Message from Head of School
“What shall I say about you?” I asked our students in preparation for touring prospective parents. They replied:
“Tell them we are smart.”
“Tell them we are mensches.”
“Tell them we try to do things we thought we were afraid to do.”
These comments reflect the philosophy of Brawerman Elementary School, a school with the highest academic standards achieved in a nurturing environment. With deep understanding of Jewish values, our Brawerman students become creative problem solvers, critical thinkers, effective communicators, and kind human beings. Having developed courage, compassion, and competence, they are ready to meet whatever challenge the future presents. I hope your search for an inspiring, supportive learning environment is successful and that in the process you enjoy getting to know more about Brawerman and our unique community.
Head of School
Head of School
In Fall 2016, Brandon Cohen excitedly began his role as Head of School at Brawerman Elementary School. A California native, he - like many of Brawerman’s alumni - attended Harvard-Westlake School, eventually moving on to receive his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania. After a brief stint as an airline pilot, Brandon’s passion for educational leadership led him to pursue his graduate degree at the University of California – Los Angeles from the Principal Leadership Institute. His dedication and passion for educating children led him to serve as a teacher and school administrator for 13 years, including principal of the highly regarded Los Angeles Unified School District Downtown Magnets High School.
His biggest goal as Head of School is to continue the tradition of fostering a supportive community and nurturing environment for students, families, and faculty.
Principal, Brawerman East
Tamara Miller joins Brawerman East after working for 18 years at Brentwood school in varied roles, most recently serving as Academic Dean. She studied at UC Berkeley, majoring in Molecular Biology. Her doctoral work at UCLA focused on Educational Leadership, with an emphasis on social justice. Tamara is excited to begin working with Brawerman families and faculty.
Noa Grant has been an educator for 10 years. After graduating from the University of Kansas, with a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science she went on to earn her Master's degree in Education and receive her Special Education Certification. Noa began her career teaching in charter and public schools in Chicago before moving to Los Angeles in 2011, to become the founding Grade 1 teacher at Brawerman East. In 2015, she joined the administrative team as the Assistant Principal of Brawerman East.
Director of Admissions
Chris Donohoe is a graduate of The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a native Chicagoan. After moving to Los Angeles, he began his career at Brawerman East in 2012 as a co-teacher in Grade 1 and a P.E. Specialist. Over the years, Chris has grown with the school taking on the title of Director of Athletics, Yearbook Editor, Chanukah Performance Director, and Blaze Summer Camp Director at the Glazer Campus. Chris is thrilled to be working as the Director of Admissions and is excited to welcome new families into the Brawerman community.
Rabbi Susan Goldberg
Rabbi Susan Goldberg came to Wilshire Boulevard Temple in 2013. A 4th generation Angeleno, she is thrilled to continue her focus on renewing LA’s east-side Jewish community to help it once again be an active part of the multicultural beauty of these neighborhoods. Prior to becoming a rabbi, she was a dancer and choreographer, performing in venues all over the world. She has served as a consultant to and the designer/facilitator of workshops for such organizations as the Anti-Defamation League, the American Friends Service Committee, and was the Co-Director of the Human Relations Awareness Program for the Los Angeles Human Relations Commission. Currently, she is part of the Southern California Muslim Jewish Forum, the Interfaith Clergy Roundtable for the Department of Mental Health, Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership, and is the rabbi consultant for the groundbreaking television program, Transparent.
Director of Advancement
Rebecca is Brawerman Elementary School's Director of Advancement, working with both campuses in their annual and endowment fundraising efforts. She most recently worked at BJE: Builders of Jewish Education assisting day schools in raising endowment funds and leveraging government funds to use for student services and professional development. Rebecca has a dual Master’s degree from Hebrew Union College in Jewish Nonprofit Management and the University of Southern California in Social Work. She spent 15 summers as a camper and counselor at Camp Hess Kramer and Gindling Hilltop Camp, and is excited to be a part of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple family!