About Us

We live in Tel Aviv and We Love It . . .

But sometimes we want a place to go for a change of scenery. We want a place we can feel comfortable in our own skin, reminisce about New York and London and meet some friendly adult faces. We want a space that offers quality nursery school and afternoon classes and allows our kids to run around and play with others.

CityKids is all-in-one education center for families with children newborn-13 years old. We have a Ministry of Education recognized nursery school for children ages eight months to six years, a library with over 1,500 of our children's favorite English books and we offer a variety of classes from English to art, music to movement all taught by highly qualified teachers by our an official English curriculum. We strive each moment of every day to be the ultimate safe, clean and fun English speaking resource for Tel Aviv families to gather, learn, socialize and play.

 

Our Staff

 

Elvia Fisher, Owner and Director came to Israel in 2007 in her first stop in an around the world trip. A Psychology and Business graduate from Roger Williams University, her entrepreneurial brain got to work in 2010 after recognizing the lack of English speaking resources for families in central Tel Aviv. Elvia has spent the last few years developing CityKids afterschool and nursery school programs, and advocating for quality education in Israel. She is proud to have brought such a resource to Tel Aviv and gets her inspiration from all the beautiful families and teachers that come through the CityKids doors.    

Juliet Taylor, Nursery School Education Director came to Israel in 2013. Since arriving she has taught English to Sudanese and Eritrean refugees and also worked in a private language school teaching all ages and levels. Prior to living in Israel Juliet obtained a BA (Hons) from the Department of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies of Leeds University. She is an experienced class teacher, having worked at a leading Jewish primary school in London. Whilst working there she was head of the Art Department, a mentor for trainee teachers and responsible for creating a new phonics programme. Juliet has a postgraduate certificate in Psychology from London's Institute of Education and in line with this her teaching aim is to provide a warm, loving and nurturing environment for every child to fulfil their potential.

Ashley Reich, Administrative Director grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia in New Jersey before making Aliyah in 2014. Before joining the CityKids family, she was a live in nanny for a family in Tel Aviv.  Her love and passion for children started at young age.  Through high school and college she worked at the Jewish Community Center in Margate City, NJ. There she started as a camp counselor and later become the Youth and Teen Director.  As the Youth and Teen Director, Ashley planned programs and events for children of all ages and their families.  Ashley is excited to help each child blossom and grow to their highest potential through a fun, exciting and creative learning environment.


Taylor Yaroslawitz
 grew up in New York City. She attended Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she completed her Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood Education, Psychology of Early Childhood and Sociology. Following university, she came to Israel for her student teaching at The Tabeetha School in Jaffa. Upon completing her student teaching and acquiring her teacher’s certification in the United States she finished up the year as the form teacher for the third grade at The Tabeetha School. In September 2013 she made Aliyah. Taylor received her Masters of Arts at Tel Aviv University’s Bob Shapell School of Social Work in Trauma and Crisis Intervention Studies. 


Lisa Joseph is from England, and made Aliyah in 2016. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Events Management, she decided to complete a Post Graduate Certificate in Education as she found her passion working with children in the Early Years Foundation Stage, as she loves watching children learn through play. Before making Aliyah, Lisa was a Reception teacher in a primary school where she taught the children to read and write in English. She has also taught in a Nursery and enjoys providing stimulating and exciting environments for children. She is very excited to continue being part of the CityKids team.


Natalie Sasi is a preschool teacher from Los Angeles, California. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Child and Adolescent Development at California State University, Northridge in 2010, and has been working with children from around the world for over 10 years. Natalie believes that all children have the ability to learn, grow, and thrive if their environments allow them to. Treating children with love, trust and respect is the foundation of her personal teaching philosophy. From that basis, everything else is possible.

Avi Meleze joined CityKids during an internship in 2016 after traveling the world and working in a toy museum for four years. She received a BA in Education from the University of Paris, and a BA in Art from La Sorbonne. Avi has a passion for infants and takes joy in exploring the world around them and engaging in their wonder. She is excited to continue in the infant room and invent new developmentally appropriate toys for her second year!

