2015 - 2016 Hebrew High Faculty



Jake grew up in New Jersey, earned his B.A. from Amherst College and his MBA from Columbia University.

Between degrees, Jake served in an elite unit of the Golani Brigade in the IDF and spent three years in investment management. After his MBA, Jake founded and ran a company manufacturing military and sport eye protection, during which time he was active in the AJC, Global Round Table of B'nai B'rith and the National Security Roundtable.

Jake is the Executive Director of the Anti-Defamation League's Arizona Regional Office.
He currently lives in Phoenix with his family.


Stephen has been an educator at the BJE’s Hebrew High School since 1997.

Mr. G earned degrees in Business Administration and in History at the University of Massachusetts.
He served in the United States army during the Vietnam Conflict and was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service.

In 2002, Mr. Glassman founded Students Supporting Brain Tumor Research (SSBTR). It has become the largest student run non-profit organization in the state of Arizona. Mr. G has also taught history at Horizon and Pinnacle High schools.


Daphna is a native of Israel who has been a Hebrew and Judaic teacher for over 18 years. She has been teaching both children and adults in a variety of settings such as Religious schools, Jewish Day School, and a Language School.

She holds a Master degree in Social Work and has been trained in current Hebrew curricula.
She is married with two adult daughters. She loves traveling, cooking and reading.


Tzvia is a native Israeli. She served in the Israeli army and is the mother of two daughters and three grandchildren.

Tzvia holds a teaching certificate from 'Seminar Ha-Kibuzim' Ramat Aviv.
She has 25 years of experience, teaching children ranging from 3 to high school.

“Learning a new language is an opportunity to be reborn and know a new world. This is not a simple thing at all! I'm happy for having the opportunity to help such good people from different schools to acquire a new language”.


Andre is a dynamic Jewish educator with 17 years of dedicated service to the Jewish community. Specializing in experiential Jewish education.

Andre has served congregations and Jewish institutions in his hometown of Los Angeles, Toronto and Phoenix.

Andre’s commitment to the Jewish community is driven by his love for the values he learned: Torah, Avodah, and G’milut Chasadim.

Every day, Andre strives to impart these values on the adults and teens he instructs.
Currently, Andre serves as Outreach Coordinator for the Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Phoenix.

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Jessica is currently the Aleinu Coordinator/ Clinician at Jewish Family and Children’s Service.

Jessica received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of San Diego, and has worked in the mental health field since 2007 as a high needs case manager, youth and family consultant, education consultant and specializes in working with children and adolescents.

As an education consultant, she worked with schools and students teaching leadership and mentoring programs. Jessica enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends as well as maintains an active lifestyle.


Jay has a Juris Doctorate law degree from Southern Methodist University Law school and a MBA from New York University.

After retiring he took many courses in history and computers eventually earning his Arizona Teaching Certificate. Dr. Levinsohn’s teaching goal is that each student finds a safe place where students can explore their interests and develop skill sets to deal with future life issues.

The dream of his teaching is to create an enduring, long term framework for students to learn to learn and create a foundation to live a purposeful life.


David is a Phoenix native, and is also an alumni of Hebrew High, graduated from the U of A with Honors and received his law degree from Arizona State University. He also completed a one-year General Course program at the London School of Economics in between college and law school.

After completing his legal studies, Mr. Nach attended the World Union of Jewish Students Institute in Arad, Israel; his experience at WUJS was the motivating factor to join our faculty in 1994.

Mr. Nach is currently a full-time high school Social Studies teacher who specializes in Economics and Criminal Justice.


Fran has her masters’ degree in Jewish Education.

In addition to teaching beginning Hebrew at Hebrew High, she teaches an online Hebrew course for a California religious school, and World Religions at Glendale Community College.

Fran has been the educational director of 3 religious schools and has studied both in the states and in Israel.
On a personal note, Fran's 4 year old grandson, Jacob, is the light of her life.


Wendy has been a Jewish Educator since 1971, when she graduated from Gratz College in Philadelphia, PA.

She is a 15 year resident of Phoenix, mother of 2 girls, a business owner and licensed Realtor in Arizona.

In addition to teaching at Hebrew High she teaches and has taught at numerous religious schools in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area.

Her interests include poetry, Jewish themed comic books, travel and cooking.
She loves all things Jewish (except maybe jarred gefilte fish) and is excited about bringing her passion to her classrooms.