrew to American teenagers on an Israeli Hebrew summer camp. In 1997 Adi moved to New York City to study film at the School of Visual Arts, and after graduating in 2001 she spent ten years working in the NY Film and TV industry. Today she has two small boys (Itamar and Yair) and a video production company – Grow Wild Films – which focuses on documentary films and web-based promotional videos.
Inbal grew up in Moshav Beit Yanai, located on Israel’s Mediterranean shore. She studied classical singing professionally, first at the Music Academy at Tel Aviv University and later at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where she earned her Bachelor and Master degrees in Baroque and Contemporary Music. Inbal has extensive experience in education, serving as a Hebrew teacher in the Hague, as a preschool teacher in West-Hampstead (London) and as a teva (Nature) primary school instructor in the elementary school at Moshav Kfar Vitkin (Israel). Besides performing as a classical soloist, Inbal also performs Hebrew and Israeli songs extensively. You can listen to her singing at: http://www.inbalhever.com/ She lives in Park Slope with her partner Omri Boehm.
Tom was born in Jerusalem and has been living in New York since 2008. He holds a Bachelors of Education with a specialization in Art Education from HaMidrasha School of Art at Beit Berel College and a Masters of Fine Arts from Parsons The New School for Design. Tom has been teaching Art and Photography for the past 10 years in a variety of institutions in Israel including Ironi Alef High School, Thelma Yalin High School for the Arts, HaMatmid and Sadna’ot HaOmanim. Tom served as the head of the photography course in the Israeli Air Force and has displayed his art around the world. He is currently working on an exhibition at the Herzelia Museum. He is lives in Williamsburg with his wife Sonya.
Assaf Kehati originally from Israel, is a professional guitarist and composer. He has been teaching guitar, music and Hebrew for the past 14 years. In the past he has taught at the New England Conservatory, Tufts University, Newton South High School, Brookline Public High School and Temple Sinai, as well as giving private lessons. He has performed at the Blue Note, the Washington D.C. Jazz Festival, the Toronto Jazz Festival and the Tel Aviv Museum. He brings his love for Israeli and Jewish holiday songs to his teaching at Keshet – making his classes a unique experience for everyone.
Ela (Evelina) Yagudaev
Ela Yagudaev was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in 1979. She immigrated to Israel in 1990 where she lived for the next fourteen years. Following two years of Visual Communication studies at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, she continued her studies in New York with a focus on psychology at Brooklyn College. She completed her graduate studies in Art Therapy at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. In her training as an Art Therapist, Evelina worked with children, teens and families in various settings such as the Columbia University Head Start program, Hetric Martin Institute, and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. She co-lead Parent-Child Psychoeducational prevention programs, focusing on improving communication between parents and children. Working with teens at the Hetric Martin Institute, she assisted in the co-leadership of the Expressive Arts Program for LGBTQ adolescents and young adults. In her role as an Art Therapist as well as a teacher, Evelina is interested in exploring the common area between pedagogy and that of therapy while incorporating expressive arts.
Born in Jerusalem in 1979 Yonatan served in the IDF as a pianist and singer for the Israeli Air force band. He studied music composition at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and at the Rimon School of Jazz and Rock, and Hebrew literature at Tel Aviv University. Yonatan is also a musical educator and released his first album of Hebrew songs in 2011. In 2012 he moved to NY in 2012, writing and recording his music, and teaching Hebrew and music for The School for Creative Judaism.
Alexandra Ben-Abba was born in Eugene, Oregon in 1979. She moved to Israel when she was one year old and lived there for the next twenty-eight years. During her army service she was part of a group that did community work in Sderot. In addition, she was a counselor for first grade, an elementary Hebrew teacher for non-native speakers, and an instructor in a teacher-training course. She also has experience in art education, teaching ceramics and glass to underprivileged children and child and adult beading design workshops. Following a BFA in Ceramics and Glass Design at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, she graduated with a MFA from the Glass Department at the Rhode Island School of Design and a Teaching Certificate from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. She is certified to teach the Chalav U’Dvash curriculum. Her experience with children in the New York area is extensive. After working as a nanny for an Israeli family in the Upper East Side of Manhattan she worked as a full time Hebrew and Judaics teacher at the Hannah Senesh Community Day School in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. At Senesh she was also an instructor in their Hebrew Immersion Summer Camp. She lives in Brooklyn her daughter Hiyuli, her husband Tal Gur who is a musician and a music therapist and their dog Ginger.
Shai Zurim was born in Israel and earned his BFA from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem (1999), and his MFA from the School of Visual Arts Master Studies in Fine Arts in New York (2009). As a well-reputed artist he has exhibited his work in all major museums in Israel, as well as acclaimed European and American museums, international art fairs and galleries. Furthermore, he has vast teaching experience, working with children and adults of all ages and abilities while teaching in various art fields for major Israeli academies, high schools, community centers and Hebrew schools. As an educator he utilizes his artistic experience along with his deep understanding of the Hebrew language, in order to create a rich educational experience of both physical and mental engagement. This creates an inspired environment allowing the participants to enjoy the learning process and embrace the knowledge given to them with love, laugher and appreciation.
Tamar Schiffer was born in Israel in 1976. She earned a BA from Tel-Aviv University in Special Education and Far East Studies. After graduating she worked for six years as a headmistress and teacher in a kindergarten for children on the autism spectrum. She arrived in New York on sabbatical to complete studies towards an MA in Special Education at Adelphi University. She has worked in the CBE Early Childhood Center for a number of years, including in the dual-language program.