Meet Our Executive Administration
Rabbi Boruch Sufrin - Head of school
Rabbi Y. Boruch Sufrin received Rabbinic ordination in 1982. Served as the Rabbi of Young Israel of Sunny Isles Beach. Received his JESNA Principals license in 1994 and became Dean of the RASG Hebrew Academy of Greater Miami in 1994. Rabbi Sufrin served as Chair of the Principals and Administrators Council (PAC) under auspices of the Central Agency for Jewish Education (CAJE) from 1998 — 2000.
Rabbi Sufrin is currently Head of School of Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy since July 2003. He served as an instructor for the AJU Teacher Training Program and currently gives a daily Daf Yomi Shiur, weekly adult education classes throughout the community, serves as guest lecturer at various events nationally, as well as sitting on various voluntary educational committees.
Rabbi Sufrin is the Prestigious 2014 Covenant Award Recipient.
Eitan Sender - Executive Director
Eitan Sender was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and raised in Ra'anana Israel. He received his BA from The Open University Tel Aviv in Business Management. Eitan has always placed his values on serving the Jewish Nation. He served as a commander in the IDF Special Forces and upon completing his service worked for the Israeli Government before moving with his wife to New York where he was the Director of Bnei Akiva New York, New Jersey and Boston for The Jewish Agency. Eitan became the Executive Director at Hillel in February 2017, he lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Hedva Lapin Sender and his daughter Yakira who is in Pre-Nursery here at Hillel. Eitan can be reached at email@example.com.
Rabbi Zachary Swigard - Interim Principal Middle School;
Director of Judaic Studies, Middle School
Rabbi Zach Swigard was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. After graduating from Fasman Yeshiva High School in Chicago, he spent three years studying in Eretz Yisrael and continued his studies in Silver Spring, Maryland at the Yeshiva Gedola of Greater Washington and Yeshiva College of The Nation's Capital. Rabbi Swigard started working at Hillel in 2011 and strives to provide his students with a creative and student-centered environment that promotes confidence and a growth mindset. He enjoys teaching, mentoring, integrating technology into curricula, and serving as Student Council and Yearbook Advisor. He is a strong advocate for 21st century Judaic Studies education and collaboration; and his Twitter chat, #jschat, provides him with the opportunity to collaborate with Jewish educators all over the world. Rabbi Swigard lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Devorah, and their three children, Rivka, Avi, and Rina. Rabbi Swigard can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or @zachswigard on Twitter.
Daphne Orenshein - Associate Elementary Principal of General Studies
Daphne Orenshein was born in Haifa, Israel, and has been living in Los Angeles since age 6. A proud alumna of Hillel, she received a BA from UCLA and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from California State University, Northridge. Over her 25-year career in education, she has taught Kindergarten through 5th grades and Algebra in Middle School, always infusing humor, creativity and respect into her classroom environment. She is a proud recipient of the Lainer Distinguished Educator Award, the Smotrich Award, the Golomb Memorial Excellence in Teaching Award, as well as being honored by Hillel and the Hillel PTA. Married to Jonathan Orenshein (an alum of Hillel as well) for 25 years, she is the proud mother of Kevin Adam, Jesse Isaac, Derek King and Brian Duke, all of whom are graduates of Hillel. She is thrilled beyond constraint to step into her new role at Hillel as the Associate Elementary Principal of General Studies. Daphne can be reached at email@example.com.
Chaya Kenigsberg - Director of Judaic Studies, Elementary School
Chaya Kenigsberg was born and went to school in the East Coast. She developed a passion for teaching during her years in seminary in Israel and received her Teacher’s Certificate from The Bnot Torah Institute in Jerusalem. After returning to NY, Chaya received her BA in Psychology from Touro College. After marriage, Chaya moved back to Israel where she took on the role of hospitality coordinator in a Yeshiva in Har Nof, Jerusalem. Chaya joined Hillel in 2008 teaching 5th grade. Over the past ten years, she has taught various grades in both elementary and middle school. She is known for her caring personality and close relationship with all of her students. Her belief in every child has guided her and permeated her class. Chaya can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yirat Horwatt - Early Childhood Director
Yirat’s professional career as an educator began in Israel at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and most recently, she completed the UCLA Early Childhood Director Program. After completing a double major in geography and education, she taught as a middle school teacher in Maale Adumim and then transitioned to teaching younger students, where she found her calling in Hebrew Immersion. Her love of the Hebrew language and passion for the integration of עברית into educational programming led her to direct and manage Hebrew theater for five years. She also takes pride in her leadership role while working as staff coordinator, guidance counselor and Pesach Programming Director at Camp Ramah for the past three years. Yirat has 3 children at Hillel, one in Middle School, and two an Elementary. Her husband is also an educator and works as an educational therapist. Yirat has been working at Hillel for 4 years, starting as a Pre-1 teacher and Hebrew Immersion specialist for ECE. Last year she took on the role of Early Childhood Associate Director, as well as the hebrew immersion specialist. She is honored to now step into her new role as the Early Childhood Director. Yirat can be reached at email@example.com.
Ilana Zadok - Director of Campus Life
Ilana Zadok received her BA from Queens College and a Master's Degree from American Jewish University (AJU). She holds a teaching certification from New York State and a certificate in Jewish education from AJU. Additionally, Ilana is trained in Responsive Classroom and as a Character Counts Coach. She has been teaching middle school Humanities in the Los Angeles community for fifteen years. Since joining the Hillel faculty in 2010, she has designed and written curriculum, pioneered Hillel’s transition in the use of flexible learning spaces, mentored new teachers in their teaching practices and acted as Special Program Coordinator. She lives in Los Angeles along with her husband, Yoni, a Hillel alumn (92’), and her son, Dylan, a current Hillel student. Mrs. Zadok can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mrs. Amy Kestenbaum, President
Mr. Adom Ratner-Stauber, Executive Vice-President
Mr. Steven Heumann
Ms. Gail Katz
Mr. Mark Mintz
Mr. Michael Fallas
Mr. Jason Gruenbaum
Mrs. Malka Katzin
Mr. Harry Nelson
Mr. Levi Plotkin
Mr. Eli Portnoy
Mr. Reuben Robin
Mr. Tzvi Ratner-Stauber
Mr. Adam Reich
Dr. Bobby Rostami
Mr. Steven Westerman
Mrs. Chavi Wintner
Mr. Yoni Wintner