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Social Studies Department - Faculty List

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.

Mrs. Tamar Appel

Tamar Appel

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  • Phone: 201-833-4307 ext. 246
  • Email: appelt@maayanot.org
  • 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.
     

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.

Ms. Shira Donath

Shira Donath

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  • Email: Donaths@maayanot.org
  • Ms. Shira Donath teaches AP Psychology and Jewish Law. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from Stern College and Yoetzet Halakha Certification from Nishmat's Miriam Glaubach Center's US Yoatzot Halakha Program. In addition to teaching at Ma'ayanot and serving as a Yoetzet Halakha in Fair Lawn, Ms. Donath volunteers at NechamaComfort in Teaneck, where she counsels women and couples who have experienced infant or pregnancy loss. She has also served as an Intern for the Child Study Team of the Englewood Public School District and as a Research Assistant on research projects at Yeshiva University and the CUNY Graduate Center.

Mrs. Enid Goldberg

Enid Goldberg

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  • Email: goldberge@maayanot.org
  • Mrs. Enid Goldberg teaches English and World History and acts as an advisor on the student newspaper, The Source. Mrs. Goldberg has spent many years teaching English at the high school and college levels, and has served as director of communications in organizations in both the corporate and university sectors. Mrs. Goldberg is the author of over a dozen books—some for adults and others for teenagers—including four historical biographies for high school students, copies of which are in the Ma’ayanot Library. She received a B.A. in English from Cornell University, an M.A. in English and Education from Columbia University Teachers College, and an M.A. in English Literature from New York University. She also is A.B.D. in the NYU English Department doctoral program.

     

     

     

Ms. Caryn Keller

Caryn Keller

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  • Email: Kellerc@maayanot.org
  • Ms. Caryn Keller teaches History. Prior to coming to Ma’ayanot, Ms. Keller taught History at Kohelet Yeshiva High School and at Delaware Valley High School, both in Pennsylvania.  Ms. Keller also has interesting experience in informal educational settings; she coached and coordinated competitions for Kohelet’s Slam Poetry team, and she served as a docent for the Museum of Jewish Heritage, where she guided tours for public school students to educate them on the history of the Holocaust.  Ms. Keller  earned a B.A. in History from Stern College and an M.A. in Teaching Social Studies from Teachers College at Columbia University.

Dr. Leah Knapp

Leah Knapp

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  • Email: Knappl@maayanot.org
  • Dr. Leah Knapp, who previously taught at Ma’ayanot from 2000-2002, is now teaching AP Psychology.  Dr. Knapp earned a B.A. in Psychology from Stern College and a Psy.D .in Clinical Psychology from the Ferkauf School of Psychology at Yeshiva University.  In addition to teaching at Ma’ayanot, Dr. Knapp will maintain her private practice in Teaneck where she provides psychotherapy to individuals and couples experiencing a range of difficulties and diagnoses.  Our AP Psychology students will certainly benefit from Dr. Knapp’s real-world experience as a psychotherapist as they learn about the basics of this fascinating field.

Mrs. Adeena Pultman

Adeena Pultman

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  • Email: pultmana@maayanot.org
  • Adeena Pultman will be teaching the new Current  Events elective at Maayanot. Mrs. Pultman holds a J.D. from Rutger’s University and a B.A. in English from Queens College. A “voracious consumer of currents events,” Mrs. Pultman looks forward to engaging her students with challenging discussions about the state of affairs in Israel, the Middle East, and throughout the world, particularly in this important election year. Mrs. Pultman also exhibits her great communications skills and attention to individualized instruction as a talented fitness instructor. 

Mr. Yaakov Samuels

Yaakov Samuels

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  • Email: samuelsy@maayanot.org
  • Mr. Yaakov Samuels teaches History, and he serves as the adviser for the Model U.N. team. Mr. Samuels received his B.A. in History from Rutgers University and an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He also holds K-12 State Teacher Certification and designation as a “Highly Qualified Teacher of Social Studies” from New Jersey City University.

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.