Rabbi Shimon Ishal  Rosh Yeshiva/10th grade Rebbe

Rabbi Shimon Ishal

Rosh Yeshiva/10th grade Rebbe

Rabbi Ishal, an LA native, received his Semicha from Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim of Queens. Along with his many years learning at the Yeshiva,  Rabbi Ishal had the unique privilege of serving as the personal assistant to the Rosh HaYeshiva HaGaon HaRav Henach Leibowitz, ZT”L. In this role Rabbi Ishal forged a deep personal relationship with the Rosh Yeshiva and gained much insight from the many facets of his penetrating wisdom and understanding of human nature.  Rabbi Ishal co-founded Chofetz Chaim Los Angeles and is well known as a caring and beloved Rebbe who makes meaningful and lasting relationships with his talmidim. His charisma and warmth has enabled him to connect with and enlighten many.


 Rabbi Yermiyahu Ornstein  Rosh Yeshiva/Menahel

Rabbi Yermiyahu Ornstein

Rosh Yeshiva/Menahel

Rabbi Yermiyahu Ornstein draws from his many years of Yeshiva learning and teaching experience to engage and involve students in a stimulating interactive learning experience. Rabbi Ornstein  learned for thirteen years in the Chofetz Chaim Yeshiva system, studying in the affiliates Yeshiva Tiferes Yisroel in Flatbush, Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim of Yerushalayim and in the main Chofetz Chaim campus of Queens.

Rabbi Ornstein is a graduate of the Principal's Training Initiative. He also completed the Mercaz Teacher Training Program, a two-year course developed and  taught by Rabbi Yoel Kramer. Additionally Rabbi Ornstein holds a Masters in School Building Leadership from St. Johns University's School of Education. He draws on these many resources  to convey the beauty and profundity of Torah to all of his Talmidim.


 Rabbi Eliyahu Heller  Mashgiach Ruchani/11-12 grade Rebbe

Rabbi Eliyahu Heller

Mashgiach Ruchani/11-12 grade Rebbe

Rabbi Eliyahu Heller, an LA native, learned in Toras Emes, YGLA, and advanced to learn   in some of the most highly regarded Yeshivos in the world. Since Rabbi Heller’s arrival in Yeshiva  the level and intensity of learning has been significantly enhanced. Rabbi Heller’s high level iyun shiur, given in the classic Yeshiva style, will help prepare our Talmidim for any post high-school Beis Medrash they wish to attend.

In Rabbi Heller’s role as Mashgiach Ruchani, he oversees the spiritual and emotional development of all the bochurim in the yeshiva and directs the recruitment and admissions process. Rabbi Heller  frequently takes individual talmidim out to refuel their bodies, (a.k.a lunch) engaging them in meaningful discussion about just about anything.


 Mr. Joshua Shapiro  Vice Principal of Secular Studies

Mr. Joshua Shapiro

Vice Principal of Secular Studies

Mr. Shapiro has worked for Chofetz Chaim of Los Angeles over the last seven years as a teacher, WASC coordinator, and now Vice Principal of Secular Studies. 

He  earned his Bachelors of Arts in History from UCLA, and his Masters in History from Cal State Northridge. Mr. Shapiro also learned at Aish Hatorah Jerusalem for two years.

Before coming to CCLA he owned and operated two tutoring companies: Midas Academy, dedicated to SAT prep and English Language Development, and Kesher Limud, one on one tutoring within the Jewish community. He also worked as a track and field coach for six years at Arcadia High School.  

In his spare time Mr. Shapiro enjoys watchmaking, rock climbing, and spending time with his wonderful wife and children (Not in order of importance). 

Mr. Shapiro is excited to use his skills, education, and experience to inspire the next generation of Bnei' Torah at Chofetz Chaim of Los Angeles