Meet Our Faculty
Mrs. Deena Kobre
Prior to coming to Naaleh High School for Girls, 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. Danielle Bloom
Danielle Bloom has been teaching Torah and psychology for 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 is currently pursuing her doctorate in Jewish Education and Administration at the Azrieli Graduate School of Yeshiva University
Mrs. Kayla Bluman
While growing up in East Brunswick, New Jersey, Kayla attended Bruriah High School and continued on to learn in Michlalah in Israel. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Judaic Studies from Stern College for Women, Kayla received her Master in Judaic Education from Azrieli Graduate School. Over the past 7 years, Kayla has taught Tanach in Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy and Yavneh Academy, priding herself in the dedication she shows to her students, extending from the classroom to Shabbos in her home and even to the basketball courts!
In addition to formal classroom education, Kayla has ten years of experience in informal education and programming for teenagers of all backgrounds. She has been involved in NCSY as the Fair Lawn City Director, Teen Division Head as well as Head of Chinuch in Camp Lavi and most recently, a Division Head in Camp Kaylie.
Kayla currently lives with her husband and three children in Fair Lawn, New Jersey where she enjoys opening her home to the young women of Naaleh High School!
Chumash & Navi
Mrs. Aliza Davis
Aliza Davis joins the Naaleh faculty with many years of formal and informal teaching experience. 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 of Passaic, NJ.
After attending Michlalah, Aliza earned a B.A. from Stern College and is currently pursuing her M.A. in Judaic Studies from Touro.
Aliza has been involved in programming, ran professonal development workshops, and has served as a teacher mentor to novice teachers. Aliza 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 her job as Naaleh’s inaugural history teacher. She is a summa cum laude graduate of CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College and Queens College, having majored in English and History with a concentration in European History. Miriam spent a semester abroad at a university in London, a visit that gave her new insight into the history and legacy of the British Empire. Miriam is also a prolific writer, having been a contributor for QC Voices, a Queens College blog, and tutoring fellow college students in essay writing.
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 geared towards acclimating students to the new environment of university. She enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for history (and her expansive collection of fun history facts!) with the students of Naaleh.
Mrs. Miriam Finkelstein
Miriam is looking forward to joining the Naaleh team, bringing a unique balance of strong academic presence and the ability to connect with her students inside and outside the classroom. Most recently, Miriam taught in the Moriah School of Englewood and before that at Manhattan Day School. Through using methods of differentiated instruction, as well as active learning strategies and technology, she has been successful in engaging her students, maximizing their potential and inspiring their passion for Limudei Kodesh.
A graduate of Stern College as a Legacy Heritage Scholar and Azrieli Graduate School, Miriam has participated in numerous professional development opportunities including Iviryon, an intensive Hebrew immersion program designed for teachers to teach Ivrit b’Ivrit, Avi Chai Better Lesson and the JNTP mentor program.
Through her formal teaching experiences, as well as her role as an NCSY madricha and Division Head in Camp Morasha, Miriam is excited to bring her warm and energetic personality and passion for Yiddishkeit, to greatly enhance the classrooms and the hallways of Naaleh.
Mrs. Mimi Fuchs
For the past seven years, Mimi has engaged high school students through experiential learning, differentiated teaching methods, and meaningful incorporation of educational technology in her Tanach classes. Mimi is passionate about promoting the relevance and beauty of Tanach and providing her students with the tools to unlock the depth of Torah text.
In addition to her extensive classroom experience, Mimi has been involved with educational programming for over ten years, working as a Grade Level Advisor at Stella K. Abraham High School, programming staff at Michlelet NCSY, chinuch and special programming staff at Camp Kaylie, and most recently as Student Activities Coordinator of Ida Crown Jewish Academy in Skokie, IL.
Mimi earned a B.A. in Judaic Studies and Biology from Yeshiva University and a M.S. in Jewish Education from Azrieli Graduate School. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Jewish Educational Leadership and Innovation at Azrieli.
Mimi lives in Bergenfield with her family, and is thrilled to bring her passion and experience to Naaleh High School for Girls!
