TORAH STUDIO TEAM

Liana Wertman, Founder

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Liana first fell in love with Torah at the Shabbat dinner table, hearing and discussing the stories with family. 

 

Liana is a graduate of USC. She spent the best fourteen summers of her life at Gindling Hilltop Camp (clap clap), from camper to counselor to CIT Director, and worked as Youth Director at Temple ISrael of Hollywood. She spent a year studying Torah and Talmud at The Pardes Institute.

Currently, Liana is studying Torah from her home in Los Angeles, running The Torah Studio, drinking a lot of coffee, and earning her Masters in Jewish Educational Leadership from HUC-JIR. 

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OUR TEACHERS

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REBECCA CHESS

Rebecca (they/them) is a Rabbinical student at Hebrew Union college who loves cheese, The Office, talking about being a quardruple Aquarius, and Torah! They're based in Winnipeg, Canada. They basically have free reign to teach anything they want here, which includes their class on Esther, where they explore themes around identity. 

REBECCA CHESS

Marketing Executive

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SOPHIA ZOHAR

Sophia Zohar (she/her), aka Maimonides Nutz, is a Jewish artist, writer, and Internet personality residing in the Bay Area. She is best known for her absurd Jewish memes and the refining the Jewish Goth Aesthetic with her artistic designs.

SOPHIA ZOHAR

Marketing Executive

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LEXI KOHANSKI

Lexi (she/her) fell in love with Torah, her soul, and the world all at the same time. And she wants to spread the love around! She runs the Youtube channel T4Torah, a living document of trans Jews reclaiming our texts and our traditions, and looking good doing it. Lexi also offers private lessons in a variety of Jewish skills. She teaches the Psalms every Monday at the Torah Studio.

LEXI KOHANSKI

Marketing Executive

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HANNAH BENDER

Hannah Bender (they/them) is a second year rabbinical student at HUC-JIR LA. They grew up in the suburbs of Chicago with their parents and little sib and have a BA in Religion from the University of Minnesota. In their extra time they love making fancy soups and collaging cards for their friends around the world. 

HANNAH BENDER

Marketing Executive

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CHAVA SHAPIRO

Chava Shapiro is a writer, artist, and general weirdo who fell in love with Talmud while studying with SVARA. They started the Jewish Zine Archive in 2019 and will maintain their position that the Haggadah is the original Jewish zine. They have facilitated communal learning on a variety of topics both Jewish and not. When they aren’t studying Talmud or making zines, they’re hanging out with their children or finding a swimming hole.

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