Talia Sandberg grew up in Buffalo, New York. Though she studied Geography in college, she quickly discovered her true passion is for children and caring for them. She began to nanny full time for a family while living in Chicago in 2011. Since making Aliyah in 2014 she has been lucky enough to nanny for an amazing family, strengthening her passion and experience with children. She is very excited to start a new chapter with CityKids and looks forward to watching the children grow and learn!

Liat Freeman was raised in the small town of Arad, Israel. Both of her Parents made Aliyah, her father from New York and her mother from Australia, making Liat a native English and Hebrew speaker. She studied Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology at Ben Gurion University. Prior to CityKids, Liat worked as a kindergarten teacher in a Hebrew preschool, an Au Pair and has been an English summer camp counselor. In the future, Liat hopes to pursue her Master's degree in Psychology. She loves working with children and watching them develop and cannot imagine a better place to do so than CityKids!

Traci Fine received her Master's in Literacy and Elementary Education from Bank Street. Before that, she attended Binghamton University for her degrees in Human Development and Judaic Studies. She made Aliyah in 2012, and has been working with bilingual children of many ages as both a nursery teacher and a private reading teacher. Traci loves helping children discover the world around them, and loves watching them find joy in the everyday.


Lauren Sadman grew up in Cape Town before making Aliyah in July 2017. Prior to joining CityKids she taught at the Chabad of Sandton Nursery School for 3 years. Her love for children started at the age of 6 years old when she used to help her mom in her playschool. Lauren’s outgoing, bubbly personality endears her to staff, parents and children alike. She has a deep understanding of empathy and strives to build a strong relationship with all the children in her care.


Laura Shaw
was born in London. She fell in love with Israel whilst she was on a gap year program with a Reform Youth Movement in 2012 and made Aliyah in June 2016. Laura returned to England to continue her education studying Early Childhood at the University of West England in Bristol. Since arriving in Israel she has worked in a gan and as a nanny with children between the ages of 6 months and 6 years. She has had many years of experience in various early years settings and with youth groups on Summer Camps. Laura loves working with children and couldn't imagine pursuing a different career path. She is also excited to bring her love for music to CityKids!


Fallon Renard
hails from the Valley in Los Angeles. She did her MASA internship at CityKids and decided to stay in Israel and make Aliyah. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Life Science and a minor in Jewish Studies. Her passion for working with children started early on from attending Jewish sleep away camp. She worked as a counselor for 5 years and taught preschool and third grade religious school. Being a part of CityKids is an amazing experience and she is excited to begin her third school year!


Nicole Nembach
was born and raised in New York. She received her bachelor's degree in education and psychology. After she graduated, she worked for a year at a preschool in Queens, NY before participating in MASA Israel Teaching Fellowship, teaching English at an elementary school in Petah Tikvah. When the program ended, Nicole returned to NY and worked at a preschool in Manhattan until making aliyah and joining CityKids in July 2017!

Pascale Neumark made aliyah in 2005 with her Israeli husband and three children. After living in Holland, Spain, Switzerland and Belgium she received her BA in Languages and a Law. She practiced as a lawyer until she decided to be a stay-at-home mom. Once her children were old enough she began volunteering in a preschool for refugees for a year which led her to become a preschool and French teacher at an international school for more than two years. She is looking forward to learning, discovering, growing and having fun with all the amazing children of the Three's group!

Olivia Lebow grew up in Los Angeles, California and made Aliyah in December of 2017. This is her third time living in Israel, where she had attended Tel Aviv University in 2013, and again in 2015, where she worked at Spivak, a rehab facility for children with disabilities. She has her BA in Psychology from the University of Colorado, and her Master of Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. Olivia has worked with many diverse populations, but has found her greatest passion working with children. She is excited to to be a part of CityKids, to get to know the children, as well as families that attend this amazing school! 

Dara Zukerman completed a B.A. in psychology in 2017. Before making her way to Israel she taught early childhood in New York City at Yaldaynu Preschool. She has a passion for genuine child exploration and is excited to scaffold this within the children of CityKids.