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Rabbi Selilah Kalev received her ordination from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, California in 2003. Raised in Anchorage, Alaska and the granddaughter of a Protestant minister, Rabbi Selilah brings a unique background to her love of Judaism and education. Having performed as a member of the professional Alaska Children's Choir, Rabbi Selilah also has a deep connection to music and holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Music from the

California Institute of the Arts. Her passion for teaching others and developing new and innovative curricula led her to receive two Master's Degrees: one in Jewish Education and one in Rabbinic Studies. In addition, she holds a Baccalaureate Degree in Hebrew Letters.

Rabbi Selilah began her career in Early Childhood Education as one of two teachers in a small Preschool at Temple Beth Shalom in Carmel, California. Her love of being in the classroom was the foundation that led her to a career in Lifelong Learning at synagogues in California, Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania. During her role as Director of Lifelong Learning and running schools of more than 500 students, Rabbi Selilah remained passionately connected to Early Childhood Education within her communities by partnering with and overseeing many of the programs.  Rabbi Selilah created and developed parent education, holiday and special event curricula, and in her most recent school, partnered in creating a play-based program. She was also instrumental in expanding her last preschool from a part-time program to a full-time integrative preschool community serving ages six weeks to five years.

Rabbi Kalev loves to develop adult education, religious school and synagogue programs which she has implemented at various communities around the nation. She has been invited as a consultant to assist synagogues to restructure their schools and develop an education vision. Rabbi Kalev was one of a select group of educators in the nation invited to participate in and subsequently completed the Melton Teachers' Educator Institute, was awarded the title of Conservative Jewish Educator, selected to be a committee member for the national Jewish Educator's Assembly and Torah Aura Curriculum Award honoring the best religious school curriculum and she also chaired the UJA/Federation Principal's Council in Stamford, CT, comprising of Education Directors across all denominations of Judaism.

Rabbi Selilah Kalev is married to Rabbi Joshua Kalev. They have two children, Noa and Jacob
Rebeccah Yussman named Camp Menorah Director

Dear Friends,

Summer is almost here! I am delighted to announce that a very talented Jewish educator, our current rabbinic intern, Rebeccah Yussman, will be the director of Camp Menorah this summer. You have gotten to know her as a big presence in our Religious School, on the Bimah for Tot Shabbats and as part of the Tuvia Kabbalat Shabbat team. She is warm, she heimishe, she is capable!


Rebeccah Birken Yussman has worked in Jewish Education for over twenty years, beginning as a madrichah (classroom assistant) at her home synagogue in Northridge, California, and then teaching Hebrew school and Israeli dance in college at UC Berkeley.

Utilizing her Master of Jewish Education degree from American Jewish University, she has also held positions at several local synagogues as a Hebrew and Judaica teacher for children and adults as well as a Bar/Bat Mitzvah coordinator and director of education. She has also worked with several Jewish day and residential camps across California, including several years as the Camp Educator for our own Camp Menorah.

Her daughter Miriam is in the Parpar class at Tuvia, and her son Matan is a Tuvia alum and a student in the religious school. Rebeccah expects to be ordained as a rabbi at the Academy for Jewish Religion in May of 2017.

To learn more about Camp Menorah click here. Rabbi Rebeccah's email is camp@templemenorah.org. Please help me welcome her into this new opportunity for her as she continues to study to become a Rabbi.

Have a great Summer at Camp Menorah.

Steven L Silver, Rabbi.
(310) 316-8444 ext. 104


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