Ahrona Indyk Amar, a proud Frisch alumnus, teaches in the Learning Center. After completing her undergraduate work at Cornell, Mrs. Amar earned a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology at NYU. As an Academic Advisor at NYU, Mrs. Amar created a formal academic support program for student athletes. With a lifelong passion for swimming, Mrs. Amar also coaches the Girls’ Swim team at Frisch.
Mrs. Auman, Frisch Class of 2007, graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program at Stern College and earned a BA in Studio Arts with a minor in Art History. Since then, she has been working as a graphic designer and began working at Frisch in 2014.
Rabbi Ariel Auman is a member of the Talmud faculty. He studied at Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh in Israel for two years and holds a BS and MS in Accounting from Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business. Rabbi Auman is currently a member of the Marcos and Adina Katz Kollel at RIETS.
Mrs. Inbal Barlev is a member of Frisch’s Hebrew department. She has a B.ED from Levinsky College of Edu. in Tel Aviv. She is certified in the Neta, Chaverim B’Ivrit and Tal-Am Hebrew teaching programs. Prior to Frisch, Mrs. Barlev taught at Heschel, MDS and Haftr.
Director: Judaic Studies and Educational Enrichment; Senior Grade Dean
Rabbi Michael Bashist is the Director of the Judaic Studies Learning Center, as well as a teacher of Talmud and Tanakh. He serves as a Grade Dean for the senior class and is a member of Frisch’s Israel guidance department. Rabbi Bashist holds a B.A. in Psychology, an MS in Special Education and Rabbinic ordination from RIETS. He has held rabbinic positions in the Young Israel of Jamaica Estates, as well as Young Israel of Monsey/Wesley Hills.
Dr. Anne Berkman earned a BA in English from Russell Sage College, an MA in English Philology from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in English Education from Columbia University. She taught on the university level before coming to Frisch. This is the beginning of her golden anniversary of teaching.
Mrs. Sabrina Bernath is Chair of Frisch’s Math department. She has a B.A. in Mathematics from Boston University and an M.A. in Secondary Mathematics Education from New York University. Mrs. Bernath’s areas of interest include: educational technology, math accessibility for all, and teacher training.
Mrs. Rachel Besser is the Chair of Frisch’s Nach department and is a member of the Israel Guidance department. Mrs. Besser has a BA from Stern College, an MA from Azrieli Graduate School for Jewish Education and a Master’s degree in English Literature from Hunter College. She has edited a number of books and also lectured throughout the tristate area on issues of Bible and Jewish thought.
Mr. Steve Bill is Director of Music at Frisch. He teaches the music specialty within Frisch’s Arts Track and is the faculty advisor for Frisch’s various music clubs. Mr. Bill is a recording and performing guitarist who was voted the most recorded guitar player by the New York Recording Musicians Society for his work on hundreds of jingles, television shows and movies. He has been a featured performer at Windows on the World, as well as assistant musical director. Mr. Bill currently serves as musical director for many special events at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Town Hall. Besides being the leader of The Sound Choice, he also runs Room 368 Productions, one of the largest contemporary ethnic music, and film music production and distribution companies.
<div>Ms. Michelle Biller-Levy joined the Frisch faculty in September 2018 as Co-Director of College Guidance. Along with the rest of the College Guidance Staff, Ms. Biller-Levy is dedicated to helping each senior find the right fit college for them. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and History from Barnard College, Ms. Biller-Levy earned a Master’s Degree at Teachers College in Higher Education Administration. She worked as a Senior Admissions Officer at Barnard College for six years, where she read and assessed thousands of applications from hopeful students across the country. In an attempt to share her experiences in the Admissions Office with prospective applicants, Ms. Biller-Levy made the decision to switch sides of the desk and join the faculty of Yeshivah of Flatbush High School as Director of College Guidance. After four years of guiding Flatbush students through all aspects of the application process, Ms. Biller-Levy is thrilled to join the Cougar family and the dynamic College Guidance team at Frisch.</div>
Dr. Jennifer Blanck is a member of Frisch’s Science department, teaching biology and chemistry. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience from Colgate University and a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, after which she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Columbia University. She was named a finalist for the 2019 New Jersey Nonpublic School Teacher of the Year Award by the New Jersey Council for American Private Education (NJCAPE).
Rabbi Blau teaches Gemara and Navi and is responsible for creating units of integration. He is the author of “Medieval Commentary in the Modern Era: The Enduring Value of Classical Parshanut,” and his articles have been published in periodicals such as Tradition, Ten Daat and the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society. He has a BA from Yeshiva University and MA degrees from both the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies and the Azrieli School of Education. He received his semicha from RIETS. Rabbi Blau has also taught in the Maimonides School in Boston, Maayanot and TABC, and is returning home to Frisch, where he previously taught for more than a decade.
Ms. Lauren Burstein, Frisch class of 2007, is a member of the English department, as well as the faculty adviser for both Kalliope and Envision Shakespeare. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Stern College for Women and an M.A. in English Composition and Rhetoric from Lehman College. She has previously presented papers and conducted interactive workshops at various writing center conferences.
Rabbi Asher Bush is a member of Frisch’s Talmud, Tanakh, Halacha and Jewish History faculty, in addition to serving as the Rav of Congregation Ahavat Yisrael of Wesley Hills. He is the author of Responsa Sho’el B’Shlomo and many dozens of scholarly articles, as well as a regular contributor of Halacha articles to Jewish blogs. In the classroom, Rabbi Bush brings these interests together demonstrating the real-life application and relevance of Jewish law.
Profile of Academic Work:
Sefer of Respona, Sho’el B’Shlomo, containing 60 essays in topics of contemporary application of Jewish law (the book was dedicated in memory of the late Rabbi Shlomo Kahn, longtime Frisch faculty member & mentor of Rabbi Bush).
