OUR TEACHERS

Kensington Market Teachers

Mira Kates-Rose – Core Curriculum Teacher (JK/SK), Mondays & Wednesdays

Mira is a Toronto native and a new member of the Makom after-school team. She studied Education, Jewish Studies and English Literature at UofT, and has taught in Toronto Jewish day schools for several years. Mira recently returned from a semester at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem. Mira is a bookworm, linguistics enthusiast, and puzzle fanatic. You can catch her singing with Varsity Jews A Cappella.

  

Rakefet Arieli - Teaching Assistant (JK/SK), Monday & Wednesday

Rakefet  was born and raised on a kibbutz in Israel, where she led both local and international youth and volunteer programs, and community cultural activities. She is a visual artist, and has studied film and worked in television. She is currently focusing on teaching at Makom and arts based community engagement while working on and exhibiting her own art work. 

  

Moshik Galanty – Core Curriculum Teacher (Grades 1-4), Mondays & Wednesdays

Moshik was born and raised in Israel, serving as a combat medic and platoon commander in the Israeli Army in the late 1980s. After that, he lived in Jerusalem for more than 14 years, studying at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He graduated with a BA in political science and International relations and a Masters in Public Policy, specializing in environmental management.He spent much of his career working for the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, first in Israel at the Rothberg School for Overseas Students and then in Canada, working for the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University for 10 years. 

Moshik brings to the role more than 25 years of teaching experience with the Jewish and International community in Israel and Canada. He is a proud ambassador of the Hebrew language, Israeli art and culture. Moshik recently returned from two years in the Netherlands, and now lives in downtown Toronto with his wife and two kids.

Fran Sharpe, Teaching Assistant,(Grades 1-4), Mondays & Wednesdays

Fran Sharpe (shulamit) is a seasoned classroom teacher with many years of experience teaching Hebrew language and Jewish studies. She has mentored new and veteran teachers and has extensive curriculum development experience. She loves watching children learn and grow and is delighted to be a part of the Makom after-school community. In her free time, Fran is a singer-songwriter who has recently enjoyed becoming part of the local open-mic scene.

Seaton Village Teachers
Alon Cohen - Core Curriculum Teacher (Grades JK/SK), Mondays & Wednesdays

  

  

  

  

  

Sofia Blumkin – Core Curriculum Teaching Assistant (Grades JK/SK), Mondays & Floating TA on Wednesdays

Sofia was born in the former Soviet Union and lived in Israel for ten years. She speaks Russian, Hebrew and English fluently. She also has her ECE certificate from George Brown College and has enjoyed working with children of all ages since 2004, especially in Hebrew immersive environments. In the future Sofia hopes to open her own private daycare.

  

  

  

Rachel Cohen – Core Curriculum Teaching Assistant (Grades JK/SK), Wednesdays

Growing up in the Toronto Jewish community, Rachel developed her Jewish identity and passion for Jewish culture at Bialik, CHAT, and as a member of Hashomer Hatzair youth movement. Rachel has worked extensively in youth education as a teacher in many Jewish programs in Toronto, as a madricha in Hashomer Hatzair, and as a teacher in Israel. She holds a BA in Philosophy and Peace, Conflict and Justice Studies from the University of Toronto and is currently applying for Masters programs in dialogue facilitation. 

  

  

Yoav Gilad – Core Curriculum Teacher (Grades 1-4) Mondays & 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 and is thrilled to continue working with Makom for another wonderful year.

  

  

  

Stanislav Guletsky – Teaching Assistant (Grades 1-4) Mondays & Wednesdays

Stan was born in Kiev (Ukraine), grew up in Jerusalem, and moved to Toronto as an adult. Experiencing life in a variety of places and being immersed in diverse cultures has helped him develop a global perspective, patience and affinity for people. Stan has experience working with all types of children, including those with Autism and Down-syndrome. After completing his military service in Israel he earned an Honours BA in Religious studies, Sinology and Jewish studies from University of Toronto. Stan is thrilled to continue his work with Makom Afterschool for another year.

 

Hillcrest Village Teachers

Ady Bar El -Core Curriculum Teacher (JK/SK), Mondays & Wednesdays

Ady (DD) Bar-El was born in Israel and recently moved to Toronto from Vancouver. Ady has been working as a Jewelry Designer and an artist for the last six years in a variety of disciplines such as 3D printing, pottery and more. She is currently getting ready for a Master's program in Art Therapy while working at Makom and the downtown JCC. Ady loves working on new, creative, arts based, and innovative ways to teach Hebrew to children.
  
