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Mrs. Rivka Kahan

Rivka Kahan

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  • Phone: 201-833-4307 ext. 202
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  • Mrs. Rivka Kahan, Principal, has been active in shaping all aspects of academic and religious life at Ma'ayanot since she joined the faculty in 2002.  Before becoming principal, Mrs. Kahan served as Tanakh Chair, Director of Israel Guidance, Director of Professional Development, and Assistant Principal.  She also wrote Ma'ayanot's Halakha curriculum and taught Tanakh, Talmud, Halakha, and Jewish Philosophy.  She holds an M.A. in Bible from Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University, and Certification in Talmud and Jewish Law from the Drisha Scholars Circle. She studied at Nishmat in Jerusalem and has a B.A. from Barnard College.  Mrs. Kahan embodies a passion for education and a deep commitment to Ma'ayanot's unique educational vision of helping students develop the skills and confidence they need to be active, creative, critical thinkers in all areas of learning and life.

Mrs. Tamar Appel

Tamar Appel

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  • Phone: 201-833-4307 ext. 246
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  • Mrs. Tamar Appel, Assistant Principal, has brought her passion for teaching to Ma'ayanot since 2004, when she became a teacher of Hebrew, American History, and Jewish History at the school.  Mrs. Appel has a B.A. and an M.A. in History from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also completed her coursework toward a Ph.D. and won the Penn Prize for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching.  She is committed not only to guiding students toward intellectual development, but also to helping them find their own personal paths as young Jewish women.

Ms. Elana Flaumenhaft

Elana Flaumenhaft

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  • Phone: 201-833-4307 ext. 115
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  • Ms. F., Assistant Principal, as she is affectionately known to her students, has been a teacher of Tanakh at Ma'ayanot for over a decade, and served as Director of Student Activities for many years before assuming the position of Assistant Principal. Ms. Flaumenhaft is an honors graduate of Stern College for Women, holds a Master’s Degree in Jewish Education from the Azrieli Graduate School of Yeshiva University, and is a recipient of the prestigious Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. Her philosophy of educating each student’s whole self and maximizing the best of each student’s abilities is manifest through the extensive and varied committee and club options she has developed for the student body.  Her passion is evident every day in the classroom, where she engages the minds of her students, challenges them to develop critical thinking skills, and shares her love of learning Torah. Her goal is for every Ma'ayanot graduate to have a sense of who she is, what potential she has, and how to engage her talents in the world beyond Ma’ayanot.