ADMINISTRATION

Rabbi Benzaquen

Founder, Menahel Ruchani

rabbimbenzaquen@gmail.com

BA, Judaic Studies,

Jews College/London University 

Rabbinic Ordination,

Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem

Debora Parks, Ph.D.

Principal

dparks@harkhamgaon.org

BA, Early Childhood Education,

University of Alabama

MA, Elementary Education, 

University of Alabama

MA, Gifted & Talented Education, 

University of Alabama

Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction,

University of Alabama

AA, Culinary Arts,

Le Cordon Bleu

Nathaneal Harkham

Community Liaison

Physical Education / Art 

nathaneal.harkham@gmail.com

BS, Business with an Emphasis in Marketing, 

Minor in Art 

University of Redlands 

Miriam Dayan

Administrative Assistant

mdayanhga@gmail.com

BA, Jewish Studies,

Touro College 

FACULTY

Rabbi Naftali Richler 

Judaic Studies

Navi/Gemara/Halacha/Chumash

nrichlerhga@gmail.com

Jewish Studies,

Rabbinical College 

Samuel Kraus

English

Literature/Composition/Drama 

skraushga@gmail.com

BA, English, 

Secondary Education 

Appalachian State College

Rabbi Nathan Halevy 

Judaic Studies

Navi/Gemara/Halacha/Jewish Law

nhalevyhga@gmail.com

BS, Rabbinical Studies 

Central Yeshiva Tomchei Tmimim, Brooklyn, NY
Rabbinical Certification

Yukiharu Hadeishi

Science 

Life Science/Physics/Biology/Chemistry

STEM Program

yhadeishihga@gmail.com

BA, Biological Anthropology

Harvard University 

MS, M.Phil., Neuroscience

Yale University

MA, Clinical Psychology

Emory University

 

Dylan Painter

Mathematics

Grades 6-12/Alg I/Geometry/Alg II

dpainterhga@gmail.com

BS, Mathematics,

Mid-America Christian University

MS, Higher Education & Sports Administration 

Northwestern Oklahoma

State University

David Barishman
History  
World Hist/U.S. Hist/Hist of Israel 
Econ/Gov't/Personal Finance
dbarishmanhga@gmail.com

BA, History

University of Capetown,

South Africa

CA Teaching Cred, Soc Stud

MA, Education

National University 

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Rabbi Moises Benzaquen - Founder/Menahel Ruchani

Debora Parks, Ph.D. - Principal

Nathaneal Harkham - Community Liaison 

Miriam Dayan - Administrative Assistant 

Harkham-GAON Academy

5870 W. Olympic Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036 • Voice: 310.556.0663 • Fax: 310.556.0669

Email: mdayanhga@gmail.com

NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICY 

Harkham-GAON Academy, Inc. admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.