Connor O’Brien is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and moved to New York in order to attend Fordham University. After studying Music and Communications, he worked as an Office/Classroom Assistant at Voice Charter School in Long Island City for two years before becoming the Culture and Discipline Coordinator. He is excited to be a part of the Beit Rabban team!
Ruben Coleman joined Beit Rabban in 2018 as Head of Maintenance. Prior to coming to Beit Rabban, Ruben worked with the Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn for 11 years.
Chen Shterenbach, Hebrew specialist, was trained according to the proficiency approach to teaching Hebrew as well as through the NETA program. Chen has taught in a variety of settings - working in day schools with elementary and middle school-aged children for several years. Chen specializes in developing and executing innovative and creative curriculum that help students engage with the language and connect with the culture. Chen received a master’s degree in teaching from Brandeis University in Boston, Massachusetts and holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in business, with an emphasis in marketing and advertising, from Netanya Academic College in Israel. Chen is fluent in English and Hebrew.
Abra Jacobs Goldemberg is excited to join Beit Rabban. Abra is the former Director of Early Childhood Jewish Education at Temple Israel New Rochelle and was previously the Assistant Director of the Rosenthal JCC’s Early Childhood Education Program in Plesantville, NY where supervised all aspects of the Early Childhood and Early Intervention Services. Abra spends her summers at Camp Ramah Nyack in Rockland County where she serves as the Rosh Edah (Division Head) for Edat haKochavim (campers entering Kindergarten). Abra started her teaching career at the West End Day School where she taught various grades. She is excited to be going back to third grade. Abra has served as a Mentor for the Matan Early Childhood Institute and also as a Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) for several agencies both in New York City and across Westchester County. She is also an active member of Temple Israel Center of White Plains and has served on the Board of Trustees, the Nursery School Parent Board, and most recently the Inclusion Committee. Abra has a passion for making Jewish and secular Education accessible and inclusive for all. Abra holds a B.A. in Childhood Education from Syracuse University and Dual Masters in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education from Hunter College. Abra lives in White Plains, NY with her husband Michael and two sons Judah and Caleb.
Dori is thrilled to be joining the Beit Rabban staff this upcoming September. She graduated from Hunter College in 2018 with a degree in creative writing. Along with 20+ summers spent at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires and a student of Solomon Schechter, she has also worked as a special education teacher in the Hebrew school setting for Matan. She loves fostering each individual child’s autonomy, growth and learning, by providing emotional support and allowing independence. Along with her BA, Dori is a certified yoga teacher, and is excited to bring her experience to the Beit Rabban kehilah
Hope Levav has been a Jewish day school educator and educational administrator for over 20 years, working at schools across the religious spectrum, including The Rashi School, Yeshivah of Flatbush, and Hannah Senesh Community Day School. Hope graduated from Brandeis University with a BA in American Studies and a minor in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. She holds an MA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College, and an MA in Secondary Curriculum and Instruction from Northeastern University. Hope has participated in Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Institutes and a Facing History and Ourselves Holocaust and Human Behavior training course.
Aaron Friedman was recently named “Funniest Jew in New York” by The Jewish Week and is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of The Bible Players, an educational Jewish comedy team that is “Improv-ing Jewish Lives.” A Jewish educator for the past 12 years, he is a graduate of List College (JTS/Columbia) and just earned a Masters in Jewish Education from the Davidson School-JTS.
Irit recently joined Beit Rabban as a Hebrew teacher for Kindergarten and Kevutzot. Irit has also taught at Harlem Hebrew Academy and at Solomon Schechter of Queens. Irit served as an officer in the Israeli Air Force for five years where she earned a degree in Computer Science. After moving to New York, Irit spent several decades working as an Information Technology executive in the financial services industry. Irit is a proud mother of three children and likes to spend her free time reading books, traveling and hanging out with friends.
