OUR TEACHERS

Kensington Market Teachers

Eyal Pundik Sagie - Core Curriculum Teacher, Mondays & Wednesdays

Eyal is a painter and teacher from Israel who recently moved to Canada with his wife and baby daughter. In Israel, Eyal taught art and Hebrew, and ran environmental awareness workshops for children and young adults. Eyal is passionate about teaching and believes that social change starts with the individual.

 

 

 

Dana Rubinshtein – Teaching Assistant, Monday-Friday

Dana Rubinshtein was born in Russia, grew up in Israel and immigrated to Canada in 2002. She speaks English, Hebrew, Russian, French and Spanish. Dana holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Concordia University in Montreal. She has extensive experience working with children in various educational settings, including as a Hebrew and Math tutor and teacher’s assistant at Ecole Maimonide, head counselor for the Concordia Institute of Aerospace Design and Innovation summer camp, Project Judge for the Hydro Quebec Science Fair and science educator for Let’s Talk Science and Montreal Brain Awareness.

Seaton Village Teachers

Michal Hass – Core Curriculum Teacher, Mondays and Wednesdays

Michal Hass is a native Israeli recently relocated from Tel Aviv to Toronto. She has university degrees in Music from Berklee College of Music, Boston, and in Psychology from Tel Aviv University. Michal is a highly skilled educator, author and editor with more than 10 years of experience working in colleges and schools. She established and taught school and college level courses in Hebrew as a foreign language, music, math and computers, including preparation of all study materials. In addition to teaching Modern Hebrew at the University of Toronto, she is a Modern Hebrew teacher at the MNJCC Hebrew Institute, and a Hebrew and music teacher at Kachol-Lavan, the Israeli School in Toronto. Michal has also translated dozens of professional and scholarly articles in the fields of music and the sciences between English and Hebrew for various universities and private organizations. She is an editor and engraver of music compositions, and her family (husband and children) are all musicians. Michal is fluent in Hebrew, English, and German.

 

Shifra Saltzman, Teaching Assistant, Monday-Friday

Shifra has an extensive background in Jewish education and spirituality. Growing up Modern Orthodox and traditional, she went to CHAT and Netivot Hatorah, as a student and was involved as a youth in NCSY. She also worked for 2 years as a TA with Adath Israel Hebrew School. Shifra's father is the late Senior Rabbi of Adath Israel Congregation, Rabbi Steven Saltzman z"l.  She is the eldest of 3 children. She was born and adopted in Colombia while her father was a Chaplin in the US army. She has lived in Boston, Israel, Philadelphia and North Carolina. Shifra loves teaching children and youth,  especially  through art.  She is in school part-time at Ryerson, is an Early Childhood Educator and Life Skills Coach, and was also nanny for many years.

 

Malka Elkin, Teaching Assistant, Mondays & Wednesdays

Malka Elkin was raised in, and is deeply loyal to, Toronto's downtown Jewish community. She holds a bachelor's in History and World Religions from McGill University. After her studies she moved to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she taught English to preschool and kindergarten students for one year. She continued her experiences abroad, completing a Master's in Crisis and Trauma Studies at Tel Aviv University in Israel. While there, Malka volunteered with the African asylum seeker community in south Tel Aviv. She was the Tutoring Coordinator at the African Refugee Development Center, assisting adults seeking higher education. She also worked with managers and teachers at a children's after school to develop their curriculum, safety procedures and evaluation methods. She is delighted to be back home after several years away, and to be pursuing her love of Early Childhood Education at Makom!

Hillcrest Village Teachers

Ayala Reznik – Core Curriculum Teacher (JK/SK), Mondays & Wednesdays

Born and raised in Binyamina, Israel, Ayala has worked with children ages 1-12 in a diversity of contexts, including kindergartens, after-school programs, daycare centers, arts and crafts workshops, and as personal tutor for children with learning disabilities. Among her teaching techniques, Ayala specializes in using art and creative-exploration strategies as tools of education and intercommunication. Over the summer of 2016, while in Israel, Ayala completed an advanced study offered by the Ministry of Education on the practice of teaching Hebrew as a second language. She is currently completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts at OCAD University, with a major in Sculpture and Installation and a minor in Drawing and Painting.

 

Shira Appel - Core Curriculum Teacher (Grs. 1-4), Mondays & Wednesdays

Born in Winnipeg, raised in Israel, and recently returned to Toronto, Shira's natural curiosity has led her to pursue different fields of interest. She is the co-creator of Bumblebee Toronto, a photography and media studio with a BFA in photography from Bezalel academy in Jerusalem. She is also a licensed Israel tour-guide and educator, taking groups and families for a once in a lifetime experience in Israel. Shira has extensive training in education of both children and adults, with certification in teaching Hebrew as a second language from Hebrew University. She has been teaching since she was in the Israeli scouts and IDF. Shira is enthralled to see our Makom students embracing the Hebrew language and feels it is a privilege to teach the language she loves so much!

 

Anna Silverstein - Teaching Assistant (JK/SK), Monday-Friday

Anna grew up in lively Jewish family in downtown Toronto. Having returned to Toronto from having been away for a number of years studying Judaism in Israel and working on an organic farm in British Columbia, Anna is very happy to be part of the Makom community. Having worked with children over the last number of years, she brings to Makom a care and enthusiasm for each child.

