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Girls Division Alumni in Israel

Rabbi & Mrs. Stulberger, Dr. Rosenberg and Mrs. Segal visited our alumnae in Israel and their seminaries over the vacation.


Chanukah 5783 at the Girls Division


Girls Running Springs Shabbaton 5783

The Girls Division bonded over Shabbos in Running Springs,


Girls Runbelievable

We had separate 10K runs this Sunday. The Girls started first early in the morning. Many staff members participated. There was choice between 5K and 10K. Everyone had a great time.


Six Out of Ten Winners From VTHS

The students of Hedy Harris’ art class designed envelopes and entered them into the 2022 Graceful Envelope Contest (a nationwide contest sponsored by the Washington Calligraphers Guild). There were ten winners in the High School Division. Six of those winners were Valley Torah Girls Division students!

Congratulations to the winners:

  • Alana Bak
  • Orah Eisenfeld
  • Hadassah Klein
  • Eve Pinchassi
  • Odelia R’bibo
  • Roisie Stoch

Girls Tashlich Trip

The Girls Division went to the beach for Tashlich and fun.


Back to School BBQ for Parents

Parents and staff came together for a “chill” evening and great food.


Girls Division First Day

The Girls Division is off to an AMAZING start!!!


New Staff Members

Valley Torah’s staff of dedicated educators has been enhanced this year with some new faces.

The new Girls Division Secular Principal, Esther Pearl (Marks) Kreiman is a Los Angeles native who is passionate about Jewish education. Mrs. Kreiman is coming to Valley Torah from YULA Girls Division where she was the Director of Student Learning since August 2018.  In her role as Director of Student Learning, Mrs. Kreiman designed and implemented programs for diverse learners, including customized curricula, specific modifications, and accommodations across General and Judaic Studies. In addition, she served as the academic advisor and student support advocate on the YULA, Girls Division Guidance Team. 

Prior to joining YULA Girls Division, Mrs. Kreiman was the General Studies Principal of Ohel Chana High School from 2013 to 2018, where she designed curricula and differentiated educational programming for diverse learners across multiple educational platforms, including innovative options for diverse learners in mathematics and technology and an AP Cohort Program for Gifted Learners. Mrs. Kreiman graduated from Touro College with a B.A. in Psychology in 2012 and continued on to Teachers College of Columbia University where she earned a combined Master’s Degree in Psychology and Education with a specialization in Gifted Education and Curriculum Design in 2013.

Rena Aleman – Girls Division Math Instructor

Rena Aleman grew up in North Hollywood and has nearly 10 years of experience as an educator. Rena completed a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from CSUN, followed by a Teaching Credential in Foundational Math. Rena is passionate about helping each student recognize and hone her math abilities and developing the skills and resilience to work through even the most challenging problems — both in the classroom and out. 

Andrew Budiman, Science Teacher (Both Divisions)

Andrew Budiman is a math and science enthusiast whose specialty is in the realm of robotics and science. He is currently working on his Doctorate degree in Computer Science in hopes to implement his learnings to the classroom. Whether it is from programming, assembling electronics, or conducting high energy physics in the lab he does it with great interest and fervor.
Andrew stands by the thought and excitement about teaching because he is eager to meet the burgeoning, curious minds of students who are quite unaware of their untapped potential in science and mathematics.

Andrew’s fondest memories come from when he, himself, was a high school student. “I loved having wide ranging conversations with my best friend.”

Daniela Garcia, Girls Division History & English Instructor

Ms. Garcia received her B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University. She furthered her studies at a small, private law school where she earned a J.D.,. Daniela is passionate about teaching history and giving students the tools they need to succeed in life.  Daniela’s interests include volunteering in her community and traveling.

Haviva Greenbaum, Girls Division Director of College Guidance

After studying abroad at Midreshet Moriah in Israel, Haviva received her Bachelor’s Degree from Lander College for Women, Touro College. She then obtained her Master’s degree from University of Michigan School of Social Work with a certificate in Jewish Communal Leadership. Haviva is a clinical social worker with years of experience helping individuals of all ages reach their goals. Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Haviva is passionate about supporting the students of Valley Torah throughout their high school career and helping them reach their full potential.

Adina Kessler, Girls Division History Instructor

Adina Kessler will be teaching 9th and 10th grade World History. After her year at Tomer Devorah Seminary: Institute of Advanced Studies for Women, Adina taught at Yavneh Hebrew Academy while obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Adina is a new high school teacher with a fresh outlook on education and is passionate about bringing History alive. Adina is a first year teacher and will be receiving mentorship from Mrs. Kreiman and from the BJE’s Michelle Porjes

Rabbi Eliyahu Koshki, Boys Division Rebbi

Rabbi Koshki is an alumnus of the Valley Torah class of 2010. He learned in Israel for six year at Mikdash Melech, Noam HaTorah and Kollel Yerushalyim. He received semicha from Rabi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. While in Israel, he learned mila and shechita. Rabbi Koshki continued learning in Bais Madras Govoha in Lakewood. He recently returned to Los Angeles with his wife and three children.

Rabbi Elchonon Shoff, Rebbi (Both Divisions)

Rabbi Shoff is originally from Los Angeles.

He received semicha from Rabbi Noah Weinberg and Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. He was a shoel umayshiv in Mir under Rabbi Nissin Kaplan and a rebbi in Zeev Hatorah in Jerusalem. Rabbi Shoff taught in YULA For six years. He is the rabbi of Beis Knesses of Los Angeles, and is the author of 9 books and seforim.

Mrs. Debbie Raskin, Director of Student Services, Boys Division

Mrs. Raskin is a member of the Valley Torah Class of ’83. She held a number of positions in her 36 years in Jewish education including being the Principal of Or HaChayim. In 2013, she won the Milken Educator of the Year Award. She holds a Masters Degree in Education Curriculum and Instruction. She is intimately familiar with our school as she is the parent of six alumni (two of which worked in the school as well).


Girls Division Calendar 2022-2023

Click above for a printable version of the calendar

Girls Graduation 2022

Here are some highlights of the graduation ceremony for the VTHS Girls Division Class of 2022.


VT Pesach Plated

High intensity, time pressured, Pesach themed cooking game show. Enjoy, VT Girls Pesach Plated. The Valley Torah HS Girls Division triumphant team wins a trip to Disneyland!!

Judges: Lev Stark, Brooke Laniado Hecht and Moshe Bloch
Host: Talia Rosenbaum
Sponsors: The The Michelle Hirsch Group and Cambridge Farms


Purim 5782 at the Girls Division

Here are some pictures from the Girls Division Purim Chagigah.


Ski Trip

The Girls Division got some late season skiing in earlier this month.


Last Day In NY

The Girls Division Seniors had a busy last day in NY. They started off with a bagel breakfast and a special visit to Queens with Rebbitzen Danielle Leibowitz. They took the subway to Rockefeller Center for ice skating (the ultimate NY Winter tourist activity), where Mrs. Gluck joined along.

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