About Our Lower School Faculty

Lee Alexander
Kindergarten Assistant
BA, Yeshiva University
MA, Hofstra University

Hana Alkobi
3rd Grade assistant

Ariella Bloom
Pre-K
BA, Yeshiva University
MA, Bank Street College

Natalie Bratash
3rd & 4th Grade Assistant

Susan Braverman
1st & 2nd Grade Art Teacher
BA, Queens College

Sharon Cohn
Kindergarten
BA, Brooklyn College

Michelle Degen
3rd Grade Teacher
BA, Yeshiva University Machon Gold
MA, Adelphi University

Ruth DiGiovanni
Director of Early Education and Lower School Instruction
BA, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
MA, Bank Street College of Education

Hadasa Dubinsky
4th Grade, Judaic Studies
BA, Michigan Jewish Institute
Certificate, Machon Alte

Rebecca Feldman
3rd Grade, Judaic Studies
BA, Stern College for Women
MS, Bernard Revel Graduate School
Certificate, Michlelet Jerusalem

Debbie Finkelstein
Dean of Instruction
BA, New York University
MA, Kean University

Fran Friedman
Pre-K, General Studies
BA, Richmond College (CUNY)

Revi Glasser
Director of Student Services
BA, SUNY Albany
MA,  Fairleigh Dickinson University

Craig Goldman
PE Chairperson
Physical Education Teacher
AS, BCC
BSE, SUNY Cortland
MS, Russell Sage College

Gail Gruber
3rd Grade, Judaic Studies 
BA, Stern College for Women

Nechama Hendel
4th Grade, Judaic Studies

Sara Hoizner
Music
BA, Oranim, Tivon Israel

Bonnie Hollis
1st Grade, General Studies
BS, University of Bridgeport
Certificate, Slingerland Method

Lisa Japko
4th Grade, General Studies
BA, Baruch College

Robin Kaplan
School Nurse
MS in Nursing, Seton Hall University
BSN in Nursing, Syracuse University

Charlotte Keleshian
Kindergarten, General Studies
BA, Rowan University
MA, Ball State University

Laurie Kowalski
4th Grade Teacher, General Studies
BA, Alvernia University
MS, Chestnut Hill College
MS, Gratz College

Pepi Kolb
Production Coordinator
Certificate, Project Moreh

Rebecca Levy
Learning Center
MS, Azrieli School of Education

Yaffa Liebman
1st Grade, Judaic Studies Assistant
BA, Queens College
Certificate, Project Moreh

Linda Litland
Learning Center
BS, Barrington College

Channie Lundner
2nd Grade, General Studies
BA, Stern College for Women

Allison Lyons
Director of Admissions and Community Relations
BA, Columbia University
MA, Jewish Theological Seminary
MA, Columbia University
 

Debra Mamet
Nursery 3
BS, Cook College of Rutgers University

Lori Nusbaum
Kindergarten, General Studies
BA, Rutgers College
NJ Certificate of Eligibility for Preschool through Grade 3

Tova Pekarsky
Learning Center Specialist
BS, Lander College for Women, Touro College

Julie Plotsker
Pre-K, Judaic Studies
BA, MA, Queens College, CUNY

Michal Robinson
Physical Education
BA, Ohallo Institute for Education and Sport
MS, University of Leicester

Abbey Roth
School Librarian
BA, University of Pennsylvania
MBA, Stern NYU
MA, Rutgers University

Eliezer Rubin
Head of School - Klatt Family Rosh Hayeshiva
BA, Israel Department of Education
MA, Touro College
MA, New York University
Rabbinic Ordination, Chief Rabbinate of Israel

Baila Schloss
Pre-K Assistant
BA, Lesley University

Stacy Sertner
3rd Grade General Studies Assistant
BS, Syracuse University

Daphna Shemesh
1st Grade Teacher, Judaic Studies
BA, Hebrew University
MA, Hebrew University

Debra Silverman
1st Grade, Judaic Studies Assistant
AA, Kingsborough Community College

Linda Sipzner
1st Grade, Judaic Studies 
BA, Queens College
BHL, Bachelor of Hebrew Literature, Gold College for Women

Aron Srolovitz
Principal
BA, Yeshiva University
MS, Azrieli Graduate School

Shira Stein
1st Grade, General Studies
BA, University of Wisconsin
MA, Teachers College Columbia University

Shawn Tarzik
Admissions
BA, Yeshiva University

Gershom Tave
Educational Technologist
BA, University of Florida

Ilana Turk
Kindergarten 
BA, Yeshiva University
MA, Queens College

Sharon Volk
4th Grade Teachers Assistant, Judaic Studies
BA, Yeshiva University, Stern College for Women
MA, New York University

Tziporah Warshaw
Learning Center
BA, Yeshiva University
MA, Montclair State University

Betsy Yarkoni
1st & 2nd Grade General Studies Assistant

Chaya Zhubrak
2nd Grade Judaic Studies Assistant

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Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School
110 South Orange Avenue
Livingston, New Jersey 07039
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