Dr. Michelle Green Willner
Artistic and Musical Director of the Jewish Community Children’s Choir
Dr. Green Willner received her B.M. degree from the University of Toronto and her M.A. and D.M.A. degrees from Columbia University, New York. She has received numerous composition awards, and her works have been commissioned and performed by many groups in and around Los Angeles and internationally. Dr. Green Willner has taught composition and theory at the University of California at Irvine, California State University at Long Beach and the University of Judaism. Dr. Green Willner is also Musical Director of the Sinai Youth Concert Choir and a Max Helfman Music Fellow.
Sabrina Balter MS
Nutritionist Fitness Consultant
Mrs. Balter enjoys working among children and their parents. She views the JCCC as a wonderful opportunity for Jewish children of all backgrounds to work together to bring joy to the world around them. With experience as a board member of a number of different nonprofit organizations, Mrs. Balter’s enthusiasm for the JCCC and her PR skills will spread the word and bring more children into this wonderful choir.
Sharon Gillerman, PhD
Sharon Gillerman is Associate Professor of Jewish History at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and she also teaches in the Louchheim School for Judaic Studies at USC. In addition, she has been a visiting professor at Brandeis University, UCLA, the University of Hamburg, and Harvard University. Her daughter, Maya, has been joyfully singing with the JCCC for the past two years.
As the owner/broker of Allure Real Estate, Ms. Kapin handles all the day-to-day tasks of selling, upgrading, and managing real estate properties. She has served on the boards of homeowners’ associations, trade organizations, and arts organizations, such as the Hollywood Master Chorale since 2009. She assists with grant writing and publicity.
Ms. Kapin first met and sang with Dr. Willner in 1999, when she was the Music Director of Mit Gezang Yiddish Chorus.
Pam Levine has worked in aerospace engineering for 30 years for both Boeing and Northrop Grumman Corporations, both as research project manager, and as manager of business development for the research laboratories, working closely with local and federal government to acquire and execute government contracts. Ms. Levine is currently an active volunteer in her daughter’s school and temple, and she leads a Girl Scout troop. Ms. Levine holds a BS in chemistry from UCLA, MS in engineering from USC, and MBA from Pepperdine University.
Stella Rafiei Rahmani, Esq.
Stella Rafiei is an attorney practicing in the Juvenile Dependency and Adoption courts. In past, Ms. Rafie was the treasurer for the Juvenile Dependency Court Bar Association and as an officer of the Bar Association she organized training for Dependency Court attorneys. Ms. Rafiei graduated from U.S.C. with a bachelor in Electrical Engineering. Thereafter, she obtained her Jurist Doctor from Southwestern School of Law. Her children enjoy singing with the JCCC.
The JCCC was founded by Rabbi H Schulweis, and Mrs. Schulweis felt compelled to become a part of the organization upon his passing, to assure that his legacy continued on.
The JCCC is privileged to have Mrs. Bernstein-Tregub as an Advisor. She is currently a board member of the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, Advisor to the board at Schulweis Institute, Director of College Relations and Planning for the Hebrew Union College, Coordinator of the Life Line Program at Cedar Sinai Medical Center, Executive Director of the National Institute for Jewish Hospice Community, Relations Director of the Skirball Cultural Center. In the past she was President of the Valley Beth Shalom Sisterhood, and she was instrumental in establishing the Heschel Day School.
Born and raised in LA, Elaine Gill is a graduate of UCLA. She and her husband, David, are the parents of four sons and grandparents of seven. Elaine has had a lifelong involvement in music and in the Jewish community. Since its foundation, she has been vice-chairman and an essential force in the Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles. A past president of Valley Beth Shalom, she has also served on the boards of the Brandeis-Bardin Institute, American Jewish University, Jewish Family Service, Jewish Federation Council, and is currently president of UCLA Hillel.