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Mehanekhet Department - Faculty List

Mrs. Nina Bieler

Nina Bieler

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  • Phone: 201-833-4307, ext. 255
  • Email: bielern@maayanot.org
  • Mrs. Nina Bieler is both Director of Admissions and Head Mehanekhet, and she serves as a tenth grade mehanekhet. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from Stern College and an M.S.W. from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University, where she received an award for Excellence in Jewish Community Service.  Prior to joining Ma’ayanot in 2004, Mrs. Bieler honed her community organization skills through her work at the UJA Federation of NY, The Jewish Community Relations Council in NY, and the Lenox Hill Bikur Cholim

Mrs. Nechama Becker

Nechama Becker

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  • Phone: 201-833-4307 ext. 215
  • Email: beckern@maayanot.org
  • Mrs. Nechama Becker, a Guidance Counselor for 9th grade, is one of Ma'ayanot's founding faculty members, having taught Jewish History to our earliest classes. She left Ma'ayanot briefly to pursue a Master's in Social Work, and then rejoined the faculty in 2007 to serve as Guidance Counselor and mehanekhet. Mrs. Becker earned an M.A. in Jewish History from Bernard Revel Graduate School at Yeshiva University and an M.S.W from Fordham University.

Mrs. Gabrielle Berger

Gabrielle Berger

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  • Email: Bergerg@maayanot.org
  • Mrs. Gabrielle Berger, a Ma'ayanot alumna, teaches Talmud and Bible, and serves as a ninth grade Mehanekhet. Mrs. Berger holds a B.A. in Jewish Education  from Stern College, an M.S. in Jewish Education from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education, an M.A. in Bible from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, and an M.A. in Biblical and Talmudic Interpretation from the Graduate Program for Advanced Talmudic Studies (GPATS) at Yeshiva University. Mrs. Berger has student-taught at Ramaz Middle School, Ramaz High School and Yeshiva University High School for Girls, and she has interned at Yavneh Academy, where she led a bi-weekly prayer group for eighth grade students to improve their tefilla experiences.

Mrs. Amy Birman

Amy Birman

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  • Phone: 201-833-4307 x228
  • Email: birmana@maayanot.org
  • Mrs. Amy Birman serves as a guidance counselor and a mehanekhet for 9th grade. Mrs. Birman has a B.A. in Psychology from Barnard College and an M.S.W. from New York University’s Shirley M. Ehrenkranz School of Social Work. In addition to her prior work at Ma’ayanot, she has held positions as a social worker at Cancer Care and Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services, and as a social work intern at Riverdale Mental Health Center and These Our Treasures. Mrs. Birman’s warmth and understanding make her a valued member of our guidance department.

Mrs. Dena Block

Dena Block

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  • Phone: 201-833-4307 ext. 266
  • Email: blockd@maayanot.org
  • Mrs. Dena Block, a Ma'ayanot alumna, teaches Talmud and History. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Mrs. Block serves as Director of Student Activities and as a 9th grade mehanekhet. She is also assisting in Admissions. After graduating from Ma’ayanot in 2004, Mrs. Block first studied at Migdal Oz in Israel before attending Barnard College, where she earned a B.A. in History. She also holds an M.A. in Biblical and Talmudic Interpretation from the Graduate Program for Advanced Talmudic Studies at Yeshiva University and she earned Yoetzet Halakha Certification from Nishmat's Miriam Glaubach Center's US Yoatzot Halakha Program.

Dr. Oshra Cohen

Oshra  Cohen

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  • Phone: 201-833-4307 ext. 250
  • Email: coheno@maayanot.org
  • Dr. Oshra Cohen is the guidance counselor and mehanekhet for 11th grade. Dr. Cohen earned her B.A in Psychology at McGill University and her Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University. Prior to coming to Ma'ayanot in 2009, she worked at The New York State Psychiatric Institute, served as a clinical health psychologist at CAPS of Rockland County, and was an adjunct faculty member at Stern College and at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology. In addition to working at Ma'ayanot, Dr. Cohen maintains private practice offices in Manhattan and Rockland County.

