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Rabbi Dov Emerson
Head of School

Rabbi Dov Emerson is the Head of School at YULA Boys High School. Prior to his arrival in Los Angeles, Rabbi Emerson served as Assistant Principal at the Davis Renov Stahler HALB High School for Boys in Woodmere, New York. Rabbi Emerson holds Master's Degrees in both Education and Social Work, and is currently a doctoral student at the Azrieli Graduate School of Education at Yeshiva University.

Rabbi Emerson has been honored for his work in Jewish education, receiving the 2011 Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for excellence in Jewish education as well as being named to the Jewish Week's 36 Under 36 List for his work on educational technology.

Rabbi Emerson originally hails from Memphis, Tennessee, where the importance of leadership in the Jewish community was impressed upon him from a young age. He and his wife Rina have five children: Ezra , Yitz, Yehuda, Yaakov, and Atara. In addition to his passion for Jewish Education, Rabbi Emerson enjoys biking and photography.
Rabbi Arye Sufrin
Principal

Rabbi Arye Sufrin is a native of South Florida, and has served on the staff of YULA since 2008. Rabbi Sufrin graduated with honors from Yeshiva University's Sy Syms School of Business, holds a Master’s Degree in Jewish Education and Administration from the Azrieli Graduate School for Education, served as a Legacy Heritage Fellow for at the Yeshiva University office of School Partnership, and re
cently completed the YU Lead future Jewish Leaders year long professional development and training program. Rabbi Sufrin is currently a Doctoral student at Azrieli.

Rabbi Sufrin serves as Principal at YULA, where he is responsible for charting the academic course of our Judaic Studies program. He is also a respected member of our Judaic Studies faculty, a member of the Rabbinic staff at Congregation Beth Jacob, and delivers various shiurim around the community on a weekly basis. Rabbi Sufrin and his wife Tamar are blessed with four children: Avigail, Eliana, Tzvi, and Elisha Dov.
Rabbi Joseph Schreiber
Dean

Rabbi Joseph Schreiber, Dean Rabbi Joseph Schreiber, a Los Angeles native, spent a number of years in Israel studying at Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh. Rabbi Schreiber received his Bachelors in Talmudic Letters and then embarked upon a teaching career that has spanned over thirty years in Jewish education in Los Angeles.

Rabbi Schreiber spent twenty-two years at Emek Hebrew Academy as both a Rebbe teaching Torah studies and Vice Principal. He then spent seven years at Yavneh Hebrew Academy, where he developed and supervised the Advanced Talmud Tract for outstanding seventh and eighth grade students. In 1993 Rabbi Schreiber was recognized for his excellence in education and received The Milken Family Foundation Jewish Educator Award.

Rabbi Schreiber joined the staff of YULA Boys High School in 2006. In addition to being a highly successful and admired member of our Judaic Studies staff, Rabbi Schreiber has been recently appointed as Dean at YULA. In this capacity, Rabbi Schreiber will apply his outstanding skills and experience working with young adults to ensure that every YULA student is positioned for success and growth.
 
 
 
Mr. Rick St. Laurent
General Studies Principal

Richard St. Laurent is the Principal of General Studies. Mr. St. Laurent was born and raised in Berlin New Hampshire, a small paper mill town in the White Mountains. Some of his fondest memories are of school days consisting of days taught in both French and English, as the population was 80% French-Canadian heritage. Mr. St. Laurent attended an all boys boarding high in Enfield New Hampshire where he developed an appreciation for the outdoors and teaching. He earned his B.A. in French and psychology and later an M.S. Ed. in School Administration at Indiana University. Mr. St. Laurent began his teaching career in public high school and soon joined the faculty of the Canterbury School in Fort Wayne, Indiana where he taught French, religion and life skills. He was also named the school’s first Middle School Director. Mr. St. Laurent’s next stop was in theBluegrass State as Middle School Director at the Sayre School in Lexington, Kentucky.

