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RABBI JOSHUA KATZAN 

Rabbi Katzan served as the senior rabbi at Congregation Habonim in New York City for eight years, but he has deep roots in Los Angeles. In fact, his great-grandparents were founders of Mishkon, his great-grandfather was the first president of Mishkon, and his parents were married at Mishkon. 
 
Rabbi Katzan has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Cal State Northridge and received his Rabbinic Ordination at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the University of Judaism (now American Jewish University), along with master’s degrees in education and rabbinic literature. Additionally, he holds certifications in non-profit business management and Jewish meditation instruction. He has wide experience in education at all levels, non-profit organization, and music, especially guitar. He has also studied and worked in Israel. Most recently, he’s been teaching at Ziegler.

Feel free to call Rabbi Katzan at (310) 392-3029 extension 6, on his direct line at (323) 943-2943, on his cell phone at (303) 204-0351, or email him at rabbikatzan@mishkon.org


KELLEY COURTNEY

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, TECH SUPPORT HOTLINE (323) 309-5446

Kelley brings her expertise from Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, where she worked in the  Religious School, Membership, and Database departments for a decade. She is a member of PATA (Professional Association of Temple Administrators). Originally from Detroit and Chicago, she has been here in Los Angeles since the winter of 2003 after a three-year stint in Ft. Lauderdale. She attended Northern Illinois University, majoring in education, and graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in marketing. She loves bowling, dessert making, fixing things, and her talented daughter, Sami, who is an amazing artist and graphic designer. Kelley is thrilled to be part of the wonderful community here at Mishkon. You can reach Kelley at executive@mishkon.org.


TATIANA ZAIDMAN, M.A. Ed.

DIRECTOR OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Tatiana has been educated entirely in Jewish institutions, and that has instilled in her Jewish values that have inspired her passion for Jewish early childhood education. Her professional career has been spent working in preschools connected to synagogues around Los Angeles and receiving a Master of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from American Jewish University. Her time as an educator has furthered her passion for cultivating and nurturing the ethical and moral aspects of development in young children in addition to the cognitive, emotional, social, and physical aspects.

Her belief that children learn best through emergent curriculum has resulted in her success with children of all ages and developmental stages. Listening to what children are interested in and differentiating from there has led to her success in classrooms and programs through the years. All developing children deserve a nurturing environment that supports their individual needs while providing plenty of fun and engagement.

She looks forward to bringing her expertise to Mishkon and providing uniquely loving, innovative, and high-quality programming to the community. Feel free to call Tatiana at (310) 396-7733, or email her at Susan Sims Bodenstein Preschool  at  preschool@mishkon.org


SASHA DOMINGUEZ

RELIGIOUS SCHOOL DIRECTOR

Sasha Dominguez brings to our religious school innovative ideas and practices and a deep love for building relationships and learning through a Jewish lens. She grew up in Tampa, Florida, and attended Indiana University. After graduation, Sasha served a congregation in Miami Beach, Florida, for two years. Her passion for Jewish community and education led her to Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where she earned a dual master's degree in Jewish Education and Jewish Nonprofit Management. She loves being outside and enjoys hiking, climbing, and going to the beach, as well as listening to live music. Sasha is thrilled to be joining the Mishkon Tephilo community. You can reach Sasha at religiousschool@mishkon.org.


DANIEL R. SHEVITZ 

RABBI EMERITUS

Afterabbishevitzr 20 years of service as pulpit rabbi of Mishkon Tephilo, Rabbi Dan Shevitz has transitioned to the position of Rabbi Emeritus.  He is known for many things at Mishkon – preaching, singing, playing accordion, telling stories, reading Torah, and blowing shofar – but most of all for bringing clarity and real-world application to Mitzvot and traditions.

Among his accomplishments, Rabbi Dan is the principal percussionist of the Palisades Symphony Orchestra, a trained sushi chef, a private pilot, a messader gittin (rabbi trained in arranging Jewish divorce), and a Talmud teacher at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies of the American Jewish University. Rabbi Dan lives in Venice with Humuhumunukunuku (lovingly known as Humu), his Mollucan cockatoo.  He can be reached at shevitzdan@gmail.com.

Mon, April 19 2021 7 Iyyar 5781