Meet Our Faculty
Mrs. Dena Kobre
Naaleh’s founding head of school, Mrs. Deena Kobre previously served as Associate Principal at the Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls (SKA) in Hewlett Bay Park, New York, and taught at the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County (HANC) High School and Shevach High School. In addition to her extensive administrative background, over the past 13 years, Mrs. Kobre has engaged students in the classroom, having taught numerous courses, including AP Psychology, Modern Jewish History, Medieval Jewish History, and various Limudei Kodesh subjects. She relishes the varied perspective gained from being deeply-involved in all aspects of school operations (both in and out of the classroom), and she is renowned for being an engaging, innovative, and inspiring educator.
Born in South Africa and raised in La Jolla, California, she attended high school in Los Angeles. After learning at Michlalah in Israel, Mrs. Kobre earned a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in School Leadership and Administration. She has served as a mentor/coordinator in Yeshiva University’s New Teacher Induction Program, and has been a sought-after participant and leader in numerous professional development programs under the auspices of the UJA-Federation and YU School Partnership.
Mrs. Kobre lives with her family in Kew Gardens Hills.
Mrs. Elissa Chanales
Mrs. Elissa Chanales is a master teacher, with 20 years of experience in girls education. In addition to teaching a variety of Limudei Kodesh subjects, she has focused on supervising faculty, leading professional development, overseeing school-wide scheduling and fostering relationships with parents, teachers and students. She earned her Bachelor’s of Education and Teaching License from Michlalah Jerusalem College, and then went on to earn her M.Sc. from the Azrieli Graduate School of Education of Yeshiva University and continued to complete her doctoral coursework in School Administration. Mrs. Chanales has successfully participated in teacher mentor training through JNTP (Jewish New Teacher Project).
Mrs. Chanales comes to Naaleh after having taught at Ramaz, RYNJ, JEC, and most recently, from her role as Assistant Principal at Chaviva High School in Cleveland, OH and is looking forward to moving to Teaneck with her family this summer. Mrs. Chanales will bring her impressive experience to our students and teachers, focusing on blending academic excellence while fostering sincere personal growth at Naaleh.
Mrs. Ricki Kurtz
Mrs. Kurtz is a founding member of the Naaleh Faculty, having served as our inaugural Educational Technology Integrator since the school’s inception. Mrs. Kurtz received her B.A. in Education from Stern College and her M.A. in Education from Fordham University, and has spent the past 15 years teaching English Language Arts at Yeshivat Noam.
A beloved educator, she has designed curricula, mentored new teachers, and managed educational software systems. Most recently, she served as the New Curriculum Project Manager at the Consortium of Jewish Day Schools (CoJDS). Mrs. Kurtz will bring her passion for collaboration and innovation, her trademark warmth and, her commitment to academic excellence to Naaleh. She lives with her family in Clifton.
Dr. Danielle Bloom
Danielle Bloom has been teaching Torah and psychology for over twenty years. Her passion is applying the ancient Torah text to our lives today. A graduate of Stern College, with a Masters in Jewish History from Touro College, Danielle completed her doctorate in Jewish Education and Administration at the Azrieli Graduate School of Yeshiva University.
Mrs. Kayla Bluman
As a Chumash teacher and 9th grade Mechanechet since the opening of Naaleh, Kayla’s dedication to her students stretches from the classroom, to Shabbos in her home, and even to the basketball courts!
Kayla attended Michlalah, Stern College for Women and Azrieli Graduate School, and has had the opportunity to teach students of varied backgrounds and skill sets, assisting students in reaching their own personal achievements on all levels. In addition, Kayla has ten years of experience in informal education and programming for teenagers. She has was a City Directory for NCSY, as a City Director and worked in summer camps as a Director of Chinuch and Division Head. While honing in on developing independent learners, Kayla aims to open her students’ eyes and hearts to the practical messages that the Torah text has to offer.
Kayla currently lives with her husband and children in Fair Lawn, New Jersey where she looks forward to opening her home to her students.
Mrs. Chaya Brand
Chaya Brand has been teaching mathematics since 2010. In her broad experience spanning middle school through high school, her focus has always been on clarity of instruction and helping each student achieve success in her own way.
Chaya earned a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Mathematics from Touro College and an M.A. in Middle Childhood Mathematics Education from Brooklyn College. Prior to teaching at Naaleh, Chaya taught at Bnos Malka Academy, Bais Yaakov of Passaic, and Ma’ayanot.
