07 Sep 2017 NEW FACULTY BIOS
Adi Jacobi, Hebrew
Adi Jacobi is delighted to join the the Schechter Manhattan community. Adi studied Arts and Education for her B.Ed and is has a Master’s degree in interdisciplinary arts from the Tel Aviv University. She has nine years of teaching experience and has a unique teaching background including Israeli and Jewish culture. Adi is certified by the Israeli Board of Education and taught Arts and Hebrew in leading child-centered Israeli institutions. She was born and raised in Jerusalem and relocated last year to NYC with her husband, two year old daughter and five year old labrador dog called Kanga. Adi looks forward to passing on her passion and love for he Hebrew language.
Debra Nehmad, Third and Fourth Grades
Debbie Nehmad is very excited to be joining the new third-fourth grade team at Schechter Manhattan alongside veteran teachers, Aliza and Maria. A born-and-raised New Yorker, Debbie graduated from CUNY Queens College with a BA in Psychology and is currently pursuing her Master’s’ degree at Bank Street College of Education. She also studied at Yeshivat Hadar for a year as an Education Fellow where she assisted at Carmel Academy twice a week. Before joining the Schechter Manhattan community, Debbie spent three years at SAR Academy on the sixth grade teaching team. Debbie loves to draw and sing, and can’t wait to find opportunities to bring her native Spanish into the classroom!
Shai Ozery, First Grade
Shai Ozery is thrilled to be joining the Schechter Manhattan family as a Kitah Aleph co-teacher alongside Rina Goldberg. Born and raised in Israel, Shai lived in the Judean Hills until 2014 when she moved to Fairfield County, Connecticut. Shai holds a BA in Art History and International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a MS in Elementary Education from the University of Bridgeport. This will be her fourth year of teaching at the Conservative Synagogue of Westport, and for the past two years she has also been working in the Connecticut Public Schools system. Shai is looking forward to guiding her community of students at Schechter Manhattan as they continue to grow as lifelong learners, critical thinkers and caring individuals.
Emma Price, Fifth Grade Maternity Leave Replacement
Emma Price is so thrilled to join the Schechter Manhattan community as a fifth grade maternity leave replacement for Shoshana Fain. Emma attended Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, Maryland and Brown University. She then earned her Master’s degree in Social Studies and Educational Theater from New York University. Emma taught seventh grade for three years at Success Academy, followed by two years of fourth grade at Rodeph Sholom School. She lives with her partner on the Upper West Side. Emma loves to incorporate theater into the classroom, and is passionate about the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world. She is excited to work with the fifth graders as they grow and develop this fall!
Brooke Reinfeld, Athletic Director
Brooke Reinfeld is very excited to join the Schechter Manhattan team fulfilling the role of Athletic Director and Physical Education Teacher. Brooke has a BS in P.E. from Queens College and is currently finishing a Masters in Coaching and Athletic Administration form Concordia University Irvine. Previously she studied dance at Webster University and is currently a USA/AAU diving coach. Brooke has a tremendous passion for sports and feels strongly that physical education is imperative for the education of a well rounded student. She believes that positive play can build character and teach life skills. She looks forward to sharing the joy of movement with her students.
Yocheved Retig, Second Grade
Yocheved Retig is excited to be joining the Schechter Manhattan community as a second grade co-teacher along with Daniella Adler. Yocheved earned her Master of Jewish Education from the Pardes Institute and Hebrew College, and earned a Bachelor’s degrees in Africana Studies and Tanach at Columbia/Barnard and the Jewish Theological Seminary. She lives with her wife in Washington Heights. She has experience as a teacher in public schools and is looking forward to bringing her passions for both teaching and Judaism into the classroom. More than anything, though, she is excited to build relationships with her students and their families and to co-create a happy, healthy, and challenging learning community with her students.
Judy Weinberg, Middle School Jewish Studies Maternity Leave Replacement
Judy Weinberg is looking forward to substituting for Rayzel who is taking care of her baby for the next few months. Judy was born in the United States but raised in Israel. After completing her army service and BA from Hebrew University in Bible and Economics she returned to the United States to pursue a Master’s degree in Management for nonprofit organizations from Brandeis University followed by a Masters Degree in Jewish Education from Hebrew College. Judy also had the opportunity to be a fellow on the Senior Educators program from the Melton Institute at Hebrew University and focus on early childhood education. Judy has taught at Solomon Schechter in Newton Massachusetts and Westchester and is pleased to be able to share her passion for developing meaningful relationships with her students and parents along with her love of Judaism and Judaic studies.
Michael Sweet, Middle School Humanities
Michael Sweet is excited to be joining the faculty at Schechter Manhattan. After completing a BA and a B.Ed., Michael began teaching in Montreal public schools where he spent the following twelve years. While teaching, he founded and directed a nonprofit student press, Learning for a Cause, which earned him two of Canada’s highest civilian awards for service to education – A Prime Minister’s Award and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Michael also holds an MA in education from Concordia University in Montreal and a Master of Liberal Arts from Johns Hopkins University, where he was a John W. Snow fellow. Michael firmly believes in building strong and trusting relationships with students and their families as a way of engaging children more effectively in the classroom and is eager to put that philosophy into practice at Schechter Manhattan.
Meet the Shinshinim
We are so excited to welcome Itamar Gur and May Sharony, Israeli teenagers spending a year of service after high school on the Upper West Side. They will be at Schechter Manhattan twice a week, sharing their love of Israel.