Gala Extravaganza for Spivak Educational Center
Spivak Educational Center hosted its second annual gala event on June 7, 2018. Honorees included it’s the Director of School, Cecelie Wizenfeld, and Sonja Berrin, a Pre-1 master teacher, who inspires her students to learn about the world around them. The event was held at The Mark on Pico Boulevard and celebrated the continuation of Jewish Education.
Rabbi Gabriel Elias, Dean of Spivak Educational Center, presented the Founding Educator Award to Cecelie Wizenfeld, Director of School. Wizenfeld is the co-creator of Spivak Educational Center. It was her dream to open a quality and competitive Jewish Orthodox day school at an affordable cost to community members. Wizenfeld achieved her dream, bringing her 40 years of experience in Jewish education with her. The school, which started as a small preschool, will become a full-fledged preschool and elementary school with the addition of fifth grade in the 2018-2019 school year.
Spivak Elementary School Choir made their debut performance at the event. The choir was accompanied by Yossi Mandel, a former student of the honoree, and conducted by Kayla Linson, Director of Operations for the school. The choir dazzled the many parents and guests in attendance.
Spivak Educational Center was founded in 2009. The school is inspired by the Reggio Emilia Philosophy of Education, which focuses on a developmental approach to education. Spivak Educational Center focuses great importance on the recognition of each child and student as an individual, while providing a strong and competitive academic curriculum for both Secular and Judaic studies. The school has successfully grown to over 120 students and continues to grow and thrive each year. With wonderful success of their second annual gala, Spivak Educational Center is moving and shaking, and creating a name for itself in the West LA Jewish community!