Second Volume of Responsa, containing over 80 topics, due out 2015, to be published by OU Press
Approximately 100 published articles in various journals including: (in Hebrew) Or HaMizrach, Mesora, Beis Yizchak, HaDarom, HaPardes, (in English) Hakira, V’Rapo Yerape, Journal of Halacha & Contemporary Society, Chevrusa, Viewpoint, and (Online) Torah Musings. A number of these written and oral pieces can be accessed at YUTorah.org.
Some of the more significant publications include: Vaccination in Halacha & in Practice in the Orthodox Jewish Community, Bone Marrow Donation in Halacha, The Prohibition of Smoking in Halacha, Halachic Issues in the Determination of Death and in Organ Transplantation, The Mitzvah of Pidyon Shevuyim and its Application to Convicted Criminals, Aliya L’Torah for a Wheelchair bound person, The Permissibility of Tattooing in Reconstructive Surgery.
Guest Speaker on topics of Medical Halacha and Aguna resolution.
Ms. Shoshana Chanales has been teaching Judaic Studies for 15 years and is a member of Frisch’s Nach Department. Before coming to Frisch, she taught Tanakh and Machshevet Yisrael at SAR High School and also served as Grade Level Coordinator for their 9th grade. She has developed Tanakh and Advisory curricula for high school in addition to being a featured lecturer in SAR High School’s Adult Education program. She has worked as a mentor for aspiring and new teachers.
Rabbi Eli Ciner oversees every aspect of The Frisch School. He strives to create a learning environment which challenges each student to achieve intellectual independence and curiosity, a love for, and deep commitment to religion, an appreciation for the unique talents of each member of the Frisch community, all while gaining the confidence to discover an individual voice and personal passions. Rabbi Ciner is currently pursuing a doctorate in History of Education and Jewish Studies from New York University, where he has delivered papers on Multiple Intelligences in Teaching Talmud and Adolescent Development. He holds a B.A. in Psychology, an M.A. in Education and Semikha from Yeshiva University and spent two years learning at Yeshivat Shaalvim.
Nina Cohen teaches world history, AP US Government and Politics and 20th Century American Culture. Prior to working at Frisch, Nina spent three years teaching AP United States History, Government and Economics at the Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls, where she also served as a College Guidance Counselor.
Nina holds a Masters of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, where she received the Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students and was a Benjamin Franklin and O. Odlozilik fellow. Her master’s thesis, “Imaginary Jews for Imaginary Audiences: Jewish and Christian Appropriations of the 1646 Vocalized Mishnah,” was presented at the 2014 Gruss Colloquium in Judaic Studies at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies. Nina graduated summa cum laude from Barnard College with a degree in history and religion. Her senior thesis, “A Barometer of Religious Nationalism: Louis IX and the Jews,” received Barnard College Department of History honors.
Nina has spent time working in museum education at both the Tenement Museum and the Museum at Eldridge Street, where she developed docent-training materials and walking tours of the historic Lower East Side. She is committed to making history engaging, interactive and enjoyable.
Dr. Luke Czapla is a member of Frisch’s Science department, teaching Physics and Computer Science. He received the B.S. degree in Physics and the Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Rutgers – New Brunswick. After graduation, he went on to work as a postdoctoral research fellow in computational biophysics, publishing work on the computer modeling of proteins and nucleic acids. Prior to joining Frisch, he served as an adjunct professor at CUNY, teaching Physics, and at St. John’s University, teaching Physics and Chemistry.
Dr. Djuric is a member of Frisch’s Science and Math departments, teaching physics and math. She received her B. S. in Physics in 2000 from the University of Belgrade in Belgrade, Serbia and her Ph.D. in 2005 from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ where she also conducted Postdoctoral Research for several years. Prior to coming to the Frisch School, she taught physics at Stevens Institute of Technology, Passaic County Community College, and Bloomfield College. In addition to teaching, she participated in numerous research projects on electronic transport in semiconductor devices and quantum optics.
Mr. Douglas Dunton is a member of Frisch’s English department. He holds a BA in English Language and Literature from Montclair State College and a Post-BA Teacher Certification for NJ. His areas of interest include: American Literature (by profession); Fantasy & Science Fiction (by long-time readership, interest, and study).
Ms. Shira Fass is a member of Frisch’s Math department. She holds a B.A. in Physics from Barnard College and an M.S.E. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University. She has been teaching middle and high school math for over fifteen years.
Dr. Meryl Feldblum, Frisch Class of 2000, is Chair of the English department. She earned a BA in English Literature and Creative writing from Stern College, an MS in Secondary English Education from Lehman College, and an EdD from Northeastern University. Dr. Feldblum is also a graduate of New York Teaching Fellows and a recipient of the Americorps Education Award.
Rabbi Jonathan Feldman, Frisch Class of1993, is a member of Frisch’s Talmud department. He studied at Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh in Israel and obtained his BA in Philosophy from Yeshiva University. Rabbi Feldman has rabbinic ordination from RIETS and an M.S in Secondary Education from Azrieli Graduate School for Jewish Education.
Rabbi Neil Fleischmann (LMSW) is a teacher of Talmud and Tanakh, as well as a guidance counselor. He is the chair of the Torah guidance department and teaches the public speaking elective. Additionally, he serves as faculty advisor for the Poetry and Improv clubs, and is the author of In The Field: A Collection of Haiku. His Torah articles appear regularly in The Jewish Standard, The Jewish Week, and Be’er Shavuah.
