FJC Tween and FJC Teen Teacher
Aviva was born in Sharon, Massachusetts and has been living in Brooklyn since 2003. She has a BA from Brooklyn College, where she studied creative writing, and an additional BFA from The Fashion Institute of Technology where she studied Fine Art and developed as an interdisciplinary artist. She has been teaching Jewish Studies and Hebrew in various Brooklyn Hebrew Schools since 2013, and she effortlessly infuses a love for dramatic and fine arts into her instruction of students of all ages. Aviva lives in Crown Heights where she continues to be a freelancing Jewish educator, performance artist, and painter. This Fall, Aviva will begin a program at JTS where she’ll receive a Masters degree in Jewish Education.
Chanan Ben Simon
FJC Lower School and Upper School Hebrew Teacher
Chanan Ben Simon is a vocalist/multimedia artist and an educator. Born in Jerusalem, Israel to parents of Jewish Morrocan descent, currently Brooklyn based. He holds a Bmus degree from the Jerusalem Music academy for Music and Dance and an MFA in Performance and Interactive Media Art from Brooklyn College.
As an educator, Chanan creates a personal teaching environment that is meant to give students the will to explore and have confidence in their discoveries. He combines his knowledge in the arts in order to create an innovative and creative environment. It’s important for him to share the beauty of Jewish texts and ideas in a new inclusive way.
Chanan is currently a part of the ‘School for Creative Judaism’ team as a hebrew/B Mitzvah teacher and assistant director, he is an artist in residence in the ‘FEDsocial’ Jewish network, and active in different artistic groups. In the past, alongside his artistic work, Chanan was a voice/music teacher in the best music conservatories in Israel (Ashkelon, Ramat Efal, Ramat Hasharon), a music theory TA in Brodt institute for cantors, Tel Aviv, and a music teacher for adults with Autism in Beit Or and Kfar Ofarim hostels in Israel.
In 2012, Chanan participated in the TV singing competition ‘The Voice’ Israel and reached the finals.
He is the author of the self-produced poetry booklet ‘Ebodd’ (2009) and the co-editor of the poetry fanzine ‘KETA’ in collaboration with Inbar Itzcovitz (2008-2011)