Nicole ‘Nicky’ Bernstein joined Beit Rabban in 2017. Nicky graduated from Barnard College, with a major in Psychology and minor in Urban Education. She currently holds her New York State teaching certification and is beginning her Master’s in Literacy Education at Bank Street College. Nicky has taught tennis and ice skating to kids ages 4-14 for over five years.
Yaara Ben-Dvora joined Beit Rabban in 2017. Born and raised in Haifa, Yaara completed a degree in Architecture at the Open University with a minor in Psychology. After finishing University, Yaara who always dreamed of New York and visited for the summer before beginning her professional career in Architecture back in Haifa. Falling in love with New York, she decided to stay and began working privately for a prominent New York family. Staring with their first child at the age of two and growing with them through the addition of five children, Yaara, oversaw all the children's studies and taught them to speak fluent Hebrew. Yaara also helped this family manage areas of their successful business. Following a major work transition Yaara realized she wanted to focus on pursuing her passion of working with and educating young children in an inspiring educational inviting. Yaara is CPR certified, and has special certification as a mandated reporter handling the abuse of children as well training in harassment, bullying, and cyber bullying.
Abra joined Beit Rabban in 2017 after working as a learning specialist at Ben Porat Yosef in Paramus, New Jersey for five years. She holds a BS in Special Education from Touro College and an MA in Reading from Montclair State University. Abra has completed The Institute for Multisensory Education's comprehensive phonics course and is trained in using the Orton Gillingham approach to phonics instruction.
Jacob “Spike” Kraus is an up and coming singer/songwriter from Boston, Ma. He has three studio releases: ‘The King’s Beanie EP,’ “Shake Off The Dust,” and just released his second album ‘Cornerstones’ in May 2017. Jacob began his new role as Music Teacher at Beit Rabban Day School in Manhattan in 2017. He has been song leading for over a decade at synagogues, day schools, and summer camps, having served as Head Songleader at both the URJ Eisner Camp and the URJ Kutz Camp for several summers. He graduated from Muhlenberg College in the spring of 2013 with a degree in Music Performance. His music has been included in the cantorial curriculum of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, and is featured on Jewish Rock Radio. A member of the Jewish A Cappella group Six13, JSK believes in music’s power as a community-builder. He tours the country singing with communities and using Jewish music as a tool to educate and engage the next generation of Jews. Find out more about Jacob and his music at www.jacobspikekraus.com.
Ann Zisser joined Beit Rabban in 2015, as a teacher in Shtillim (2nd Grade) and Math Specialist. Ann has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from SUNY Albany, and a Master’s degree in Special Education from Hunter College. Ann previously chaired the Math Department at Solomon Schechter of Westchester and has over 20 years of experience in education.
Rachel Feinerman joined Beit Rabban in 2015, serving as Director of Admissions. Rachel holds a B.A. in Dance and Political Science from Barnard College, teaching certification in Simonson Technique, and has been a dance performer, choreographer, and teacher for over twenty years working in stage, film, and visual art productions. A co-founder of New Dance Collective, where she produces and choreographs performance workshops, Rachel has also choreographed over 15 musicals for children under the auspices of MultipleOutlet Productions and has taught adults at Dance Space, Dance New Amsterdam, Gibney Dance, Peridance, Queens College and Barnard College. A product of day school education at Ramaz and a graduate of Midreshet Lindenbaum, Rachel has two children in the elementary school program at Beit Rabban. firstname.lastname@example.org
Ilana Weinberg joined Beit Rabban in 2015 as a member of our faculty in the Kevutzot. Before joining Beit Rabban, Ilana had worked at the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan for nine years as an elementary teacher. Prior to her work at Schechter, she spent three years as an assistant teacher in the Rita Gold Early Childhood Center, a program at Teachers College of Columbia. Ilana holds a B.A. in History from Columbia University and a MA in Early Childhood General Education and Early Childhood Special Education from Teachers College at Columbia University. Ilana completed the Responsive Classroom Summer Institute and the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and enjoys Hebrew and French. email@example.com
