Yehudit Feinstein, Founder & Coordinator, Revson Fellow
Having lived in New York since 2000 pursuing her career as an artist, Yehudit has always sought out 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 Masters Degree in Psychoanalysis from The Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. She has participated in many art exhibitions and her works are represented in private collections in New York and Israel. Yehudit has extensive experience as an educator, has taught in Israeli high schools and served 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 is now a Charles H. Revson Fellow. She founded Israelis in Brooklyn in the Spring of 2010. She lives in Prospect Heights with husband Tal and her twin boys Uri and Itay. 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 gained her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Political Science and her Master of Arts in Politics and Communication at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Throughout her studies Shanie had coordinated many social activities, conferences and Israel-related events dealing with education, leadership, and the different Jewish communities around the world. She was elected as a Deputy Delegate to the 35th World Zionist Congress, and as a member in an Israeli student delegation to the US to enhance interaction with American students regarding the Middle East. Shanie brings years of experience to the program, both in formal and informal education, as a teacher, a program coordinator, and in curriculum development
Shiran Arberman: Assistant to director, Dual Language track teacher
Shiran Arberman was born and spent her young adult life in Israel. Shiran has 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 her working at Israelis in Brooklyn, Shiran has experience teaching Hebrew at CBE Yachad program and at Park Slope Jewish Center Hebrew School. While teaching, Shiran brings her passion for Israel and 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 Kibbuts Yiron in the Galil where she worked with kindergarden children and later on 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 promotional videos.
Inbal grew up in Moshav Beit Yanai (Israel), 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. Over the years, Inbal has served as a Hebrew teacher in the Hague, as a nursery teacher in West-Hampstead (London) and as a Teva (Nature) primary school instructor in Moshav Kfar Vitkin’s elementary school, Israel. Besides performing as a classical soloist, Inbal performs extensively also Hebrew and Israeli songs. 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 in from Parsons The New School for Design. Tom has been teaching Art and Photography for the past 10 years in a variety of institutions like Ironi Alef High School, Thelma Yalin High School for the Arts, Ha Matmid and Sadna’ot Ha Omanim.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.
My name is Assaf Kehati, I am a professional guitarist and composer (originally from Israel) and I am joining Keshet this year! I have been teaching guitar, music and Hebrew for the past 14 years and I am very excited to start working with your children soon! I’m planning to bring to class many beautiful Israeli songs and Holiday songs (to sing and play on the guitar) that relate to the subjects that we are working on at class and make the lessons at Keshet a unique experience for everyone!
Some of the places I have been teaching include New England Conservatory, Tufts University, Newton South High School, Brookline Public High School, Temple Sinai and privately.
Some of the places I performed at include the Blue Note, Washington D.C. Jazz Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival and Tel Aviv Museum.
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 in 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 Pratt Institute Brooklyn, NY. In her training as an Art Therapist, Evelina worked with children, teens and families in various settings such as Columbia University Head Start, 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 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 the usage of expressive arts.
Born in Jerusalem, 1979. Served in the IDF as a pianist and singer for the Israeli Air force band. Studied music composition in the Jerusalem music academy and “Rimon school of Jazz and rock”, and Hebrew literature in the Tel-Aviv University.
Worked as a musical educator and released his first Hebrew songs album in 2011. Moved to NY in 2012, writing and recording his music, and Teaching Hebrew and music for the school for creative Judaism.
My name is Alexandra Ben-Abba and I was born in Eugene, Oregon in 1979. I moved to Israel when I was one year old and lived there for the next twenty-eight years. During my army service I was part of a group that did community work in Sderot; I was a social leader for first grade, an elementary Hebrew teacher for non-native speakers, and a leader in a teacher-training course. Later I taught ceramics and glass to children in need and led children and adult beading design workshops.
Following a BFA in Ceramics and Glass Design at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, I graduated with a MFA from the Glass department at Rhode Island School of Design and a Teaching Certificate from Brown University in Providence Rhode Island. This summer I studied Chalav U’Dvash: an innovative Hebrew language instruction program that brings everyday Hebrew to children.
After working as a nanny for an Israeli family that belongs to the Rudolf Steiner community in the Upper East Side in Manhattan I worked as a full time Hebrew and Judaic teacher at Hannah Senesh Community Day School in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. At Senesh I also led a group at the Hebrew Immersion Summer Camp. These days I live in Brooklyn with my nine-month-old daughter Hiyuli, my husband Tal Gur who is a musician and a music therapist and our dog Ginger.
My name is Shai Zurim, I was born in Israel and earned my BFA from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem (1999), and my MFA from the School of Visual Arts Master Studies in Fine Arts, New York, USA (2009). I am a well-reputed Israeli Artist. I have exhibited my work in all major museums in Israel, as well as acclaimed European and American museums, international art fairs and galleries. Furthermore, I gained vast teaching experience, as I was fortunate enough to work with children and adults of all ages and abilities while teaching various art fields for major Israeli academies, high schools, community centers and Hebrew schools.
In my teaching I wish to utilize my profound artistic experience long with my deep understanding of the Hebrew language, in order to create a rich educational experience of both physical and mental stimulation. To form an inspired environment that will allow the kids to enjoy the learning process and embrace the knowledge given to them with love, laughs and appreciation.
Tamar Schiffer, was born in Israel in 1976. She got her BA from Tel-Aviv University in Special Education and Far East studies. After graduate, she worked for 6 years as a headmistress and a teacher in a kindergarten for children on the autism spectrum. I arrived in New York 2 years ago, on my sabbatical to do my MA in Special Education at Adelphi University. This past year I have been working in the CBE Early Childhood Center as a teacher, and will continue this year in the new dual language class opening this fall in the center.