Mrs. Aliza Davis
Aliza Davis brings many years of formal and informal teaching experience to her Naaleh classroom. She has taught at The Moriah School, Yeshiva Beis Hillel, Bruriah High School, and Bais Yaakov Machon Ora. She has been involved in leadership capacities in NCSY regions and summer programs and is currently involved in youth, teen, and adult programs in her community. She has also run professional development workshops and has served as a teacher mentor to new teachers.
After attending Michlalah, Aliza earned a B.A. from Stern College and is currently pursuing her M.A. in Judaic Studies from Touro. She lives in Passaic, NJ with her husband and children
Ms. Miriam Eisenberg
Miriam Eisenberg brings a strong academic background and a passion for her subject to Naaleh’s history department. She is a summa cum laude graduate of CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College and Queens College, having double majored in English and History with a concentration in European History. Miriam has been a madricha for Bruriah High School’s alumni Beit Medrash program, as well as a TA for a Macaulay Honors College colloquium. She enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for history (and her expansive collection of fun history facts!) with the students of Naaleh.
Mrs. Miriam Finkelstein
Miriam Finkelstein graduated from Stern College as a Legacy Heritage Scholar and she has a Masters from Azrieli Graduate School. She has participated in numerous professional development opportunities including Iviryon and Avi Chai Better Lesson. She previously taught in the Moriah School and at Manhattan Day School and has also worked as an NCSY madricha and Division Head.
Miriam’s strong academic presence, passion for Yiddishkeit, and warm and energetic personality give her the unique ability to connect with her students both inside and outside of the classroom.
Mrs. Mimi Fuchs
Mimi Fuchs has been teaching Tanach since 2011. In her classroom, she engages students through experiential learning, differentiated instruction, and meaningful incorporation of educational technology. She is passionate about promoting the relevance and beauty of Tanach while providing her students with the tools to unlock the depth of Torah text.
Mimi also has extensive experience with educational programming. She has worked coordinating activities for staff and students at SKA, Michlelet NCSY, Camp Kaylie, and Ida Crown Jewish Academy.
Mimi earned a B.A. in Judaic Studies and Biology from Yeshiva University and an M.S. in Jewish Education from Azrieli Graduate School. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Azrieli and lives with her family in Bergenfield, NJ.
Mrs. Chaya Glaser
Chaya Glaser is an accomplished educator who brings many years of experience to Naaleh’s Hebrew Language Department. Chaya attended Bar Ilan University, earning degrees in Tanach, Jewish History and Hebrew Language Studies, as well as attending their School of Education where she received her teacher’s certification. Her extensive experience includes teaching middle school, high school and college.
Chaya has created a warm and engaging classroom where her students are uplifted and inspired with a love for Israel and for the Hebrew Language.
Dr. Ruth Glasser
Dr. Ruth Glasser comes to Naaleh High School after serving as the School Psychologist at the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy. As a school psychologist she has experience providing individual support and guidance to students, faculty, and parents; as well as devising curricula and programs to address the students’ overall social and emotional development. Aside from her primary experience working with yeshiva day school and high school students, she has extensive experience working in a variety of settings, including community mental health centers, psychiatric hospitals, and residential treatment centers. She also taught AP Psychology at Maayanot High School, and taught on several NCSY summer programs, including Michlelet and SEG.
Dr. Glasser grew up in Los Angeles, California. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Child Clinical Psychology from St. John’s University. An avid sports fan, Dr. Glasser lives in Passaic, NJ, with her husband and four children, and serves as the Rebbetzin of the Young Israel of Passaic-Clifton.
Mrs. Stephanie Greenspan
Stephanie Greenspan, MS, RDN is a Registered Dietitian and Clinical Nutritionist in Bergen County. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland at College Park and completed both a masters degree in Nutrition and a Dietetic Internship at Brooklyn College. Stephanie is excited to share her passion and knowledge of nutrition with the Naaleh students.
Mrs. Samantha Haupman
In addition to her administrative background, Samantha Hauptman has taught numerous courses including English Language Arts, Film Studies, and Holocaust Studies. Before coming to Naaleh she served as a college guidance counselor at Bruriah High School.
