Steve has worked in the Jewish community for many years. Some of his past positions include Director of Camp Swig in Northern California, where Steve met Rabbi Jim Kaufman, Director of Capital Camps in Washington, DC, and Executive Director of Temple Beth Israel in San Diego. He is a native Californian and has attended many simcha at TBH over the years.
Steve holds a Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Administration and Supervision as well as a California teaching credential and a community college teaching credential. He has many years of experience in organizational administration, a subject which he has also taught.
Director, Early Childhood Education
Dr. Erica Rothblum, Ed.D.
Head of School, Beth Hillel Day School
Dr. Erica Rothblum hails from the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts, where she was an active member of her synagogue. She became a bat mitzvah, studied through confirmation and served as a regional vice president of her youth group. Erica received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from UCLA. She holds an MA degree in Teaching from Loyola Marymount, a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Barnard College. She also spent her junior year of college studying at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Erica began her teaching career in Compton, California as a member of Teach for America, a program that seeks out graduates of elite colleges to teach in inner city schools. During this time she was nominated for the Sue Lehman Award for Excellence in Teaching. She then taught in a highly-rated suburban public school in Massachusetts before moving back to Los Angeles, where she taught at Camino Nuevo, a charter school known for its innovative programming. Erica has served as a peer coach, lead teacher, grade level chair, mentor teacher and as a teaching supervisor at the American Jewish University. Additionally, she has worked as an Adjunct Professor in Education at the University level.
Erica first came to Beth Hillel Day School in 2008, when she served as the Director of General Studies. During her three years in this position, Erica was instrumental in bringing the Reading and Writing Workshop and Singapore Math curricula to the school, starting the all-school Science Fair and Math Games parties, and creating a culture of professional learning amongst the teachers and staff.
Erica and her husband, Daniel, are the proud parents of their daughter, Maya, who loves being a student in the ECE.
Interim Director, Religious School
Tarlan Rabizadeh grew up in the Greater Los Angeles area. She attended Stephen S. Wise Elementary School through to Milken Community High School.
Before receiving her Masters in Jewish Education at the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at the Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, Tarlan attended Boston University where she received a BA in Political Science & Public Policy and a Minor in Hebrew.
Tarlan is fluent in three languages and is also an artist. During her free time, Tarlan is developing the first Progressive Sephardic Siddur. She is passionate about integrating the Persian Jewish Community with Reform Communities in Los Angeles.