Mr. St. Laurent moved to southern California to become Assistant Head of School at Rolling Hills Prep where he developed the school’s outdoor education program. He later became head of school in Iowa and worked in independent school accreditation. Mostly recently, Mr. St. Laurent traveled to Shenyang, Liaoning, China to advise a group looking to establish an American high school for Chinese nationals. Mr. St. Laurent lives in Redondo Beach with his wife Marcia, who has worked in development and marketing in independent schools. They are blessed with two daughters, Sara, a learning specialist for an independent school in New Orleans and Kate, a manager and buyer for a women’s boutique in Manhattan Beach.
 
Mrs. Rochel Gargir
Administrator
 
Rochel Gargir joined the YULA team in July 2014. As School Administrator, Rochel's primary focus is to overseeing the campus expansion, security, facilities, and running various logistics of our development office. She is also responsible for coordinating our various fundraising events,and serves as a key coordinator on our capital campaign. Before assuming her current position, Rochel served as Administrator at Maimonides Academy for four years and at Shalhevet for six years. Rochel will leverage her experience coordinating the recent Maimonides construction project to assist in building the new expanded YULA campus. Rochel attended Sy Syms School of Business after seminary in Yerushalyim. She and her husband Shachar have four children.
 
 
 
Mr. Ryan Hyman
Director of Institutional Advancement
 

Born in South Africa, Ryan Hyman spent a year and a half studying in Israel at Kerem B’Yavne after which he received his Bachelors degree from Yeshiva University. He began his professional career in the exciting world of college admissions after which he was wooed away to the ever changing world of commercial real estate finance (his question to the principal of the company who had personally sought him out: "what is commercial real estate finance?").

After almost a decade in real estate, Ryan realized that he had a burning desire to return to the nonprofit sector. This led to him to create the first development department for Torah Academy of Bergen County in Teaneck, New Jersey. Ryan accepted the call to serve as Director of Development for Chai Lifeline’s West Coast Region, and moved to Los Angeles in 2013 where he created a young leaders initiative that became the model for other such Chai Lifeline groups around the country.

In 2015, Ryan became the Director of Institutional Advancement at YULA where he helped re-engineer the annual Trustees event, created an Alumni Association Board and ran a high energy, 24 hour fundraising challenge, amongst his other successes. 

“Ensuring that YULA is able to provide the highest level of Torah and general education to all our students, no matter what their financial situation, drives me to push the envelope on a daily basis,” Ryan says. "I value the partnership with our stakeholders who play a critical role in the success of YULA.”

 
Ms. Judy Posner
Controller
 
Ms. Judy Posner moved from Seattle to Los Angeles in 2011 so her son could go to YULA Boys School. Little did she know she was also destined to be a part of the YULA family. She graduated with a BA in Accounting from University of CA Berkeley and has worked in the Accounting field for over 20 years. She enjoys the outdoors, traveling and a good Mussar shiur.  
Rabbi Shimon Abramczik
Director of Israel Guidance
Director of Student Activities - 11th-12th Grade

Rabbi Shimon Abramczik spent ten years in Jerusalem pursuing his advanced Gemora learning at Yeshivas Bais Yisroel and then at the famed Mirrer Yeshiva. Rabbi Abramczik received his Bachelors in Talmudic Letters and then went on to receive a degree in Community Leadership and Jewish Education from Ner LeElef Jerusalem Institute for Jewish Leadership and Education. He received Rabbinic Ordination from both Rabbi Moshe Halberstam zt"l, a chief member of the Edah Charedis Rabbinical Court of Jerusalem,and Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Lerner.

