UJEB | United Jewish Education Board

Our Team

UJEB Staff

We wouldn’t be able to do the work that we do without our committed and inspiring staff.


Itzik Sztokman

Executive Principal

Dr Shlomi Hanuka

Deputy Principal – Teaching & Learning

Nicole Ellis

Deputy Principal - Operations

Rebecca J. Hoffmann

Marketing Manager

Julian Isaacs


Rochelle Kotek

Office & Systems Manager and Bat Mitzvah Coordinator

Shimmy Goldberg

Development and Relationships Manager | Marketing Support

Teaching And Learning – Program Managers & Team Leaders

Bev Brand

Jewish Life Manager

Louise Breuer

Jewish Life Curriculum

Dana Reef

Hebrew Immersion Program Manager, HIP Team Leader (Gardenvale + After School)

Tal Spinrad

Project Kulanu Manager

Sahar Charit

HIP Team Leader (Caulfield South Primary)

Ariel Druckman

HIP Team Leader (Caulfield Junior College)

Orel Cohen Berenson

Hebrew ImmersionHIP Team Leader After School

Vered Harel

Dovrei Ivrit Team Leader

Joseph Folwell

Teen engagement Manager & Camp Coordinator

Sebi Inwentarz

Israel Program Manager BBYO Regional Director, Australasia

Chloe Guss

BBYO Melbourne | Chapter Advisor

Board of Management

Our Board provides governance, leadership and guidance to UJEB’s management and staff.

The Board meets once every six weeks as a collective, and at various other times on an as-needs basis. It comprises nine members with a range of skills and expertise from the corporate, finance, governance, not-for-profit, legal, Jewish communal, education and small business sectors.

Simone Zmood


Simone has experience working in corporate, government, start-up, education, and not-for-profit realms. She is a parent of four young adults, two of whom participated in a range of UJEB programs including Jewish Life at primary school, the Bat Mitzvah program, UJEB camps, BBYO, and the Israel Trip. Simone recognises the important role that UJEB plays in nurturing a Jewish identify, imparting Jewish knowledge, and helping our young people at non-Jewish schools to connect with our vibrant Jewish community. She is passionate about helping young people actualise their abilities and be all that they can be.

Board Tenure: 1 year

Justin Greenstein

Vice President, Chair - Growth and Engagement

Justin works in the Financial Services sector, with a focus on Venture capital and Fintech innovation. Justin is very passionate about Jewish life and Jewish tradition, and is currently involved in a number of Jewish organisation Boards. The future of Jewish education is a topic close to Justin’s heart and he is excited about the opportunity to contribute to this important pillar of communal life through UJEB. Justin is a parent of two school age children, one in Prep at Caulfield South Primary School and one at Yavneh kinder.

Board Tenure: 2 years

Bradley Smith


Brad is a secondary school teacher specialising in humanities and economics/business studies, and is currently teaching at Leibler Yavneh College. Prior to his teaching career, Brad was a copywriter, brand and digital marketer with nearly 20 years of experience working for and with some of Australia’s biggest brands.

Board Tenure: 5 years

Shane Binstock

Treasurer, Chair – Audit Finance and Risk Committee

Shane is a director at a boutique accounting firm and specialises in tax advice to family groups and private businesses. He leads a busy life at home with four children – two school aged daughters and twin boys. Having attended a public high school and being an active member in Habonim Dror in his youth, Shane understands the importance that Jewish education plays in our community. He is keen to support and provide the infrastructure for UJEB to continue delivering its high quality Jewish education.

Board Tenure: 3 years

Ann Wollner

Board Member

Ann is a mother, grandmother, practising lawyer and child psychologist with particular interests in education, human rights and family violence. She has a long history of general and Jewish community involvement. Ann believes in the beauty and values of Judaism, and is committed to sharing them with our children.

Board Tenure: 5 years

Deborah Itzkowic

Board Member, Chair – Teen Engagement Committee

Deborah is a lawyer, investigator and mediator, who currently works as a workplace dispute resolution consultant. In addition to 15 years in the legal sector, she has 5 years of experience as a not-for-profit board member. She is passionate about ensuring that Jewish education is accessible, engaging and strengthens Jewish identity. Deborah is a mother of three, with two of her children currently attending the Gardenvale HIP program.

Board Tenure: 4 years

Jennifer Hankin

Board Member, Chair – Marketing Committee

Jennifer is an experienced marketing leader, with over 15 years of global experience, spanning across various industries and companies. For the last five years she has focused on the startup space, and is currently the Marketing Director of a human resources technology company. Jennifer is originally from the US, and has been involved with Jewish communal organisations since her youth. She is a parent at Caulfield Junior College, where one of her children participates in the HIP program, and is passionate about equal access to Jewish education.

Board Tenure: 3 years

Ilan Goldberg

Board Member

Ilan is a civil engineer that provides commercial advice to clients on large-scale and complex infrastructure projects. Ilan has two preschool aged children and has been volunteering with UJEB on the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee since 2020. Ilan believes UJEB plays a vital role in the Jewish community via the provision of educational programs to our children in non-Jewish schools. Through a range of programs UJEB facilitates not only Jewish learning, but helps to build a strong and connected community for our next generation.

Board Tenure: 1 year

Emily Brott

Board Member

Emily provides strategic policy and operational advice to the Department of Justice and Community Safety, and is currently working in the community operations and parole space. Prior to working in government, she was a commercial lawyer. Emily is an avid reader, yoga practitioner and mum of two small children, both of whom will attend UJEB programs when they start school. She strongly believes in the importance of giving every Jewish child the opportunity to cultivate their own Jewish identity and connection to the Jewish community, no matter what school they attend.

Board Tenure: Less than one year

Tzila Katzel

Board Member

Tzila is an experienced business leader, with a focus on sustainability and ESG. She has spent over 15 years in the corporate sector, specifically in extractive industries working with government, First Nations communities and industry peers to improve license to operate for the sector. She is currently an executive at an ASX listed Mining company, where she leads the global/group sustainability and social performance functions. Tzila has three sons who attend UJEB primary school programs. She strongly believes that Jewish Cultural Heritage is a key component to building strong and resilient Jewish communities and this starts with instilling a pride for Jewish tradition and a love for Jewish culture in our children. Tzila believes, all Jewish children should have access to Jewish education, and sees UJEB as an important vehicle to deliver inclusive, good quality Jewish education.

Board Tenure: Less than one year