Mrs. Chaya Batya (CB) Neugroschl is the Head of School. She is an educator with over twenty years of pedagogic, curricular, and administrative experience in both Judaic and General Studies. Before coming to Central, Mrs. Neugroschl served as Assistant Principal and Co-Director of General Studies at SAR High School, where she introduced innovative curricular initiatives and special programming. Previously, Mrs. Neugroschl was the Director of Admissions at Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls, where she also taught Jewish History and Philosophy. Mrs. Neugroschl studied for two years at Michlalah College for Women in Israel and earned her B.A. at Stern College for Women in 1993. She continued her studies at Yeshiva University’s Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, with a focus on History of Halakha and Medieval Ashkenaz. She received her M.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University in 1998. Her Master’s thesis was entitled “The Nexus of Law and Spirituality in Maimonides’ Laws of Charity.”
Ms. Beverly S. Segal is Associate Principal. She is a seasoned educator with an outstanding reputation in both formal and informal education. Ms. Segal possesses a love and understanding of teenagers and a passion for engaging students in discovery and exploration. Her career has been dedicated to advancing Jewish education and promoting thoughtful approaches to the critical questions we face in the Jewish community. Before coming to Central , Ms. Segal was a core faculty member at SAR Academy in Riverdale, NY for 17 years, where she was both highly respected and beloved. In addition to her classroom experience, Ms. Segal designed innovative learning programs for the Early Childhood Center, served on the Teachers’ Liaison Committee, and chaired the New York State Association of Independent Schools accreditation subcommittee with a focus on school administration. She has presented workshops on curriculum to educators. Ms. Segal graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. She holds two Master’s degrees, one in Education from Adelphi University and, most recently, in School Building Administration from St. John’s University. Ms. Segal has also served as Program Director in Jewish and secular summer camps for the last eighteen years. She is an attorney, having graduated from Yeshiva University’s Cardozo Law School, and is a member of the New York State Bar. Prior to becoming an educator, Ms. Segal practiced as a litigator in Washington, D.C., and worked for the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in Manhattan.
Mrs. Abrams Konig has worked with a myriad of students in areas of student life, team building, creating curricula, and enriching the experiences of thousands of students. Mrs. Abrams Konig joined Central after eleven years at Stern College for Women of Yeshiva University, most recently as the Director of Student Life. Before that, Mrs. Abrams Konig was the Director of Jewish Service Learning for the University, where she built the service learning curriculum and established service missions around the world. A seasoned experiential educator, Mrs. Abrams Konig is a member of the inaugural Wexner Field Fellows program through the Wexner Foundation. She has spoken worldwide in synagogues, community centers, and schools, and is a sought out consultant on experiential education and team building. Mrs. Abrams Konig studied at Midreshet Moriah, holds a BA in Judaic Studies from Stern College, and a Masters in Social Work from the YU Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Central has always valued each student and aims for each student to have the necessary support and encouragement throughout our program in order to find her voice and achieve her potential. In her role, Mrs. Abrams Konig works with our administration and faculty to execute an academic advisement program that will support students, faculty, and parents as they navigate the high school years. Mrs. Abrams Konig’s warmth, easy smile, and years of experience guiding students to achieve their potential make her a valuable member of our team.
Ms. Bracha Rutner is Assistant Principal. Ms. Rutner teaches Talmud, Halakha and Chumash. Prior to joining Central, she taught Talmud and Halakha at the Yeshivah of Flatbush. Ms. Rutner also serves as the Yoetzet Halakha at the Riverdale Jewish Center and the Kemp Mill Synagogue in Silver Spring, MD. She has given numerous lectures throughout the New York area on the interface of halakha and various women’s issues, such as gynecology, infertility, women’s health, and family dynamics and sexuality. She graduated from Stern College for Women and completed her Yoetzet Halakha training in Nishmat’s Keren Ariel Women’s Halachic Institute in Jerusalem. Ms. Rutner is a graduate of the Bruria Scholars Program in Midreshet Lindenbaum, is a graduate of the ATID Fellowship Program in Jerusalem, and has participated as a fellow in the Lookstein Continuing Education program. As part of her ATID fellowship, Ms. Rutner published a pamphlet about eating disorders entitled “Body and Soul: A Guide for Addressing Eating Disorders in a Jewish Education Setting.” Ms. Rutner completed her MA in Talmud from the Hebrew University and her Masters in Education Administration from St. John’s University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Educational Administration at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration. She lives with her husband and four children in West Hempstead, NY.
