Union for Reform Judaism Member Congregation


Class Instructors

Amanda Miller

Amanda Miller holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from The New School, a B.F.A. in Acting from NYU, and completed a teaching artist internship and training program with the Community-Word Project. She has taught Jewish Studies and Hebrew to young children at several synagogues throughout the city. Amanda is also a writer, performer, and yoga instructor.

Jonathan Dayan

Jonathan Dayan graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a B.A. in Forensic Psychology. He began his career in Judaism right after his Bar Mitzvah, when he became a youth group leader at his temple and taught Torah trope. Jonathan has also worked with children and young adults with special needs at JCC Camp Seneca Lake. Jonathan enjoys working out, playing sports, writing poetry and going to baseball games.

Jonah Stern

Jonah is a fourth-year undergraduate student at New York University, where he is pursuing the pre-medical track as well as the honors program in Hebrew and Judaic Studies. He has studied in Israel for two semesters through the URJ Eisendrath International Exchange and NYU-Tel Aviv. Jonah is a DJ for NYU college radio, and holds a deep interest in the natural and social sciences.

Daniella Vatch

Daniella Vatch received a B.S. in Psychology from Queen’s College. She has taught in a Hebrew Day school setting and a Jewish special needs school. Daniella enjoys cooking, hiking, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Andrew Davidoff

Andrew Davidov holds a B.A. in English from Binghamton University, and currently serves as a resident of Moishe House Park Slope and Account Executive at Yelp. Andrew is the proud boyfriend of his long-time girlfriend, Becca. He loves planning community events, running around Prospect Park and frequenting the Park Slope Food Coop.

Phoebe Rabinowitsch

Phoebe Rabinowitsch holds a B.A. in Religion and Anthropology from American University. She has studied at Drisha, Pardes and completed the year-long fellowship at Mechon Hadar. When not immersed in Torah and the Hebrew language, Phoebe enjoys writing and creating new works of art.



Music: Benjamin Harris, Student Cantor

Benjamin Harris will be entering his second year at the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music of the Hebrew Union College (DFSSM) in September. He is a native of Atlanta, Ben is a graduate of the Boston University School of Music. During this past year of studies at the DFSSM in Jerusalem, he has sung with Nava Tehila, a progressive community that has amassed a significant following all over Israel in recent years. Ben has a wealth of experience as a NFTY song leader, both in the Boston and Atlanta areas. He served as the Music Educator and Youth Advisor at Temple Sinai in Brookline, MA, Head Song Leader and Assistant Director of Judaic Programs at Camp Micah in Bridgton, ME, Song Leader of NFTY-SAR (South Atlantic Region), and as a teacher at Temple Sinai of Atlanta, GA, his home congregation. In addition to English and Hebrew, Ben speaks fluent French, and is an accomplished guitarist and pianist.


Hebrew: Rachel L. Dayan

Rachel Dayan holds a B.A. in English from Brooklyn College as well as an M.A. in Early Childhood Education (Birth to Second Grade) from Touro College, and currently serves as a NYC Department of Education substitute teacher. Rachel is the proud mom of three, including our third grade teacher Jonathan. She is an avid reader and solver or crossword puzzles.

Schlichit: Aviv Kurnaslm

Aviv KurnasIm comes to us from Qiryat Ono a city near Tel Aviv. Aviv is close with his family. He has 3 brothers, one is his twin. He has been a member of the Israeli scouts since the 4th grade. Aviv enjoys watching sports especially Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team and traveling to new places.