Yaelle Frohlich is a member of Frisch’s History department and also serves as the school’s Communications Coordinator. She holds a B.A. in English Communications from Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women, and an M.A. in Modern Jewish History from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies. Frohlich is currently ABD and working toward the completion of her doctorate in the Departments of History and Hebrew & Judaic Studies at New York University. Her research focuses on Jewish intellectual history and migration in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She comes to Frisch after working as a teaching and course assistant at NYU, and as a writer for YU’s Communications department and the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought. In December 2016, Frohlich competed as a Canadian finalist in the International Adult Bible Competition (Chidon HaTanach HaOlami) in Jerusalem.
Dr. Mindy Furman is Chair of Frisch’s Science department, teaching Bio and BioLab. She has a BS from the University of Maryland, an MAT in Biological Sciences from Montclair State University an M.S (Department of Microbiology and Immunology) from New York Medical College and a Ph.D (Department of Microbiology and Immunology) from New York Medical College. She has been an adjunct professor and a research fellow at New York Medical College and is a member of Who’s Who Among American Teachers, Teacher of Merit, Intel Science Search, New Jersey Science Teachers Association, National Biology Teachers Association and the New York Academy of Sciences. She is most excited about the research program at Frisch (partnered with Rutgers University) in the Waksman Student Scholar program, in which the students are doing research in molecular biology.
Rabbi Noah Gardenswartz is a member of the Talmud faculty. He holds a BA in Philosophy from Yeshiva University and ordination from RIETS. Rabbi Gardenswartz is currently a fellow in the Harry and Bella Wexner Kollel Elyon (Yeshiva University) and was previously a fellow in Yeshivat Har Etzion’s Kollel Gavoha where he taught American students. He was also a member of Wexner Semikha Honors program.
Mrs. Beverly Geller is the Frisch School’s librarian. After earning her B.A. in history from Stern College for Women and a M.L.S. from Queens College School of Library Science, she worked at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America library, where she was in charge of cataloguing their extensive collection of Haggadot. Serving as librarian at Frisch since 1984, Mrs. Geller’s three children are Frisch alums, and her oldest grandchild is a current student at Frisch!
Ms. Esther Genuth is a member of the College Guidance department. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women and an M.S.W from the Hunter College School of Social Work, with a concentration in Group Work. She previously served as an Assistant Director of Admissions at Yeshiva University where she coordinated the Honors Programs admissions process and traveled around the country to meet with high school students and administrators.
Mr. Ed Gerstley is the Director of Finance at Frisch. He obtained a BA in Political Science from Lehman College of the City University of New York; CPA (Inactive). He worked as Vice President-Finance and Administration at Cushman & Wakefield, Inc, as Controller at Facelifters Home Systems, Inc., Brooklyn, NY, as Controller at Cosmopolitan Decorating, Inc., New York City and as Controller at Nussbaum Sales Corp., Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey. He is currently in his thirteenth year as Director of Finance at The Frisch School, Paramus, New Jersey. During his tenure, The Frisch School acquired the property at 120 W. Century Road and issued two series of bonds through which the acquisition, construction and renovation costs were financed.
Assistant Principal; Torah Studies Faculty; Israel Guidance
Rabbi David Goldfischer coordinates Frisch’s new advisory program which ensures that every student has a weekly meeting with a faculty member whose focus is to look after the student’s wellbeing and advocate for his/her needs. Having previously served as the Director of Student Activities and Senior Grade Dean at Frisch, Rabbi Goldfischer also oversees all educational programming that takes place during the course of the school year. A graduate of Frisch, Rabbi Goldfischer continued his studies for two years in Israel at Yeshivat Har Etzion. He then received his B.A. in English Literature while simultaneously earning Semikha from Yeshiva University. He is currently finishing an M.A. in Modern Jewish History at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, with a chief interest in nineteenth century Hasidic communities in Eastern Europe and their relationship with secularization. Rabbi Goldfischer served as rabbinic intern and then community scholar for four years at Congregation Ahavath Torah, in Englewood.
Chair: Chumash Department; Director: Israel Guidance
Mrs. Yael Goldfischer is the Chair of Frisch’s Humash department, as well as the Director of the Israel Guidance department for women. Mrs. Goldfischer has a dual Master’s degree from Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University in Medieval Jewish History and in Bible. She lectures regularly in various communities and at Midreshet Yom Rishon. Mrs. Goldfischer and her husband, Rabbi David Goldfischer, Assistant Principal, enjoy having their students over at their house throughout the year.
Ms. Lauren Goldstein is Director of Special Services at Frisch and also serves as a guidance counselor. A graduate of Barnard College, Ms. Goldstein holds a Master’s degree in clinical psychology from Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology and is a Psy.D. doctoral candidate in their clinical program. She completed an internship in both clinical psychology and neuropsychology at Mt. Sinai Medical Center. Ms. Goldstein has extensive experience in individual and group psychotherapy and counseling with adolescents and adults and has a comprehensive background and training in psychological testing and evaluation.
Mr. Josh Gombo is a College Guidance Counselor at Frisch. He attended Rutgers University where he received his BA and then continued on to earn his MS at Baruch College. He has experience working within multiple collegiate admissions offices and has spent the last 4 years as a college counselor at the Yeshivah of Flatbush. He is an active member of CAJUE (Counselor Advocacy for the Jewish University Experience) and NACAC (National Association of College Admission Counseling). He has also visited and spent time at many colleges and universities and enjoys constantly exploring new options for Jewish students to consider.
Mr. Josh Gotlieb is a member of Frisch’s English and History departments and has taught American, European and Jewish History, as well as English to all grades and levels. He earned a BA in political science from Yeshiva University, an MA in English from CUNY and has done graduate work in NYU. He previously served as Frisch’s Athletic Director and coached Softball and JV Basketball. In 2002 he was honored as Cornell Merrill Star Teacher. He is the proud father and father in law of three Frisch graduates.
Rabbi Josh Grajower joins 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. In addition to his role as a teacher at Frisch, Josh is the Director of Day School Engagement for New York and New Jersey NCSY.
