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CLAL Faculty

Ami Berlin

Ami Berlin grew up at Congregation Ner Tamid and has been working at CNT for 31 years, the last 16 years as the Director of Education and Youth. Ami loves her work at CNT and feels very grateful to be a part of this community. Ami graduated from the University of Arizona with a BA in Political Science and Psychology. She also has a MBA in Non Profit Management from the University of Judaism, a certificate from Hebrew Union College in Jewish Education specializing in adolescents and emerging adults, and a MA in Education from American Jewish University.  In her free time, Ami likes to spend time with her friends and family, walk her dog, Coco, binge popular streaming shows and play Mah Jong. (her newest hobby). Ami is so excited for the upcoming year and knows it is going to be a really special one!

Kariene Millet

Kariene Millet will be teaching Torah Tots for the 2023-2024 school year. A little bit about her, she graduated from the University of Arizona in 2018 with a Bachelors in Family Studies and Human Development and Special Education. She is 27 years old and works for Torrance Unified School District with special needs students at an elementary school. She is currently attending WGU Online to get a masters degree in Elementary Education. She has been a part of the CLAL faculty since 2019 and the Ner Tamid, CLAL/ Youth Program community since 1996. When she is not teaching at CLAL, you can find her watching Netflix or Disney+ cuddling with her doggy Henry. She is very excited to get to know each and every one of your children as they embark on a year full of fun, creativity, and ruach! 

Gabi Perez

Gabi Perez is teaching Gan (Kindergarten) andKitah Aleph (1st Grade) this year! She assisted in classrooms as a madricha for four years and this is her fourth year as CLAL faculty. One of her favorite things about teaching getting to know students’ diverse personalities and inspiring them to love their Jewish identity. Gabi is a graduate of Chadwick school and is currently a Sophomore at University of Southern California. When she is not teaching at CLAL, Gabi enjoys hanging out with her family and dog, doing art, and trying fun new recipes. Gabi can’t wait for an amazing school year!

Hannah Dunbar

Hannah Dunbar is teaching Kitah Bet (2nd Grade) this year! She has been a part of the CLAL faculty for the last four years and loves teaching students at CNT. Hannah is a graduate of UCLA and is working on her her Masters in Social Work with an emphasis in Child Welfare at Cal State Long Beach. When she is not teaching at CLAL, Hannah enjoys spending time with loved ones, trying new restaurants and cooking/baking. Hannah is very excited for the upcoming CLAL year and cannot wait to see new and old faces!

Rachel McGinty

My name is Rachel McGinty I’m currently a Senior at Palos Verdes High School. I’ve been a part of CNT since I first moved to California from Chicago, Illinois, at the age of 7. This will be my first year teaching here as a part of the Sunday schedule. I am so grateful and excited to be able to be a teacher in a program so close to my heart. Whether it was attending CLAL, being a Madrichah, singing in the choir or having my Bat Mitzvah here, CNT has always been a big part of my life.

Shery Hakimian

Shery Hakimian will be teaching Kitah Dalet (4th grade) this academic year. She is very happy and proud to be part of CLAL faculty for the last 22 years. Shery graduated from the University of Tehran with major in psychology. After graduation, she moved to Israel and lived in Israel for ten years. She currently lives in Rancho Palos Verdes with her husband and twins. Shery enjoys meeting new people and learning about their language and culture. she is looking forward for a year full of learning and fun with her students. 

Kameron Perez

I am a senior at Mira Costa High School, but my academic career started at Congregation Ner Tamid Preschool 14 years ago. For the past 4 years under the incredible leadership and mentorship of Ethan Cohen, Ami Berlin and Miriam Cohn, I have served as a Madrich assisting and training in CLAL classrooms. This is my first year teaching Sunday school and I’m eager to share Jewish holidays, biblical stories, Hebrew, cultural and traditional activities, mitzvot and tikkun olam (philanthropy and repairing the world) and more.

Ethan Cohen

Ethan Cohen is teaching Kitah Vav (6th grade) this year! He has been a part of the CLAL faculty for three years and cannot wait to return for a fourth! Ethan is a graduate of West Torrance High School and is attending UCLA this Fall. Outside of the classroom, Ethan likes workout, photography and reading. Ethan is extremely excited to be sharing his love for Judaism and Israel this upcoming CLAL year!

Miriam Cohn

Miriam Cohn is teaching Kitah Zayin (7th grade) this year and is the Assistant Director of Youth Engagement! She has been part of the CLAL faculty for 4 years and absolutely loves it and is looking forward to this year! She graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in economics. Miriam’s favorite activities are reading (especially at a coffeeshop), hiking, snowboarding, and anything outdoorsy. She is looking forward to a fun and fantastic year! 

Karin Tiler

Karin Tiler is teaching Hebrew and Judaism this year! She has been a part of the CLAL faculty for the last eleven years and loves teaching students at CNT. Karin grew up in Israel and enjoy bringing her knowledge of Israel and Hebrew to her students. She loves helping her students learning for their Bar / Bat Mitzvah and she is doing it with her own fun way. When she is not teaching at CLAL, Karin enjoys spending time with her family, paddle boarding, rollerblading, going to the beach, ride bikes and traveling. Karin is very excited for the upcoming CLAL year!

Sia Presser

Sia Presser is the Shira (singing) teacher for Sunday school. She is a sophomore at Palos Verdes High School. She started at Ner Tamid as a preschool student, attended CLAL and had her Bat Mitzvah ceremony at our synagogue.  Last year she participated in the national Jewish Star program, an opportunity for Jewish teen musicians to obtain professional mentorship. She believes that learning Jewish prayers and songs is an incredibly fun and educational way to connect with one’s Jewish identity. 

Mon, April 22 2024 14 Nisan 5784