Rae Mizrachi is a born and bred New Yorker. She is a graduate of Brooklyn College with dual degrees in English & Acting, summa cum laude. Rae is an Orton-Gillingham trained tutor that is passionate about incorporating her arts background into teaching and helping all students become better readers and writers. Rae is also a professional singer and has appeared on SNL, CBS, ABC, NBC, and BBC with a myriad of well known recording artists including Sza, Bebe Rexha, Chance the Rapper, Alessia Cara, and Jackson Browne to name a few.
Nava is currently an intern with Beit Rabban and a Beit Rabban Alumna who graduated in 2015. She is a high school student at the Dwight-Englewood school and she lives on the Upper West Side. Nava enjoys solving puzzles, reading in Central Park, and long conversations about overly existentialist topics.
Tzivia is a proud Queens College alumn, where she majored in Media Studies and Sociology. Prior to joining Beit Rabban, Tzivia worked at the Clio Awards as an administrative assistant to the president. Tzivia is excited to join the Beit Rabban community and to learn from the people around her. During her free time, Tzivia enjoys crafting, hiking, and playing frisbee.
Arielle Altmann joins Beit Rabban this year. Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. Arielle graduated from Stern College for Women, with a major in Judaic Studies and a minor in Education. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Early Childhood/Childhood Education and Special Ed at Touro College. Arielle has been teaching for the past five years as well as worked in camps in Canada, the US and Israel. She is fluent in Hebrew and French.
Jessica Jobanek is excited to be joining the Chativah at Beit Rabban, as the founding Rimonim (seventh grade) Judaics teacher! Jessica comes to BRDS after two years at Carmel Academy, where she taught 5th-8th grade Tanakh, Rabbinics, and Tefilla. She completed her MA in Jewish Education at the Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at JTS, where she also received a MA in Jewish Gender and Women's Studies; in the summer of 2018, Jessica participated in Ivriyon, a Hebrew-language intensive for day school teachers. Prior to moving to New York, Jessica spent two years studying at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, and has taught in a variety of settings, such as Wominyan (a feminist Jewish retreat series), Kehillat Harlem, and Congregation Ramath Orah. Jessica grew up in Eugene, Oregon, and received BAs in Spanish and Religious Studies from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Outside of the classroom, Jessica enjoys reading, spending time with her cat, and visiting (either in-person or virtually) New York's many museums. In her spare time, Jessica curates original tours of art and archaeology related to the parsha cycle and Jewish holidays, and she enjoys incorporating the arts into her teaching.
Stacey is thrilled to be welcomed to Beit Rabban in the Chativah! Last year she taught at Rodeph Sholom School, and prior to that Stacey had been living in Washington, DC where she was a 5th grade teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools for eight years. Stacey received her BS in Education with an Emphasis in Science Education and a minor in Human Development from the University of Maryland. There she also participated in the invitation-only Life Sciences Scholars Program. While teaching full-time, Stacey received her MS in Education, also with an Emphasis in Science Education. Stacey is passionate about bringing excitement to science and math, and is elated to be teaching her two favorite subjects at Beit Rabban. In her free time, Stacey loves to explore Central Park on walks with her husband and their dog, Cookie, and enter lotteries for Broadway shows. Inspired by her mom’s Jewish holiday cookbooks, Stacey enjoys hosting family for dinner and trying out new recipes.
Rina Goldberg joins Beit Rabban this year. Before joining Beit Rabban, Rina had worked at Schechter Manhattan for four years as an elementary teacher. Prior to her work at Schechter, she taught First Grade and ran a Hebrew Language program in the Early Childhood classes at Yavneh Academy in New Jersey. Rina holds an Honours B.A. in Psychology and an Advanced Certificate in Jewish Studies and Jewish Education from York University. She also holds a B.Ed in Elementary Education from York University and a M.A. in Jewish Education from the Davidson School at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Rina also studied the Multisensory Approach to Teaching Literacy at Windward and was recently a Legacy Heritage Teaching Institute Fellow. She enjoys Israeli music and dancing!