Mrs. Deborah Herzog is Director of General Studies and Chair of the Foreign Language department, teaching Spanish. She graduated with a BA in Spanish and Political Science from Yale University and a MA in Spanish from Middlebury College. Mrs. Herzog has conducted extensive research on Spain’s Jewish communities, both past and present. She was captain of the women’s track team at Yale and currently coaches the track team at Frisch.
Mrs. RuthHimelstein received both her B.A. in Biology, and Master’s in Education with a specialization in Science Education from the University of Pennsylvania. After graduate school, she worked at the Solomon Schechter High School in Manhattan, while simultaneously earning an Advanced Master’s in Education at Columbia Teachers College. During that time, Mrs. Himelstein was the recipient of the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award for New York State from the National Association of Biology Teachers. she also spent ten years teaching Biology at The Abraham Joshua Heschel School in addition to developing and running their Science Research program.
Mr. Horowitz is a member of Frisch’s Math Department and also teaches Economics. He received a B.S. in Mathematics and Economics from Lafayette College in Easton, PA. After graduation, he completed coursework towards a PhD in Finance at Simon School of Business in Rochester, NY. Prior to joining Frisch, Mr. Horowitz was teaching math at Sage Day High School in Boonton, NJ.
Mrs. Freidi Hyman teaches Physical Education and leads the Zumba class at Frisch. She earned her BA, Summa Cum Laude, from Touro College, holds a Bnot Torah Institute Hebrew Teachers Certificate and has certification as a personal trainer from World Instructor Training School. She also has been certified as a pilates, aerobics and Zumba instructor and has taught at a variety of fitness centers.
Mr. Mark Infield, Frisch class of 1979, is a certified EMT who works closely with the School Nurse and, additionally, is a member of the Physical Education faculty. Mr. Infield earned a BS in Music Education from William Paterson College. He is a certified CPR and EMT Instructor and a member of Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Mr. Infield is also a professional musician who performs at many Frisch programs.
Racheli Israeli graduated from Stern College with a degree in Psychology and Judaic Studies. Racheli holds a masters degree in Social Work from Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Racheli previously served as the director of programming for New Jersey Yachad and the City Director of NCSY’s Monsey chapter.
Rabbi Andrew Israeli is in his second year of teaching in Frisch. He graduated from Yeshiva College in 2013 with a degree in Psychology. In 2015, Andrew completed his masters degree from the Azrieli School of Jewish education and administration. He spent two years learning in the Gruss Kollel on the Yeshiva University campus in Jerusalem while working at Yeshivat Torat Shraga. Rabbi Israeli completed his smicha from RIETS in 2016. During the summers, Rabbi Israeli serves as the head madrich and director of recruitment on the NCSY Kollel.
Rabbi Gedaliah Jaffe is a member of Frisch’s Talmud and Tanakh departments. He has been the Rabbi 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 from Yeshiva University in Music, and was ordained at RIETS. He has been active in a wide range of communal outreach and charitable causes with a special interest in the needs of high school and college students. Additionally, Rabbi Jaffe has lectured widely in the tri-state area as a scholar-in-residence for Lasko and Leisure Time Tours.
Mrs. Sury Kaminetsky has been teaching Physical Education at Frisch for the past 34 years and currently teaches kickboxing. She teaches step aerobics, spinning and complete body toning in a local gym. For the past 15 years, Mrs. Kaminetsky has also trained individuals in a one-on-one environment, as well as small group personal training. Her passion is getting young adults excited about health and exercise.
Mr. Eitan Kastner, Frisch Class of 2003, is co-chair of the History department and the faculty adviser for Model UN and The Struggle, Frisch’s school newspaper. Mr. Kastner graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program at Yeshiva University and earned an MA in the Social Sciences with a focus on American religious history; writing his thesis on the rise of Christian Zionism in America at the University of Chicago. He also focuses on Jewish history, ancient history, and art history. As a licensed New York City tour guide, Mr. Kastner often leads tours with Jewish and historical themes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His article, “Yeshiva College and the Pursuit of a Jewish Architecture,” appeared in the American Jewish History journal (2010).
Mrs. Elissa Katz, a Frisch alumus, is a member of Frisch’s Math department. Mrs. Katz holds a B.A. in Economics, from Brandeis University and an M.A. in Statistics from Columbia University. After having worked in the actuarial field for 10 years, Mrs. Katz transitioned into the field of education by teaching all levels of math at Bat Torah High School before coming to Frisch.
Mrs. Elaine Keigher provides guidance and support to teachers and students affiliated with the Learning Center. She earned her B.A. from William Paterson University and her M.Ed. from the University of Illinois and has done doctoral work at the University of Tennessee. During her tenure at Magen David Yeshiva in Brooklyn and at The J.E.C. in Elizabeth, Mrs. Keigher developed curriculum, provided teacher training workshops, and developed programs for gifted and learning disabled students. She has also taught on the elementary school, high school and college levels.
Mrs. Kessler is the Registrar at Frisch and responsible for the admissions process for prospective students. She processes hundreds of applications, arranges all interviews and visits and prepares acceptance letters.
Working in a school environment for over 20 years makes it easy to oversee the busy academic office which is also one of her responsibilities. In addition, she is in charge of making all preparations for graduation and arrangements for the evening.
Mrs. Alyssa Kirsch teaches Chumash and Nach at Frisch. She graduated from the Honors Program at Yeshiva University with a BA in both Jewish Education and Elementary Education. She was a member of the Legacy Heritage Teachers Program at Yeshiva University, and received the Malka Fishhaut Memorial Award for Excellence in Jewish Studies. Mrs. Kirsch earned her Masters from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, and then began her teaching career as a Tanach teacher at Westchester Day School. Most recently, Mrs. Kirsch continued her Tanach studies in Jerusalem at Matan’s Bellows Eshkolot Program and also taught in Shaalvim for Women.