Dr. Ruth Glasser
Dr. Ruth Glasser comes to Naaleh High School after serving as the School Psychologist at the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy. In her role as a school psychologist she not only provided individual support and guidance to students, faculty and parents, but also devised curricula and programs to address the students’ overall social and emotional development. 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. 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. An avid sports fan, Dr. Glasser lives in Passaic, NJ, with her husband and 4 children, and serves as the Rebbetzin of the Young Israel of Passaic-Clifton.
Rabbi Josh Grajower
Rabbi Grajower is joining our staff after eight years living in Boca Raton, Florida and teaching at the Katz Yeshiva High School of South Florida. In addition to full-time teaching, Rabbi Grajower also served as the Hashkafah and Gemara Department Chair and the Professional Development Coordinator. Beyond the classroom, Rabbi Grajower gave weekly shiurim at two of the local synagogues in Florida.
Rabbi Grajower is passionate about active learning and developing the hearts and minds of the next generation and has presented his teaching methodology at educational conferences. Rabbi Grajower will be teaching a Hashkafah class and is excited to bring his passion, creativity and enthusiasm to Naaleh.
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, and is excited to share her passion for the subject with the students of Naaleh.
Rabbi Gedaliah Jaffe
Rabbi Gedaliah Jaffe has been a High School Rebbe since 2000 and the Rav of Congregation Ahavas Yisrael in Edison, NJ since 2008. 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 his ordination is from RIETS. He is a member of the Vaad HaRabbanim of Raritan Valley and a Maggid Shiur for the international Dirshu Daf Yomi B’Halacha learning program.
Rabbi Jaffe has been active in a wide range of communal outreach and charitable organizations with a special emphasis on the needs of high school and college students. He is a widely sought after lecturer in the Tri-state area as a scholar-in-residence and inspirational speaker for Lasko and Leisure Time Tours. Many of his shiurim are available on www.YuTorah.org.
He is privileged to be able to create 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 for over 11 years. Her classroom is a place of high expectations that inspires experimentation and helps students tap into their innate creativity. Whether it be through the expression of creative writing and poetry, the structure of expository writing and research, or the spirited debate and analysis of Socratic seminar, each of her students is challenged to learn in new ways. 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, and she also teaches at Yavneh Academy. When she’s not teaching, she can likely be found camping on a mountaintop, lost in a book, or working on her next novel.
Coordinator of the Learning Center
Mrs. Oria Kay
Mrs. Oria Kay grew up in Queens and has over 10 years of experience in the field of Education, both in schools and as a private tutor. For the last 6 years she has worked as a Learning Specialist where she helped students academically and emotionally navigate the rigors of high school and to prepare for post high school. Most recently she spent the past 5 years working in the Student Support Program at Central, after spending years at other Yeshivot and public schools.
Mrs. Kay received her B.A in Psychology from Queens College and holds a Masters degree in School Psychology as well as a Masters degree in Special Education. Mrs. Kay has experience working with a full 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. Mrs. Kay has a passion for helping students to discover their strengths and use them to recognize their potential and succeed in accomplishing their goals.
Mrs. Kay lives with her family in Teaneck.
Mrs. Sari Kopitnikoff
Sari Kopitnikoff is an energetic and creative teacher who is passionate about the field of education. For over 10 years, Sari has worked in education both formally and informally, teaching hundreds of students, creating and implementing original programs, and designing unique educational materials. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yeshiva University as well as a certificate in Experiential Jewish Education. During college, Sari minored in Art and studied computer graphics and animation at The Fashion Institute of Technology.
In the classroom, Sari utilizes game-based learning, differentiated instruction, and interest-based activities to maximize engagement. She integrates technology and encourages out-of-the-box thinking. Overall, she thrives on making the classroom both an enjoyable and an effective environment in which students can learn.
In her spare time (when she’s not busy preparing lessons and planning classroom activities) she loves to be involved in art, photography, reading, and writing. She coauthored and illustrated Wordwatch, a book for teens about shmirat halashon, and is in the process of authoring and illustrating additional publications. Aside from working on books, she runs various ongoing digital art projects. Sari loves to use her creativity and imagination to educate, entertain, and inspire. She’s excited to be part of the Naaleh team.