Samantha earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from California State University, Northridge. A native Californian, she is still adjusting to the winter in New Jersey. Samantha lives with her family in Passaic.
Ms. Rochel Hirsch
Rochel Hirsch graduated from Stern College for Women with a B.A. in Jewish Studies and History. As an undergraduate, Rochel served as an editor of Chronos, YU’s Journal of History and Jewish History, and wrote for Kol HaMevaser, YU’s Journal of Jewish Thought. She is currently pursuing her M.A. at Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies where she also works as a research assistant. Rochel previously worked as a coach of the debate team and madrichah at Bruriah High School and as a writing tutor at Stern College. She believes strongly in the power of Jewish history to enhance the way we live and learn.
Rabbi Gedaliah Jaffe
Rabbi Gedaliah Jaffe has been a High School Rebbe since 2000 and is the Rav of Congregation Ahavas Yisrael in Edison, NJ. A native of California, Rabbi Jaffe graduated from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, holds a BA in Music from Yeshiva University, and rabbinic ordination from RIETS. He is currently a member of the Vaad HaRabbanim of Raritan Valley and has been a Maggid Shiur for both the international Dirshu Daf Yomi B’Halacha learning program and the Daf Hashavua learning program.
Rabbi Jaffe is a widely sought after lecturer in the Tri-state area as a scholar-in-residence and inspirational speaker. Many of his shiurim are available on YuTorah.org. He is privileged to be able to help a halacha curriculum at Naaleh that demonstrates the relevance, beauty, and meaning of living a committed Torah lifestyle.
Mrs. Andrea Karten
Andrea Karten has been teaching English since 2009. Her classroom is a place of high expectations that inspires experimentation and helps students tap into their innate creativity. She is a recipient of the Barnes and Noble “My Favorite Teacher” regional award.
Andrea has an MSW from New York University and has worked previously as a clinical social worker as well as in Jewish outreach on college campuses. She currently lives with her family in Passaic, NJ. When she’s not teaching, she can likely be found camping on a mountaintop, lost in a book, or working on her next novel.
Mrs. Oria Kay
Oria Kay grew up in Queens and has over a decade of experience in the field of Education working in Yeshivot and public schools. Oria has worked with a wide range of students from many different cultural backgrounds with different learning challenges and emotional needs. She has acquired a lot of knowledge and skills over the years including reading Braille. Oria has a passion for helping students to discover their strengths and use them to recognize their potential and succeed in accomplishing their goals.
Oria received her B.A in Psychology and holds a masters degree in School Psychology as well as a masters degree in Special Education. She lives with her family in Teaneck.
Mrs. Shana Leben
Having been involved in formal and informal Jewish Education for several years, Shana brings creativity, devotion and excitement to Naaleh. Previously, Shana served as Assistant to the Director of Student Activities at Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls where she was involved in orchestrating and supporting many of the extracurricular activities and was as the Assistant Director of the annual school-wide Production. She lives in Bergenfield with her family.
Mrs. Tamar Lowe
Tamar has been teaching high school girls Physical Education since 2014. She is a Group Fitness instructor with over a decade of experience teaching adult fitness classes. Tamar is certified in Group Fitness, Pilates and Spin. She hopes to inspire a love of fitness in the girls that can help them de-stress from their school work and help keep their bodies and minds healthy.
Tamar lives in Teaneck with her husband and four children and when she is not working out, you can find her in the kitchen baking babka.
Rabbi Andrew Markowitz
Following his graduation from Yeshiva of Flatbush, Rabbi Markowitz learned at Yeshivat Reishit Yerushalayim and then continued to Yeshiva University. He graduated with a BA in Psychology and semicha from REITS during which time he was a fellow of the Gruss Kollel in Jerusalem. While in Israel, he trained closely with Rav Gideon Weitzman of Machon Puah where he received an additional semicha with a focus on the field of fertility and Halacha. Upon finishing his semicha, he was accepted to Yeshiva University’s prestigious Beren Kollel Elyon.
Rabbi Markowitz is the Rabbi of Congregation Shomrei Torah in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. Rabbi Markowitz and his family have made Shomrei Torah their home since he began as the assistant rabbi in 2010. Rabbi Markowitz has taught in Bruriah High School for Girls where he worked closely with the administration and guidance department to create engaging programming for his students. He presently serves on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and as a member of the Kashrus Committee for the Rabbinical Council of Bergen County.
