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 graduated with a BA in History from USC (2016) and has a Masters in Educational Leadership from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute Of Religion (2022) . She spent the best fourteen summers of her life at Gindling Hilltop Camp (clap clap), from camper to counselor to CIT Director, was Youth Director at Temple Israel of Hollywood, and is a summer Beit Midrash Educator at Brandeis Collegiate Institute. She spent a year studying Torah and Talmud at The Pardes Institute, is a part of the Classic Talmud Program from Yashrut, and was an inaugural fellow of the SVARA Pedagogy Chaburah. 

Currently, Liana runs The Torah Studio from her home in Los Angeles, where you can also find her making pottery, creating art with yarn, or getting ready for Shabbat.

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OUR TEACHERS

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REBECCA CHESS

Rebecca Chess (they/them) is a proud Torah Studio educator who loves to match, whether that means a monochrome outfit or a cup of rich and deep  coffee to match Torah study. They're also happen to be fourth year Rabbinical Student at HUC-JIR. When they aren’t making pasta for their friends you might catch them on a sunny afternoon eating sour gummy worms in a park. 

REBECCA CHESS

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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CHAVA SHAPIRO

Chava Shapiro (they/them) is a queer Jew dwelling on the lands of Tohono O’odham people. They are invigorated by the way that Talmud acts as a conduit of ancestral conversations that span space and time. They are a SVARA Kollel fellow and the founder of the Jewish Zine Archive, which serves as both an archival collection and digital Jewish cultural space.

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