Rabbi Burry Klein grew up in Cedarhurst, New York. He holds semicha from RIETS of Yeshiva University, a Master’s in Education from YU’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration and a Master’s in Social Work from the New York University Silver School of Social Work. He previously counseled underserved youth at the Bronx Y Roads Center. At Frisch, he teaches Talmud and Psychology, works as a guidance counselor, runs the sports journalism club and coaches JV hockey. He lives in Queens with his family.
After graduating from Stern College, Ms. Kronenberg earned her Master’s in Special Education from Hunter. She taught at Yeshivat Noam for 15 years (and received the Teacher of the Year award in June 2007) and served as the Director of Judaic Studies Support for six years, where she developed a support curriculum, and oversaw the Judaic Studies support teachers. She helped develop assessments and curriculum to help the students build skills and reach their fullest potential. Ms. Kronenberg is the Director of Judaic Studies Learning Center at Frisch.
B.A, M.S, M.A, Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, Post Doctoral Fellowship, Ordination
Rabbi Dr. John Krug has led Frisch’s Guidance department for the past thirty years. Rabbi Krug received his B.A. in Psychology and Speech and Drama, master’s degrees in both Secondary Jewish Education and Psychology, and a doctorate in Clinical Psychology, as well as his Semikha from Yeshiva University. He has also completed a Postgraduate Fellowship in the Senior Jewish Educators Program at Bar Ilan University. In addition, Rabbi Krug brings a background in professional theater, dating back to 1974, to Frisch’s Drama Society.
Elana Lefkovitz is a member of the Frisch history department. She holds a B.A. in History with a concentration in American History from Barnard College and a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
Prior to joining Frisch in 2014, Ilana worked as legal counsel in real estate litigation at Berwin, Leighton and Paisner in London. In that capacity, beyond her own area of work, she supervised multiple legal teams and oversaw the execution of legal assignments. She holds a law degree from Kings College, London (LLb). As the Director of Operations, Ilana supervises all security, facilities, food services, transportation, IT and events at Frisch.
Cheryl Leiser has worked at The Frisch School as the Alumni Coordinator since 2007. She earned her B.A. in marketing from Stern College for Women in 1989. Before joining the Frisch team, Cheryl worked at McKinsey and Company in communications from 1989 – 1996 and as a Conference Coordinator at the UJA from 1997-2007.
Mrs. Michal Levin is a Hebrew and Science teacher at The Frisch School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology/ Pre-Med track from Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women. Mrs. Levin is highly interested in keeping up with latest technologies to develop engaging and optimal learning opportunities.
Mrs. Mira Levy, Frisch Class of 2009, is a Teacher in the Art Department. She attended Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and a minor in Art History. Alongside teaching, Mira is a practicing artist with a studio in Passaic, NJ.
Mr. Mitchell Lipton joined the Frisch faculty in January 2019 after working for twenty three years in higher education. He served as Vice President of Enrollment Services and Dean of Admissions at Cooper Union until 2018 and is excited to share his college admissions experience with the students and families of the Frisch community. While at Cooper Union, Mr. Lipton served in a range of leadership roles including membership within the President’s Cabinet, Academic Leadership Team, Academic Council, Academic Standards, and Curriculum and Admissions Committees. Mr. Lipton also served as the institutional Title IX Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Officer and member of the Revenue Task Force. He remains active with various state and national professional associations including NYSACAC, NACAC, The College Board, Rockefeller Group Scholarship Committee and Hendrick Hudson School District Project Lead The Way Advisory Team. Mr. Lipton earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration as a Robert F. Wagner Scholar at New York University and Bachelor of Arts in Economics, cum laude, from The State University of New York at Binghamton.
Ms. Sahrena London teaches Math and works with the Engineering department. She holds a B.A. in Biology from Barnard College and a Master’s in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
Ms. London brings real-world science experience to her teaching from Johnson & Johnson, where she was engaged in research and development, in addition to business development and marketing, and where she was awarded a Standards of Leadership Award for her contributions to the medical devices division. Ms. London has over ten years of experience developing individualized academic programs for high school students with a wide range of learning styles and needs and coaching students for standardized test preparation. She has also created curricula and taught courses in both Biology and Cryptography at Dwight Englewood’s Summer Connections Program.
Dr. Karen Lopata is a member of Frisch’s Guidance department. Dr. Lopata earned her bachelor’s degree from Columbia University, and is a New York licensed clinical psychologist and a New Jersey licensed school psychologist, holding a master’s and doctorate from Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. She has extensive experience providing individual and group counseling to students and consulting with families and teachers.
Mr. Travis Merritt graduated with honors from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. His passion for teaching was realized in college while working with a youth program in Nashville, Tennessee. He previously taught chemistry, physics and engineering at several schools, and founded an educational travel business, where he led over a dozen international trips in South East Asia and South America with the purpose of educating students ranging in age from 12 to 20.
Mr. Merritt’s participation in a program for science teachers at Princeton University helped him develop skills in inquiry-based, student led-learning. He teaches a physics and engineering lab for gifted high school students at Stanford University’s pre-collegiate studies summer program each year. He is passionate about helping students find their love of learning and inspiration for developing skills relevant for a 21st century tech-driven world. Mr. Merritt currently resides in Monmouth County, NJ, with his wife and two children.
Rabbi Sheldon Morris is a member of the Talmud and Tanakh faculty. In addition to formal classroom teaching, Rabbi Morris is the coordinator for the YU and GNO extra-curriculuar learning programs which provide opportunities for students to extend their Judaic learning beyond the classroom. After receiving a BA in Psychology from Yeshiva University, Rabbi Morris received an MA in Education from Azrieli Graduate School. Concurrently, Rabbi Morris received was ordained in RIETS where he participated in the Wexner Honors Semikha program.
