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Meet Our Staff

Orly Amenu
Nursery 3 Hebrew
Morah Orly has been a teacher for the last 13 years.  She has worked at Ganoni Day Care and HAFTR.  Morah Orly as been a member of the Brandeis mishpacha for the past five years in our nursery program.  Morah Orly delights in watching her students grow and develop throughout the year.
Dana AtiasDana Atias
3rd & 4th Grade, Judaic Studies
Mrs. Atias joins us from Eretz Yisrael through the World Zionist Organization. She has been teaching lower and middle school students in Israel for more than 10 years. She has mastered teaching the Hebrew Language as well as various Judaic Studies subjects across grade levels. Classes will be held Ivrit B’ivrit while integrating all five senses to reach every child and their learning abilities. Mrs. Atias is looking forward to collaborating with her parents, students, colleagues and administrators and believes teamwork leads to student success.
Gabriel BergerGabriel Berger
Mr. Berger is the STEAM Coordinator here at Brandies. He has a Masters in Biology and has years of experience teaching at all grade levels. In addition to running our STEAM program, he will be teaching 3rd grade technology, as well as teaching science for 4th through 8th grade. Mr. Berger believes that science doesn’t have to be a daunting subject and can be fun for all ages. He tries to cater to all learning styles in order to provide the students with the best possible means of success.  The focus of our STEAM curriculum will be to integrate all aspects of science, technology, engineering, art, and math in a fun but educational way that goes beyond the scope of what they will cover in the NYS curriculum. In technology class, students begin the year learning about the structure of computers and the typing process.  Keyboard skills are expanded through various word-processing projects and assignments.  The year culminates with learning how to create animated presentations and slideshows.  Topics for both word processing and presentations are based on personal interests as well as content from their 3rd grade language arts and social studies curriculum. The goal of the science curriculum for all grades is to engage students in discussion that encourages them to ask questions and seek the knowledge to develop their understanding of the natural world. In addition, the 8th grade science curriculum is designed to prepare students for the NYS Living Environment Regents Exam. 
Shayna Berger
Nursery 2
Morah Shayna is so excited to be back with the Brandeis family. She was thrilled to have to opportunity to join us last year. She has years of experience taking care of kids of all ages. 
Heidi Beyer
IEP/504 Coordinator, 5th Grade Literacy

Mrs. Beyer is a reading specialist and has been a part of the Brandeis family for five years.  Students in the second through eighth grades who need reading enrichment meet with Mrs. Beyer.  Prior to joining Brandeis, Mrs. Beyer was a reading teacher in the Port Washington School District.

Audrey Bieber
Middle School English, Literacy Coordinator Grades 1-8

As the new literacy instructor for the 6th, 7th and 8th grades, Mrs. Bieber brings over 20 years of experience teaching English. In accordance with Common Core/Next Generation State Standards, Mrs. Bieber’s students read grade-appropriate informational and literary texts to further develop and improve English Language skills including: reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

Students learn to utilize text-based evidence to determine central ideas, specify the author’s use of literary techniques, and analyze the author’s craft.  A variety of writing assessments and activities are used to demonstrate these skills.

Students build upon their knowledge of the world and relationship within it through class discussion of texts, gathering information, evaluating nonfiction sources, and a variety of both teacher-directed and student-centered activities.  The small teacher/student ratio allows for special attention and differentiated instruction towards individual student needs.

Mrs. Bieber’s goal for her students is to become independent readers and writers, and to facilitate a lifelong passion for the written word.  By graduation, our students are well prepared for the demands of high school English and have experience with advanced texts as well.

K. Bitton
Karen Bitton Bahr
Pre-K, Kindergarten Judaic Studies
Born and raised in Israel, after her 2 years service in the Israeli navy, Karen moved to the U.S. Karen is a mother of two wonderful kids and resides in Queens. She loves to teach Hebrew and is passionate about the Jewish religion and culture. Karen has teaching experience at Ben Port Yosef Paramus NJ, YCQ Yeshiva in Queens and, most recently, 1st Grade Judaic Studies at Solomon Schechter of Long Island.
Tali Dahari
Front Office Administrator
Tali has worked in the front office at Brandeis for almost 20 years.  Daily, Tali focuses on the needs of the students, teachers and parents.  Tali greets callers on the telephone, responds and disseminates emails, and assists Mr. Levin. Tali is also a former Brandeis parent, proud mother of Naama and Liav.

