Beit Sefer’s small class size maximizes flexibility. With three teachers and two madrichim to help with projects, students enjoy interactive group activities as well as individual attention. Each month Rav Gavrielle will share a learning theme, songs, and nigunim.
Evan Friedman, a U-M grad from Oak Park, Illinois, returns to Beit Sefer for another year of teaching, this time as Head Teacher. He is excited to continue fostering a warm, interactive space where students can explore Judaism and create a Jewish identity meaningful to them. Evan enjoys reading, the outdoors, brushing up on his Hebrew, and discovering the history and diverse cultures Judaism offers.
Emily Ohl is a lifelong resident of Ann Arbor who joined AARC this past year. She is excited to bring her passion for the Jewish community, learning, and music to Beit Sefer this year, as well as get to know the students and their families. Emily is a yogi and budding Yiddishist who spends her free time napping, strumming ukulele, or reading on the porch.
Oona Woodbury is a U-M student from San Francisco majoring in Judaic Studies and Linguistics. In her free time she enjoys knitting, playing bass, singing, and dancing. Oona is excited to share her knowledge of Ladino and Sephardic culture and aims to help the students understand the breadth and richness of Jewish tradition.
Rav Gavrielle is originally from Windsor, Ontario. Before becoming AARC’s new rabbi, she served as Interim Spiritual Leader of Temple B’nai Israel of Petoskey and as guest cantor in synagogues throughout the country. She is passionate about helping students become excited about Jewish culture, values, and practices. Rav Gavrielle plays the harp and loves to knit, sew, and embroider.
Mollie is a freshman at Pioneer HS. She is a Girl Scout, oboist, and D&D player, and loves to draw and paint. Mollie continues to volunteer at the Humane Society of Huron Valley, her Bat Mitzvah project. During Mollie’s second year as a madricha, she looks forward to diving into more Jewish learning.
Dylan likes to backpack, hike, and read. He also enjoys playing basketball. He started 9th grade at Early College Alliance this year and celebrated his Bar Mitzvah last June. Dylan looks forward to contributing to our Jewish community