Toby Moses holds a BA in Media Studies from Queens College of the City University of New York. She worked at the Yeshiva of Central Queens before coming to Frisch in 2012. She is an administrative assistant in the academic office.
Mrs. Leora Moskovich attended Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature. She minored in Jewish Studies and was awarded the Marcia Pearlstein Memorial Award for Excellence in Hebraic Studies. In addition to teaching Chumash and Nach at Frisch, she is also a coach of the girls JV basketball team.
Rabbi Shimon Murciano has been teaching at Frisch since 1986. After earning two degrees at the University of Pittsburgh, a B.A. and an M.Ed, he accepted the principalship of a Day School in Louisville, KY, and earned a Specialist Degree in Advanced Studies in Education from the University of Louisville. He has also completed his course requirements for a Ph.D. at New York University. Rabbi Murciano served as Headmaster of Hillel Day School in Detroit, and he is the founding principal of Hillel Day School in North Miami Beach, FL.
Throughout the years, Rabbi Murciano has received several awards in recognition of his dissemination of Torah learning as a teacher and as a Menahel of Yeshivot in cities across the United States for sixty years. Rabbi Murciano has also been a member of the RCA since 1962. He is a maggid shiur of the Daf Hayomi at Ahavat Tora in Englewood.
Deborah Pearlman has been the Program Director at Frisch since 2009. She coordinates a number of events throughout the year, including weekend retreats, dinners, graduations and various other functions. She received a BS in Biology from Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women. She is a board member of Congregation Keter Torah’s Sisterhood Committee and Yavneh Academy.
Mrs. Talia Pfeiffer teaches Chumash and Nach at Frisch. Mrs. Pfeiffer graduated from Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women with a major in Judaic Studies and minors in Education and Psychology. She was awarded the Miriam Araten Memorial Award for Excellence in Bible and the Morris and Esther Kermaier Memorial Award for a student pursuing the field of Jewish Education. Mrs. Pfeiffer is pursuing a masters degree from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration.
Rabbi Tzvi Pittinsky is the Director of Educational Technology at Frisch. Rabbi Pittinsky received his B.A., two Master’s degrees in Medieval Jewish History and Education and ordination from Yeshiva University, and is currently a doctoral candidate at Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate School of Education and Administration. He is planning his dissertation on a topic related to educational technology. In his capacity as Director of Educational Technology, Rabbi Pittinsky works with the faculty and students to integrate technology into every aspect of teaching and learning at Frisch. Rabbi Pittinsky is also a professor for MOFET’s International Online Academy and a Smart Board Certified Teacher Trainer. He is an active blogger on topics related to the intersection of technology and Jewish education and an avid user of social media. You can read his blog at: <a href=”http://techrav.blogspot.com” target=”_blank”>http://techrav.blogspot.com</a> and and follow him on Twitter <a href=”http://twitter.com/techrav” target=”_blank”>@techrav</a>.
Rabbi Yoni Pollock is a first year teacher at Frisch. He graduated from Yeshiva College with a degree in Psychology, and studied in the Azrieli School of Jewish Education and Administration for a Master’s in Jewish Education. He spent one year learning in the Gruss Kollel on the Yeshiva University campus in Jerusalem, while working at Yeshivat Torat Shraga. Rabbi Pollock received his semicha from RIETS and is currently studying in the RIETS-FERKAUF program for a certificate in mental health counseling During the summers, Rabbi Pollock serves as director for NCSY Israel In Depth.
Dr. Eric Moshe Press is a member of Frisch’s Science department. He received his B.A. in Chemistry from Yeshiva University in 2012. During his undergraduate studies he conducted research both at Yeshiva University and Bar-Ilan University. Subsequently, he earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from The Johns Hopkins University in 2018. His research focused on the synthesis and characterization of novel silicon compounds.
Elizabeth Rees received a BA in English from Wake Forest University and her MA and PhD in English Literature from Fordham University. She has taught and tutored literature and composition at Fordham University, Union County College, and New Jersey Institute of Technology. She also taught high school English in Baltimore, Maryland and has worked as a book editor.
Bonnie Rickenberg is an Administrative Assistant to Associate Principal/Director of Student Support Services Elaine Keigher, and in addition provides administrative support for other Learning Center faculty. Bonnie has been at The Frisch School since 2009, and holds a B.A. in Business Administration.
Rabbi Daniel Rosen has been teaching English, Communication and Journalism in the High School classroom for 20 years. Rabbi Rosen holds a B.A. from Brandeis University, an M.A. from Emerson College, an M.A.T from Boston College and an M.S. from Long Island University. Along with his classroom duties, and his work with Frisch Off The Press and the Russian Club, Rabbi Rosen engages in informal education on a variety of technological platforms.
Mrs. Ruskin teaches 9th grade and AP Biology at Frisch. Mrs. Ruskin graduated from Barnard College with a BA in Biology and a minor in Anthropology. She also holds a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences and is a PhD candidate in Microbial Ecology at Rutgers University, where her research focuses on the ecology of bacterial communities that break down toxic hydrocarbons in the environment. She was previously a biology teacher at TABC and taught for many years at the college level. Mrs. Ruskin taught General Biology and Anatomy & Physiology labs at Rutgers University and Invertebrate and Vertebrate Zoology as an adjunct professor at Monmouth University. She currently teaches a fieldwork course in Oceanography every summer at Rutgers RU @ the Shore.
Rabbi Jonathan Schachter, Frisch class of 1994, is Rosh Beit Midrash, contributing to the development of Frisch’s Judaic studies curriculum and providing students with the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom. Rabbi Schachter teaches Talmud & Tanakh, runs the Frisch Flag Football league (IFL), the basketball intramurals (FBI), and coaches the Boys Varsity Softball team. Additionally, he runs the teen minyan and programming at Congregation Bnai Yeshurun, where many Frisch students daven on Shabbat, and is the head of boys sports at Camp Morasha. Rabbi Schachter earned a BA from YU, an MA from Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and has ordination from RIETS.
