19 Tammuz 5779 — יט תמוז התשעט

Physical Education

Mission Statement

The mission of the Harkham Hillel Physical Education and Athletics department is two-fold. Primarily, it is to successfully guide the development of each student while teaching lessons in the departmental core values of accountability, being coachable, fitness, and teamwork. Additionally, our mission is to teach leadership and life skills through athletics, allowing students to grow and reach higher levels of confidence that will lead to better character.

Our Goal

Our goal is to provide the best possible environment for students to learn and experience what physical activity can mean to them and their lives. We encourage students to contribute to our campus through athletic and academic achievement, to promote institutional pride and enhance campus life, and connect with alumni, families and the community at-large through athletics at Hillel.

Vision Statement

The Hillel Physical Education and Athletics department strives to be the gold standard for physical education and athletics in the community. The department aims to be renowned for academic and athletic excellence by achieving outstanding scholastic and athletic honors.

Physical education and athletics at Hillel enhance the mission of Hillel and the community by demonstrating unrivaled pride and by fostering relationships with all constituents. The department is committed to the utmost integrity through compliance, fiscal responsibility and student-athlete personal development.

Meet Our Coaches

Coach Jenna Kinsbursky grew up locally, in Calabasas, and graduated from Shalhevet High School in the class of 2004. Since her youth, Jenna has been involved in sports teams, after school sports clubs, and sports camps. Her enthusiasm for good health, fitness, and sports is apparent. Jenna attended FIDM and obtained a degree in fashion design and worked in the fashion industry as a designer and stylist. Dissatisfied with the fashion industry, Jenna returned to her passion of working with children and in fitness. She is now an experienced physical education coach. Jenna is also a personal trainer, spinning instructor, lifeguard, swim coach, and mother of two. Jenna believes that students should always make goals that will challenge themselves to reach their full potential. Coach Jenna has been with the Hillel family for 3 years. She can be reached at jkinsbursky@hillelhebrew.org 

Coach Chumie Begin teaches P.E. for students in ECE through eighth grade. She has been working in the Physical Education Department at Hillel for a number of years . She earned her degree in Physical Education, Recreational Therapy and Kinesiology from Northeastern College.Coach Chumie has also worked with the Special Olympics and has directed a sports camp.She is also an advisor to the Student Council . Coach Chumie believes that each student is responsible for her or his own personal best. Setting a positive environment for her students makes P.E. fun and exciting. Her goal is to help each student realize and embrace the importance of exercise and staying healthy. Coach Chumie can be reached at cbegin@hillelhebrew.org.

Coach Nicolo Vicencio joined a non-profit organization called Playworks in 2013 as Program Coordinator, serving two years at Playworks in Santa Ana and the past three years as a Site Coordinador, consulting and overseeing for twelve school sites ensuring safe and healthy play during recess. Before joining Playworks, Nicolo attained his Kinesiology degree at Long Beach State University and became a Strength and Conditioning Coach at Deft Touch Soccer Center after he graduated, where he found his passion for youth development. Nicolo’s hobbies include: driving the Malibu Canyon roads, driving his car on the track, watching Formula 1 and playing basketball. He can be reached at nvicencio@hillelhebrew.org.

Coach Tonji Hampton originally from Boston MA, moved to Los Angeles three years ago. He began his journey here working for City Year at an elementary school in Watts where he helped inspire students to be life-long learners. While at City Year he was introduced to Playworks, a non-profit organization that worked with elementary school but focused on outdoor play. Growing up Tonji was involved in many leadership programs and camps that gave back to his community, which in return motivated him to do the same any chance given. Tonji's hobbies include: playing basketball, making art, biking, dancing, and anything else active. He can be reached at thampton@hillelhebrew.org.

Hillel Hawks

    Interscholastic Sports Athletics Programs

    The Hillel Athletic Program serves boys and girls in an ever growing 6- elementary school league. The program offers a combination of intramural and interscholastic play between schools in the sports of basketball, football, volleyball, soccer and baseball for 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.


    • Playing Time: Ten players are on each team. Playing time must be earned through performing well in practice. Not attending practice will limit playing time.

    • Games will be very competitive and  we will be competing fiercely against other schools who are looking to do the same.

    • All Varsity Boys/Girls games will be played at Yaveh.

    • All Junior Varsity Boys games will be played at Hillel.

    • There are a total of six support positions (two per team)

    • Managing expectations for each player is important for the growth of not only that player but for the entire program. Players will be at different experience and skill levels, and should be able to grow from where they are without unrealistic expectations that will lead to undue pressure and stress.

    • 24-HOUR RULE: Please wait 24 hours after a game before attempting to communicate with a coach about a major concern.

    • We want your students' sports experience to re-affirm the high ideals of good character and leadership that you would want for them.

    • We want to have as much parent involvement as possible. The Athletic Department  is looking for more parents to become apart of our committees and liaisons that can help with transportation and water/gatorade.

    Physical Education Program


    The P.E. department uses a team point system for all classes based on behavior and participation in respect to the core values of accountability, being coachable, fitness, and teamwork.

    Students who demonstrate positive behaviors will earn points for themselves and their team.

    Students who demonstrate undesirable behaviors will NOT earn points for themselves or their team, and may lose points.

    Student and team progress will be logged electronically and shared among the P.E. staff.

    At the end of each unit, the team with the most points will receive a prize and the male and female student for each class will be given a special opportunity to be coach for the day.


    It is our expectation as a department that students come prepared to class with all the items required to fully participate.

    • Athletic shoes
    • A willing attitude to participate and learn
    • A respectful attitude toward PE coaches and other students