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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.

Josh Caplan

Executive Director

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.

Rabbi Joshua Einzig

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

Principal of General Studies

Mrs. Chana Luchins is the assistant principal of General Studies at Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva.  She is a consummate educator with over twenty years of experience in the field of education, working with students from Early Childhood 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)

Bonnie Drazen

Special Services and Think Tank Coordinator

Mrs. Drazen joined RPRY as the Think Tank Director. She received a BA in Political Science from Stern College and an M. Ed. from the University of Missouri in Teaching Reading K-12. After 18 years at Epstein Hebrew Academy in St. Louis, Mrs. Drazen was most recently the Director of Teaching and Learning at Yeshiva at the Jersey Shore. She is most excited to be working with so many wonderful people at RPRY, both staff, and students!

Rivka Abrahams

1st Grade Judaic Studies Co-Teacher and 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.

Nitza Adler

2nd Grade and Middle School Judaic Studies Teacher

Bracha Berg

Assistant Teacher in Kindergarten General Studies

Elise Berlin

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

Rebecca Bick

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

Mimi Blumenkrantz

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

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.

Maggie Brooks

1st Grade and Kindergarten Judaic Studies Assistant Teacher

Rachel Callen

Middle School Hebrew Teacher

Rabbi Moshe Chait

Middle School Judaic Studies Teacher

Alexandra Cooper

6th Grade Language Arts and Social Studies 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.

Lauren Cooper

PR and Social Media Manager

Camille Douglas

School Secretary

Leah Drillman

4th Grade and Middle School Judaic Studies Teacher

Rena Einzig

Nursery Assistant Teacher

Batsheva Goldman

Early Childhood Program Coordinator and Pre-Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

Bethany Goldstein

1st Grade General Studies 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)

Alisa Hercman

Nursery Assistant Teacher

Penny Kaplan

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

Shoshana Kaplan

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 excited to join 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)

Elana Kurtz

3rd 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)

Sara Nechama Lerman

Middle School Judaic Studies Teacher

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.

Faigie Luban

2nd Grade Judaic Studies Teacher

Hye Mee McCartney

First Grade General Studies Assistant 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

Middle School Social Studies 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.

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

1st Grade Judaic Studies and Nursery Assistant Teacher

Bonnie Orgel

Permanent Substitute

Maxine Pilavin

Middle School Language Arts 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)

Allison Platschek

Library Teacher and 2nd Grade Assistant Teacher

Tzippy Rapps

Think Tank Teacher for General Studies

Minna Reich

Breakfast Buddies and School Support

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.

Chani Scheinfeld

1st Grade Judaic Studies Assistant Teacher

Vera Schreck

3rd Grade General Studies Assistant Teacher

Chaya Schulgasser

Fourth Grade Judaic Studies Teacher

Judy Schwarzberg

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Sari Shalmon

Middle School Science Teacher and STEM Coordinator

Michal Shmuel

Middle School Ivrit Teacher

Penina Shmuel

First Grade General Studies Co-Teacher

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

Marsha Shulman

Pre-Nursery Assistant Teacher

Kaila Stein

3rd Grade and Middle School Judaic Studies Teacher

Sharon Stern

Pre-Nursery Teacher

Yechiel Tannenbaum

Pre-Kindergarten Assistant 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

4th Grade General Studies 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.

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

Rabbi Dov Whittenburg

Middle School Judaic Studies Teacher

Rabbi Whittenburg received his bachelor's degree from Rutgers University in Communication and Jewish studies, his smicha from RIETS, and is completing an advanced degree in the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration. In addition, he previously worked as a Yachad program director.

Chani Wiesel

2nd and 4th Grade General Studies Teacher

Shayna Yablonsky

Kindergarten Judaic Studies Teacher

Shirley Zebede

Nursery Assistant Teacher