 

 

Yoav Gilad - Teaching Assistant (Grs. 1-4), Mondays and Wednesdays

Yoav Gilad moved to Toronto in 2015 after finishing the Israeli military service as a commander. In Israel, Yoav worked at the Alut organization which serves children with special needs. Yoav is very enthusiastic about educating children. He is excited to return to Makom for a second year!

OUR SPECIALISTS

Art, Music & Drama

Ayala Reznik – Hillcrest, Tuesdays

Born and raised in Binyamina, Israel, Ayala has worked with children ages 1-12 in a diversity of contexts, including kindergartens, after-school programs, daycare centers, arts and crafts workshops, and as personal tutor for children with learning disabilities. Among her teaching techniques, Ayala specializes in using art and creative-exploration strategies as tools of education and intercommunication. Over the summer of 2016, while in Israel, Ayala completed an advanced study offered by the Ministry of Education on the practice of teaching Hebrew as a second language. She is currently completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts at OCAD University, with a major in Sculpture and Installation and a minor in Drawing and Painting.

 

Eyal Pundik Sagie - Kensington Market, Tuesdays

Eyal is a painter and teacher from Israel who recently moved to Canada with his wife and baby daughter. In Israel, Eyal taught art and Hebrew, and ran environmental awareness workshops for children and young adults. Eyal is passionate about teaching and believes that social change starts with the individual.

 

 

Hannah Wachs – Seaton Village, Tuesdays

Hannah grew up in Jerusalem and the Galilee, before moving to the U.S to study art. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from Maine College of Art and a Master of Fine Art from California College of Art. She has worked at schools in Boston and San Francisco teaching art and doing other activities. She moved to Toronto 8 years ago and is currently working as a freelance illustrator, but actually spends most of her time with her 3 children, ages 2, 5 and 8.

Yoga, Sports and Movement

Shira Appel, Kensington Market, Thursdays

Born in Winnipeg, raised in Israel, and recently returned to Toronto, Shira's natural curiosity has led her to pursue different fields of interest. She is the co-creator of Bumblebee Toronto, a photography and media studio with a BFA in photography from Bezalel academy in Jerusalem. She is also a licensed Israel tour-guide and educator, taking groups and families for a once in a lifetime experience in Israel. Shira has extensive training in education of both children and adults, with certification in teaching Hebrew as a second language from Hebrew University. She has been teaching since she was in the Israeli scouts and IDF. Shira is enthralled to see our Makom students embracing the Hebrew language and feels it is a privilege to teach the language she loves so much!

 

Nura Sadan – Seaton Village, Thursdays

Nura moved to Toronto with her husband, Ido, and 3 year old daughter. Ido is the Director of Camp Gesher and Shaliach for the Habonim Dror youth movement. In Israel, Nura worked as a social worker. These days, Nura is focusing on her passion for yoga as a yoga instructor, and for birth as a labour doula.

 

 

 

Anna Silverman, Hillcrest Village, Thursdays

Anna grew up in lively Jewish family in downtown Toronto. Having returned to Toronto from having been away for a number of years studying Judaism in Israel and working on an organic farm in British Columbia, Anna is very happy to be part of the Makom community. Having worked with children over the last number of years, she brings to Makom a care and enthusiasm for each child.

 

 

Mariel Zinman - Hillcrest Village, Thursdays

Mariel is an artist living in Toronto. She has Bachelor of Fine Arts from OCAD University, and has studied on exchange at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. Coming from a religious background, Mariel has strong knowledge of Jewish traditions, values, and practices. Her time in Israel gave her an opportunity to practice art and life in a Hebrew speaking environment. Mariel has a passion for working with children, and enjoys using creative and artistic activities to promote positive expression in children. Since graduating from OCAD, Mariel has volunteered and worked with educational initiatives around the city such as Shoresh and Wychwood Barns art camp. She is thinking of pursuing a masters in artistic education or art therapy.

Jewish Enrichment

Omer Shamir – Seaton Village, Fridays

Omer grew up in Jerusalem, where he studied in Yeshivah during his high-school years. Upon finishing his military service, he volunteered with “Friends of Dad”, the IDF Paratroopers Orphans Camp. At Hebrew University, Omer studied Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies, where he also got a chance to help research children’s textbooks and their compliance to UNESCO standards. Omer moved to Canada in 2014 and now teaches at Makom as well as the Hebrew Institute at the Miles Nadal JCC.

 

Nura Sadan – Kensington Market, Fridays

Nura moved to Toronto with her husband, Ido, and 3-year-old daughter. Ido is the Director of Camp Gesher and Shaliach for the Habonim Dror youth movement. In Israel, Nura worked as a social worker. These days, Nura is focusing on her passion for yoga as a yoga instructor, and for birth as a labour doula. Ido joins Nura at Kensington Market on Fridays where they lead creative and dynamic lessons on Torah and the Jewish holidays.

 

 

Yoav Gilad – Hillcrest Village, Fridays

Yoav Gilad moved to Toronto in 2015 after finishing the Israeli military service as a commander. In Israel, Yoav worked at the Alut organization which serves children with special needs. Yoav is very enthusiastic about educating children. He is excited to be returning to Makom for a second year.