Sarah is very excited as she begins her first year at Beit Rabban! Sarah has 36 years of experience teaching in Jewish Day Schools and Hebrew schools both in Israel and in New York. She received her Teaching Certification from Seminar Shain in Petah Tikvah, Israel, majoring in General, Hebrew and Judaic Studies as well as in Science Studies and her Master degree from Seminar Oranim in Kiryat Tivon, Israel, majoring in science and science curriculum developing. Sarah has held positions as a science teacher and science coordinator, Hebrew and Judaic studies teacher and Judaic studies coordinator. With 15 years experience in leading Junior Congregation, preparing children for Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Hebrew tutoring. There is nothing more rewarding to Sarah than seeing a spark in a child eye when he/she “gets it”. Sarah a native Israeli of Yemenite origin and the proud mother of 3 children who are post college age. In her free time she enjoys reading, working out, swimming, dancing, yoga, hiking, and anything that has to do with nature.
Shlomit Levy, LCSW is thrilled to be joining Beit Rabban as of January 2020. Shlomit has 11 years of professional experience in the educational system and is committed to improving the experience of children and families at Beit Rabban. Prior to joining Beit Rabban, Shlomit was the Assistant Head of School at Harlem Hebrew Language Academy. Shlomit earned her BA in Family Psychology (Summa Cum Laude) from the CUNY Baccalaureate Program and is a member of the Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology. Shlomit graduated from Lehman College with a Master’s in Social Work and received her School Building Leader at The College of St. Rose. Shlomit is looking forward to collaborating with students, staff and families to support students’ development.
Liora received a B.A. in psychology from Brandeis University, and pursued the premed track. After some time realizing that her and medical school were not a good shidduch, she was excited by the opportunity to work at Beit Rabban this year. Liora brings experience in Jewish communal leadership and Hebrew school teaching, in addition to administrative skills and clinical research skills honed in a medical education organization. Liora loves a good song circle, glitter, and cheese (but not all together).
Adina is joining Beit Rabban after serving as the Family Educator at B’nai Jeshurun. Prior to working in New York City, Adina spent two years in Israel teaching English and serving on staff for the Nativ College gap year program. Adina is from Atlanta, Georgia where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Middle School Education at the University of Georgia. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Education through UGA.
Michael is joining Beit Rabban this year after graduating Brandeis University in May with a degree in American Studies. Passionate about singing in Jewish communities, Michael spends his summers as the Rosh Shira (head song leader) at Camp Ramah in the Rockies. He is unbelievably excited to join the Beit Rabban community to sing, daven, and learn with everyone. When he is not song leading in Jewish settings, Michael writes, records, and performs with his musical duo Late Night Thoughts (which you can check out on Spotify!).
Meggie Kwait is thrilled to be the founding humanities teacher in the Beit Rabban middle school! Meggie joins us after four years at Schechter Manhattan, where she spent three years in the middle school teaching Jewish studies and humanities and one year teaching first grade. She also served as a student advisor and ran the school’s Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing! groups in partnership with Moving Traditions. Before finding her way into the classroom, Meggie explored many educational and professional pathways, including several years in the rabbinical school at JTS and a year in law school at Northwestern. Meggie has worked in dozens of educational and religious settings, from teaching math in central California to strumming a green guitar at Camp Ramah in New England to serving as a cantorial soloist in Cape Town, South Africa. Meggie holds a BM in Vocal Arts (opera) and a BA in history from the University of Southern California, and she has completed professional development through the Jewish New Teacher Project, Facing History and Ourselves, Hadar’s Pedagogy of Partnership program, and the Yiddish Book Center’s Great Jewish Books Program.
Marisa Weilheimer joins Beit Rabban after three years teaching at Brooklyn Friends School. Prior, she taught at The Windward School, East Harlem Tutorial, as well as a Montessori School in SoHo. As a former Gann Academy student, Marisa comes from her own experiences as part of a pluralistic Jewish day school. In fact, she was inspired in part by the dedication of her very own school teachers at Gann, who later became her role models, when following her passion to become an educator. Marisa graduated from Boston University with a BS in Communications and a minor in Anthropology. She holds a MS in Childhood Education from Hunter College. Marisa has completed Responsive Classroom training and participated in several other professional development workshops such as The People’s Institute for Survival and Tools for Success at The Shefa Day School. Marisa is a practicing yogi, dog mom, and lover of anything chocolate!
Esther Kuperman is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from Stern College for Women with a degree in Jewish Education. After college, she was a fellow at Hadar for a year. Esther is happy to meditate, learn in chavruta, or journal.
Laura is an experienced Event Coordinator and Operations professional that has worked in Jewish institutions. Laura graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration, with a concentration in Hospitality Management. Laura resides in Brooklyn and enjoys picnics at Prospect Park, brunching at trendy new restaurants, and crafting with all things glitter.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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. email@example.com
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.
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
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