Jodi Green, MSW, MAJS is excited to be the Principal of the Ottawa Modern Jewish School. She brings a decade of community experience with an emphasis on outreach via her work at various JCCs. Past positions include program director, department head and Associate Executive Director. Her social work has focused on families in transition and has made her a good listener and problem solver. Whether it’s the arrival of a new baby, the start of Kindergarten, or an upcoming Bar or Bat Mitzvah, Jodi wants to help the family make informed and appropriate choices that follow the family’s Jewish vision. She is passionate about making the school welcoming and relevant to modern Jews. Jodi is a New York Native married to a Canadian. They have three boys and are thrilled to be making Ottawa their home.
Ortal Cohen Nahmias– Kindergarten
Ortal was born and raised in Israel and moved to Canada 5 years ago with her husband and her daughter. Her educational background includes an Honors bachelor in Business Management and Communication from Bar Ilan University and Human Resources Management post graduate certificate from Algonquin College. Ortal has rich experience working with children of all ages, building educational and development plans for all subjects based on different learning styles. Ortal is fluent in both Hebrew and English and her passion is to teach the young generation all about the Jewish culture and language in order for the kids to develop their own Jewish identity using different learning strategies.
Sara Dolansky – Grades 1
Sara is returning for her fifth year with OMJS. Originally from the Kingston area, Ottawa has been home to her since completing an undergraduate degree at McMaster University, Hamilton. Sara’s background is in applied Psychology (usability research), observing how people interact with technologies and systems and translating what is known of human cognitive abilities and limitations, problem solving, and behaviour into technologies better designed to meet users’ needs. After a number of years as a usability researcher Sara has segued her interest in applied psychology into caring for and educating children. She’s been a full-time nanny and a substitute teacher at a montessori pre-school and currently works at two Ottawa home day cares. Sara loves engaging with the younger talmidim/students and hopes she plants the seeds at OMJS for life-long Jewish journeys of discovery and learning.
Evan Bury– Grades 2-3 and 4-3
Entering his second year as an OMJS teacher, Evan is thrilled to explore and reconstruct Jewish history in the classroom. Before completing his Bachelor of Education at the University of Ottawa, Evan developed a wide repertoire of approaches for analyzing and interpreting culture, historical experience and social structures. He offers his students the occasion to assemble their own understandings of Jewish history. Evan opens the classroom to projects for students to personally invest in the ways they come to grasp the significant of events and rituals, whether through research or through more creative enterprises.
Evan has over 10 years of experience in working with children of all ages and the full gamut of ability. He prides himself on integrating physical education into success across other fields, and champions every student’s leadership as an agent of learning. He looks forward to a year of new experiences at the OMJS. Evan is an Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT).
Daniel Fellus – Grade 2/3 Hebrew
Danny Shalom – Hebrew grades 4-7
Danny’s educational background includes an Honors Bachelors in Classical Linguistics and Philosophy from the University of Ottawa and he is currently pursuing a Bachelors in Education. He is currently a teacher with the Ottawa Carleton District School Board, and has several years of experience as an ESL and Hebrew language tutor. Danny’s passion for education stems from his own love of learning, striving to cultivate that passion in his students, and creating unique learning experience that inspire and resonate with his pupils. Danny prides himself in his ability to create a safe and inclusive learning community, which supports and represents each individual learner. Danny is an Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT).
Kami Francis – Grades 4-7
Morah Kami is going into her eigth year of teaching at OMJS. Kami completed an undergraduate degree in History with a minor in religious studies before continuing on to teacher’s college. She has a passion for teaching Jewish history as well as world history. She recognizes the importance of teaching Jewish history to youth so they can make connections with the past and form their own Jewish identity. When she is not at OMJS, Kami is a teacher in the Ottawa Carleton District School Board and as if that is not enough she also works part time at Chapters. She has an interest in non-Western world history, mythology, and archaeology much of which she builds into her curriculum with our children. Kami has also developed the Being Jewish program and each year looks for interesting new approaches to sharing the Jewish experience with the students in Grade 6 and 7.
Education and Teaching Assistants
Jacob is a former graduate of OMJS, with a longstanding history of family involvement at our school. Jacob is currently a second year economics student at Carleton but wanted to continue his association with OMJS as a Teacher’s assistant. He has been a TA in our school for three years. He enjoys working with youth and has worked summers in day camps as a counselor.
OMJS is pleased that Janet (our former principal) will continue as a supply teacher in our school. A native Ottawan, Janet received her BA at Queen’s University and her teaching degree from the University of Ottawa. Her involvement in Jewish education in Ottawa has been lifelong, from her work as a counsellor and later as assistant director of the JCC day camp, to her role as a teacher at both OMJS and at Hillel Academy. Janet brings to life a creative passion and a contagious love for Judaica and for the community. When asked her favourite aspect of teaching, she replied, “What I learn from other teachers…and students…and the lasting relationships we form…”
Aaron loves kids, and kids love Aaron. Aaron was always interested in educating children, he graduated the Child and Youth Worker program at Algonquin College in 2013. He continued his education at Carleton University receiving his B.A. in Psychology. Aaron is currently enrolled in Teacher’s College at Ottawa University.
His related work experience includes working at Torah High, CHEO, Youthnet, Stepping Stones, Bayshore Catholic Elementary School, Camp Smitty, Camp Ramah New England and the JCC Travelling Sports Camp.
Aaron’s high energy and sense of humour brings joy and love of learning to his students. In addition, Aaron is an OMJS graduate and is very excited to fill in throughout the year to help educate our students!
A native Ottawan, Morah Yehudis is currently a registered nurse at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and continuing her studies towards a Master’s of Science in Nursing. She is a graduate of Bnos Rochel Teachers’ Seminary, and although she is no longer one of our regular teachers, we are pleased that Yehudis returns for supply teaching whenever she can. She is in her 9th year teaching at OMJS. She has a love for children and for creatively imparting an enthusiasm for Jewish traditions, values, and community. She delights in seeing each child develop and reach his or her potential. In her free time, Yehudis enjoys playing piano and violin, ballet, baking, and quilting.
Evie was born and raised in Ottawa and is a recent graduate of the French Teacher’s College program. She has many years of experience with children, working both in classrooms and at summer camp. She is currently on the supply list for the Ottawa Jewish Community School and is pleased to be working with OJMS as well.