Core Semikha, Class of 2026
Ilana Gimpelevich is a lifelong learner and educator, always open to new fields of knowledge. Originally from Kishinev, Moldova, she holds a BA in Biochemistry (YU) and a Masters in Structural Biology (NYU). She is a founding member of New Toco Shul in Atlanta, GA, where she chaired the Childcare. Ilana homeschooled her children and was an invited speaker at Torah Home Educators’ Conference. Additionally, she organized local Jewish homeschoolers while actively participating at the Atlanta Homeschool Cooperative. Currently residing in Richmond, VA with her husband, Akiva, and her five children, Ilana is involved in adult programming at Kenesseth Beth Israel. She started an innovative multigenerational program, Oreg, which combines her two passions of hands-on craftsmanship with Torah learning. She is a blogger and a writer, having published at Hevria and Nshei magazines. Ilana taught a variety of community classes on Jewish topics. Her hobbies include reading, baking, sewing, quilting, knitting and crocheting, and painting.
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