Staff

TAS Religious School

Sharon Furman-Lee (Religious School Director) Sharon joined the TAS family in July of 2017 after a decade teaching at Milken High School. She received her MBA in Israel, which then took her to New York where she taught Hebrew at Larchmont Temple and Abraham Joshua Heschel High School. Currently, Sharon is enrolled in a doctoral program at Cal Lutheran where she will earn an EDD. She is a contributing writer for a blog called Shavuah Israeli, which focuses on parenting and education. Sharon hopes to continue the great work that has been done in the TAS school. A chance meeting in the lobby of her NY apartment building developed into a marriage proposal from Alex Lee, a Hawaiian born man of Korean and Japanese descent. There was a requirement, however, before Sharon would say, “yes.” Although she fell in love with Alex, she was not in love with New York. After visiting an aunt in LA, she discovered the place where she wanted to spend her life. Fortunately for us, Alex, an educator, agreed, and they relocated to Los Angeles more than a decade ago. They are the proud parents of two young sons—Kai, 7, and Lanai, 5 ½, who will become students in our Religious and Hebrew schools. Sharon describes her home as a glorified farm. She loves to garden and grows peppers and tomatoes as well as dries seeds to plant. She said, “I am a pet person.” The family has three dogs, two bunnies and will soon add chickens to their menagerie.

Teachers

Fanny Arana (10th Grade)

Lisa Bassett (Administrator) has been teaching Dalet at Temple Ahavat Shalom since 2007 after a long absence. While she attended preschool at the temple, much of her jewish experiences were through Temple Ramat Zion. Here she attended USY, hebrew school and taught in both the preschool and Hebrew school. After hebrew school was completed, Lisa stayed involved with the Bureau of Jewish education by attending Dor Hadash, Havorat Noar and Hallutz. These programs had such a tremendous impact on her that she taught Dor Hadash at Temple Ahavat Shalom until the program was cancelled. Besides teaching Dalet, Lisa is an inside account manager for Nexus IS. She is also happy and proud wife to Greg and mother to Josh.Esther Brombart (2nd Grade) has been teaching at Temple Ahavat Shalom’s ECEC for almost 20 years. She is a graduate from the University of Washington and lived in Israel for two years. Esther is a mother of three fantastic children and a grandma of four fabulous grandchildren. The main point is….she lovee kids and is honored to be able to teach your children!

Jacqueline (Jackie) Kovar (Aleph, Dalet) was born in Santiago, Chile. After spending a study year in Israel, she returned and began a 12 year term at Temple Solael in West Hills, where she taught a variety of age group from Kindergarten through 8th grades. She was also the curriculum coordinator. Jackie has been teaching at TAS since 1992. She teaches both 4th grade (Aleph) and 7th grade (Dalet) Holocaust studies. She is the coordinator of the Holocaust program. In her time off, Jackie enjoys reading, swimming, going to the beach and traveling.

Fanny Koyman (Bet)

Michael Loewenstein (Bet) was born and raised in Israel, where he graduated from the agricultural school Ayanot. He served in the Israeli Defense forces from 1965 to 1968 and in 1967 took part in The Six Day war. He came to the United States in 1968 where he studied economics and marketing at UCLA. He began teaching Religious School at Temple Beth Hillel where he taught until 2002. In1973 he led the LA Ulpan program to Israel with Rabbi Julian White. He married in 1975 and has two daughters who both attended Kadima Hebrew Academy. Michael was also on the Executive Board of Kadima Hebrew Academy for 5 years and was the Vice President of Education for 4 years. Michael was honored by the Bureau of Jewish Education with the “Lainer Distinguished Educator Award” in 2001. He lives with his wife Sherry in Chatsworth.

 
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