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. His passion for Torah learning and teaching led him to join the OU-JLIC team, and eventually pioneer with his wife Daniella the first OU-JLIC program with a focus on graduate students and professionals in the west coast.
He is also involved in delivering weekly shiurim ranging in different topics to community members in local synagogues and kollelim in Los Angeles
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.
Drs. Avraham Rod and Daniella Najibi have been serving as the directors of OU JLIC West Professionals for the past 5 years. They are both practicing dentists having graduated from UCLA. Rod and Daniella live in West LA close to Santa Monica with their three children. They can’t wait to meet and get to know each one you this coming year at SMC and at Western U!!