Rod Avraham Najibi comes from a traditional and religious family and has been living in LA since the year 2000. He attended UCLA for his undergraduate studies and received a BS in Neuroscience followed by two years of research in Neuroscience and Bio-behavioural sciences. After attending UCLA school of Dentistry and getting his DDS, he completed a one year residency program at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. He is now a practicing Dentist in Los Angeles.
Rod’s passion for Torah learning and Judaism materialized into dedicating many hours of his free time to learning at different kollelim and batei midrashim in Los Angeles. He had the advantage of hearing spoken Aramaic at home from his parents and grandparents which years later helped him tremendously in understanding Rabbinic and Aramaic texts. He is currently working towards a Semicha from Yeshivat Machon Iyun Halacha from Jerusalem with a focus on the Halachot of Shabbat. Rod has been volunteering as a chazzan at local synagogues and holds weekly shiurim for the youth and other community members in Santa Monica.
Daniella Orner Najibi was born in New York to a religious family of Persian and Polish background. Both her paternal grandparents are holocaust survivors. She attended Yeshiva of Central Queens and later Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls in the five towns. She continued on to CUNY – Queens College, and attended Ateret Seminary on campus graduating in 2011 with a BA in Psychology. After finishing her undergraduate studies, she continued her studies at the UCLA School of Dentistry, where she obtained her DDS degree in 2016. During her time at UCLA, Daniella was introduced to OU-JLIC lunch shiurim given by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan. Daniella and Rod got married and had their first child while Daniella was in dental school. Following dental school, she entered the General Practice Residency Program at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. She completed the program in June 2017 and currently practices in LA. Together, Daniella and Rod have an energetic son, Ovadia and two beautiful twin girls.