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Meet Our Staff

Shauna Sikron, Coordinator of Jewish Learning

I am so honored to begin my fourth year as the Coordinator of Jewish Learning and Chavaya director. I work with children of all ages, from infants in our Shalom Baby program to elementary-aged children in Chavaya through high schoolers in our youth group. I love teaching and developing programs in a Jewish context, particularly when it involves learning through food (which so much of Jewish culture does). It is a joy to play this role in the B'nai Israel community. 



Carina Weber

I'm a senior 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 organizing USY and Jewish Student Union 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 excited to begin my 3rd year teaching at Chavaya and to share my love for Judaism with children of all ages!

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!


Rose Goldwitz

Shalom! I'm Rose Goldwitz, and I'm excited to start my second year of Chavaya as one of the Hebrew teachers! Currently, I'm studying Elementary Education and English at the University of Florida. In my hometown of Tampa, I attended a Jewish day school, went to, and eventually worked at, a Jewish camp, volunteered at one of the local Hebrew Schools, and worked as a teacher at the JCC preschool. You might also find me working during the week at the B'nai Israel Community Day School. I can’t wait to meet you all!

Rebekah Ford

This will be my second year teaching in Chavaya and I'm thrilled to return as an instructor in the Arts class. I grew up in the B'nai Israel community as both a Chavaya student myself and served as the USY chapter president. I have taught in the B'nai Israel Community Day school for several years and am in my second year as adviser to the B'nai Isael Youth Group. I love working with children and being outside in nature and also spend my summers as a camp counselor at Camp Lochearn in Vermont. As busy as I am, I am also a full time student at UF where I study Forest Resources and Conservation.


Michal Pollack

 Hi! I’m Michal Pollack and I am from Vero Beach, Florida. I am a senior at the University of Florida studying Psychology. Every summer I go to my favorite place on earth, Camp Judaea, in North Carolina. I also love going to the beach and going out for brunch! In my free time, I enjoy working out and reading a good book. I am so excited to join the B’nai Israel team this year, and I look forward to meeting everyone! 






Delaney Cotton

Hi everyone! I'm so excited to join the Chavaya  Family. I'm a senior political science major at UF, and I also work at the English Language Institute on campus. 
This year I will be teaching Arts and can't wait to make some amazing visual midrashim (aka short films) with all of you. In the past I was a film counselor specialist at URJ 6Points Sci Tech Academy. I look forward to meeting you all!



 Simone D'Antuono

 I was born and raised in Miami Beach, Florida. Growing up, I lived with my mom, dad, younger brother, and two dogs. Every summer I attended my favorite place: Camp Coleman, a Jewish sleepaway camp in the North Georgia mountains. In high school I was involved in student government, the National Honor Society, the IB program, and the National Council of Jewish Women teens chapter. Currently, I am a junior at the University of Florida where I major in Health Education and Behavior on the pre-occupational therapy track. In the future I hope to be an Occupational Therapist who specifically works with children! In my free time I enjoy spending time with my friends, dogs, going to the beach, and traveling (this past summer I spent 10 weeks interning for an Occupational Therapist in Israel)! I'm so excited to get to know the Chavaya community!


Hannah Gilman


I am so excited to be a part of Chavaya! I am currently a sophomore at the University of Florida and I'm pursuing a duel degree in Education Sciences and Behavior Analysis. I spent seven years as a camper at Ramah Darom and worked there for two summers as a counselor. In my free time, I enjoy playing and listening to music, swimming, and hanging out with my friends. I have a passion for learning and I can't wait to get to know everyone in the Chavaya community!


Daniel Vaknin

Raised orthodox in south Florida, I have been living in Gainesville with my family for 7 years. I speak fluent Hebrew and have been playing music for over 20 years. I’m blessed and humbled to be in my sophomore year as the Chavaya music teacher!