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About

Meet Our Faculty

Rabbi Daniel Loew

Head of School

Rabbi Loew has an MS in Jewish Education from the Azrieli Institute for Jewish Education, and rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. Most recently he served as the Principal of the Seattle Hebrew Academy in Seattle, Washington. Previously he served as Head of School at the Hebrew High School of New England for nine years.

Yehuda Kohn

Executive Director

Mr. Kohn received his BA in economics from Yeshiva University in 1994. He has participated in extensive training programs for day school financial management and fundraising sponsored by the Orthodox Union, Yeshiva University, the United Jewish Federation of New York City, the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, and the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education in Massachusetts.

Rabbi Joshua Einzig

Assistant Principal of Judaic Studies and Early Childhood

Rabbi Einzig began his career as a Judaic Studies teacher at North Shore Hebrew Academy. He holds a Master's Degree in Education from City College of New York and received Semicha from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University. Earlier in his career, Rabbi Einzig had the opportunity to serve in similar administrative roles at the H.F. Epstein Hebrew Academy in St. Louis, MO, and the Samuel Scheck Hillel Day School in Boca Raton, FL. ... (click on name to read full bio)

Mrs. Chana Luchins

Assistant Principal of General Studies

Mrs. Luchins is a consummate educator with over twenty years of experience in the field of education, working with students from preschool through Grade 12, in both General and Judaic Studies. Additionally, she has provided professional development for colleagues, and mentored fellow classroom and special education teachers. ... (click name to read full bio)

Shoshana Madsen

Director of Admissions

Shoshana Madsen is responsible for admissions and community engagement for RPRY. Prior to joining the school in 2016, she served as the admissions coordinator for Brandeis University’s Office of High School Programs, taught fine art and AP art at Tichon Ramah Yerushalayim in Jerusalem, and has a great deal of organizational experience. ... (Click on name for full bio)

Ilana Bohm

Guidance Counselor and Yearbook Advisor

Mrs. Ilana Bohm has a masters degree in social work from YU Wurzweiler School of Social Work and is currently working toward a PhD in Social Welfare.  Before joining the staff at RPRY, Mrs. Bohm was the guidance counselor at Solomon Schechter Day School for 5 years...(click name to read full bio)

Meryl Silver

Special Services and Think Tank Coordinator

Mrs. Meryl Silver's career spans 21 years, working with children of all ages, from 2 years old through high school. She has worked as a special education and general education teacher, and as a Professional Development Coach at Hidden Sparks, a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to help children with learning differences reach their full potential in school and life...(click name to read full bio)

Nitza Adler

2nd Grade and Middle School Judaic Studies Teacher

Brit Berlin

2nd Grade Judaic Studies Assistant Teacher

Elise Berlin

Think Tank Teacher for Judaic Studies and Lower School In-Class Resource

Karen Bialik

Middle School Math Teacher

Rebecca Bick

Middle School Math Teacher, Middle School Activities Coordinator, and 8th Grade Advisor

Berg Bracha

Assistant Teacher in Kindergarten General Studies

Maggie Brooks

1st Judaic Studies Assistant Teacher

Rachel Callen

Middle School Hebrew Teacher

Rabbi Moshe Chait

Middle School Judaic Studies Teacher

Alexandra Cooper

2nd Grade General Studies Teacher and Think Tank Teacher

Ally Cooper received a bachelor's degree from Boston University and holds a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College. Additionally, Ally is certified in Montessori Education at the Elementary level. She is thrilled to have joined the RPRY family in 2018 (as a parent as well as a faculty member!) and enjoys working with her students every day.

Leah Drillman

4th Grade and Middle School Judaic Studies Teacher

Rena Einzig

Nursery Assistant Teacher

Heather Gable

Nursery Assistant Teacher

Linda Garfinkel

Librarian and Middle School Social Studies Teacher

Linda G. has her undergraduate degree in French Language and Literature, with a minor in Theater and the Arts. She attended La Sorbonne in Paris, France to enhance her French education. ... (click on name for full bio)

Batsheva Goldman

Early Childhood Program Coordinator and Pre-Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

Bethany Goldstein

1st Grade General Studies Assistant Teacher

Bethany Goldstein has over ten years of experience in the field of education. She holds a Master's Degree in TESOL and a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and Spanish from The College of New Jersey. Bethany has extensive experience teaching students of all ages and is a NJ State Certified Teacher...(click name to read full bio)