Rabbi Abramczik has spent the last ten years teaching Torah to students of all levels and backgrounds. Prior to joining YULA, Rabbi Abramczik spent time at The Zone, a crisis center for "at risk" youth in Jerusalem, counseling and mentoring troubled teens. He then joined the Link Kollel in Westwood where he gave regular classes on multiple topics ranging from Talmud and Halacha to Jewish Thought.
Mrs. Jamie Sitzer
Director of College Counseling

Jamie was born and raised in New York but has lived in the Los Angeles area since 2004. She earned a Masters Degree in Guidance and Counseling and has over ten years experience in high school counseling and college admissions. Jamie has felt a true sense of fulfillment in helping students to reach their educational goals. The state of college admissions and the college application process is constantly evolving making it essential for students to have experienced, well-informed, and supportive counselors available for them to rely on for assistance in the process. This has been Jamie's role at YULA Boys High School since August of 2007. She works closely with each student throughout every step of the application process to ensure that they produce and submit applications that reflect all of their accomplishments, their fullest potential, and their uniqueness and individuality. As Director of College Counseling, she has been proud to see many smiling faces as the boys have received admissions decisions from someof the most prestigious universities in the country. When Jamie is not busy with her many responsibilities at YULA, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and dog as well as cooking, traveling, and enjoying the outdoors.
Mrs. Ziva Zeharya
Academic Registrar

Ziva Zeharya was born in Israel and raised in different countries around the world. As the daughter of a Head Consul of the Israeli Consulate, she lived in Iran as a baby and moved to Los Angeles at the age of 10. She attended Beverly Vista and Beverly High School. At 16, she moved back to Israel where she earned her high school diploma and proudly served in the IDF. After getting married, she returned to Los Angeles to pursue advanced degrees. She received a BA Degree from CSUN in Child Development and Jewish Education and a Masters Degree in Education and Administration from the University of Judaism where she graduated with excellence. Ziva's work experience includes 20 years of teaching Hebrew and directing many Jewish-education programs. Ziva was a Hebrew teacher at Milken, a Director of Temple B'nai Hayim Religious School, and a Director of Hebrew and Judaic at Heschel West Day School. She has 4 boys and is very excited to be a proud YULA parent this year.
Mr. Shawn Clary
Director of Technology
 
Shawn came to YULA in 2009 when the decision was made to transition to a One to One laptop program and has been with the school since. Shawn previously worked with Apple Inc., starting in 2005 in varying roles and locations from sales in Boston, MA to training in Columbus, OH, and finally to Tech Support in Century City, Los Angeles. Shawn's education background started in Athens, OH at Ohio University where he studied Music Composition. After two years, he transferred to the renowned Berklee College of Music to study Film Scoring. While working at Apple through college, he gained several certifications in Apple computer repair and Mac OS X support. He is now thrilled to be serving the YULA community in his role as Director of Technology.
Rabbi Sandy Shulkes
Director of Student Activities - 9th Grade

Rabbi Sandy Shulkes joined the YULA faculty last year and has become a beloved 9th grade Rebbe. Prior to joining YULA he lived in Dallas, Texas for two years where he taught Judaic Studies at both Akiba Academy and Yavneh High School and was the director of Dallas Yachad. Rabbi Shulkes received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University and a Master's degree in Jewish philosophy from Bernard Revel Graduate School. He is currently a doctoral student at the Azrieli Graduate School of Education at Yeshiva University. Rabbi Shulkes hails from Hollywood, FL where he grew up davening in the Young Israel of Hollywood and graduated from Hillel Community Day School in North Miami Beach, FL. Rabbi Shulkes is blessed with his wife Rachel and children, Sarah and Moshe.
Rabbi Michael Abraham
Director of Student Activities - 10th Grade

Rabbi Michael Abraham has been teaching in Los Angeles for 12 years and is currently a 10th grade Rebbe and the assistant at Mogen David Sephardic Minyan. He was born in Italy and grew up in Eretz Israel where he served in the IDF. He graduated Yeshiva from Nachalat David Petach Tikvah , received semikha from Kollel Beit Meir in Yerushalyim and earned a degree in Education from American Jewish University. He has taught in other institutions such as Mikdash Melekh, Shalhevet middle school and YULA Girls. Rabbi Abraham has been in Los Angeles for the past 12 years with his wife Yisca and his four children.