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Rebecca Teitelbaum – K & 1st Grade Teacher

Rebecca was born in Milwaukee, WI where she lived for 11 years before moving to Fresno, CA with her family where she was Bat Mitzvah-ed and confirmed at Temple Beth Israel under the rabbincal leadership of Rabbi Rick Winer.

She is currently in her fourth and final year at Sonoma State University where she is a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority, majoring in Liberal Studies with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies and plans to become an elementary school teacher.


Ilana Stoelting – 2nd & 3rd Grade Teacher

Ilana was born and raised in Sonoma County where she grew up an active member of the local Jewish community. She attended college at UC Davis where she got her degree in Biological Sciences.

After college Ilana moved to Israel where she lived in Tel Aviv and worked for the ambulance company Magen David Adom. She ran Hillel of Sonoma County for a year and now enjoys working as a full-time park ranger along the coast.


Sophie Gittleman – 4th & 5th Grade Teacher

Sophie was born and raised in Santa Rosa, California, where she attended religious school and was Bat Mitvah’d at Shomrei Torah.

She recently graduated from California State University Long Beach with her Bachelors degree in Liberal Studies and a multiple-subject teaching credential.

While living in Long Beach, Sophie taught a pre-K and a sixth grade Judaica class at Temple Israel. She attended many Jewish summer camps as a child and is passionate about feeling connected to her community. In her free time, you may find her hiking with her dog, Emmy.


Deborah Zitrin – 6th Grade Teacher

Deborah grew up in Brooklyn, New York and attended religious school at Temple Beth Emeth in Flatbush. Her family moved to San Mateo when she was in high school and she graduated from U.C. Santa Cruz where she studied Educational Psychology, University of San Francisco School of Law where she earned her J.D., and San Jose State University where she earned an Education Specialist Credential.  

Deborah’s family belonged to Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos and her son and daughter attended Gideon Hausner Day School in Palo Alto prior to moving to Portland, Oregon in 2004. 

Deborah had a 20 year career as a public school special education teacher and has been supporting students and families through her company, Close the Gap Tutoring/Close the Gap Advocacy Services, since returning to California in 2017. 


Channah Zeldin – Wednesday Hebrew Coordinator

Channah was born and raised in greater Philadelphia, where she attended Hebrew School and was Bat Mitzvah’d at Har Sinai Temple under the guidance of the amazing Cantor David Wisnia (look him up!). 

With a passion for learning languages and experiencing other cultures, she spent many years traveling and living abroad, including Paris, Eindhoven (NL), Toronto, and Tel Aviv. 

Soon after settling back stateside to start her company, she met her (now) husband in Philadelphia. They moved to Santa Rosa in 2016.

She works full time on her tech-startup. In her spare time you can find her running around the parks, rock climbing, hiking, doing yoga, or exploring the region’s amazing vineyards. 


Morgan Folger – 7th Grade Teacher, Youth & Music Coordinator

Hello everyone! I’m from Sacramento but I am currently in Santa Barbara, finishing my undergraduate degrees in English and Religious studies at UCSB. Growing up in Sacramento, my synagogue was a second home to me, and I took advantage of all the programs my congregation had to offer.

From Bat Mitzvah to madricha to camper and service leader, being a part of my synagogue gave me opportunities to grow amid a fantastic community. My Jewish experiences growing up have led to me to continue my Jewish involvement and education in Santa Barbara.  I have joined a Jewish sorority, am serving on the Hillel board, and am a religious school teacher at the local synagogue.

Over the past four summers, I have worked at Camp Newman as a counselor, song leader, and unit head. In my free time you can usually find me hiking, cooking, reading, and crocheting. I am incredibly excited to be a part of, and work with, the Shomrei Torah community and share my passion for Judaism, Jewish programming, and Jewish music with you all! 

Sat, September 26 2020 8 Tishrei 5781