Meet Our Faculty

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Rabbi Michael Ribalt

Head of School

Rabbi Ribalt is a graduate of Yeshiva University. He pursued advanced rabbinical studies at YU for three years and then earned semicha Yoreh Yoreh from Yeshiva Madreigas HaAdam under Rabbi Faskowitz. He has an M.S. in Jewish education from the Azrieli Graduate School, a certificate in leadership and administration from YU, and a certificate in the art of leadership from Harvard University’s Principal Center.

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Benjamin Klein

Chief Financial Officer

Benjamin Klein comes with 10 years of experience in major auditing firms including Loeb & Troper and Grant Thornton. His most recent position was as an Advisory Manager at Grant Thornton within the Strategy and Risk (NFP) department. There he managed multiple teams working on advisory engagements around risk evaluation and strategic solutions for a wide array of not-for-profit institutions, performed internal audits and consultations around new product launches, and developed multi-year financial plans and projected financial statements.

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Mrs. Chana Luchins

Principal of General Studies

Mrs. Chana Luchins is the principal of General Studies at Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva.  She is a New York and New Jersey certified teacher and a New Jersey certified supervisor who holds a Master's Degree in Special Education from the Graduate School of Education at Touro College and a Supervisory Certificate from the Rutgers Graduate School of Education. Mrs. Luchins has also completed the Hidden Sparks and YouLead leadership programs... (click name to read full bio)

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Rabbi Yaacov Feit

Middle School Assistant Principal

Rabbi Feit is a well-respected and distinguished educator with decades of teaching and administrative experience. He joins us after 14 years at the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy, as a dedicated Middle School and High School Rebbe. For the past nine years he served as the Director of Judaic Studies and Director of Judaic Studies Enrichment. In those roles, students benefited from improved/increased academic initiatives, student engagement, culture, and student registration. His responsibilities also included promoting school policies and procedures related to student discipline.

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Ilana Bohm

Director of Guidance 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)

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Rivka Abrahams

Think Tank Teacher

Rivka Abrahams holds a master's degree in special education from Hunter College Graduate School of Education and has had a variety of employment experiences in special education.

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Nitza Adler

2nd Grade and Middle School Judaic Studies Teacher

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Rabbi Eliyahu Akerman

Lower School Judaics Studies Teacher

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Mark Barnett

Facilities Manager

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Lisa Ben-Haim

Technology Coordinator

Lisa Ben-Haim returns to RPRY as a Technology Coordinator working with teachers to inte...

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Shulamis Benjamin

Pre-Nursery Teacher

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Bracha Berg

Kindergarten General Studies Assistant Teacher

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Elise Berlin

Think Tank Teacher for Judaic Studies and 2nd Grade Judaic Studies Assistant Teacher

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Rebecca Bick

Student Activities Coordinator, Director of PM Playmates, Middle School Math Teacher

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Mimi Blumenkrantz

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Morah Mimi earned her teacher's certification at Migdal Ohz teacher's seminary....

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Rachael Breslin

1st Grade Judaic Studies Teacher

Rachael Breslin holds a bachelor's degree in behavioral science and a master's in education and special education.

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Maggie Brooks

Kindergarten Judaic Studies Assistant Teacher

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Rabbi Moshe Chait

Middle School Judaic Studies Teacher

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Yael Chait

Think Tank Coordinator

Mrs. Yael Chait is the Think Tank Coordinator and one of its faculty members. Mrs....

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Camille Douglas

School Secretary

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Rena Einzig

Pre-Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

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Naomi Fisch

Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

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Sara Fischer

Director of Admissions and Development

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Bethany Goldstein

Think Tank 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)

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Orit Goldstein

Office Administrator

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Alisa Hercman

Nursery Assistant Teacher

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Jillian Jeffries

Grades K - 7 STEM Teacher

Mrs. Jillian Jeffries holds a BA from the College of New Jersey, majoring in sociology ...

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Wendy Johnson

School Nurse

Nurse Johnson comes to RPRY with twelve years of experience in school nursing under the...

