Meet Our Faculty
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.
Josh Caplan transitioned from a successful career in advertising sales management with Time Warner Cable to the non-profit world where he has leveraged his marketing, sales, and management expertise first as the Director of Development and Community Relations for Manhattan Day School, and most recently as Executive Director at Teach NJ, a division of the Orthodox Union which advocates for increased nonpublic school funding. During his tenure, Teach NJ successfully doubled school security funding and just recently passed an historic bill providing funding to nonpublic schools for STEM education.
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)
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)
Director of Admissions and Marketing
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)
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)
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.
6th Grade Language Arts Teacher, Think Tank Learning Specialist
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.
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)
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)
6th and 8th 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)
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.
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)
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.
Physical Education Teacher
Brian McNamara has been teaching Physical Education for over 15 years. He previously taught in public schools for a number of years, and has been teaching at RPRY for over 10 years. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education and Health from William Paterson University.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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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