Hebrew/Jewish Studies

BatSheva BermanHebrew Coordinator, Hebrew and Jewish Studies Teacher, was born and raised in Israel and served in an education unit of the Israeli Army. BatSheva teaches both Hebrew Language and Limudei Kodesh in Hebrew and has pioneered a Torah study track conducted entirely in Hebrew, for which she wrote the curriculum for grades 5-7. Before coming to Heilicher she taught Hebrew Language at Torah Academy in Minneapolis for 20 years and wrote all of the holiday programs for the school. She was also in charge of the summer Hebrew program at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin for 20 years. BatSheva continues her education by taking summer classes in teaching a second language at the Karla Institute at the University of Minnesota, and taking Torah study classes in at the Pardes and Herzog Institutes in Israel.


Simcha CohenHebrew and Jewish Studies Teacher, comes from a background as a Jewish experiential educator. He worked for 8.5 years at Gann Academy in Boston first as the Jewish and Student Life Program Coordinator and then the Assistant Dean of Students. Simcha also has extensive camping experience working at Camp Interlaken JCC in Wisconsin as well as the Herzl Camp as the Assistant Director where he found his love and passion of windsurfing, ultimate frisbee and for working with youth. Simcha has an Executive Masters in Jewish Educational Leadership from Hebrew Union College - Institute of Religion and a Masters Concentration in Israel Education from the iCenter. He also has a Bachelor of Arts degree from UW-Madison in Hebrew, Jewish Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies. This year Simcha will be teaching sixth grade Hebrew and Jewish Studies as well as seventh and eighth-grade History of Modern Israel (HOMI). Simcha lives in Minnetonka with his wife Julie and their 3 kids, Rory, Eden and Lilah. 


Sara Wolk Bernstein, MAEd, Hebrew Resource and Hebrew and Jewish Studies Teacher, is a native of Minneapolis and has been on faculty at Heilicher since 1992. She earned a B.A. in Theater with a Minor in Hebrew from the University of Minnesota. She attended the University of Judaism in Los Angeles for graduate school (now called the American Jewish University) where she earned her Master's in Education and Administration, with additional credits equal to a second bachelor's degree in Jewish Studies. Before returning to the Twin Cities, Sara held positions with the Jewish Community Centers Association of Greater Los Angeles, LA Unified Public Schools, and worked at the LA Bureau of Jewish Education. She has traveled to Israel many times, including as a chaperone/leader for High School educational touring programs. During her years at Heilicher, she has continued her own learning in areas of Special Education, Multiple Intelligences, Curriculum Design, Instructional Differentiation, and held numerous positions including Assistant Principal, Director of Judaic Studies, Hebrew Resource Coordinator, and classroom teacher.


Dalia Davis, M.A., Jewish Studies TeacherDalia double majored in Jewish History and Dance at Barnard College, prior to studying at Israel’s Nishmat Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women. She has an M.A. in Jewish Education and a certificate in Talmud and Halacha from YU’s Graduate Program for Advanced Talmudic Studies for Women. Prior to joining the Heilicher faculty, Dalia taught at Heritage Academy in Springfield, MA and served on the chinuch (Jewish ed.) staff at Camp Ramah in New England. She also served as Rosh Beit Midrash for the Merkavah Women’s Torah Institute in Berkeley, CA and has taught several courses for the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning. Dalia is the creator of Beit Midrash in Motion, a fully embodied approach to Jewish text study. Dalia is blessed to be married to Rabbi Max Davis, and to have four amazing daughters, Revaya, Hodaya, Tifferet, and Kalaniya.


Elena Levitt, M.A., M.A.Ed., Academic Council Judaic Studies Coordinator and Jewish Studies Teacher, earned her B.A. in Hebrew letters and M.A.Ed. from American Jewish University. She also earned her B.A. in Political Science and Journalism and M.A. in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Jewish Studies from the University of Memphis. Elena has worked in formal and informal education in both teaching and administrative capacities in Memphis, Los Angeles, St. Paul, and Minneapolis. Elena joined the Heilicher faculty in 2007. She is very happy to have come home to St. Louis Park with her husband Matt to raise their two amazing daughters. She has a great passion for sharing the breadth and depth of Jewish learning with her students. In her free time Elena enjoys reading, walking, and spending time with family and friends.



Karen MalkaM.A.Hebrew and Judaic Studies Teacher, earned her bachelor's in Hebrew and Semitic Studies from the University of Wisconsin and her M.A. in Elementary Education from the University of St. Thomas. Prior to joining the Heilicher faculty in 1996, Karen taught at Meadowbrook Elementary, Park Valley Catholic, and Hale School in Minneapolis. She has also taught at Adath’s Jeshurun’s Gan Shelanu and Talmud Torah. During her time at Heilicher, Karen has taught both first and second grade Hebrew and General Studies. Karen is fluent in Hebrew and she has a strong connection to Israel. She studied for a year at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and she taught English to Israeli children through a cultural ambassador program in Givat Olga. In addition to teaching, Karen is also a strong community advocate for families raising children with mental health struggles. Karen sits on the Hennepin County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative, Karen received national certification as a Parent support provider and she facilitates a monthly parent support group. Karen enjoys cooking, music, and spending time with her family.



Alona Manore, B.Ed, Hebrew Teacher. Alona earned her B.Ed & teaching certificate in the English Language & English Literature in Tel-Aviv Israel and was employed by the Ministry of Education as a full time English teacher in high schools for 13 years. In addition she was employed at Beit-Berl, Academic College for Teachers, in Israel, as a mentor for students who were qualified to be English teachers. During her Sabbatical year, she took various academic courses in Academic Teacher Colleges such as; Art Therapy and Teaching Students with Learning Difficulties, Psychology & Psychotherapy and Neuropsychology. Prior to coming to Heilicher, Alona lived in London, UK and gained a UK Qualified Teacher Status by the General Council of England. She taught Modern Hebrew in Jewish high schools for the past 11 years. In addition, she was the Head of the Modern Hebrew Department in the Jewish Community Secondary School in Barnet, London. Alona joined Heilicher school in 2018. 




Noa RosenzweigHebrew and Jewish Studies Teacher, was born and raised in Kibbutz Rosh Hanikra, Israel. Noa served in the Israeli Navy as an Education Guide where she was responsible for preparing learning opportunities and lesson plans for fellow soldiers, During the Summer of 2014, Noa came to Minnesota as part of a program with the Jewish Agency as a shlicha at Camp Olami where she focused on bringing the culture of Israel to the campers here in the Twin Cities. During that Summer, Noa decided to pursue her college career here in Minnesota and eventually become a Hebrew Teacher. Before coming to Helicher, Noa was a Hebrew teacher at the Aleph School at Beth El Synagogue and currently teaches at the Talmud Torah of Minneapolis. When not teaching, Noa enjoys spending time with her husband, Zach, and their dog Henry. She loves to workout, spend time with friends and visit Israel whenever possible!


Hadassah SlagerHebrew and Jewish Studies Teacher, was born and raised in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She made aliyah to Israel, and studied and worked there for 11 years. Hadassah moved to Baltimore with her family 17 years ago, and then relocated to the Twin Cities in 2006. She has taught Judaics, Hebrew, and ESL in the Netherlands, Israel, Baltimore, and here in the Twin Cities. She most recently taught International Baccalaureate Hebrew language at St. Louis Park High School, where many Heilicher alumni were among her students.