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Claire Kagel

7th and 8th Grade Science and Language Arts Teacher

Mrs. Claire Kagel joins the RPRY staff with more than 20 years of teaching experience. She has worked at Kushner Yeshiva Academy, Yeshiva at the Jersey Shore and most recently at Yeshiva Bais Hillel in Passaic. She holds a bachelor’s degree from New York University in Creative Arts Therapies and Education. (click name for full bio)

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Shoshana Kaplan

Curriculum Coordinator and 6th Grade Judaic Studies Teacher

Morah Shoshana teaches 6th grade girls Judaic studies, 8th grade Ivrit and serving in the Think Tank. As an alumna of RPRY herself, as well as a current parent, Morah Shoshana is thrilled to be part of the RPRY faculty. She previously taught at Yeshivat Noam in Paramus, Yeshiva Har Torah in Little Neck, NY and The JEC Lower School in Elizabeth. (click name for full bio)

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Rabbi Bryan Kinzbrunner

Guidance Counselor

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Elana Kurtz

Early Childhood Coordinator and 4th Grade General Studies Teacher

Elana Kurtz comes to RPRY with years of experience in education. Elana has a B.S. in Ea...

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Tzipi Kushner

Social Work Intern

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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)

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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.

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Rabbi Meir Lipschitz

Director of Special Initiatives, Middle School Judaic Studies Teacher, Accreditation Coordinator

Rabbi Meir Lipschitz joins the RPRY team with many years of experience in various educa...

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Helene Lockspeiser

Nursery Teacher

Morah Helene Lockspeiser has been a Jewish Early Childhood Educator for over 40 years. ...

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Faigie Luban

2nd Grade Judaic Studies Teacher

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Emily Menasha

Middle School Social Studies and 6th Grade Science Teacher

Emily Menasha has over 21 years experience as a classroom teacher, 17 of which have been as a classroom teacher at RPRY! She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Yeshiva University's Stern College for Women and a Master's Degree in Reading and Literacy from Bank Street College of Education. Emily Menasha has taught kindergarten, first grade and fourth grades. She currently teaches third grade general studies subjects and middle school social studies. Emily and her husband, Ben, have two daughters both of whom are current students at RPRY.

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Tzippy Mond

Pre-Nursery Assistant Teacher

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Bonnie Orgel

Permanent Substitute

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Brooke Ramos

Social Work Intern

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Chavi Rappaport

Teaching Assistant

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Tzippy Rapps

Think Tank Teacher for General Studies

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Alli Ravee

Applied Psychology Specialist

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Dvir Ravee

P.E Teacher/Coach

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Minna Reich

Breakfast Buddies and School Support

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Hadas Rosenthal

Nursery Teacher

Morah Hadas received teacher certification through the Israel Defence Forces and continued her studies to specialize in Early Childhood Education. She has several years of teaching experience in addition to experience in informal educational settings.

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Chana Salamon

Music Teacher

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Chani Scheinfeld

2nd Grade Judaic Studies Assistant Teacher

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Chaya Schulgasser

3rd Grade & 4th Grade Judaic Studies Teacher

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Judy Schwarzberg

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Ayelet Shakarchi

Administrative Assistant

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Joanne Shapiro

Business Office Staff

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Naomi Shlian

Business Administrator

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Penina Shmuel

First Grade General Studies Teacher

Penina Shmuel holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in special education from Brooklyn College.

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Marsha Shulman

Pre-Nursery Assistant Teacher

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Sharon Stern

Pre-Nursery Teacher

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Ahuva Tsibulevskiy

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

Ahuva Tsibulevskiy has over 12 years of teaching experience.  She received her und...

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Shulamis Valter

Middle School Judaic Studies

Mrs. Shulie Valter has degrees in Jewish Education from Stern College and from Azrieli ...

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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)

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Debbie Wasserman

4th Grade General Studies Teacher and 2nd Grade General Studies Assistant Teacher

Debbie Wasserman holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Barnard College and an MSW degree from New York University. She received her master's in teaching from Johns Hopkins University. Debbie previously taught at Berman Hebrew Academy in Maryland before joining RPRY.

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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.

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Ilene Weintraub

Kindergarten General Studies Teacher

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Chani Wiesel

2nd Grade General Studies Teacher

Mrs. Chani Wiesel has over 15 years of teaching experience. She received her undergradu...

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Shayna Yablonsky

Kindergarten Judaic Studies Teacher

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