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Administration and Staff

Dean Goldfein, Head of School

As founding Head of School at CCJDS, Mr. Goldfein has earned widespread respect from colleagues, students, and parents. He possesses extensive experience in curriculum development, faculty hiring and evaluation, student assessment, fundraising and working with parent groups and governing boards as well as an extraordinary passion and commitment to education of Jewish youth. Mr. Goldfein serves as a Board Member of the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS). He served as Dean of Students and history teacher at Sacred Heart Preparatory and taught English at Brandeis Hillel Day School. MEd Administration, SFSU; MA, University of Virginia; BA History, UC Berkeley. Joined CCJDS in 2000 as the first Head of School.

Dr. Michele Spitulnik, Dean of Faculty and Director of Science Education

Dr. Spitulnik taught high school chemistry and physics in Michigan before pursuing a doctorate in science education from the University of Michigan. In 2002, she joined the faculty at the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley, designing middle school science curriculum and implementing professional development courses for science teachers. She helped to design the scope and sequence of the K-8th grade CCJDS science curriculum, which is unparalleled in our local schools.  As our Dean of Faculty, Dr. Spitulnik mentors all of our General Studies, Hebrew and Judaic Studies teachers, helping them develop and implement innovative and dynamic curricula. She also loves to work directly with students and currently teaches 7th and 8th grade science. In July, 2021, Dr. Spitulnik will be leaving CCJDS to become the Head of School at the Julia Morgan School for Girls in Oakland, CA.  BA, Chemistry, Vassar College; MS, Materials Engineering and PhD, Science Education, University of Michigan. Joined CCJDS in 2008.

Lawrence Delaney, Assistant Principal

Mr. Delaney, originally from Wales, taught second through sixth grades at schools in Oakland, Germany, and Dubai prior to coming to CCJDS. He brings great enthusiasm for teaching, as well as music and athletic talents as leader of our rock band and one of our physical education instructors. Mr. Delaney enjoys introducing the students to cricket and non-contact rugby. He has authored a children’s book, “Detective Sniffer Investigates,” a best seller on Amazon. Visual Cultures (Magna cum Laude), University of Derby in England; MA, Media and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia; Post-Graduate Certificate in Education and MEd in Education, Open University, England. Joined CCJDS in 2006.

Hadas Rave, Director of Jewish Life

In 1997 Ms. Rave moved from the United States to Israel and taught for nine years at the alternative Meitar School on Kibbutz Bet Oren, before coming to CCJDS. A 2017 recipient of the Helen Diller Family Award for Excellence in Jewish Education, Ms. Rave teaches Judaic studies, coordinates the Shir HaLev service learning program and leads the Israel education program at CCJDS. Studied Communications at Drury University; BA, Elementary Education, Warren Wilson College, North Carolina. MA in Jewish Education, Hebrew Union College.  Joined CCJDS in 2008.

Eden Bruner, Director of Institutional Advancement

Ms. Bruner brings to CCJDS her extensive experience in public service, community leadership, and fundraising.  Prior to joining CCJDS, she was the Director of Development and Marketing at Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties. Ms. Bruner has also worked as a diplomat with the United States Department of State in Washington D.C. and the former Soviet Union. MA, International Relations and Economics, Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies; BA, Soviet and Russian Studies, Harvard University.  Joined CCJDS in 2011.

Rebecca Murray, Office Manager and Registrar

Ms. Murray wears many hats in her job as CCJDS’s Office Manager. She takes care of all the office support, keeps open lines of communication with our parents, helps our students when they are not well or hurt… just to name a few of her duties!  She has worked in marketing, management, sales, and  administrative support for high tech and non-profit organizations. She also has extensive experience managing a children’s business in the East Bay. BA, Mass Communications, UC Davis. Joined CCJDS in 2006.

Pamela Mitchell, Business Manager

Joined CCJDS in 2016.

Jeanie Goldeen Conneran, Librarian

Ms. Conneran has been involved with CCJDS since its opening in 2001.  Her younger son, David, was a third grader that first year.  Ms. Conneran began creating our library by purchasing books for the school. For the last five years, Ms. Conneran has been busy automating the library collection.  There are now over 7,000 books in the collection, with the entire catalog available online.  Ms. Conneran, a fully credentialed teacher, has a Master’s degree in Children’s Literature and completed the Reading Specialist program at California State University at Hayward.  She has been successfully teaching reading for more than 20 years.

Michael Brent, Operations and Office Support

Mr. Brent joined the CCJDS staff in 2012. Previously, he was an active volunteer at the school as his children attended CCJDS from kindergarten through 8th grade. Mr. Brent served as Co-President of the CCJDS Parents’ Association for five years. He has a BA in Economics from UC Santa Cruz and an MA in Economics from UC Davis. He has taught at the University of the Pacific, University of Phoenix, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, and most recently in the Contra Costa Community College District at Los Medanos and Diablo Valley Colleges.