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Jewish Philosophy Department - Faculty List

Rabbi Jay Goldmintz

Jay Goldmintz

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  • Email: Goldmintzj@maayanot.org
  • Rabbi Dr. Jay Goldmintz teaches Tanakh and Jewish Philosophy. He is a veteran day school educator who has published widely on curriculum, tefillah education, child and adolescent religious development as well as religious parenting. He is author of the 2014 National Jewish Book Award-winning Koren Ani Tefila Weekday Siddur: A Siddur of Reflection, Connection and Learning as well as a companion volume on Shabbat. He serves on the Editorial Board of the Koren Magerman Educational Siddur series and is Educational Director of the Legacy 613 Foundation Tefillah Project. He was a Jerusalem Fellow and served in various capacities including teacher, department chair, Israel and college guidance counselor, and eventually  Headmaster at Ramaz School for over 30 years. He received semikha from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and his Ed.D. from Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education at Yeshiva University, where he also serves as an adjunct professor.

Mrs. Adele Katzenstein

Adele Katzenstein

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  • Email: katzensteina@maayanot.org
  • Mrs. Adele Katzenstein works as a Learning Specialist in Ma'ayanot's Learning Center and teaches Algebra, Biology lab, English, and Jewish Philosophy. In addition to working at Ma'ayanot, Mrs. Katzenstein maintains a private tutorial practice and is a Parent Trainer for EPIC (Every Parent Influences Children) in Rockland, NY. Mrs. Katzenstein also has extensive experience in special education, having served as a Special Education Teacher for PTACH, Yeshiva Bais Mikroh Boys School, and Kadima Learning Center, and as a Comprehension Skills Instructor at Bais Malka Girls School. Mrs. Katzenstein earned a B.A. in Education from Baruch College and a Master's in Education from Walden University.

Dr. Shoshana Poupko

Shoshana Poupko

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  • Email: poupkos@maayanot.org
  • 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.