Mrs. Ofira Bashiry is a member of our Hebrew Language Department. Mrs. Bashiry holds a B.Ed. and a Teacher’s Diploma from Beit Berl College in Kfar Saba, Israel. Previously, Mrs. Bashiry taught at the Central Queens “Y” Community Center, the Solomon Schechter School in Queens, and at the Solomon and Huberman Elementary Schools in Israel. While in Israel, she also served as the co-director of the Hod HaSharon Community Center. She has participated in the Bar Ilan University seminar for teachers of Tanakh, and attended the NETA Hebrew Language Curriculum Development Program at Boston’s Hebrew College. In the summer of 2008, Mrs. Bashiry participated in an advanced course at Bar-Ilan University on the topic of “Leadership and Leaders in the Tanakh,” which featured lectures by distinguished university professors and a tour of the archeological dig at Ir David, the City of David. In July 2010, Mrs. Bashiry participated in the annual conference of the National Association of Professors of Hebrew (NAPH), held at Stern College for Women of Yeshiva University.
Mrs. Naomi Bennun is a member of our Hebrew Language Department. Growing up in Israel as an American olah, she is fluent in both Hebrew and English. Mrs. Bennun attended school in Israel. After serving in the IDF as a teacher-soldier, she received her B.A. in Social Work from Bar Ilan University. Mrs. Bennun earned her Teacher’s Certificate in ESL at Michlelet Orot, Elkana. In 1993, she came to the U.S. and started teaching Hebrew in local NY schools. In 2000, she earned her Master’s in Jewish Education from Azrieli School at Yeshiva University. Mrs. Bennun has also taught Ivrit and Judaic Studies in elementary and high schools in Canada and Israel.
Science, Attendance Coordinator
Mrs. Shulamith Biderman, a member of our Science Department, teaches the science of Forensics, supports our Biology and Chemistry courses, and is our laboratory technician and instructor for Biology and Chemistry. In addition, Mrs. Biderman is the attendance coordinator. Mrs. Biderman received her B.A. from Brooklyn College. Before joining the faculty of Central, Mrs. Biderman taught Biology at Shevach High School and Prospect Park High School, and was a lab instructor at Shulamith High School.
Mr. Yitzchok Borenstein is a member of our Math Department. He received his B.A. in Math with a minor in Secondary Education from Queens College in 2005. He has also passed four actuarial exams. Previously, he taught at Yeshiva Derech Hatorah, where he taught Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry. He has also taught AP classes, including Statistics, Microeconomics and Psychology. Mr. Borenstein is also trained by CIJE to teach STEM classes.
Mrs. Miriam Chopp, a member of our Science Department, teaching Chemistry and AP Chemistry. She also mentors our science teams in a number of statewide and local competitions. She came to us with ten years of experience, teaching Regents Biology, Chemistry and Earth Science at prominent yeshiva high schools in the metropolitan area. Mrs. Chopp is a magna cum laude graduate in Chemistry from Brooklyn College and holds Master’s degrees in Chemistry and Secondary School Education. In 2012 she received her Master of Science in Teacher Education in Science from Columbia University. She is also a graduate of Michlalah in Jerusalem and was the recipient of an Empire State Mathematics and Science Teacher’s Fellowship. Mrs. Chopp is listed in the 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2005 – 2011 editions of “Who’s Who in Education”. In May 2008, she received the Senator Padavan Certificate of Honor for local teachers. During the summer of 2010, Mrs. Chopp attended the 5th Annual Schwartz Family Science Teachers Seminar at the Davidson Institute of Science Education at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. She attended a three week chemistry modeling seminar sponsored by STEM teachers NYC at Columbia University during the Summer of 2016. She is currently acting as a mentor to new teachers following completion of a two year training course sponsored by the Jewish New Teacher Project.
