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Talmud Department - Faculty List

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.

Rabbi Donny Besser

Donny Besser

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  • Phone: 201-833-4307 ext. 216
  • Email: besserd@maayanot.org
  • Rabbi Donny Besser teaches Talmud and Halakha and serves as the Judaic Studies Enrichment Coordinator. Rabbi Besser also serves as a dayan for the RCA Beit Din of America, and he was involved in editing the Masoret HaRav Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah machzorim, whose commentaries incorporate insights of Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik. Rabbi Besser joined the Ma'ayanot faculty in 2005, prior to which he practiced law for six years.  He earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School and received semicha from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University.

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.

Mrs. Devora Dawidowicz

Devora Dawidowicz

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  • Email: Dawidowiczd@maayanot.org
  • Mrs. Devora Dawidowicz teaches Talmud and Halakha. She earned a B.A. in Judaic Studies and Biology from Stern College for Women, an M.S. in Jewish Education from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education at Yeshiva University, and she is currently training to receive Yoetzet Halakha Certification from Nishmat's Miriam Glaubach Center's US Yoatzot Halakha Program. She also completed two prestigious Yeshiva University Fellowships, including The Legacy Heritage Teacher Training Fellowship, through which she examined and implemented ideas for improving teaching strategies, staff induction and student motivation, and The Women’s Leadership Fellowship, where, in conjunction with influential women in the Jewish community, she explored solutions to issues facing Jewish communal leaders.  Before joining the Ma’ayanot faculty she taught Tanakh at Maimonides Upper School, Torah Academy of Brighton, MA, and the Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School in Livingston, NJ.

     

     

Ms. Sarah Gordon

Sarah Gordon

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  • Phone: 201-833-4307 ext. 222
  • Email: gordons@maayanot.org
  • Ms. Sarah Gordon teaches Talmud and Jewish History and serves as Ma'ayanot's Director of Student Activities and Experiential Education. She has a B.A. in Judaic Studies from Stern College, holds M.A. degrees in both Jewish Education and Modern Jewish History from Yeshiva University, and spent two years studying at the Stern Graduate Program in Advanced Talmudic Studies. Ms. Gordon has studied in education programs at Midreshet Lindenbaum and Pardes and is the recipient of the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. She also has extensive experience in informal Jewish education, having served in a number of leadership positions at Camp Stone, as well as working as a Program Head for Bnei Akiva's MachHach Ba'Aretz Israel trip.

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.

Rabbi Zev Prince

Zev Prince

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  • Phone: 201-833-4307 ext. 264
  • Email: princez@maayanot.org
  • Rabbi Zev Prince teaches both Talmud and Halakha, and he serves as Director of Co-Curricular Programming and Director of the Ma’ayanot Scholars Program. Prior to joining the Ma’ayanot faculty, Rabbi Prince worked in adult education as a member of the Boca Raton Community Kollel.  He earned a B.S. in Psychology from Yeshiva University and Semicha from REITS, the Yeshiva University Kollel in Jerusalem.