Sara Cohn has been with Beit Rabban as Director of Student Support since 2015. Prior to that, she taught the Shorashim class in 2013-2014. Sara holds a Masters Degree in Childhood Special and General Education from Bank Street College of Education as well as a Masters Degree in Social Work from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. As a social work student, Sara served as an intern at a middle school in Manhattan as well as at a foster care agency in Queens. Prior to her work at Beit Rabban, Sara taught elementary-age students in special education and general education settings in both public schools and Jewish day schools in New York and Boston. firstname.lastname@example.org
Nadya Goldman joined Beit Rabban in 2015 after extensive experience with children as an educator, dance instructor, and occupational therapist. Nadya worked within the Israeli educational system and as a private tutor teaching reading, handwriting, organizational skills, dance, fine and gross motor development skills with both Gan and elementary-age children. Nadya holds a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from the Ono Academic College in Kiryat Ono, Israel and was a captain in the Israeli Air Force. Nadya also managed the children’s dance program for the Dorot dance group and brings her love for yoga into the classroom environment. Nadya is fluent in English, Hebrew and Russian. email@example.com
Michal Nagar joined Beit Rabban in 2016, coteaching in the kindergarten and as the school's Art teacher. Michal has worked as an educator in several museums in New York City, including the Brooklyn Historical Society and the Guggenheim Museum’s Learning Through Art Program. Michal holds a BA in Art History and Museum Professions as well as an MA in Critical Theory. She comes with the experience of growing up in Israel and has a wide range of Judaic knowledge having studied in the religious community.
Pnina Talias joined Beit Rabban in 2012. A former staff member of the Hebrew Language Academy in Brooklyn and the Golda Och Academy in New Jersey, Pnina brings a commitment to Hebrew instruction and over a decade of experience of working with a wide range of learners in North American schools. She holds a NETA Certificate in Hebrew Language Teaching from Hebrew College in Boston, and has a deep love of Hebrew literature and poetry. Pnina is also an experienced and credentialed teacher in the area of recreation and physical education, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Montclair State University and a teaching certificate from the Zinman College of Physical Education from the Wingate Institute in Netanya, Israel. firstname.lastname@example.org
Aline Linden joined Beit Rabban in 2013 after serving as a teacher at the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan and Hannah Senesh Community Day School for thirteen years. Holding a BA in Romance Languages and Literature from the University of Chicago, Aline was a Ha’Sha’ar Fellow at the Drisha Institute of Jewish Education, where she had field placements at Beit Rabban and Heschel Middle School. She also participated in the summer programs in Jerusalem at Nishmat and MaTan and spent a year of study at Midreshet Lindenbaum. Aline is a recipient of the prestigious Blackboard Award for Outstanding Teaching. Aline is currently a graduate student at Hunter College pursuing a M.A. in Education. email@example.com
Yael Sacks joined Beit Rabban in 2011 after three years of teaching at B’not Shulamith and a stint as a marine educator. A graduate of the Macaulay Honors College at Queens College with a BA in Physics with a concentration in secondary education and a BA in Math, Yael is also a graduate of the two-year Jewish New Teacher Project. Yael served as an education intern at Machshava Tova Computer Center in Jerusalem, participated in the Project WILD and Project Learning Tree environmental education program and is a trained facilitator of Outward Bound teamwork initiatives. Yael has also attended two institutes at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. firstname.lastname@example.org
Miri Pyle joined Beit Rabban in 2009 after serving as an elementary school teacher at Magen David School in Brooklyn, the Heschel School in Manhattan and Yeshiva of North Jersey. Miri has a Bachelor’s degree from Queens College and a Master’s degree in General Childhood Education from Bank Street College.
