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Mrs. Rivka Kahan

Rivka Kahan

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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.  She will be teaching Bible and Parsha studies this year. 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. This year she will be teaching Hebrew and a Public Speaking elective. 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.

Dr. Shoshana Poupko

Shoshana Poupko

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  • Shoshana Klein Poupko joins us as our new Dean of Students. She is a mehaneket for 10th grade and a teacher of Jewish Philosophy and Bible. Dr. Poupko has an Ed.D. in Educational Administration, as well as a M.S. in Secondary Education from Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration at Yeshiva University. She is also working toward an M.S.W. at Rutgers University and holds a B.A. in Judaic Studies from Stern College. Prior to joining the Ma’ayanot administration, Dr. Poupko was an Assistant Principal for Judaic Studies at North Shore Hebrew Academy High School, where she also served as Department Chair of Chumash, Director of Israel Guidance, as well as a teacher of Chumash and Jewish Philosophy and the Torah Bowl Coach. Dr. Poupko’s varied interests include sports, gardening, and reading.