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Meet Our Staff

Shauna Sikron, Coordinator of Jewish Learning

I am so honored to begin my third year as Chavaya's director. I have been passionate about education and Jewish learning throughout my life. After graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in Anthropology, I volunteered in Americorps with the education department of Point Reyes National Seashore, where I wrote a junior ranger guidebook of the park. Soon after, I traveled to Israel where I eventually made aliyah and lived for several years in the Negev. There, I worked for an Israeli non-profit that settled college students in peripheral communities and completed my M.A. studies on Zionist development aid in the Negev. Throughout my studies in Israel, I tutored English in a high school, where I discovered my love for being an educator in the Jewish context. Now back in Florida, I love being a part of the B'nai community and exploring my North Florida roots with my husband, Itamar and daughter, Nava.

Colin Silverman

I am so excited for the upcoming Chavaya year! I will be teaching Jewish Values. I am originally from Chicago, Illinois and I am an accounting major at the University of Florida. From Blue Star Camp, to Diller Teen Fellows, to BBYO, my love for Judaism comes from the many Judaic experiences I have had throughout my life. Before coming to the University of Florida, I took a gap year where I served as the International President of BBYO. I decided to be a part of the Chavaya team because I believe Hebrew School education helps secure the next generation of Jewish people. Especially in a unique community like Gainesville, I think Chavaya allows the kids to get a meaningful Jewish education.  

 

Noelle Chin-Vance

I will be teaching Chavaya students in their Rituals and Holidays class. I am a student at the University of Florida (GO GATORS!). I am studying Chemical Engineering, but also have a passion for education. Back home in Miami, FL, I worked and volunteered at a variety of educational institutes, including the Hebrew School at Bet Breira Samuel Or Olom. I was always involved with the Jewish community there, being involved in USY and later as a madricha. I loved being with my close Jewish friends and going out to different events. While I was in high school, I also studied abroad with Alexander Muss High School in Israel and marched with the Leo Martin March of the Living during my senior year. It was these experiences that made me love my Jewish heritage the most, making me want to teach what I've learned. Besides that, I love fishing and going on nature trails; I also love gardening. I cannot wait to teach and share my love for Judaism and for life with everyone, and with that said: לחיים. 

 

Carina Weber

I will be a Hebrew class teacher and a third year student at the University of Florida studying pre-dental Biology with a minor in Sustainability. I grew up in a conservative Jewish community and spent my time in high school organzing USY and JSU events. I also spent time as a CIT at Camp Ramah Darom and as a Hebrew tutor at Beth Ahm Israel in South Florida. I'm so exited to continue teaching in Chavaya this year and to share my love for Judaism with children of all ages!

 

 

Shoshana Zerbock

I will be teaching Arts and Culture in Chavaya this year. I’m originally from Boca Raton, but I’ve lived in Gainesville for three years now as a UF student. I study early childhood education and I’m currently in a combined bachelor’s and masters program in the college of education! I’d like to teach in a second grade special education classroom eventually. I’m usually pretty busy with coursework, but in my free time, I like to play the guitar and piano, knit, and read. Funnily enough, I’m a member of Congregation B’nai Israel in Boca, so I’m very excited to combine my Jewish heritage and cultural knowledge with my love for teaching!

 

 

Carly Girnun

I will be teaching Arts and Culture this year in Chavaya and am a psychology major and non-profit minor at the University of Florida. I am originally from Miami, Florida and Judaism has always been an important part of my life. I am so excited to be a part of this team and begin my second year in Chavaya!

 

 

 

 

Ruby Rader

I will be a Hebrew class teacher this year and a second year student at the University of FLorida studying pre-medicine with a minor in Hebrew language. I grew up in Boca Raton, Florida in a conservative Jewish communtiy and taught at a Hebrew school throughout high school. I also spent 12 summers at Camp Ramah Darom. After I graduated from high school, I took a gap year called Kivunim, where I studied in Israel and traveled to 15 different countries learning about their Jewish communities. When I'm not studying or traveling, I love to go for runs around Gainesville. I am so excited to be a part of Chavaya!

 

 

Dana Graff

I will be teaching Rituals and Holidays on Sundays in Chavaya and Hebrew/Jewish Values on Tuesdays. I am currently a sophomore at the University of Florida and a fluent Hebrew speaker. Throughout high school, I volunteered at my local Hebrew school teaching children how to read and write in Hebrew. It was an extremely meaningful experience for me. This past summer, I also taught at the Chai Tots School in Miami. I love working with kids and especially teaching them about the beauty of Judaism. 

 

 

 

 

 

Rose Goldwitz

I’m extremely excited to be working with Chavaya this year as a floater. Currently, I’m a student at the University of Florida as an English major, but plan on starting a double major with Elementary Education next year. In my hometown of Tampa, I attended a Jewish day school, went to, and eventually worked at, a Jewish camp, and volunteered at one of the local Hebrew Schools. I can’t wait to meet you all!