David Keesey joined Beit Rabban in 2007. He graduated from Yeshiva University with a B.A. in Psychology and holds a Master of Education degree in education from Hunter College. He has experience working as a paraprofessional for the New York City Board of Education and is a professional musician, accomplished guitarist and composer who enriches the Gan and school with music. email@example.com
Danielle Cohn joined Beit Rabban in 2013. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Danielle was the co-founder and co-president of Bitty City Players, a New York-based company that provides theater education to young children. In addition to her work with children in the early childhood years, she was a lead actress in the national touring company of The Rainbow Fish and Are You My Mother?, performing and leading interactive sessions with children as a part of the daily performance. Danielle is a day school graduate and a fluent Hebrew speaker. firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicole Weiss has been with Beit Rabban as Chief Operating Officer since 2013. She works on all issues related to the administrative side of the school, including financial management, tuition, financial aid, marketing, development, human resources, and facilities. Nicole has worked as an executive in the Jewish community for more than a decade, serving as a member of the administration of Central Synagogue in New York City, the senior manager for year-round programs for Young Judaea, a consultant, program director and department director for the Departments of Youth and Jewish Family Concerns of the Union for Reform Judaism. Holding both BSW and MSW degrees from the University of Texas, Nicole also holds a certificate in Non-Profit Management and Philanthropic Studies. She is also an accomplished chef and is the founder of Coterie Cuisine. email@example.com
Avi Steinberg joined Beit Rabban in 2007, where he has served as a shadow and teacher in the Kevutzot. Avi, a graduate of Yeshiva University with a B.A. in English Literature also holds a Master of Education Degree from Bank Street College. Avi also has a certificate from Ivriyon, an intensive ulpan for day school teachers at the Jewish Theological Seminary and is a gifted illustrator and cartoonist. firstname.lastname@example.org
Shira Rodriguez joined Beit Rabban in 2002, where she taught for four years in Garinim in the elementary program and for eight years as a teacher in the Gan. Shira received her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College, her MSW from Hunter College, and her BA from Barnard College. email@example.com
Rabbi Mick Fine has been with Beit Rabban as a member of the senior staff as Director of Hebrew Language Curriculum and Instruction since 2013. Ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary, Mick holds a MA in Teaching Hebrew from Brandeis University and a BA in Hebrew from the Ohio State University. Mick has served on the faculty of the Abraham Joshua Heschel School of New York and Solomon Schechter of Manhattan. He has held positions focused on rabbinics, curriculum development and social justice at Mazon, Storahtelling, Congregation B’nai Jeshurun and the Jewish Journey Project and has trained with the Teva Learning Center, Jewish New Teachers Project, NETA, and DeLeT. firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Exler has been with Beit Rabban as Director of Jewish Studies since 2014, bringing to her responsibilities both significant teaching experience in day schools as well as a strong background in curriculum writing developed in her work as senior program officer for the American Jewish World Service. Lisa also worked as project developer for the Mistabra Institute for Jewish Textual Activism. She holds a M.A. and B.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University, is a graduate of Midreshet Lindenbaum and the Dorot Fellowship in Israel, and a graduate of the Bronfman Youth Fellowship in Israel. This position is a joint position with Mechon Hadar and part of the jointly sponsored Curriculum Project designed to bring fresh and bold thinking to the question of standards in Jewish learning in the day school field. To find out more about our partnership with Mechon Hadar click here. email@example.com
Ingrid joined the Beit Rabban family in 2018 bringing with her many years of Jewish Day School experience in schools in NY, MA and NJ. She was privileged to teach in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Middle School grades. While in Massachusetts, Ingrid was trained as a Mentor Teacher through the DeLet program at Brandeis. Most recently, Ingrid served as the IB (International Baccalaureate) Coordinator at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County where she helped the school through a rigorous three year process to transition their middle school to becoming an authorized IB World School. Ingrid completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin and received her MA from the Bank Street College of Education.
Stephanie Ives is a proud alumna of Stern College for Women and Midreshet Lindenbaum in Jerusalem and received her J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 2003. Her professional life began with a gap year with Teach for America. Stephanie clerked on the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. and for Justice Aharon Barak on the Supreme Court of Israel, and worked as a lawyer at Goulston & Storrs. She previously ran the Department for Education and Community Engagement at American Jewish World Service and, most recently, was Regional Director of the New York/ Tri-State area at the New Israel Fund. firstname.lastname@example.org