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Rabbi Joshua Spodek, Head of School joins us from Scheck Hillel Community School in North Miami Beach, Florida, where he has been the Head of Judaic Studies and Hebrew Language since 2010 and, in addition, the Director of Fine and Performing Arts, since 2012.  In those various capacities, Rabbi Spodek has been responsible for a student population of 1100 students, ranging from Nursery to Grade 12.  Prior to that, Rabbi Spodek’s was a Rebbe and Student Life Director at the Weinbaum Yeshiva High School in Boca Raton, from 2002-2008, and the Alumni and Public Relations Director from 2004-2008.

Rabbi Spodek grew up in Toronto, Canada, and went directly to Israel, where he spent eight years in Yeshivat Shaalvim.  He earned his Bachelors in Judaic Studies from Landers College in Israel and his Rabbinic Ordination from the Sha’al Institute for Rabbinic and Educational Leadership.  Between 2004 and 2006, Rabbi Spodek earned a Masters in School Supervision and Administration from the Loyola University of Chicago Graduate School. Rabbi Spodek is married to Tova Spodek, originally from Montreal.  Together they have four children. 

Mrs. Racheli W. Luftglass, Director of Judaic Studies, hails from The Frisch School in Paramus, New Jersey where she has been teaching students in the Nach Department and in Frisch’s special needs Learning Center since 2004. She began her career at The Moriah School in Englewood, New Jersey where she taught both mainstream and enrichment Judaic Studies as well as secular subjects in their Gesher Yehuda program. Mrs. Luftglass graduated from Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women with a B.A. in Music and Psychology and holds an M.A. from Columbia University’s Teachers College with a concentration in Education of the Gifted and of the Learning Disabled. She has also completed coursework at Columbia University towards a doctorate degree in Neuropsychology.
Mrs. Natalie Williams, Associate Principal, earned her M.A. in Teaching and is currently completing a Ph.D. in K-12 Educational Leadership. She was Director of Student Life and a member of the Judaic Studies faculty at Maimonides Academy of Los Angeles for five years before joining YULA Girls High School this summer. Mrs. Williams is passionate about education and mentoring, with aims to help every student reach their fullest potential. She believes strongly that by creating a personal rapport with every student, an educator can nurture each student's academic and spiritual growth.
Mrs. Nancy Schiff, Mrs. Nancy Schiff, School Administrator, born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Mrs. Schiff moved to Los Angeles in 1989. For 10 years, she worked at Maimonides Academy as the School's Operations Manager. Her goal was to manage an organization that was efficient and customer oriented.She took care of the staff and made sure they had the resources necessary to teach their students. Mrs. Schiff joined YULA in February 2011 and continues these goals at YULA Girls High School. Mrs. Schiff and her husband Mark have three boys, all who have attended YULA at one time. Many of you might know her husband, Mark, who is a stand-up comedian. Mark tours with Jerry Seinfeld and entertains "kosher" crowds across the US. "I love the staff and students at YULA Girls. Not having girls myself, I look at all of our girls as my daughters. I am here for all of them.”
Mrs. Samira Miller, Director of Admissions and Marketing, Born and raised in Los Angeles, Mrs. Miller has always enjoyed being part of the vibrant and warm LA Jewish community. She earned her B.A. in Communications from University of California, San Diego as well as her M.A.Ed in Educational Administration from California State University, Northridge. Mrs. Miller spent seven years as the Director of Admissions and Recruitment at Touro College Los Angeles and most recently, worked as Director of Community Support at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. “Working with students and parents through the admissions process puts a smile on my face. I love being part of a school that I am truly proud of. Each student brings something unique to the YULA community, and I am glad to be present on campus everyday to witness and enjoy the growth that I see.”