Mrs. Ricki Kurtz
Mrs. Ricki Kurtz has taught English and Social Studies at Yeshivat Noam for the past 12 years, where she has continuously utilized innovating and exciting educational methodologies. As technology has evolved, she has incorporated new activities into the curriculum to continue to motivate her students to be successful. In addition to her classroom teaching, Mrs. Kurtz serves as the Learning Management System (LMS) Coordinator for Yeshivat Noam. In that capacity, she has trained faculty to effectively use the LMS system, helped parents and students utilize the LMS system effectively, and provided ongoing professional development. In addition, she participated in a two year mentoring program focusing on blended learning through the Avi-Chai and Better Lessons partnership and a year-long grant focused on providing enrichment for students.
Mrs. Kurtz received a B.A. in Elementary Education from Stern College for Women and a Masters in Literacy from Fordham University. She holds certifications in Childhood Education & Literacy.
Mrs. Kurtz lives in Bergenfield with her husband and 4 children. She loves being part of the Naaleh family!
Mrs. Shana Leben
Having been involved in Jewish Education for several years, Shana brings her creativity, technology skills, devotion and excitement to Naaleh High School as the Administrative Coordinator. Shana received a Bachelor’s degree in Judaic Studies from Stern College for Women, and is currently obtaining a Master’s degree in Education from Touro College. Shana served as Assistant to the Director of Student Activities at Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls where she was involved in orchestrating many of the extra curricular activities. Additionally she was the Assistant Director of the annual Production.
Shana lives in Bergenfield with her family, and is making Naaleh a one-of-a-kind experience for each and every student!
Mrs. Rebecca Lopkin
Rebecca Lopkin is the founder and Artistic Director of Envision Theater which is the premier educational theater company serving Yeshiva schools throughout NJ, NYC and Long Island. She is a professional theater arts educator for over 20 years. She and her team of teaching artist create and teach original educational theater workshops, courses, clubs and programs and direct productions with students in grades Pre-K through 12th grade. Mrs. Lopkin also directs the theater program at Camp Shoshanim in Lakewood, Pa. She is a graduate of New York University’s program in Educational Theatre where she received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts. Ms. Lopkin is also a certified teacher in speech and drama. She is thrilled that Envision Theater is partnering with Naaleh HS for Girls to develop and run a new Theater Department for the 2019-2020 school year. Information about the upcoming auditions for the school musical will be shared in late summer. www.envisiontheater.com
Rabbi Andrew Markowitz
Following his graduation from Yeshiva of Flatbush, Rabbi Markowitz learned at Yeshivat Reishit Yerushalayim and then continued to Yeshiva University, graduating 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 burgeoning field of fertility and Halacha. Upon finishing his semicha, he was accepted to Yeshiva University’s prestigious Beren Kollel Elyon.
This summer, Rabbi Markowitz will be assuming the role of 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.
Mrs. Anat Pollack
An eighth generation Israeli, Anat was educated at Ulpanat Harav Baharan and Michlelet Orot, and 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.
She combines her love of Hebrew language and literature, with her passion for teaching in the classroom.
Mrs. Renee Schneier
Mrs. Schneier graduated from Stern College and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) with a joint degree in Advertising Design. She furthered her studies at FIT with an additional degree in Textile and Surface Design. Prior to teaching she designed fabrics, childrenswear and accessories for a number of well known companies, traveling abroad to oversee production of her designs.
For the past five years she has been the Chair of the Art Department at Magen David Yeshivah, where she created the Visual Arts curriculum and taught Studio Art as well. She initiated the yearly student art show at the Sephardic Community Center Mrs. Schneier 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, as well as students with disabilities.
In addition she was an Art Instructor at Camp Dina. A member of the National Art Education Association, she has led Professional Development Workshops for colleagues and peers.
A resident of Teaneck, NJ, along with her husband and four children, Mrs. Schneier brings her creative energy and passion for the Visual Arts to the students at Na’aleh!