    Kim Duchow


Ms. Duchow has taught at Brandeis for the past five tears. She started teaching Pre-Kindergarten, followed by Kindergarten. She will now take on the position of Art Teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Art Education K-12. Ms. Duchow has taught art at various schools and Art Studios, including her own Studio for several years.  The Art Curriculum is geared towards helping students become creative critical thinkers. It touches upon different artists and art styles throughout History. It works on experiencing with art tools and using them properly. Most of all, it encourages students to express themselves in a unique way.


N. Elisha
Nicole Elisha
PreK, Kindergarten General Studies

Morah Nicole is a loving, creative and dedicated educator whose goal is to make students feel motivated and excited about learning within a warm and safe environment. She loves to help children reach excellence and to build their self confidence to know that they can do so! Morah Nicole loves being a part of the Brandeis family and truly loves teaching early childhood education.


Leslie Gang
Director of Admissions & Communications, Executive Administrative Assistant
Leslie is thrilled to be a part of the Brandeis family, both as a parent and administrator.  She has most recently worked as Executive Assistant in the Yeshivah of Flatbush, assisting the Executive Director and lay leaders of the institution.  Prior to her position in Flatbush, Leslie served as the Director of Admissions, Communications and Alumni Relations at HAFTR for seven years.  Alongside Mr. Reuben Maron and the lay leadership, Leslie helped increase student enrollment, develop and expand several fundraising campaigns, and foster relationships with HAFTR Graduates.  From 2009-2011, Leslie served as the Director of Public Relations and Marketing at Westchester Day School.  Leslie is a HAFTR High School Graduate (Class of 2003) and Boston University Graduate (COM' 07).
GenosarHagit Genosar
Judaic Studies Curriculum Coordinator, Middle School Hebrew


Mrs. Genosar has been a core member of the Brandeis family for the past 17 years.  She teaches Hebrew language, Tanach and Dinim.  She began teaching fifth and sixth grade, and later moved to seventh grade.  Mrs. Genosar now teaches eighth grade and prepares students for the Hebrew Regents exam.

In the Middle School, students are grouped based on their proficiency in the Hebrew language.  This allows students to benefit from learning at their own pace and level.  Mrs.Genosar gains great pleasure in seeing students' enthusiasm and excitement when they are introduced to Hebrew literature.

In Tanach studies, the main goal is to make students identify with Eretz Israel and deepen their connection to the land of our ancestors.

Celebrating holidays and commemorating special days in the Hebrew calendar defines the Brandeis Hebrew Academy experience. Mrs. Genosar is proud to direct and lead the middle school students in the presentations of Yom Yerushalayim (5th grade), Pesach Model Seder (6th grade), Yom Hazikaron (7th grade) and Yom Hashoah (8th grade).

Mrs. Genosar teaches by "דרך ארץ קדמה לתורה" – Proper (ethical) behavior precedes the Torah – before one can learn and receive an education, he or she must pave the path with Derech Eretz, decent behavior and good character traits


Ms. Alysha Goldberg
PreK Assistant
Alysha is currently attending Nassau Community College to receive her degree in teaching. She is very excited to join the Brandeis family and see all of the smiles on the students' faces as well as their academic progress and success.
GubermanMrs. Rivki Guberman 
Grades 1, 2 Judaic Studies
Mrs. Guberman, born in Israel,  has taught Lower School Judaic Studies in Israel and also holds a degree in special education. Rivki has also taught at Brandeis in years past and is excited to be back. 
R. Gwirtzman
Rachel Gwirtzman
4th Grade General Studies, Middle School Math
Mrs. Gwirtzman has her BA in Art History from Smith College and a MA in Early Childhood Education from NYU. She has taught 4th grade at P.S. 6 in Manhattan.  In addition, she has previously taught Math at Brandeis, and she was a 1st grade Reading Specialist at Franklin Early Childhood Center. 
Kayli Joseph
Kayli Joseph
Early Childhood Music
Kayli Joseph has been teaching children aged 2-5 for over twenty years, incorporating music, movement, and vibrant puppetry into her lessons to make learning fun and engaging. She has composed and released a wealth of children’s songs and albums that cover both academic and Judaic topics and is still creating new content to this day.
Prior to this, Kayli majored in Music Composition and Classical Piano at Tel Aviv University and studied at The Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music. Kayli is thrilled to join the Brandeis family and put a special emphasis on Jewish and Israeli music inside the classroom.
Zelda Kastin
Middle School, Social Studies

Mrs. Kastin has had the pleasure of educating Middle School children in Brandeis for almost three decades.  Currently, Mrs. Kastin teaches 5th and 8th grade Social Studies.  Mrs. Kastin has always strived to ignite each student's love of history and the world around them.

