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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. 



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!



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! 










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 dual-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 can’t wait to get to know everyone in the Chavaya community!