  
  
Chavah Troyka - Teaching Assistant (JK/SK), Mondays and Wednesdays
  
Chavah is a new member of the Makom after-school team. She recently returned from a year at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem and a summer at the Middlebury College intensive Hebrew program. She loves working with two of her favorite things: children and the Hebrew language. In her free time, she enjoys reading, recreational mathematics, and spending time with her husband Justin.
  
  
  
Pnina Dinkin - Core Curriculum Teacher (G1-3), Mondays and Wednesdays 

Pnina was born in Latvia and raised in Israel. She is a graduate of Toronto School of Art and has Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from OCAD University. She is also a certified Montessori elementary teacher. Pnina has worked with children and teens teaching visual art, art history, Hebrew and general subjects. She has taught in galleries, private high schools, elementary schools, Jewish schools and Montessori school in Toronto, as well as worked with children with special needs. Pnina is interest in social change, philosophy, art and art criticism. She is currently focusing on teaching and working on her paintings.

  

Aleeza Karp - Teaching Assistant (G1-3), Mondays and Wednesdays

Aleeza was born in Toronto into a Hebrew-speaking family. After completing her formal grade schooling in the Hebrew- and Judaism-immersed environment of the Toronto Jewish day school system, Aleeza completed a degree in Psychology and Family and Child Studies at the University of Guelph. She is now looking to gain valuable practical work experience in her field before pursuing further education, and is extremely excited to be able to do so with Makom Afterschool!

OUR SPECIALISTS

Art

Ady Bar El - Hebrew Immersive Art Thursdays (Palmerston) 

Ady Bar-El was born in Israel and recently moved to Toronto from Vancouver. Ady has been working as a Jewelry Designer and an artist for the last six years in a variety of disciplines such as 3D printing, pottery and more. She is currently getting ready for a Master's program in Art Therapy while working at Makom and the downtown JCC. Ady loves working on new, creative, arts based, and innovative ways to teach Hebrew to children.
Yoga, Sports and Movement

Ady Bar El – Hillcrest Village, Fridays

Ady Bar-El was born in Israel and recently moved to Toronto from Vancouver. Ady has been working as a Jewelry Designer and an artist for the last six years in a variety of disciplines such as 3D printing, pottery and more. She is currently getting ready for a Master's program in Art Therapy while working at Makom and the downtown JCC. Ady loves working on new, creative, arts based, and innovative ways to teach Hebrew to children.
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Pnina Dinkin – Seaton Village, Fridays

Pnina was born in Latvia and raised in Israel. She is a graduate of Toronto School of Art and has Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from OCAD University. She is also a certified Montessori elementary teacher. Pnina has worked with children and teens teaching visual art, art history, Hebrew and general subjects. She has taught in galleries, private high schools, elementary schools, Jewish schools and Montessori school in Toronto, as well as worked with children with special needs. Pnina is interest in social change, philosophy, art and art criticism. She is currently focusing on teaching and working on her paintings.

Jewish Enrichment

Rachel Cohen – Kensington Market, Tuesdays

Growing up in the Toronto Jewish community, Rachel developed her Jewish identity and passion for Jewish culture at Bialik, CHAT, and as a member of Hashomer Hatzair youth movement. Rachel has worked extensively in youth education as a teacher in many Jewish programs in Toronto, as a madricha in Hashomer Hatzair, and as a teacher in Israel. She holds a BA in Philosophy and Peace, Conflict and Justice Studies from the University of Toronto and is currently applying for Masters programs in dialogue facilitation.

  

  

Ady Bar El – Seaton Village, Tuesdays

Ady Bar-El was born in Israel and recently moved to Toronto from Vancouver. Ady has been working as a Jewelry Designer and an artist for the last six years in a variety of disciplines such as 3D printing, pottery and more. She is currently getting ready for a Master's program in Art Therapy while working at Makom and the downtown JCC. Ady loves working on new, creative, arts based, and innovative ways to teach Hebrew to children.
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Pnina Dinkin – Hillcrest Village, Tuesdays

Pnina was born in Latvia and raised in Israel. She is a graduate of Toronto School of Art and has Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from OCAD University. She is also a certified Montessori elementary teacher. Pnina has worked with children and teens teaching visual art, art history, Hebrew and general subjects. She has taught in galleries, private high schools, elementary schools, Jewish schools and Montessori school in Toronto, as well as worked with children with special needs. Pnina is interest in social change, philosophy, art and art criticism. She is currently focusing on teaching and working on her paintings.