Adult Education Programming
Thursday Shiur Series 2017-2018
Praying with Meaning: Shemoneh Esreh
Rabbi Jay Goldmintz
Praying with Meaning: Shemoneh Esreh
Rabbi Jay Goldmintz
Mrs. Orly Nadler works closely with faculty and students to ensure the optimal integration of educational technology in classroom pedagogy and is a co-founder of Ma’ayanot’s award winning STEAM program. She also managed the successful implementation of our one–to-one iPad integration as a core pedagogic tool within our school and initiated our popular Girls Who Code club. Mrs. Nadler is an honors graduate of the Sy Syms School of Business, where she earned a B.S. in Management Information Systems, and she holds an M.A. in Jewish Philosophy from Bernard Revel Graduate School at Yeshiva University. Prior to joining Ma'ayanot's faculty in 2008, Mrs. Nadler taught Jewish History at Bruriah High School, and Technology classes at various high schools.
Mrs. Gila Guzman teaches Nutrition at Ma’ayanot. She is the Director of Main Asset Health LLC, a health coaching practice. She is the in-house Nutrition Health Coach at Grand and Essex Market, where she has her own line of “Coach Gila-Approved” healthy takeout foods. She serves as the Camp Nutritional Specialist at Camp Mesorah, where she teaches nutrition workshops and is responsible for all of the special dietary needs of campers and staff. Coach Gila is also a health columnist for The Jewish Link and Shopping Maven. She has taught healthy cooking classes at Ma’ayanot and at Yachad’s vocational program, and in addition to teaching Nutrition at Ma’ayanot will also be teaching a Nutrition/Cooking Elective at Yavneh Academy this year. She holds a B.A. from Stern College, a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, and certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
Ms. Sarah Gordon, a Ma’ayanot teacher since 2008, serves as Director of Student Activities and Experiential Education, and teaches Talmud and Israel Engagement and Advocacy. She holds a B.A. in Judaic Studies from Stern College, an M.A. in Jewish Education from Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education, and a M.A. in Modern Jewish History from Bernard Revel Graduate School. She also completed the Stern College Graduate Program in Advanced Talmudic Studies. Ms. Gordon has studied at Midreshet Lindenbaum and Pardes Institute, and is the recipient of the Grinspoon-Steinhardt award for Excellence in Jewish education. Her extensive experience in informal Jewish education includes leadership positions at Camp Stone and Bnei Akiva’s Mach Hach 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.
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.