Mr. Alejandro Meneses
Alejandro Meneses has 38 years experience teaching Spanish, ranging from preschool to adults in the private sector, as well as college level students. In addition to teaching at Naaleh, Alejandro teaches at Golda Och Academy. Additionally, he is a freelance Spanish translator for the U.S. Department of Justice.
Alejandro’s personality encourages a fun environment of learning while challenging students to be creative and confident. He is well known for his high academic standards and his passion for teaching Spanish.
Alejandro graduated from Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos with a degree in Teaching Spanish as a Second Language. He lives in Fair Lawn, New Jersey with his wife and son.
Mr. Or Mossaiov
Or Mossaiov graduated Yeshiva University with a bachelor’s in biology. For the past three years, he has been an MCAT instructor at MCAT King. As a high school chemistry, physics, and biology teacher, Or aims to live the Torah U’Madda approach, showing students that science is one of the chochmas one can learn to get closer to Hashem. Using metaphors, analogies, and at times, bad puns, Or brings a unique and customized approach to meet every student’s needs.
Mrs. Marita M. Poline
Although she was a history and political science major at Montclair State University, Marita spent over 25 years in corporate and technology management, including 20 years as a senior business systems manager at Sony. She left to earn a Master of Arts Degree in Social Studies education at Columbia University Teachers College. Marita has been an educator for the past 13 years. She taught at the Solomon Schechter High School in Teaneck and then at Schechter Westchester High School. Marita has taught U. S. History, World History, Jewish History, Constitutional Law, AP Government and Politics, Sociology, Tefilah, and various electives. She was also the Senior Program Coordinator at Schechter Westchester. With students, she created the framework and constitution for student government and was its faculty advisor. She also advised the Culture Club to promote appreciation of fine and performing arts. Marita was the Education Technology Department Chairperson to develop student and faculty tech skills. She then taught World History and U. S. History at Torah Academy of Bergen County where she was also the Debate Team advisor. She enjoys working with students inside and outside the classroom.
Mrs. Sara Resnick
Sara Resnick has experience teaching biology, math and STEM classes. She received her B.S. in Biology from Stern College’s Honors program where she was also involved in publishing writings for Stern’s Journal of Torah and Science. In addition to her formal teaching experience, Sara has worked as an advisor in NCSY and Camp Morasha. She lives in New Milford with her family.
Mrs. Anat Pollack
An eighth generation Israeli, Anat was educated at Ulpanat Harav Baharan and Michlelet Orot, and she served her Sheirut Leumi in the classroom teaching Judaic Studies to secular youth. After moving to the United States, she obtained an undergraduate degree in Tanach from Touro College and a Masters degree in Modern Jewish History from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies. In her classroom, she combines her love of Hebrew language and literature with her passion for teaching.
Mrs. Devorah Schloss
Devorah Schloss brings a range of experience with her to Naaleh. Her background includes both corporate and non-profit settings with roles in advertising, event planning, project management, website development, and school administration. Devorah lives in Bergenfield with her family.
Mrs. Renee Schneier
Renee Schneier holds a joint degree in Advertising Design from Stern College and The Fashion Institute of Technology, as well as an additional degree in Textile and Surface Design from FIT. Prior to teaching she was a children’s wear, accessories, and textile designer for a number of well-known companies.
As Chair of the Art Department at Magen David Yeshivah, Renee created the Visual Arts curriculum and taught Studio Art, and worked on collaborative art projects within both the General and Judaic Studies curricula. She has varied experience teaching art at both the Elementary and High School levels in day schools and camps, as well as students with disabilities, having taught art workshops at Yachad for their Day Program.
She lives in Teaneck, NJ along with her family.
Mrs. Eileen Schwartz
Eileen has been a teacher and coach for over 25 years. She received her B.S. ￼in health and physical education from William Paterson University. She created and headed the athletics department at Maayanot Yeshiva High School for 17 years, and she also created the sports program at Camp Shoshanim. Eileen is a certified volleyball and basketball referee and a personal trainer.
Mrs. Mira Stokar
Mira Stokar has been teaching Tanach in high school and middle school for over ten years. Mira’s classroom is a fun environment that encourages students to be creative and critical thinkers. She also teaches 8th-grade Tanach at the Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey.
