Mrs. Shternie Bell graduated from Michigan Jewish Institute with a B.A. in Applied Science. She has taught 3rd grade for four years: 3 at Beth Rivkah Academy in Montreal, Canada, and 1 at Bnos Menachem School of Brooklyn, New York. The co-director of Chabad of El Cerrito, she loves guiding her students and giving them the skills to become independent learners.
Mrs. Devorah Bush grew up in San Diego, California, where her parents have been Chabad emissaries for 30 years. With her exceptional love for children, and energetic, upbeat personality, she is a master educator with years of experience teaching preschool and elementary students in New York, New Jersey, Boston, and Israel.
Mr. Murray Cahen received his B.A. in American History at the University of British Columbia. He then attended The University of San Francisco, where he obtained his California State Teaching Credential. After teaching for fifteen years in the San Francisco public schools, he taught at the Lisa Kampner Hebrew Academy, teaching 7th, 8th, and 9th grade history from 2007 – 2016. In 2016, he came to Bais Menachem where he teaches 7th and 8th grade history. In addition to working with his students on the core curriculum, he enjoys discussing the history of San Francisco, political events in the U.S. and Israel, and our great local sports teams, especially the Giants! In 2013, he won the Herbst Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Ms. Devorie Hecht trained at the Beit Chana Teachers’ Training Seminary in Israel and at the Mayanot Institute of Jewish Studies. She enjoys imparting information and seeing her students grow in their thirst for knowledge. With seven years of teaching experience, she is in her second year at Bais Menachem, where she currently teaches Chumash, Laws and Customs, Hebrew Grammar, Navi, and Chassidus.
Rabbi Menachem Landa (Novato) studied at the Rabbinical College of Canada and continued his studies under the tutelage of Rabbi Ezra Schochet at the West Coast Talmudical Seminary. After completing his Rabbinical Ordination under the Chief Rabbi of Canada, he taught high-school and college students at the West Coast Talmudical Seminary in L.A. Subsequently, he taught Jewish studies, science, history, and math at the United Lubavitch Yeshiva in Brooklyn. Having established the only Jewish community in Novato, CA, he believes that the road to success is through a thorough understanding of subject material and an imparting of the tools necessary for students to be able to learn and grow on their own.
Ms. Marilyn Millman loves to teach. An educator for over 40 years, she holds a B.S. degree in elementary education and psychology from Boston University. In addition to possessing a Standard California Credential with a specialty in Elementary Education, she is credentialed to teach children with limited English skills and has taught E.S.L. She has served as a mentor to new teachers entering the profession, and she was presented with the Award of Excellence by the San Rafael Unified School District. Having also served as an educational consultant for Houghton Mifflin and McGraw-Hill publishers, she is enjoying her sixth year at Bais Menachem.
Ms. Sofia Nicklas earned Preschool Certification from Georgia State University, and has studied Early Childhood Education and Psychology at San Francisco State University. She taught 5th and 6th grades at Lisa Kampner Hebrew Academy, and has served as the Lead Teacher at All About Children, where she has organized rigorous, standards-based curricula for all teachers and played a major role in promoting interaction with students to motivate and inspire them. She believes in a program of study that emphasizes critical thinking, student engagement, and real-world application.
Ms. Deana Scofield earned her B.A. in Elementary Education at Ottawa University, and M.A.’s in Multicultural Education and Educational Counseling at Northern Arizona University. Additionally, she holds both Arizona and California Teaching Credentials. Her 16 years of teaching experience include instruction at all levels, from Kindergarten to Post-Graduate. With specialty training in Early Childhood Education and Literacy Acquisition, she is beginning her 4th year at Bais Menachem as both the Kindergarten and 1st Grade General Studies teacher.
Mrs. Hadas Zaetz received her teaching degree from Beth Chana Seminary in Tzfat, Israel. She began her career in New York, and has taught Early Childhood Education, Kindergarten, and First Grade. She is currently the Judaic Kindergarten teacher at Bais Menachem, where she has taught for the past 10 years. An adherent of whole-child education, she believes in creating a wholesome learning environment that is hands-on, interactive, and fun.
Mrs. Chani Zarchi is the Education Director at Congregation Chevra Thilim in addition to overseeing all operations at Chevra. She serves as the General Studies Principal at Bais Menachem Yeshiva Day School where she has created and runs an innovative program of both Judaic and secular curricula. Mrs. Zarchi graduated from Ohel Chana Teacher’s Seminary in Melbourne, Australia and combines her passion for Jewish outreach and education with cutting edge techniques and personal relationships with her students and congregants.
Mr. Tim Poirier. With over 30 years of experience teaching Jewish youth, Mr. Poirier believes that any student can succeed if given the proper training. He possesses both a California Clear Credential in English Instruction and a Lifetime Teaching Credential in Secondary Education from British Columbia, Canada. He has a B.A. in English, a B.A. in History, and a Diploma in Education. His rigorous middle-school Language Arts classes integrate vocabulary development, traditional English grammar, composition, and reading comprehension. His Speech and Drama curricula develop speaking and listening skills, and provide opportunities to debate, recite, and perform theatrically.
Rabbi Gedalia Potash hails from London, England. He received his Rabbinical degree and ordination at the Chabad Lubavitch headquarters in Brooklyn, New York and has held teaching positions for adults and youth in Australia, Canada, Russia, and, for the past 16 years, at Bais Menachem, where he is currently the Judaic Principal and co-director of our day school. He thrives on helping his students gain confidence and a love for learning in a supportive and embracing school atmosphere.
Rabbi Nosson Potash hails from the UK and has studied at Yeshivas in London, Eretz Yisroel, and New York, where he was ordained as a Rabbi in 2009. He led Congregation Zichron Moshe in Manhattan for two years and has been involved in educating youth for over 10 years, directing educational programs and summer camps in the UK and United States. Currently an elementary Hebrew studies teacher, he is in his sixth year at Bais Menachem.
Rabbi Yisrael Rice is the Executive Director of Chabad of Marin, where he has been a community leader and educator for the past 29 years. Additionally, he is Chairman of the Editorial Board for the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute and a member of its Executive Committee. He was the principal of Yeshiva of the Bay Area from 1989 – 1996, Judaic principal of Bais Menachem from 2009 – 2012, and has taught Judaic studies to grades 1 – 8. An author of educational courses and a national lecturer, he values humor and profundity in instruction.
Rabbi Hillel Scop is a graduate of the Rabbinical College of America in New Jersey, as well as the Rabbinical College of Canada in Montreal, Quebec. He has spent many years in communal endeavors as a Rabbi, chaplain, and teacher. He taught 6th Grade Judaic Studies at Brandeis Hillel Day School in Marin for 7 years and also at Bais Menachem for the past 12 years. He is passionate about teaching and brings a fun, fresh perspective to the classroom by engaging his students in much discussion and analytical thought.