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Tanakh Department - Faculty List

Mrs. Suzanne Cohen

Suzanne Cohen

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  • Phone: 201-833-4307 ext. 208
  • Email: cohens@maayanot.org
  • Mrs. Suzanne Cohen is the Tanakh Chair and serves as Co-Director of Israel Guidance. She holds a B.A. from Stern College, where she was both a Max Stern Scholar and a Kukin Fellow. She also earned an M.S. in Jewish Secondary Education from the Azrieli Graduate School at Yeshiva University and an M.A. in Bible from Bernard Revel Graduate School at Yeshiva University. Prior to joining Ma’ayanot’s faculty in 2003, Mrs. Cohen taught Tanakh at Bat Torah Academy and she coached students for the National Bible Contest in various schools on the elementary and high school levels. Even Mrs. Cohen's volunteer activities revolve around education; she is a member of Ma'ayanot's lay-led Education Committee, she is a past Chair of the RYNJ Board of Education, and she is well-known thorughout the metropolitan area for giving public lectures and shiurim on Bible and related subjects.

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 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. 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. Rivka Kahan

Rivka Kahan

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  • Phone: 201-833-4307 ext. 202
  • Email: kahanr@maayanot.org
  • 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.
     

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. Shifra Schapiro

Shifra Schapiro

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  • Email: schapiros@maayanot.org
  • Mrs. Shifra Schapiro teaches Tanakh, is both Co-Director of Professional Development and Middle States Accreditation Coordinator, and serves as the faculty adviser of Ma’ayanei Torah. She is also teaching the Creative Writing elective this year. As a Distinguished Scholar at Stern College, Mrs. Schapiro earned her B.A. in Biology and Judaic Studies, and an M.A. in Bible from Yeshiva University’s Bernard Revel Graduate School. Before coming to Ma’ayanot, Mrs. Schapiro assisted in the preparation of several volumes of the series MeOtzar HoRav: Selected Writings of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, and she continues to edit Jewish scholarly works during the summers.  

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.