Staff Profile: Eti Zehavi

Azriella Friedman


1. How long have you lived in the Bay Area, where did you come from and what brought you here?

I was born in Jerusalem and lived there until my husband got an offer to relocate to the Bay Area in 1994. 

2. What is your role at Hausner and how long have you been here?

Currently, I’m teaching Hebrew to 4th-8th grades, and Social Skills through a new program called Lunch Bunch. In addition, I run a chug by the name Improv & Social Skills every Thursday. I started to work at Hausner in 1996. I taught Jewish Studies for 10 years and was the Hebrew Studies Coordinator for 7 years.

3. What is the highlight of your working week? 

The highlight of my week is when students, who are not Hebrew speakers, tell me that they feel more comfortable speaking Hebrew with their peers. 

4. What do you do when you're not at work?

When I’m not at work I love reading, dancing Israeli folk dancing, walking my dog, hiking with friends, watching Spanish series on Netflix, and traveling. 

5. What do you think you would do if you weren't a teacher?

My Master’s degree is in Counselor Education, so I probably would have been a counselor or coach. I even thought once about working in marketing since as a teacher I am always trying to "sell" my program to students and parents, and I think that I’m doing a good job.

6. Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

I love playing all sorts of games, board games, and drama games. Currently, I’m hooked on jigsaw puzzles of 1000 pieces.

7. What is your favorite Hebrew word?

The word Israel - ישראל. Each of the letters in Israel stands for one of our matriarchs or patriarchs.

I - Isaac, and Yaacov, S- Sara, R- Rachel, A - Abraham, L - Leah

י - יצחק, יעקב
ש - שרה
ר - רחל, רבקה
א - אברהם
ל - לאה


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