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Praying with Meaning: Shemoneh Esreh
Rabbi Jay Goldmintz
Praying with Meaning: Shemoneh Esreh
Rabbi Jay Goldmintz
Rabbi Zev Prince teaches Talmud and Halakha, and 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 RIETS, the Yeshiva University Kollel in Jerusalem.
Giveret Tal-Timen, Hebrew Chair, teaches all levels of Hebrew, including the 12th grade Bechina Yerushalmit elective, and serves as Co-Director of Professional Development at Ma'ayanot. Mrs. Tal-Timen earned a B.A. in Education from the David Yellin College for Education in Jerusalem and is working towards a Master's in Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Prior to joining the Ma'ayanot faculty, Mrs. Tal-Timan taught for several years in Israeli schools. In addition to teaching Hebrew language, Mrs. Tal-Timen strives to promote a love for the land of Israel and a devotion to the people of Israel in all of her classes.
Mrs. Shalvi Isseroff teaches English and serves as the Co-Director of Interdisciplinary Studies. She 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, Mrs. Isseroff worked as a student teacher at the high school and middle school levels.
Natalia Kadish joined the Ma'ayanot faculty in 2014 and teaches Art. Mrs. Kadish, who holds a B.A. in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York, has extensive and varied experience as an art teacher: she is the president and founder of Kadish Studios, where she conducts artistic workshops to promote understanding and stimulate creativity for students seeking art enrichment; she created and directed Spirit Art Camp and has worked as an art instructor for numerous other summer camps; and she conducts art therapy for the elderly. Ms. Kadish is also a professional illustrator whose artwork and stained glass have been displayed at numerous venues in New York and New Jersey.
Dr. Rayzel Yaish serves as Ma'ayanot's Director of Guidance. She earned a B.A. in Pre-Med and Psychology from Stern College, and 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.
Rabbi Donny Besser teaches Talmud and Halakha, serves as the Judaic Studies Enrichment Coordinator, and is Mashgiach Ruchani. Rabbi Besser also serves as a dayan for the RCA Beit Din of America, and was involved in editing the Masoret HaRav Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah machzorim and a new Birkon, 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.
Ms. Sarah Gordon, who has taught at Ma’ayanot since 2008, serves as Director of Student Activities and Experiential Education and teaches Talmud and Israel Engagement and Advocacy. She has a B.A. in Judaic Studies from Stern College and holds an M.A. in Jewish Education from Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and an M.A. in Modern Jewish History from Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University. She received a certificate upon completion of two years of study at Stern’s Graduate Program in Advanced Talmudic Studies. Ms. Gordon has studied at Midreshet Lindenbaum and Pardes and is the recipient of the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. She 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.
Mrs. Leah Herzog teaches Tanakh and serves as Co-Director of Israel Guidance. She earned her Teacher’s Certification from Michlalah, the Jerusalem College for Women, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Psychology from Barnard College. Mrs. Herzog went on to earn an M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago and an M.Ed. in Educational Administration from the University of Cincinnati. Prior to joining Ma'ayanot's faculty, Mrs. Herzog taught Tanakh and Psychology at Ida Crown Jewish Academy in Chicago, RITSS High School in Cincinnati, The Frisch School, and the Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School.
Mrs. Rivka Kahan has been active in shaping academic and religious life at Ma'ayanot since she joined the faculty in 2002. 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.
Rabbi Dr. Jay Goldmintz joined the Ma'ayanot faculty in 2014 and 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, and religious parenting. He is author of the 2014 National Jewish Book Award-winning Koren Ani Tefila Weekday Siddur. 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 has received both a Gruss Excellent Teachers Award and a BJE Creative Teaching Award. He has served in various capacities including teacher, department chair, Israel and college guidance counselor, and eventually Headmaster at Ramaz School over the course of more than 30 years. He received a B.A. with Honors from University of Toronto, semikha from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, an M.S. from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, and an Ed.D. from Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education at Yeshiva University, where he also served as an adjunct professor.