Kesher Staff

Daria Avida – 2nd grade – Chokrim חוקרים
Hi, my name is Daria Avida and this year will be my 4th year teaching at PSC on Sundays. I am a High School Senior and a Wornick Jewish Day School alumna. My parents are from Israel and I grew up speaking both English and Hebrew at home. I also enjoy visiting my family in Israel every year. I swim on a competitive swim team year round, and I enjoy singing in my school choir. Looking forward to learning with Kesher!
Rebecca Goodman Rebecca Goodman  4th grade – Yozmim  יזמים
Rebecca Goodman began her Jewish education at Congregation Beth Jacob in Redwood City. She was a madricha in high school and taught religious school in college. She loved the “ah hah!” moments with the kids more than she loved math and science problems, so she earned an MA in Jewish Education and an MA in Nonprofit Management. In addition to teaching at PSC on Wednesdays, she is the part-time Director of Youth Education at Congregation Beth Sholom in San Francisco and a mom of two preschoolers. Rebecca sees Jewish education as a lifelong endeavor and believes that a person needs to have fun in order to integrate their learning into their identity.
Jasmine Haner Jasmine Haner – K/1 – Garinim גרעינים
I’m a senior at San Mateo high school and also the president of our schools Jewish club for the second consecutive year! I love working with kids and I cannot wait to help them grow and thrive with lots of Judaic learning!
Riva Jacobs – Yozmim יזמים
Riva Jacobs has been a Jewish educator for many years, most of them in the Bay Area. She has taught in many local day schools and religious schools, as well as private Bar/Bat Mitzvah instruction. Riva enjoys teaching and learning from her students in all areas of Judaic Studies. In addition to Kesher, she is currently teaching at Wornick Jewish Day School in Foster City, at Congregation Beth Jacob in Redwood City, as well as doing private tutoring. Whenever she has a moment of free time, Riva enjoys reading historical fiction and mysteries, and Israeli folk dancing. 
Elana Kalish Elana Kalish  Nodedim נודדים
Morah Elana has been a member of PSC since the day she was born! As a third generation PSC’er she has always loved coming to Kesher and worked here even after her Bat Mitzvah in 2009. Returning now as an alumna of Boston University’s School of Hospitality Administration, Elana now spends her time working at Google in SF, practicing/teaching yoga, going to concerts, and playing bananagrams with her friends. 
  Lilach Mousseiri – K/1 – Garinim גרעינים
My name is Lilach. I was born and raised in Israel. I have been living in the Bay Area since 2003. Initially I came to the United States to pursue an art degree. But when I did I discovered my love of working with children. I have been working and teaching children for the last 12 years. I love and appreciate Jewish content and I’m happy to teach your children Jewish studies through games, art and projects to enure their bond to Jewish life in the future.
Lilah Rosenbaum 3 Lilah Rosenbaum – Kesher Assistant
My name is Lilah Rosenbaum and I'm a High School Senior at the Middle College program at the College of San Mateo. I grew up at PSC and this will be my fourth year as a Madricha. I'm involved in my local BBYO chapter and grew up going to Camp Ramah in Ojai. 
Rachel Shalev – Nachshonim נחשונים
Rachel Shalev was born and raised in Israel. She has an extensive experience educating, teaching Hebrew, and Judaic studies. She has written education programs for various institutions including the Jewish Agency, Bnei Brit, Gesher, and others. She first became a Hebrew teacher during her service for the Israeli Defense Force, where she also received her Hebrew teaching certificate.

Rachel worked at Berliz, the world’s premier language learning and training provider, where she was responsible for children’s education, and teachers training for working with kids. In the United States, Rachel taught at a high-school yeshiva in San Diego, and wrote their Education Board certified programs.

Rachel holds a Bachelor Degree in Art from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and an MBA from the University of Derby.

Rachel lives in Foster City with her husband and two boys. She enjoys her work with kids and parents of toddlers. She also spends time in arts, focusing on figurative sculpting. In her spare time, she likes doing yoga, cooking vegetarian dishes, and traveling with her family.
Rina Shapira – Nodedim נודדים
My name is Rina Irene Shapira. I was born in Danzig (which today is in Poland). When I was 4 years old my family and I fled the Nazi’s and settled in Tel Aviv, Israel. After high school I studied fashion design and Hebrew calligraphy. I then served for two years in the Israeli Army. When I completed my army service I began to work with a large Israeli retail company. It was there that I met my husband, Chen. We married and had two sons while we were living in Israel. When my son, Doron, was 1 year old we moved our family to the Bay Area. Shortly thereafter I had a daughter. My husband and I worked as managers and brought many famous Israeli singers to perform in the U.S. Sadly, I lost my husband about 18 years ago. In the past I taught for many years at a Jewish day school and at various synagogues around the Bay Area. I have been a teacher at Peninsula Sinai Congregation for 17 years for both children and adults.  I also do private Hebrew tutoring in our community. I have 10 grandchildren whom I adore a great deal. I am very happy as a Ima and Savta.