The Middle School social studies curriculum is based on New York State standards.  In 5th grade, students use a variety of their learned skills to understand major ideas, themes and turning points in history, both in North and South America.  Eighth grade students delve deeper into the history of our country.  There is a greater understanding of different historical periods, particularly Reconstruction, Progressive Movement, WWI, The Great Depression-New Deal, WWII, Civil Right Era, Vietnam War, Kennedy-Johnson Years, and 1988 to the present.

R. Khaskin
Rabbi Reuven Khaskin
School Rabbi, Middle School Judaic Studies
Rabbi Reuven Khaskin was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. At the age of 19, he made Aliya and spent many years studying Torah in prestigious yeshivas and rabbinical schools in Jerusalem and Melbourne, Australia, receiving his ordination from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate and R’ Goldberg. He has served as a rabbi and educator for over 20 years in the Russian-speaking Jewish communities in New York and Jerusalem, creating meaningful Jewish educational experiences in formal and informal settings.

Combining his passion for Judaism and travel, Rabbi Khaskin organized numerous educational journeys that take young people and adults to places of Jewish interest throughout the world. Currently Rabbi Khaskin is pursuing a Master’s degree in classical Jewish education, an innovative program initiated by the Tikvah and University of Dallas. Rabbi Khaskin is eager to join the Brandeis family and bring his knowledge, passion and experience to serve the Brandeis community. 
Kelly Koprowski
1st Grade General Studies
Mrs. Koprowski is so excited to join the Brandeis school family! This will be her 9th year teaching and she is thrilled to be teaching 1st grade this year. For the past 3 years she has taught 1st grade at Yeshiva of South Shore. She obtained a Master of Science degree from Hofstra University in Elementary Education in 2005. Mrs. Koprowski finds great joy in watching her students grow throughout the year.
KosofkyNaami Kosofsky
School Social Worker
Naami is a licensed social worker. She has experience working clinically with children and their families in both individual and group settings. Naami received her MSW from Yeshiva University. She feels privileged to begin the 2020 school year with The Brandies School. She is excited to work with students and watch them grow.
KredlikJennifer Kredlik
Nursery 2, General Studies
Morah Jenny loves being a part of the Brandeis family and truly loves teaching early childhood education. She is passionate about helping children learn and grow by exploring nature and the community around them. She has worked with all children of all ages, but our youngest toddler students hold a special place in her heart. 
Helen Liebman
2nd Grade General Studies

The 2nd Grade curriculum is aligned with the New York State Common Core Standards.  In the area of reading, Mrs. Liebman uses Scott Foresman Reading Street Common Core.  This reading series consists of stories of many genres with a variety of skills that accompany them including a Writer’s Notebook.  Children are taught to write in different styles: narratives, expository essays, fiction and non-fiction, as well as in personal journals.  

The Common Core State Standards is followed for the Second Grade Math curriculum.  The Math program develops conceptual understanding, computational proficiency and mathematical literacy.  

Science and Social Studies consist of several topics.  Children enjoy going to the Science Lab and using a variety of hands-on materials.  Each spring, students participate in Brandeis' Science Fair.

The children enjoy utilizing the Computer Lab where they work on Math and Literacy skills.  Our 2nd Grade encompasses a full and exciting program.

Mrs. Liebman also teaches 3rd grade science which includes topics such as, Living Things, Ecosystems, Animals and Plants, Simple Machines and Matter.  The children are taught to identify the steps in the Scientific Method, and learn how scientists form and test a hypothesis.

Science is taught in our Science Lab where students are able to use a variety of hands-on materials.  They observe, ask questions and draw conclusions using various science tools.  Students also conduct experiments. In the Spring, students participate in our Science Fair.


GilaGila Lipshitz
Nursery 2, General Studies

This is Gila's second year at Brandeis, having worked in the Kindergarten and Nursery 2 classes in the past. Gila is also a Brandeis parent, with two children currently enrolled and one son who graduated from the institution.


Reuben Maron
Administrative Director

Mr. Maron has been a part of the Brandeis family since February of 2018.  Prior to his role as Administrator at Brandeis Hebrew Academy, Mr. Maron served as Executive Director of HAFTR for 8 years.  With the support of administrators, lay leaders and faculty members, he increased enrollment from 1,000 students to 1,400 children and revitalized the school buildings and grounds.  Mr. Maron is excited to join the Brandeis Administration and continue the school's growth and success.