Co-Director of Student Support Services; Grade Dean; Science Faculty
Mrs. Maren Scharf, Frisch Class of 1997, is a member of the Science department, teaching physics, and serves as Grade Dean for the junior class. She also is a learning specialist, teaching biology, chemistry and physics in Frisch’s Learning Center. Mrs. Scharf holds a BA from Barnard College in Economics and an MA in Learning Disabilities from Columbia Teachers College. She currently serves on the Barnard College Science Advisory Committee.
Rabbi Joshua Schulman, Frisch Class of 2003, is a member of the Talmud faculty, and serves as the Director of Chessed Programming and as the Grade Dean for the Junior class. After studying at Yeshivat Reishit Yerushalayim in Israel, R. Schulman earned a BA from Yeshiva College, an MA from Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, and ordination from RIETS.
David Sclar earned a doctorate in History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and has held fellowships at Harvard University, Princeton University, the University of Oxford, the University of Toronto, New York University, and the Center for Jewish History. He taught Jewish history courses at Princeton and Toronto, and was the inaugural history teacher of Heichal HaTorah in 2013-14. His research combines Jewish social, religious, and intellectual history in the early modern period. He has published widely on Moses Hayim Luzzatto (Ramhal), the Portuguese Jewish community of Amsterdam, and Jewish book history. He also has extensive experience in library special collections and in curating museum exhibitions.
Yair Shahak is chair of Frisch’s Hebrew department. In addition to Hebrew, he teaches Italian, Yiddish and Tanach, and is the faculty advisor for the Arabic Culture and Language club. From 2010-2015, he served as a full-time Instructor of Hebrew at Yeshiva University, and, in 2013 was awarded the Lillian F. and William L. Silber ProfessoroftheYearAward, an honor chosen by the student body for his “lucid explanations” and “warm, crystal-clear methodology.” He holds a B.A. in Jewish Studies, Music, and Hebrew Language & Literature; an M.A. in Bible; cantorial ordination from RIETS; and a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music, where he was the recipient ofthe Adele Lerner Prize in Chamber Music. He is slated to receive his rabbinical ordination in 2019. In 2016, he made international headlines when he became the first ever American to win first place at the International Bible Contest for Adults (Chidon HaTanach HaOlami) in Jerusalem, after winning the National Bible Contest for Adults (Chidon HaTanach HaArtzi) in New York in both 2014 and 2016. His Tanakh-infused poetry has been published in Hador: The Hebrew Annual of America, and he has served as a cantor and scholar-in-residence at synagogues and universities in the tri-state area and beyond.
Rabbi David Sher is a member of Frisch’s Talmud department and serves as Grade Dean for the sophomore class. Rabbi Sher teaches the popular senior elective in the Arab-Israel Conflict and is the Director of Israel Education and Advocacy, as he coordinates programs that increase knowledge and passion among the students towards Israel and provide them with the tools to advocate on its behalf. In that capacity, he has prepared and led the senior grade on their annual lobbying trip to Washington, DC. Rabbi Sher is also the coach of both College Bowl and the Boys’ Bowling team. Rabbi Sher studied in Yeshivat Sha’arei Mevaseret Zion, received a BA from Yeshiva College, a Master’s in Jewish Education from the Azrieli School of Education and ordination from RIETS. Rabbi Sher is also the summer Rabbi of the Congregation Brothers of Israel- Ocean Ave Minyan in Long Branch, NJ.
Mrs. Leah Shteingart is the Frisch Registered Nurse and takes care of all students’ medical needs. She is an RNI and an EMT, a former member of the Teaneck Volunteer Ambulance Corps and has worked in schools for over 20 years.
Mrs Rifkie Silverman, an alumna of Frisch, is a member of the Math and Science departments. She spearheaded and continues to develop the Frisch Engineering Program in conjunction with the Center for Initiative in Jewish Education and Sci-tech in Israel. Mrs Silverman holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University as well as an MS in Electrical Engineering from Steven Institute of Technology. Before Frisch, Mrs. Silverman worked in the research labs at Ciba Geigy Pharmaceuticals designing magnetic resonance probes. Mrs. Silverman is the proud parent of three Frisch alumni.
Joey has over a decade of experience in Jewish education and philanthropy. He most recently served as Yeshiva University’s Western Region Director, where he worked on the University’s major gifts campaign, donor stewardship, and community programming for the region. Prior to this role, he served as the Director of Institutional Advancement at YULA High School in Los Angeles. As an educator, Joey has taught Jewish Studies courses at City College of New York, NYU Hillel, Beth Jacob Congregation, YULA, and the Manhattan Jewish Experience. He currently leads Frisch’s Explanatory Minyan.
Joey received his B.A. in Biology, M.A. in Modern Jewish History, and M.S. in Secondary Education from Yeshiva University and his MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business. Joey and his wife Dana live in Teaneck along with their 3 boys Noam, Ezra and Asher.
Rabbi Jonathan Spier, Frisch Class of 2002, is Director of Informal Education, a member of the Talmud faculty and Grade Dean for the freshman class. Rabbi Spier holds a BA in Psychology, a Master’s in Jewish Education, and has ordination, all from Yeshiva University.
Mrs. Debbie Stein is a member of the Math department. Mrs. Stein has a BA in math and accounting from Rutgers and subsequently received her CPA. She is currently working towards a Master’s in Math Instruction and Curriculum at Kean University. Mrs. Stein has taught math in the public school system.
