Staff

ElianaEliana Mandel-Carsen
Director

Eliana Mandel-Carsen is the new director of Ottawa Talmud Torah. She is very excited to be joining the Talmud Torah team. Her background is in both education as well as business. She has a Bachelors degree in commerce as well as a graduate certificate in leadership from McGill University. Eliana also has a Bachelors degree in Education from The University of Ottawa and a Masters degree in Education from Concordia University.

She has taught students of all ages in schools across the country and is really looking forward to her new role as director of Ottawa Talmud Torah. She is confident that together with parents, teachers, and students, she can create a state of the art supplementary school in Ottawa whose curriculum will be second to none.

MaliMali Atias: JK and SK
Teacher

Mali grew up in Israel but has been living in Canada for many years. Ever since coming to Canada she has been working at the Ganon preschool. Mali is a dedicated, committed and creative teacher. She loves teaching and as soon as you walk into her classroom that love is apparent. Mali enjoys using art, song, dance, creative movement and many other fun activities to impart knowledge to the students.

MiriamMiriam Friedman: Grades 1 -4
Teacher

Miriam grew up in Ottawa and has lived here for most of her life. She attended Yitzhak Rabin High School and upon graduation, studied at the Afikei Torah teacher`s seminary in Jerusalem, Israel. Since returning to Ottawa in 2006, Miriam has been teaching in various capacities in Jewish schools throughout the city. Prior to joining OTTAS, her recent teaching experience included work at Torah Academy of Ottawa, Ottawa Torah Centre Sunday School, Westboro Jewish Montessori Preschool, Early Beginnings Multicultural Preschool, and Rambam Day School.

Miriam’s experience in early childhood education has not been limited to the formal school setting. She has also recently run a home daycare program and both summer and winter day camps. She has three young children of her own – 11 year old twins (boy and girl) and a 7 year old son.¬†She was the Youth Program Director of Congregation Young Israel of Ottawa, where she ran holiday programs, Shabbat programs, Shabbatons, educational carnivals and more.

SusanSusan Wollack: Grades 1 -4
Teacher

Susan Wollock was born in Montreal and has also lived in Tel Aviv and Ottawa.
She has an undergraduate degree in interior design and a diploma in early childhood education. Her passions include design, teaching, reading, and baking.

When she’s not in the classroom, you will find Susan entertaining her adorable daughter, baking up a storm of challahs and cupcakes, or going for a jog.

Susan has 15 years of Jewish classroom experience teaching 2-12 year olds. She is looking forward to teaching at Talmud Torah Afternoon School this year, where she will continue to share her love of Hebrew and Judaics.

SigalSigal Baray: Grades 5-7
Teacher

Sigal Baray was born in Haifa, Israel and moved to Canada more than 25 years ago. She has been a Hebrew teacher for more than 17 years, teaching in both the Hebrew School setting as well as diplomats preparing for travel in Israel. Prior to teaching at OTTAS, Sigal was a coordinator for The Friendship Circle, a non-profit organization that works with both children and adults with special needs.

Sigal is very excited to begin teaching at OTTAS as her many years of experience has helped her mold the curriculum to fit the unique needs, and interests of her students and ensure an inclusive, and progressive learning environment.

Rabbi ScherRabbi Idan Scher
Jewish Studies Advisor

Rabbi Idan Scher was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, but frequent trips to Ottawa to visit his large extended family always made the Nation’s Capital feel like his second home.

Rabbi Scher is a dynamic and sought-after speaker, and a warm and engaging relationship-builder. And though he loves spending time with congregants inside the shul, he especially loves hosting guests for Shabbat meals at his home, together with his wife Shifra and their son Shlomo and daughter Esther.

Rabbi Scher earned an undergraduate degree from Yeshiva Shaar HaTorah in New York, a Masters degree in Talmudic Law from the Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore, and an M.A. in Public Policy and Management from John’s Hopkins University. He holds rabbinic ordination (semikha) from both Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg, the director of the Jerusalem Rabbinical Court, and from Rabbi Gedalya Schwartz, the director of the Beth Din of America. Rabbi Scher also studied at Yeshivas Brisk in Jerusalem, where he was a student of Rabbi Shalom Schechter.