Mrs. Leah Herzog

Leah Herzog

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  • Phone: 212-833-4307 ext. 211
  • Email: herzogl@maayanot.org
  • Mrs. Leah Herzog teaches Tanakh and serves as Co-Director of Israel Guidance and 11th grade Mehanekhet. She earned her Teacher’s Certification from Michlalah, the Jerusalem College for Women, and she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Psychology from Barnard College. Mrs. Herzog went on to earn her M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago, and she is A.B.D. in Educational Administration at the University of Cincinnati. Prior to joining Ma'ayanot's faculty, Mrs. Herzog taught Tanakh and Psychology at Ida Crown in Chicago, RITSS High School in Cincinnati and The Frisch School in New Jersey. She also taught at the Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School for nine years, serving as Chair of the Tanakh Department for the last two. Mrs. Herzog, who participated in the AVI CHAI New Teachers’ Center Mentor Training Program, has mentored several new teachers at Ma'ayanot.

Mrs. Shalvi Isseroff

Shalvi Isseroff

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  • Email: isseroffs@maayanot.org
  • Mrs. Shalvi Isseroff teaches English, serves as an 11th grade mehanekhet, and is the Yearbook/Senior Grade Advisor. Mrs. Isseroff holds a B.A. in English Literature from Stern College and an M.A. in English Education from Teacher’s College of Columbia University. Prior to coming to Ma'ayanot she worked as a student teacher at the high school and middle school levels. 

Ms. Samantha Kur

Samantha Kur

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  • Email: kurs@maayanot.org
  • Ms. Samantha Kur is our English Chair and a tenth grade mehanekhet. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A.  in English Education from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Ms. Kur came to Ma’ayanot with a variety of teaching experiences; she taught English, History and Drama in South Africa and England, and she taught Tanakh, Talmud and English at schools in Massachusetts and New Jersey. Ms. Kur also studied as a Fellow at the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies in Israel, and has a degree in graphic design.

Mrs. Chava Lerner

Chava Lerner

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  • Email: lernerc@maayanot.org
  • Mrs. Chava Lerner, a graduate of Ma’ayanot’s Class of 2004, teaches Talmud and serves as a 12th grade mehanekhet. Mrs. Lerner studied for two years at MMY before earning a B.A. in Judaic Studies and Psychology from Stern College. She also holds an M.A. in Bible from Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University, and an M.A. in Biblical and Talmudic Interpretation from Yeshiva University’s Graduate Program for Women in Advanced Talmudic Studies. Prior to joining the Ma'ayanot faculty, Mrs. Lerner worked at SAR Academy for two years, beginning as a Beit Midrash Fellow and then moving on to a position as a Judaic Studies teacher. Mrs. Lerner approaches her teaching with passion for Talmud Torah and dedication to progressive classroom instruction.

Ms. Leebie Mallin

Leebie Mallin

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  • Phone: 201-833-4307 ext 276
  • Email: mallinl@maayanot.org
  • Ms. Leebie Mallin serves as a college guidance counselor and as a tenth grade mehanekhet.  She previously worked as Director of Hillel at the College of Staten Island and subsequently as Executive Director of the Hillels of Westchester Foundation, a multi-campus Hillel serving 1300 Jewish students. This experience gave her an intimate understanding of campus life, which serves her well in her work as a college guidance counselor. Ms. Mallin holds a B.A. in Political Science from Stern College, an M.A. in Political Science from Columbia University, an M.A. in Jewish History from Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University, and certification in Talmud and Jewish Law from the Drisha Scholars Circle. 

Ms. Rebecca Mintz

Rebecca Mintz

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  • Email: mintzr@maayanot.org
  • Rebecca Mintz joins the Ma’ayanot faculty as a member of the Math and Science departments. She will also be a mehanekhet for 11th grade. Ms. Mintz holds a M.S.W. from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and a B.A. from Stern College in Philosophy and Jewish Studies. She has been a Fellow at Mechon Hadar, where she engaged in immersive study of Jewish texts, and at Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps Fellowship, where she studied and analyzed tools for combatting poverty and building community in New York City. She has supervised the care of adults with developmental disabilities and mental illness at HASC Residential Services and has worked in a wide array of social services.

Mrs. Orly Nadler

Orly Nadler

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  • Phone: 201-833-4307 ext. 301
  • Email: nadlero@maayanot.org
  • Mrs. Orly Nadler, Director of Educational Technology and Co-Director of STEAM Education and Innovation, also serves as a 10th grade mehanekhet. Mrs. Nadler is an honors graduate of the Sy Syms School of Business, with a B.S. in Management Information Systems, and she is currently completing an M.A. in Jewish Philosophy at Bernard Revel Graduate School at Yeshiva University. Prior to joining Ma'ayanot's faculty, Mrs. Nadler taught Jewish History at Bruriah High School, and computer courses at various other schools. She also worked as a Project Coordinator for a Judaic online learning website that is soon to debut. She is available as a resource to faculty and students, aiding the integration of technology into all aspects of the Ma’ayanot school culture.