Ms. Nina Taub teaches world history. Prior to working at Frisch, Nina spent eight years teaching ancient, European, and Jewish history at SAR High School. Nina has an M.A. in Museum Education from Bank Street College and also completed credits towards a doctorate in Social Studies Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Nina majored in history and graduated from Yeshiva University’s Honors program where she majored in history and minored in political science. Nina has spent time working at educational non-profit organizations that help teachers integrate technological resources in their classroom instruction and has written and edited curricular guides for middle school English and Social Studies teachers.
Mrs. Shira Teichman is a member of Frisch’s Math department. After majoring in Mathematics at Touro College, Mrs. Teichman earned an M.S. in Secondary Math Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College.
Rabbi Joshua Wald is the chief administrator overseeing the Judaic Studies placement and residency of all students. He focuses on directive teaching and learning, as he observes Judaic Studies classes in an effort to maximize teaching excellence and student engagement. Over the last four years at Frisch, Rabbi Wald has served as Mashgiach Ruchani and is well known as a beloved rebbe and educator who has created dynamic and meaningful relationships with countless students. Rabbi Wald received a B.A. in Psychology from Yeshiva College, a M.A. from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration and Semikha from Yeshiva University. Additionally, Rabbi Wald is completing a M.A. at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies in Medieval Jewish History.
Mrs. Ruth Wang Birnbaum is a member of Frisch’s English department. With a BA and MA from Brooklyn College, an ABD from NYU, and NYS secondary teaching and administrative certifications, Mrs. Wang Birnbaum has held numerous department and administrative positions during her career.
Rabbi Josh Weinberg is a member of the Talmud and Chumash Departments at Frisch, as well as the man behind the camera of our year-round Frisch videos. After studying for two years at Yeshivat Reishit Yerushalayim in Beit Shemesh, he spent his undergraduate years at New York University’s GallatinSchool of Individualized Study and Yeshiva University. Rabbi Weinberg then pursued a master’s degree and semicha at Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration and RIETS, respectively. He is currently pursuing a master’s in Neo-Hassidic thought and is the co-founder of The Mishnah Project, an educational tool that combines Mishnayot with original music to aid memorization.
Mrs. Aliza Weinberg is a member of both the Chumash and Nach departments. After graduating Stern College with honors and double majoring in political science and Judaic studies, Mrs. Weinberg went on to teach in the Ramaz Upper School for 10 years, as well as serve as a grade dean, and then teach in Yeshivat Noam for the past seven years, as well as run the Middle School Tanach Enrichment Program there. Mrs. Weinberg also spent time developing curriculum standards at both schools. She also took many courses towards obtaining her Master’s from Revel in Bible. Mrs. Weinberg enjoys giving adult education lectures and lecture series for organizations, schools and shuls, both locally and nationally.
Rabbi Pinchas Weinberger is a member of the Talmud and Tanakh faculty. He attended Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh, obtained a BA from Yeshiva College 1975 and ordination from RIETS. Rabbi Weinberger has served as a congregational rabbi and has been teaching Torah in Bergen County for the past two decades.
Rabbi Yosef Weinberger graduated from Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business in 2013. He received a BS in Accounting and subsequently completed the CPA examination. Upon graduation, he earned semicha from RIETS and is currently working toward a Master’s from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education. He also serves as the rabbinic intern in Congregation Bnei Yeshurun in Teaneck.
Dr. Shira Weiss is responsible for admissions and recruitment of prospective students. She holds a PhD in Medieval Jewish Philosophy and an EdD in Jewish Education and Administration. She has delivered papers at numerous academic conferences and has published several articles in JQR and other publications. Dr. Weiss is currently writing a book on Ethics in the Bible in which she subjects Biblical narratives to moral philosophical analysis.
Rabbi Simcha Willig received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and holds a master’s degree in secondary education from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration. He completed his doctoral dissertation in NYU’s Education and Jewish Studies program. Bowling is a hobby of his and he plays guitar, basketball, and tennis. Rabbi Willig is married to Sari Stein and they reside in Bergenfield with their young children.
Dr. Moshe Wilner is a member of the History department. He earned a BBA in Finance as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Baruch College. He then went on to the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, where he earned his DPM degree. He was in private practice in Manhattan for 27 years. Fulfilling a lifelong interest in Jewish studies, he completed an MA in Jewish History at Touro College.
Mrs. Ahuva Winslow is Director of Frisch’s Art department. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a B.F.A in Fine Arts and was the Keith Haring scholar for art education where she was privileged to work in Harings’s studio and learn about his life and his work.
Dr. Ethan Zadoff is the co-chair of the Frisch History department, where he has been a faculty member since 2014. Dr. Zadoff teaches a variety of classes, including World, European, and Jewish History, and has served as a Tefillah advisor for the sophomore and senior minyanim. He received a BA in Jewish Studies and History from Yeshiva University, an MA in Medieval Jewish History from the Bernard Revel Graduate School, an MPhil in History from The CUNY Graduate Center, and is currently completing a PhD on the development of medieval Jewish marriage law in the Department of History at The CUNY Graduate Center. Dr. Zadoff has authored and edited several publications, including his most recent, Jews and the Law (Quid Pro Press). Previously, Dr. Zadoff worked in both formal and information Jewish education and non-profit management at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun and the Association for Jewish Studies, and, for four years, served as a visiting assistant professor in the department of Hebrew Studies at Hunter College, CUNY.
Rabbi Michael Zauderer is Director of Educational Operations and is a member of the Frisch Talmud and Tanakh faculty. He oversees the school calendar and coordinates co-curricular activities. Rabbi Zauderer graduated from Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business with a B.S. in Finance. He holds an M.A. in Secondary Jewish Education from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and received ordination from RIETS. Rabbi Zauderer was an inaugural member of the YULead program and is currently pursuing his doctorate in Jewish Education and Administration from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education.