At HAFTR Lower School, all general studies staff members hold a graduate degree in Education.  Judaic studies staff members come from a variety of backgrounds and with different experiences.  Hebrew language educators are native Hebrew speakers and are trained in the Tal Am program.

Professional development is an important part of our learning community and school culture.  Staff members recognize that there are always new things to learn.  A focus for general studies staff has been the implementation of the new Common Core State Standards.  Each week, staff members improve their craft by meeting for professional development in literacy, math and Judaic studies.  Monthly grade meetings are used to develop an integrated curriculum for an upcoming event or holiday.  As technology evolves, staff members learn and utilize best practices as they align technology with their curriculum.

Below you will find a list of our HAFTR  Lower School faculty members and staff. To contact a faculty or staff member, please call 516.569.3043


Ms. Joy Hammer, Principal

Mrs. Naomi Maron, Assistant Principal

Rabbi Dovid Kupchik, Menahel



Mrs. Caroll Adler

Mrs. Robin Maron

Mrs. Shari Willinger-Weiss

Mrs. Janis Golder



Dr. Sam Frankel, Director of Pupil Personnel Services

Mrs. Shelley Schmutter, Director of Special Education

Mrs. Jennifer Stein, Learning Center

Ms. Meira Carrey, Learning Center

Mrs. Aleeza Lauer, Fundations & Science for Grades 2 and 3

Ms. Aviva Lee, Learning Center

Mrs. Kara Gomberg, Speech Pathologist

Ms. Jaclyn Bieder – Social Worker

Ms. Brana Harris – Pathways Counselor

Mrs. Judy Ehrenreich, OT

Mrs. Miriam Rosenberg, Learning Center

Mrs. Lisa Patick-Rosenberg, TOTS Teacher

Ms. Naomi Wargon, Social Worker

Ms. Mimi Samter, Social Worker

Mrs. Debra Orner, Nurse



Ms. Tova Zucker, Director of Special Programs



Mrs. Aliza Myers, Teacher

Mrs. Tali Zimerman, Teacher

Mrs. Rosemary Kahn, Teacher

Mrs. Julie Steiner, Teacher

Mrs. Caryn Golombeck, Collaborative Teacher

Ms. Michaella Eiss, Assistant

Mrs. Sefi Bodner, Assistant

Mrs. Kelly Younger, Assistant

Ms. Rivka Lubin, Assistant




Mrs. Debra Haft, General Studies

Mrs. Michele Stricker, General Studies

Mrs. Cookie Septimus, General Studies Collaborative Teacher

Mrs. Malka Zimmerman

Ms. Rivka Lubin, General Studies Assistant

Ms. Sari Moradi, General Studies Assistant

Mrs. Gail Lipshitz, General Studies Assistant

Mrs. Etia Cohen, Judaic Studies

Mrs. Yaffa Cohen, Judaic Studies

Mrs. Yael Polack, Judaic Studies

Mrs. Meytal Amenu, Judaic Studies Assistant

Mrs. Miri Cohen, Judaic Studies Assistant


Mrs. Amy Bodner, General Studies

Mrs. Yakira Meltzer, General Studies

Mrs. Shayna Ungar, General Studies

Mrs. Rachael Lavian, Judaic Studies

Mrs. Tamara Wartenberg, Judaic Studies

Mrs. Anne Golombeck, Reading Teacher

Ms. Noffar Amenu, Judaic Studies Assistant

Mrs. Nancy Mauser, General Studies Collaborative Teacher



Ms. Ariella Haskell, General Studies

Mrs. Allison Rahmani, General Studies

Ms. Ariella Haskell, General Studies

Mrs. Chana Garfinkel, Judaic Studies

Mrs. Deena Schwebel, Judaic Studies

Mrs. Jill Rubin, Judaic Studies

Mrs. Janet Spector, Reading Teacher

Mrs. Rachel Hess, Collaborative Teacher



Mrs. Michele Frenkel, General Studies

Ms. Melissa Dere, General Studies

Rabbi Dovid Schwab, Judaic Studies Boys

Mrs. Itty Goldschmid, Judaic Studies Girls

Ms. Nicole Cohen, Judaic Studies Girls

Mrs. Lea Cohen, Reading Teacher



Mrs. Jill Motechin, General Studies

Mrs. Beth Katz, General Studies

Mrs. Jana Fabricant, General Studies

Mrs. Rachelit Bernstein, Judaic Studies Girls

Rabbi Elisha Weiss, Judaic Studies Boys



Ms. Dale Rubin, Kindergarten and First Grade

Mrs. Aleeza Lauer, Grades 2-3

Mrs. Lisa Patick-Rosenberg, Grades 4-5



Mrs. Royce Maron

Mrs. Jill Goldstein, Assistant



Mrs. Janet Goldman



Mr. Jonathan Waisbrot



Mr. Benny Gross, IT Director

Mrs. Elaine Gross, Computers

Rabbi Baruch Noy, Computers

Mrs. Nicole Cohen, Computers



Mrs. Phyllis Horowitz



Mrs. Gitit Levovitz , Hebrew Langugae Cordinator, Grades 3, 4, 5

Mrs. Debby Landau, Kindergarten Language

Mrs. Tali Kozachkov, Grades 3, 4, 5

Mrs. Chaviva Horovitz, Grades 4, 5

Mrs. Einav Regev, Grades 3, 4, 5



Morel Israel

Moria Shauli



Rabbi Moshe Waxman, Hebrew Teacher


Rabbi Dan Kirschenbaum, Hebrew Assistant

Ms. Shoshana Lubin, English Teacher

Mrs. Jill Roth, English Assistant