Hausner Blog

Matt Pharisien
Azriella Friedman

Meet Matt Pharisien, our fantastic music teacher! Born and raised in the Bay Area, he's been a part of the Hausner community for just a few months but has already made a big impact. His highlight of the week? Kabbalat Shabbat! Learn more about his passions and fun facts in our interview. 

Diane Cohen
Azriella Friedman

Get to know 1st grade Assistant Teacher Diane Cohen, who has lived in the Bay Area for 32 years and loves to make jewelry in her free time. From reading and writing to traveling and making jewelry, Diane's work and personal life are full of highlights. Read more in our interview with her!

Jennifer Kaplan
Azriella Friedman

One of our veteran teachers, Jennifer Kaplan, has been a member of the Hausner community for 23 years. But if she was not a teacher she would be writing children's books! Read more to learn about an exciting world trip she is planning with her husband. 

Ben Lehmann and Ben Garber
Tova Syrowicz


Neither Ben Garber nor Ben Lehmann, who both attended Hausner from K through 8th, can tell you exactly how or when they met – “it’s been so long the beginning is lost to history,” says Garber. Both will tell you, however, that Hausner played a pivotal role on multiple fronts: In addition to setting them up for academic success and professional fulfillment, it helped forge a friendship that is going strong 15 years after Lehmann graduated. Garber, a grade below, graduated in 2008.

Laura Lauder and Ora Gittelson-David
Hausner Advancement

Our seventh-grade Avodah La'Olam class recently welcomed Alumni Parent Laura Lauder for a lively discussion about Philanthropy.

Laura, who in addition to being a proud Hausner alumni parent and past board member, is also a Bay Area Jewish philanthropist, spoke about the important Jewish concept of Derech Eretz, which refers to a code of conduct, or the "way of the world." For Laura and her family, this means that philanthropy is an essential part of their lives, guided by Jewish values.

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