Teachers and Staff


profile Avital BurgSCJ Operations Manager and Teacher, Avital Burg is a New York based artist, teacher and writer from Tel Aviv, Israel. Growing up in the village of Nataf in a household with a mix of religious and secular Jews, Avital brings a nuanced perspective to her teaching, and a love of gently wrestling with the Jewish tradition. Her work was recently shown at a solo show at Slag Gallery, in a two-person exhibition at the Spaceship gallery, Tel Aviv, as well as other solo and group shows. Avital writes regularly for “Haaretz”, where she has an art blog, and has been working in Jewish education in various capacities for the past fifteen years.  Avital attended the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, “Hatahana” school of figurative drawing and painting, Tel Aviv, The Slade School of Art, London, and the New York Studio School.


Gutfeld picSCJ Musical Director and Teacher, Yonatan Gutfeld was Born and raised in Jerusalem. As a teacher Yonatan brings his wealth of experience in the professional music world, as well as a spirit of inquiry deeply rooted in the cultural revival of the Hebrew language and culture, and the secular Judaism of Jerusalem. Yonatan Served as a pianist and vocalist in the IDF Air Force band. Studied music composition at the Jerusalem Music Academy and Rimon School Of Jazz, and literature at the Tel Aviv University. Collaborated as a song writer and music arranger with many artists, among them Aya Korem, Eric Berman, Miri Mesika and Dana Berger.  Released his debut album, “Hamatos Shel Ha’atid” with the Eighth Note record label at 2011. Writes, performs and teaches music, Hebrew and Judaism in NYC at SCJ, Beth Elohim, IAC, Bnai Jeshurun, Romemu and many other Jewish institutions since 2012.


Arnan pic                                                                                                                                                                                                          SCJ Teacher, Arnan Raz is a music educator, Hebrew teacher and Jazz musician. Originally from Kibbutz Merhavia, Israel. Arnan brings to his teaching a modern Judaism rooted in the social justice and intellectual inquiry traditions of the Israeli Kibbutz movement. He holds a degree in Music Performance from The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Arnan has taught Saxophone and Music in several schools around Israel such as Boyer School (Jerusalem), the prestigious MATAN camp of music and many others.  In New York, Arnan is a music and Hebrew teacher at SCJ and the New Shul in Manhattan, as well as a Jazz composer and performer.


Ettun_10378 copy (5)                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tamar Ettun is a sculptor and a performance artist based in Brooklyn. Born and raised in Jerusalem in an Orthodox family, she is the founder and the director of The Moving Company. Ettun graduated with MFA from Yale University, and BFA from Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem, and is currently a visiting scholar at NYU. Her work was exhibited internationally and she is now working on her first solo museum exhibition that will open in Sweden in 2016! She has been teaching Art, Hebrew and Judaism since 2008.