2016-2017 Sherut L'Olam Staff


Arthur Pinchev- Sherut L’Olam Director & Shalom Institute TEENLAB Director

Arthur brings more than 40 years experience in youth work, camping and experiential education having directed both Camp Alonim and youth and family programs at the former Brandeis-Bardin Institute in Simi Valley. Arthur received his Bachelor of Arts degree from The Evergreen State College, Washington and his Master of Science degree in education from Bank Street College, New York. He has served as a Peace Corps volunteer and training director in Lesotho, Africa. Arthur resides in Studio City with his wife Carrie Ungerman, an artist and educator. Both serve as the unofficial “aunt and uncle” to dozens of former Alonim staff offspring.

David Starkopf - Camp JCA Shalom Assistant Director/ Shalom Institute Retreat Assistant Director

David Starkopf grew up spending summers at Camp JCA Shalom, first as an Alufim camper in 1998, then as a TASCer, Chalutznic, a CIT, a Counselor, Photography Specialist, and Unit Head. During the year, between summers, David worked as a Hebrew school teacher and Youth Director at Beth Shir Sholom in Santa Monica. In 2011 David became the Photographer for the Mayor Of Los Angeles.  After some time in the Mayor’s administration, David and three friends who met at Camp JCA founded the San Fernando Valley Moishe House, a place that provides meaningful Jewish experiences to young adults in their 20s, from shabbat dinners to building a sukkah on Sukkot. After the Mayor was termed out, David happily found his way back to the Shalom Institute to work on the year round staff.


Sherut L'Olam Adjunct Staff

Captivating Speakers -http://thecaptivatingcompany.com

The Captivating Company provides masterful communication and leadership skills training through our revolutionary programs. We are also registered LAUSD vendors and provide professional development training for educators. Our mission is to provide our students, the methods and means to improve their communication skills and thus improve their lives.

Rabbi Adam Allenberg- 

Rabbi Adam M. Allenberg is the Assistant Director of Recruitment and Admission for the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.Adam has been personally exploring and teaching about Judaism, food and our relationship to the environment for years. He currently serves on the Board of Netiya, a faith-based food justice organization committed to strengthening food quality and food security in Los Angeles. Adam attended the University of Wisconsin and graduated with majors in Philosophy and Modern Hebrew as well as minors in Judaic Studies and Religious Studies. After graduating he went on to study at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, where he earned a Masters of Hebrew Letters, a Masters in Jewish Education and his rabbinic ordination.

Shoshana Wheeler-

Shoshana Wheeler is an award winning teacher and now school counselor for Las Virgines Unified School District and Ventura Charter School. Shoshana is a teacher of Nonviolent Communication and The Way of Council, two strategies for communication that enhance connection and compassion. She is a Certified Parent Educator for Compassionate Parenting. Shoshana brings her skills of teaching and facilitating to these communication skills to school districts and private organizations. When she is not working, she is busy hiking, riding, studying Spanish and roaming the world.

Laurie Craft, Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission, Van Nuys Help Center http://www.hopeofthevalley.org/ 

Before coming on staff, Laurie Craft volunteered her services as head cook for the first two years of the Rescue Mission. Born and raised in the Mid-west, her kind heart and generous spirit inspire all who work alongside her in the kitchen. Having once owned her own bakery in Costa Rica, where she lived for 12 years, she has a deep love for culinary arts and is a master of making five star meals out of two star products. What sets Laurie apart as a Mission Chef is her deep love and compassion for the people she serves. Before each meal, you will find Laurie interpreting into Spanish the Message of Hope delivered by the Mission Director. Laurie spends her spare time caring for her 6 children, serving in her local church and being a good will ambassador for the disadvantaged.

Gregg Levine-

Laemmle Theaters - https://www.laemmle.com/

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust- http://www.lamoth.org/