Upon graduating from Stern College, Mira received her M.A. in Bible from Bernard Revel Graduate School. Mira lives in Fair Lawn with her husband and four boys.
Mrs. Rena Strulowitz
Rena completed her B.A. in Mathematics at Yeshiva University, Stern College for Women. She then proceeded to work as an actuary for 10 years, growing into a managerial role at Ernst & Young LLP. She thrived on giving training seminars in actuarial science and teaching entry-level colleagues. Upon discovering her passion for teaching others, Rena then chose to pursue a path in teaching math.
Rena prides herself on getting to know her students and tailoring her classes based on each of their needs. She is always looking for opportunities to utilize different technology and modalities to engage her students’ learning.
Rena lives in Bergenfield with her husband and four children.
Mrs. Alina Vosk
Alina Vosk began her career at Ernst and Young and over the years transitioned to Controller roles at various private institutions. Prior to joining Naaleh, Alina was responsible for operating the Finance office at the Jewish Foundation School of Staten Island.
Alina graduated Magna Cum Laude from Pace University Lubin’s School of Business with a BA in Finance. Originally from Ukraine, she now lives in Bergenfield with her husband and four children.
Mrs. Devorah Wasserlauf
Originally from Kew Gardens Hills, Devorah has over 15 years of experience in the field of education and special education. Before joining the Naaleh faculty, she taught Biology and Chemistry and was a Learning Specialist in the Learning Center at Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls. Prior to that, she taught General and Judaic Studies at the P’tach program at Yeshiva University High School for Girls for seven years.
Devorah graduated with honors from Touro College Graduate School of Education and Psychology and holds an M.S. in Education and Special Education. She lives in Fair Lawn with her family.
Rabbi Moshe Tzvi Weinberg
Rabbi Moshe Tzvi Weinberg currently teaches in Yeshiva University’s Irving I. Stone Beit Midrash Program (SBMP) where he also serves as Mashgiach Ruchani. A graduate of Yeshiva University, Rabbi Weinberg received his semicha from Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg of Jerusalem and has also been certified by the Center for Integrated Teacher Education. Rabbi Weinberg has worked as a Jewish educator for the past 15 years and has previously taught at Torah Academy of Bergen County and the Moriah School of Englewood, before joining the Yeshiva University faculty six years ago. He has served as a guest speaker and scholar in residence in Jewish communities and college campuses across the country. Additionally, Rabbi Weinberg teaches several days a week at Yeshivas Heichal Hatorah in Teaneck and is actively involved in their night seder program. Nearly 1200 of his recorded shiurim appear on yutorah.org. Most recently, he was appointed to the position of Mashpia at Congregation Beth Abraham in Bergenfield, NJ where he lives with his family.
Mrs. Elana Weiss
Elana has taught math for over 10 years across many different grade levels. She tutors Algebra and Geometry extensively for the New York State Regent Exams. Her broad math background shapes the content of her lessons to fit the bigger picture of how her students will use math across other disciplines in school and in real life. Elana incorporates a variety of methodologies into her classroom including inquiry based learning, technology, and collaboration between her students to make the lessons meaningful and engaging.
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Elana was a Wayne State University National Merit Scholar and then completed her B.A. in Mathematics at Rutgers University. She worked in the Real Estate field before going back into the classroom as a teacher. Once she found her passion in math education, she completed a Masters in Secondary Math Education at SUNY, with New York State Secondary Math Teaching Certification.
Mrs. Ahuva Wiesenfeld
Since 2009 Ahuva has been teaching throughout New Jersey, New York, and Chicago. She has taught Hebrew language and an array of Judaic subjects in elementary, middle, and high school as well as in university. She has also mentored other teachers, both as part of the Azrieli student teaching program and the Jewish New Teacher’s Project, as well as independently. She earned her M.A. in Jewish Education from the Azrieli School of Jewish Education and Administration and an M.A. in Bible from the Bernard Revel Graduate School.
Ahuva enjoys bringing mastery, relevance, and accessibility to the Hebrew Language and Tanach Curriculum at Naaleh, and she especially loves pointing out the connections between modern Hebrew and Tanach. Ahuva currently lives with her family in Riverdale.
Madrichot are an important part of our school community. These recent high school graduates are terrific role models for our students. They serve as student committee advisors and support our incredible student programming. Having them around the building and on trips offers another layer of connection for our students.