Lori Pennock
Resource Room

Ms. Pennock is the Special Education Teacher at Brandeis and teaches our district resource room students. She has her masters degree in Special Education and has taught students in Preschool through High School during her extensive career. The resource room is a classroom where students with educational needs are given direct specialized instruction and academic remediation, individually or in small groups. Ms. Pennock is delighted to have been an integral part of the Brandeis community for the past 6 years and looks forward to many more years working with our students. 

Lisa Sacolick
Nursery 3 General Studies

Three year nursery is taught by Morah Lisa and Morah Orly.  For the past five years, our Morahs have worked together to provide a nursery curriculum that is well-rounded.  Our three year-old students learn about our holidays, parsha, seasons, colors, shapes, numbers and the alphabet.  Special units include author studies, apples, fire safety, health, and music appreciation.  Our day includes free play, davening circle, story time, outdoor playground, center time, art projects and rest time.  We provide a friendly, warm, safe, nurturing environment where the children grow, learn and make lots of friends.

Tara Saez
Middle School Spanish

Mrs. Saez is currently in her 26th year of teaching, the last three at Brandeis.  Mrs. Saez is our 6th, 7th and 8th grade Spanish teacher.  Throughout her career, Mrs. Saez has taught in a variety of educational environments.  While at the past three years at Brandeis, Mrs. Saez has noted that Brandeis Hebrew Academy not only provides a productive learning environment for students but also provides an inviting family environment.

The Spanish curriculum is thorough, integrating the four major skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing.  In sixth grade, students begin with basic language skills.  By the eighth grade, our students are able to express thoughts in several language tenses.  This demonstrates the student's growth. 

The ultimate goal of our Spanish program is to prepare our students for higher level learning as well as the diverse society in which we reside.

edenEden Schebovitz
Kindergarten Assistant


Eden Schebovitz, as the assistant teacher for Kindergarten. Eden is currently in graduate school studying for her Master of Science in Education and Special Education (Birth-2nd). Eden is also a graduate of Brandeis. She is so excited to be a part of the Brandeis Mishpacha!  

Kavinie Singh
Physical Education

Ms. Singh graduated from Queens College with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and she is currently pursuing her Masters in Health Education.  She has taught at Brandeis Hebrew Academy for over four years and teaches a wide range of classes from Nursery to the 8th grade. 

The physical education curriculum is designed to teach students the fundamentals necessary to execute a sport task while promoting movement.  We aim to develop each student’s knowledge of safety and movement.  In turn, this leads to their ability to perform a range of activities for an active and healthy lifestyle.  Our program also focuses on each student’s development of a strong sense of self-worth, a positive attitude and good character traits.

Rebecca Smith
Middle School Math

Ms. Smith teaches Math for fourth through eighth grades. She has taught at Brandeis for the past seven years. In the Fourth Grade, the curriculum focuses on place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, patterns and sequences, fractions, decimals, customary measurement, metric measurement, perimeter, area, and geometry.  Fifth Grade students learn place value, multiplication, division, decimals, expressions and patterns, fractions, measurement, and geometry.  Sixth grade math consists of ratios and rates, fractions, decimals, percents, decimals, integers, the coordinate plane, expressions, equations, functions, inequalities, area, volume, surface area, and statistics.  Our seventh graders learn ratios and proportional reasoning, percents, integers, rational numbers, expressions, equations, inequalities, geometric figures, measure figures, probability, and statistics.  In the eighth grade, students are taught Algebra 1 (Regents class) where the building blocks of algebra, linear expressions, equations, inequalities, functions, linear functions and arithmetic sequences, systems of linear equations and inequalities, exponents, polynomials, quadratics, roots and rational numbers, and statistics are taught.

Elaine Winograd
3rd Grade General Studies, Middle School Math

Elaine Winograd is a secular teacher who has taught at Brandeis for over twenty years.  She has taught math, literacy, social studies, and science on the elementary level during her tenure.  Recently, Mrs. Winograd has added teaching math to seventh and eighth grade students.

Mrs. Winograd challenges herself to provide a classroom that promotes curiosity and exploration among her students.  Her students are willing to take risks and explore the unknown either independently or through peer interaction. Mrs. Winograd encourages her students to actively engage and participate in their learning.  Mrs. Winograd believes her role is to facilitate this process through cooperative learning, investigation, inquiry and hands-on activities.

R. ZalcmanRebecca Zalcman
Nursery 2 Assistant

Rebecca has a bachelors degree in English as well as a minor in secondary education. She herself was a former student of the Brandeis School and is excited to rejoin the Brandeis family!