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Faculty Directory


At HAFTR Lower School, all general studies staff members hold a graduate degree in Education with many holding dual certifications in Childhood Education and Special 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 New York 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.


Mr. Joshua Gold Principal [email protected] 
Mrs. Temima Feldman
Associate Principal [email protected]
Ms. Tova Zucker
Assistant Principal [email protected] 
Rabbi Asher Klein
Mashgiach Ruchani [email protected] 

Administrative Staff

Mrs. Iris Bertram Secretary [email protected] 
Mrs. Teri Stein Secretary [email protected] 
Mrs. Caroll Adler Administrative Assistant [email protected] 
Mrs. Shari Willinger-Weiss Administrative Assistant [email protected] 

Guidance Department
Rabbi Dr. Yosef Jacobs Director of Guidance [email protected] 
Mrs. Michelle Halon
Social Worker/Director of Admissions
[email protected]
Support Staff and Enrichment
Mrs. Shelley Schmutter
Director of Special Education
[email protected] 
Mrs. Caryn Golombeck
Kindergarten-Second Grade Literacy Curriculum Coordinator, Pre-K Curriculum Coach
[email protected] 
Mrs. Rachael Hess Special Educator Director [email protected] 
Mrs. Aleeza Lauer Foundations [email protected] 
Mrs. Allison Rahmani
Kindergarten-Fifth Grade Math Coordinator
[email protected] 
Mrs. Jennifer Stein
General Studies Learning Center
[email protected] 
Ms. Meira Carrey
Judaic Studies Learning Center
[email protected]
Mrs. Aviva Lee Parnes
Judaic and General Studies Learning Center
[email protected] 
Mrs. Miriam Rosenberg Kriah Teacher [email protected] 
District Support Staff
Ms. Jaclyn Bieder District Social Worker
Mrs. Kara Gomberg
Speech Language Therapist
Mrs. Deena Goldblatt Speech Language Therapist
Mrs. Shira Borell Speech Language Therapist
Ms. Tara Stier Speech Language Therapist
Mrs. Judy Ehrenreich Occupational Therapist
Mrs. Sheri Brazil Occupational Therapist
Mrs. Lily Weichholz Occupational Therapist
School Nurse
Mrs. Debra Orner, R.N.  School Nurse  [email protected] 
Mrs. Aliza Myers Teacher [email protected] 
Mrs. Meira Yagodayev Teacher [email protected] 
Mrs. Rosemary Kahn Teacher [email protected] 
Ms. Julie Steiner Teacher [email protected] 
Mrs. Shayna Schreier
Assistant Teacher
Mrs. Pamela Strenger
Assistant Teacher
Mrs. Emily Teigman
Assistant Teacher
Mrs. Alyssa Kamzan Assistant Teacher [email protected] 
First Grade
Mrs. Debra Haft General Studies Teacher [email protected] 
Mrs. Malka Zimmerman General Studies Teacher [email protected] 
Ms. Brittany Gannon General Studies Teacher [email protected] 
Mrs. Penina Klein General Studies Collaborative Teacher [email protected] 
  General Studies Assistant Teacher  
Ms. Sari Moradi General Studies Assistant Teacher [email protected] 
Mrs. Etia Cohen Judaic Studies Teacher [email protected] 
Mrs. Yaffa Cohen Judaic Studies Teacher [email protected] 
Ms. Shterny Farkash
Judaic Studies Assistant Teacher
[email protected] 
Mrs. Renee Shalom Judaic Studies Assistant Teacher [email protected] 
Second Grade     
Mrs. Amy Bodner General Studies Teacher [email protected] 
Mrs. Michaella Eiss Lepkowski General Studies Teacher [email protected] 
Mrs. Shoshana Hirschey General Studies Collaborative Teacher [email protected] 
Mrs. Gabriella Slotnick General Studies Collaborative Teacher  [email protected] 
Mrs. Rachael Lavian Judaic Studies Teacher [email protected] 
Mrs. Zarit Shaw Judaic Studies Teacher [email protected] 
Mrs. Julie Obadia Judaic Studies Teacher [email protected] 
Third Grade    
Mrs. Allison Elfassy General Studies Teacher  [email protected] 
Mrs. Adina Markowitz General Studies Collaborative Teacher [email protected] 
Ms. Shelby Lebo General Studies Teacher [email protected] 
Mrs. Shayna Ungar General Studies Collaborative Teacher [email protected] 
Ms. Noffar Amenu Judaic Studies Teacher [email protected] 
Mrs. Deena Schwebel Judaic Studies Teacher [email protected] 
Mrs. Daniella Nierenberg Judaic Studies Teacher [email protected] 
Fourth Grade    
Mrs. Jenni Gottfried General Studies Teacher [email protected] 
Mrs. Jamie Lieberman General Studies Teacher [email protected] 
Ms. Jessica Goldberg General Studies Teacher [email protected] 
Rabbi Dovid Schwab Judaic Studies Teacher, Boys  [email protected] 
Mrs. Idit Perez Judaic Studies Teacher, Girls [email protected] 
Fifth Grade     
Mrs. Jill Motechin General Studies Teacher [email protected] 
Mrs. Beth Katz General Studies Teacher [email protected] 
Mrs. Jana Fabricant General Studies Teacher [email protected] 
Mrs. Brianna Barry General Studies Collaborative Teacher [email protected] 
Mrs. Bashi Kutai Judaic Studies Teacher, Girls [email protected] 
Rabbi Elisha Weiss Judaic Studies Teacher, Boys  [email protected] 
Ms. Dale Rubin Kindergarten and Grade One [email protected] 
Ms. Eliana Wenger Grade Two [email protected] 
Mrs. Sheryl Sokoler Grade Three [email protected] 
Mrs. Lisa Patik-Rosenberg Grade Four and Grade Five [email protected] 
Mrs. Royce Maron Art Teacher  [email protected] 
Ms. Naomi Elterman Assistant Teacher [email protected] 

Mrs. Janet Goldman Music Teacher  [email protected] 
Physical Education
Mr. Jonathan Waisbrot  Gym Teacher [email protected] 

STEM / Technology
Mrs. Gittel Grant Kindergarten-8th Grade Coordinator of Science and STEM [email protected] 
Mrs. Elaine Gross Ed Tech Coordinator and Tech Teacher Kindergarten and Grade One [email protected] 
Mrs. Shirley Lane  Director of Educational Technology [email protected] 
Mrs. Sheryl Sokoler Tech Instructor, Grade Two, Grade Three, Grade Four [email protected] 

Hebrew Language
Mrs. Yocheved Eiss Lashon Teacher Grades Three, Four, and Five [email protected]  
Mrs. Gitit Levovitz Hebrew Language Coordinator, Grades Three, Four, and Five [email protected] 
Mrs. Debbie Landau Kindergarten Lashon Teacher [email protected] 
Mrs. Chaviva Horovitz
Lashon Teacher Grades Three and Four
Mrs. Einav Regev Lashon Teacher Grades Three, Four, and Five [email protected]