Chanie Grunwald

Middle School Judaic Studies Teacher

Alisa Hercman

Nursery Assistant Teacher

Penny Kaplan

Think Tank Teacher in General Studies and Names, Not Numbers© Co-Coordinator

Sara Kaplan

Middle School Science Teacher

Mrs. Sara Kaplan earned her B.S. in Biology and Psychology from Touro College after graduating from Yavne Teacher's Seminary in Cleveland, OH. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with her M.S. in Biomedical Sciences from Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. ... (click name for full bio)

Aviva Korbman

Kindergarten Judaic Studies and Pre-Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

Elana Kurtz

1st Grade General Studies Teacher

Michael Kyriacou

Physical Education Teacher

Michael Kyriacou holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Physical Education & Health from Kean University. Michael Kyriacou joined the RPRY family in 2016. He currently teaches Upper School Physical Education. In addition, he assists Mr. McNamara’s Lower School Physical Education classes.

Rabbi Nachman Lapa

Middle School Judaic Studies Teacher and Boys' Torah Bowl Coach

Rabbi Lapa received a Bachelor of Talmudic Law from Talmudical Seminary/Denver in 1983. He then went to Beth Medrash Govoha and received a Master of Rabbinic and Talmudic Studies Degree in 1986, Rabbinic Ordination in 1988 and an Advanced Talmudic Certificate in 1993. ... (click name for full bio)

Marla Liebhaber

5th Grade General Studies Teacher

Marla Liebhaber has been teaching at RPRY for 25 years! She holds a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from The College of New Jersey, and a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from SUNY Albany. Ms. Liebhaber currently teaches 5th grade math, social studies, language arts, and science.

Carlson Limerick

Middle School Language Arts Teacher

Devorah Lockspeiser

Think Tank in Judaic Studies Teacher

Chanie Loew

1st and 4th Grade Judaic Studies Teacher

Faigie Luban

2nd Grade Judaic Studies Teacher

Brian McNamara, Jr.

Physical Education Teacher

Brian McNamara has been teaching Physical Education for 12 years. He previously taught in public schools for a number of years, and has been teaching at RPRY for the last 7. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education and Health from William Paterson University.

Emily Menasha

3rd Grade General Studies Teacher, Middle School Social Studies Teacher, and Think Tank Administrative Support

Rabbi Steven Miodownik

Middle School Judaic Studies Teacher and Girls' Torah Bowl Coach

Rabbi Steven Miodownik has been teaching Middle School Judaic Studies at RPRY since 2000. He received his semicha from Yeshiva University after graduating from the Sy Syms School of Business with a degree in marketing. .. (click name for full bio)

Tzippy Mond

Pre-Nursery Assistant Teacher

Michal Moore

3rd Grade Judaic Studies Assistant Teacher

Bonnie Orgel

Permanent Substitute

Maxine Pilavin

Middle School Lanuage Arts and Social Studies Teacher

Maxine Pilavin has over twenty years of experience as a classroom teacher. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English and American Literature from Brandeis University, a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master’s Degree in Library and Education Science from Rutgers University. ... (click name for full bio)

Tzippy Rapps

Think Tank Teacher for General Studies

Minna Reich

Breakfast Buddies and School Support

Jodie Salit

Assistant Pre-Kindergarten Teacher and Names, Not Numbers© Co-Coordinator

Tobi Schilowitz

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Vera Schreck

3rd Grade General Studies Assistant Teacher

Judy Schwarzberg

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Sari Shalmon

Middle School Science Teacher and STEM Coordinator

Penina Shmuel

Kindergarten Judaic Studies Assistant Teacher

Marsha Shulman

Pre-Nursery Assistant Teacher

Kaila Stein

3rd Grade and Middle School Judaic Studies Teacher

Sharon Stern

Pre-Nursery Teacher

Ahuva Tsibulevskiy

4th Grade General Studies Teacher and Computers Teacher/Technology Coordinator

Debby Waldman

Art Teacher

Debra Waldman, MA Ed., started her teaching career in public school in NY as a 4th grade teacher, a Reading Interventionist, and as an art teacher. ... (click name for full bio)

Debbie Wasserman

2nd Grade General Studies Assistant Teacher

Elke Weintraub

1st Grade Judaic Studies Teacher

Mrs. Elke Weintraub has over thirty years of experience in the field of education.  She holds a Hebrew Teacher's Degree from Beth Jacob Teacher's Seminary and a Torah U'Mesorah Hebrew Teacher's license.  She attended Brooklyn College with a major in math and a minor in education.  Morah Elke joined the RPRY family in 1985 after teaching at Hillel Academy in Pittsburgh, PA.

Ilene Weintraub

Kindergarten General Studies Teacher

Chani Wiesel

2nd and 4th Grade General Studies Teacher

Shayna Yablonsky

Kindergarten Judaic Studies Teacher