Meet the Team
Cathy Gordon, L.C.S.W.
Head of Religious School
It was at Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s Camp Hess Kramer in the late 1970s that Cathy began her long career in Jewish education. After receiving her B.A. from UCLA, Cathy lived in Jerusalem, where she taught school and worked with children and senior citizens in an underserved community.
After returning to the states, Cathy earned her MSW at UCLA and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She served as the Director of the Cult Clinic for Jewish Family Services in Los Angeles for several years and then started her family. Since that time, she has remained in the field of Jewish education and social work, working as a camp director, cantorial soloist, and licensed clinical social worker. She joined the Wilshire Boulevard Temple Religious School team in 2012.
Rabbi Rochelle Tulik
Ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Rabbi Rochelle spent several years helping individuals, families, and couples create powerful, positive, memorable, and meaningful Jewish experiences. After earning her Master's degree in Jewish Education, she joined the professional staff of Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles.
As a rabbi and educator, Rabbi Rochelle sees her role as making Judaism accessible and exciting for students and families. She works to bring a sense of pride, confidence, and connectedness to Jews of all ages and enjoys helping people learn to make Judaism integral to their lives. Rabbi Rochelle is passionate about helping to ensure the Jewish future through her work with children, teens, and young adults.
Rachel Waltuch, M.Ed.
Principal, Irmas Campus
Rachel Waltuch has been involved in Jewish education ever since she completed her undergraduate degree at Brandeis University. She immediately began teaching at Valley Beth Shalom Day School and continued there until her first child was born. The autumn after her son arrived, she began to teach religious school part-time and helped write and develop curricula.
In 2003, she was recognized with the Lainer Distinguished Educator Award by the B.J.E. While still at the religious school, she was asked to participate in a program dedicated to training and mentoring teachers new to Jewish education called Creating Teaching Excellence in Congregational Education. She, and other committed instructors in synagogues throughout Los Angeles, worked to develop the skills of future congregational educators.
When her daughter began school, Rachel returned to teach at Valley Beth Shalom, earned her master’s degree in Education Administration, and took on increasing responsibilities in the school. She led the faculty through their accreditation process and earned the school a six-year clearance, the highest possible, with commendations for professionalism and presentation.
She developed the school’s first formalized writing program, successfully chaired the school’s online curriculum mapping process, and began the first peer mentoring program for the teaching staff. In 2014, she was distinguished by the Temple and Day School by being presented with the Morah Award for community contribution at Valley Beth Shalom.
Demonstrating how the rich, ancient beliefs and customs of the Jewish people are still inherently not only relevant, but also integral to 21st Century life is one of the passions that continues to inspire her, and she is excited that it has now brought her to Wilshire Boulevard Temple.
Amanda Pleau, M.F.A.
Amanda joined the Religious School team as Operations Manager in the fall of 2016. Having relocated from the Berkshires, Amanda brings a refreshing, close-knit small community sensibility to all of her work with our families and students.
Her most recent professional experience is in restaurant management and customer service. She earned a BA in Media/Communications and an MFA in Creative Writing.
In her spare time, Amanda teaches writing at the college level and enjoys exploring cultural landmarks of LA. She lives in Culver City with her husband and 17-year old cat.