Mrs. Arielle Sheinbein
Arielle Sheinbein is an AFAA certified group fitness instructor at three different exercise facilities in Bergen County. She teaches Bootcamp, HIIT, Pilates, tabata style classes (and more;) which are highly attended. Arielle is known for her high energy, fun and engaging class and constant motivation before, during and after her classes. She teaches fitness to all ages and is the head fitness instructor at Camp Kaylie during the summer and enjoys teaching her eighth grade chemistry students physical ed as well. She lives in Bergenfield, NJ with her husband and 4 children.
Mrs. Mira Stokar
Mira Stokar has over 8 years of experience teaching Tanach in high school and middle school settings. Currently, Mira is an 8th grade Tanach teacher at the Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey where she is known for her high academic standards, passion for Torah and commitment to creating a positive religious experience for all of her students.
Mira’s personality cultivates a fun environment of learning, encouraging and challenging students to be creative and critical thinkers.
Upon graduating from Stern College with a B.A. in Psychology, Mira received her M.A. in Bible from Bernard Revel Graduate School. Mira lives in Fair Lawn with her husband and three delicious boys, and enjoys being part of the Naaleh team.
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. At Ernst & Young LLP, she grew into a managerial role and gained invaluable experience building relationships and strengthening her communication skills within the business world. 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 and has done so for the past four years at different grade levels. She has tutored Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Calculus over the past 10 years.
Rena’s extensive math background coupled with her deep understanding of the progression in which students learn, process and synthesize mathematics enables her to convey her lessons in a manner that can meet the needs of students at all levels. Rena prides herself in getting to know her students and tailoring her classes each year based on the needs of the students in each class. Technology is infused within her classroom and she is always looking for opportunities to utilize different modalities to engage her students to learn.
Rena lives in Bergenfield with her husband and four children and is excited to join the Naaleh math department!
Dr. Jacob Victor
Dr. Jacob Victor holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the City University of New York. After teaching at the college level for 7+ years, he worked in the biotech industry for over 30 years. When he retired from industry, he returned to teaching at the high school level and for the last three years has been teaching Biology, Chemistry and Human Anatomy. He blends his work experience into his classroom lectures, providing his students with an in-depth view of how medical products are developed for the real world. Dr. Victor also attended Breuer’s Bais Hamedrash for four years which gives a strong Torah im Derech Eretz foundation to his lessons, as he brings a greater appreciation of the Briah to his students and effectively blends science with a Torah perspective. He teaches at a high academic level while keeping the students energized and involved.
Rabbi Moshe Tzvi Weinberg
Rabbi Moshe Tzvi Weinberg currently teaches in Yeshiva University’s Irving I. Stone Beit Midrash Program (SBMP), where he also he 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.
Most recently, he was appointed to the position of Mashpia at Congregation Beth Abraham, a 450 family member shul in Bergenfield, NJ where he lives with his family. 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.
Mrs. L’via Weisinger
L’via Weisinger, BSN, RN has been a nurse for 22 years and has worked in various capacities and specialties, including Pediatrics, Women’s Health, School and Camp Nursing. She is a graduate of Stern College for Women, Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing and Western Governors University.
Since moving to Teaneck 20 years ago, Mrs. Weisinger has worked at several local institutions that serve the Bergen County Jewish community, including Yeshivat Noam, Maayanot, Heichal Hatorah, Anshei Lubavitch, Camp Dora Golding, Camp Mesorah and Holy Name Medical Center.
Mrs. Elana Weiss
Elana has taught math over 10 years on 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 be using this topic as they move on mathematically, across other disciplines in school, and in real life. Tutoring gives her teaching a “behind the scenes” approach to how the students learn. 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.
Elana is excited to be a part of Naaleh!
Mrs. Ahuva Wiesenfeld
Over the past nine years, Ahuva has taught in New Jersey, New York, and Chicago. She has experience teaching Hebrew language and an array of Judaic subjects at almost every grade level. Ahuva has mentored other teachers as part of Azrieli’s student teaching program, the Jewish New Teacher’s Project, and independently. She earned an 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 currently lives with her family in Riverdale and teaches modern Hebrew at Yeshiva University where she also serves as the assistant coordinator of the Hebrew department. She especially loves pointing out the connections between modern Hebrew and Tanach and enjoys bringing mastery, relevance, and accessibility to the Hebrew Language Curriculum at Naaleh.
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.