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.

Mrs. Chani Rotenberg

Chani Rotenberg

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  • Email: Rotenbergc@maayanot.org
  • Mrs. Chani Rotenberg is the Chair of our History Department. She will be teaching history as well as serving as an 11th grade Mehanekhet. She graduated from Barnard College with a major in Political Science and a minor in US History, and she earned two Master's Degrees - a Master's in Public Administration from NYU and a Master's in Adolescent Social Studies Education from Hunter College. Prior to joining Ma'ayanot's faculty, Mrs. Rotenberg was a student teacher of US History at Manhattan/Hunter Science High School. In addition to teaching, Mrs. Rotenberg has tutored groups of students as part of the AVID College Preparedness Program, and she has conducted research on various education topics, including STEM schools, teacher quality, charter schools and small high schools, at NYU's Institute for Education and Social Policy.

Ms. Jennifer Sanders

Jennifer Sanders

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  • Email: Sandersj@maayanot.org
  • Ms. Jennifer Sanders serves as Ma'ayanot's Athletic Director and as a 12th grade mehanekhet. She holds a B.S. in Psychology, with concentrations in sport psychology and social psychology, from the University of Florida. She is also LGI/CPR/FA certified, holds Lifeguard and ACE Personal Trainer certifications, and is Silver Sneakers Instructor. Prior to joining Ma'ayanot's faculty, Ms. Sanders worked as a Physical Education teacher at Yeshivat Noam and Ben Porat Yosef, she was the Director of Fitness, Recreation and Aquatics at the YM & YWHA in Clifton, NJ, and she was the Director of Physical Education and Fitness at the YM & YWHA in Washington Heights, NY.  She also served as Head Women's Varsity Coach for Basketball and Soccer at Gill St. Bernard's School in Gladstone, NJ and as Athletic Director at Camp Cayuga in Honesdale, PA.

Mrs. Ora Schrier

Ora Schrier

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  • Email: Schriero@maayanot.org
  • Mrs. Ora Schrier teaches Tanakh and serves as Director of Religious Programming. She is also a 12th grade Mekhanehet. This year she is teaching a course in Chasidic Thought. She holds an M.S. in Jewish Education from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and is an honors graduate of Stern College for Women, where she received her B.A. in Jewish Education and Political Science. Mrs. Schrier has taught Tanakh and Jewish History at The Frisch School as well as weekly Judaic Studies and Science classes at Bruriah High School. During the summers she teaches and serves as Head Madricha for Michlelet, NCSY’s Israel learning program for high school girls. She is also a fellow at Brandeis University for the Orthodox Union's Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus.

Mrs. Elise Vitow

Elise Vitow

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  • Phone: 201-833-4307 ext. 200
  • Email: vitowe@maayanot.org
  • Mrs. Elise Vitow is the Director of Ma'ayanot's Learning Center, teaches Biology and Real-World Finance, and serves as a 9th grade mehanekhet. Prior to joining the Ma’ayanot faculty, Mrs. Vitow served on the faculties of both HAFTR and HALB, where she taught various science and math courses for thirteen years. At HAFTR, she also served as the Chairperson of the Science Department of the Middle School, as well as a learning specialist, staff mentor, and in-service instructor of new faculty. Before returning to teaching full time, Mrs. Vitow was the Educational Administrator of the Stanley H. Kaplan Educational Center in Staten Island for eight years. Mrs. Vitow received both her B.A. in Languages and Literature and her M.S. in Special Education from CUNY, and she completed sixty credits towards an R.N. degree. She is a member of the team of founding educators of the National Association of Yeshiva Day Schools Serving Exceptional Children (NADSEC), as well as a member of the N.J. Association of Jewish Day Schools.

Dr. Rayzel Yaish

Rayzel Yaish

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  • Phone: 201-833-4307 ext. 106
  • Email: Yaishr@maayanot.org
  • Dr. Rayzel Yaish serves as Ma'ayanot's Director of Guidance, guidance counselor for 9th and 12th grades, and mehanekhet for 12th grade. She earned a B.A. in Pre-Med and Psychology from Stern College, and she received her Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University. Prior to coming to Ma’ayanot in 2007, Dr. Yaish was the Director of Guidance at the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy Middle School. She has worked with teens for many years, as a Head Counselor both at Camp HASC and Camp Simcha. Dr. Yaish enjoys consulting and presenting workshops for a variety of local and national organizations on topics related to mental health, general health, the special needs population, communication, leadership, and the interface of spirituality and psychology.