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Rabbi Arye Sufrin
Head of School

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 recently 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 and his wife Tamar are blessed with four children: Avigail, Eliana, Tzvi, and Elisha Dov.
Rabbi Joseph Schreiber
Principal
 
Rabbi Schreiber has been a Jewish educator in Los Angeles for 40 years. For the past 10 years at YULA, he has been a respected rebbe and administrator who has earned the admiration of our entire faculty, student body, and YULA community. Rabbi Schreiber will assume the role of Principal of YULA Boys High School. His focus of responsibilities will include mentoring faculty, overseeing and implementing the educational direction of the Judaic Studies program at YULA, curriculum implementation, discipline, and maintaining an efficiently run building throughout the school year. Rabbi Schreiber will determine Judaic Studies student placement and staff teaching assignments, and will serve as the administrative supervisor for all faculty. Inquiries about Judaic Studies should be directed to Rabbi Schreiber.
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.


Rabbi Shimon Abramczik
Dean of Students
 
We welcome Rabbi Abramczik to the senior leadership team as he assumes the role of Dean of Students. For the past 10 years, Rabbi Abramczik has inspired our students as a beloved 12th grade Rebbe and most recently as the Rebbe of the newly implemented Masmidim Program. Under his direction, YULA masmidim completed three mesechtot and reviewed over 15,000 amudim of gemara collectively this past year. Rabbi Abramczik’s mandate is to work with all stakeholders to meet all of our student's spiritual, emotional, and academic needs. Rabbi Abramczik will also supervise the student activities coordinators, teach in our Torah Studies department, and continue to lead our very successful Israel guidance program. Questions regarding student social and emotional growth and development, student activities, and Israel guidance should be directed to Rabbi Abramczik.
 
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.  
Mr. Michael Heeter
Director of College Counseling

Mr. Heeter comes to YULA from the Marlborough School where he was Co-Director of College Counseling for eight years. Marlborough is a prestigious local independent high school currently ranked a top 15 independent school in the state of California on niche.com. With Mr. Heeter's experience, knowledge, and understanding of college guidance, our program will undoubtedly be taken to new heights. He has demonstrated a proven track record of outstanding college placement and relationships with universities across the country. Prior to his tenure at Marlborough, he spent six years as Director of College Counseling at the prominent Hawken School in Cleveland. Mr. Heeter also worked in the admission offices at Vanderbilt University, Depaul University and New York University. He graduated magna cum laude from Ohio Wesleyan University with a B.A. in music. He is an affable person who works well with parents, students, and faculty.
Mr. Shawn Clary
Director of Technology & Media Production
 
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. In his time at YULA, Shawn has made technology accessible and deeply integrated into daily life at YULA.
 
In his expanded role as Media Production Director, Shawn will lead a team of students and staff to create stunning media for both PR and educational use as well as begin the facilitation of a YULA TV student-run broadcast program.
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.
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.