Ms. Liz Moctezuma —General Studies


Originally from Texas, Mrs. Moctezuma earned a degree in Economics and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education at the A&M University.  She and her family moved to Southern California in 2011 and quickly fell in love with Surf City, USA. She loves being part of The Hebrew Academy family and the very special community of students.  With young twin boys of her own, Mrs. Moctezuma knows how important it is to parents and children to have a caring and dedicated teacher. She is best known for getting to know each student as an individual and meeting them where they are.  In her free time she enjoys reading and spending time doing outdoor activities like running, kayaking, and paddle boarding. “As long as I am outside and near the water, I am happy!”


Rabbi Naparstek—Judaic Studies


It is a real honor and privilege to be able to share the joy and spirit of Judaism that I was so fortunate to receive in the heart of today’s Jewish world on the East Coast and in our holy land of Israel.  It gives me great pride to observe the enormous growth, maturity and remarkable strides students make during their 5th grade year. My wife, Aidie, and I are blessed with 4 children and live in Irvine.

I also have the distinct pleasure of directing The O.C branch for CTeens International, a Fantastic Program for Fantastic Teens. Rabbi Naparstek is also the youth director at middle school level. 


Mrs. Miriam Gold - Ivrit (Hebrew Language)


Mrs. Gold is a legendary Ivrit instructor. She is in her 3rd decade of teaching at the Hebrew Academy. She takes great pride in having taught many of her students’ parents. Her aim is to have each of her students love and master the Hebrew language. Many of her student’s return from their time in Israel full of gratitude for the phenomenal Hebrew Language skills and love for Israel they acquired during their time in Mrs. Gold’s class.