Executive Director – Tuition & Budgeting
Mr. Yoni Cohen serves as the inaugural Executive Director of the Yeshiva University (YU) High School system. In this capacity, Yoni works alongside the respective heads of school to synergize the efforts between the high schools, and oversees all operations and budgetary components. In addition, Yoni serves as the Director of Operations for the Center for the Jewish Future at YU, where he oversees the logistical and operational components of the myriad of annual CJF programs. With a degree in Accounting and Business Administration, Yoni formerly served as the Executive Director of Bnos Malka Academy of Queens for eight years and the Executive Director of the Sephardic Congregation of Kew Garden Hills for three years. Yoni, his wife Tzivia, and their four children currently reside in Queens, NY.
Mrs. Chani Cooper is a member of our Learning Center. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in History from Queens College. She also holds a Master’s degree in Jewish Education from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education as well as a Master’s in General and Special Education from Touro’s Graduate School of Education and Special Education. Mrs. Cooper has previously worked in the Special Education Department at Manhattan Day School. She has a passion for helping each and every student succeed.
Technology and Transportation Coordinator
Mr. Nachi Cooper is our Director of Operations and Technology. He is responsible for maintaining Central’s computer network system and keeping all of our technological systems up-to-date. Mr. Cooper’s duties include assisting faculty and administration in integrating computer technology into the classroom, as well as working closely with the Department of Admissions and Recruitment. Mr. Cooper also coordinates all student busing with the school districts and with the private busing companies that provide transportation to and from our school. Before coming to Central, Mr. Cooper served as a web and graphic designer for Dryve Marketing. He holds a B.A. in Computer Science from Yeshiva University.
Israel Guidance Coordinator
Mrs. Michal Davis-Savitsky is our School Library Media Specialist and Joy Rochwarger Balsam Israel Guidance Coordinator. Mrs. Davis-Savitsky serves as the coach of the Central Debate Team. She holds a B.A. from Queens College in History and Early Education, and was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. She also holds a Master’s degree in Library Science from Queens College, a Master’s in Curriculum Instruction from Capella University, and a Master’s in School Building Administration from St. John’s University. Mrs. Davis-Savitsky is a member of the American Library Association, the Association of Jewish Libraries, and the New York City School Library System. Mrs. Davis-Savitsky served on the Association of the Jewish Libraries Council for four years and has presented at their international conference. She is permanently certified by N.Y. State as a School Library Media Specialist. Mrs. Davis-Savitsky served as program specialist at the Nassau BOCES School Library System.
Mrs. Hadassah Frankel is a member of our Judaic Studies Department, teaching Chumash to students in the eleventh grade and Navi in the ninth and tenth grades, as well as joining our Religious Programming Department. She graduated summa cum laude from the Honors Program at Stern College, where she studied Judaic Studies, Mathematics, and Philosophy, receiving the Miriam Araten Memorial Award for Excellence in Bible. She is currently completing her Master’s at the Azrieli School of Jewish Education and Administration of Yeshiva University. Mrs. Frankel was a madricha on NCSY Michlelet for two summers, and worked at Camp Kaylie. Prior to joining the faculty at Central, Mrs. Frankel worked at Bruriah High School, where she taught Judaic Studies and Math and was the program director for the junior high school.
Chair, Science Department
Mrs. Ruth Fried is the Chairperson of the Science Department and the Coordinator of the Science Institute. She teaches Regents Biology and Advanced Placement Biology. She serves as the liaison to the Yeshiva University High Schools/Albert Einstein College of Medicine Joint Summer Research Program. She was a summa cum laude graduate of Stern College for Women, where she majored in Biology, and she holds a Master’s degree in Biology from New York University. Mrs. Fried is a member of the Educational Steering Committee for the March of Dimes Nelson Rosenthal Convocation. In the summer of 2008, Mrs. Fried was selected to attend the third Sheila Schwartz Family International Leading Science Teacher Seminar at the Davidson Institute of Science Education at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. She received certification to implement both the Davidson Institute and the British Neufield Foundation Science Literacy Program (LSS – Learning Skills for Science). In 2014, she judged the NYSSEF (Andromeda Division) Science Division. Mrs. Fried is a recipient of the $10,000 Toyota Tapestry Grant from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).
Director of Academic Support, Chessed Coordinator
Ms. Laura Fruchter is the Director of Academic Support. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Sociology from Queens College. She is a Learning Specialist with a Master’s degree in Special Education with a specialty in Severe and Multiple Disabilities from Hunter College. During the summer, Ms. Fruchter is the director of the Yachad program in Camp Morasha. She has a passion to help each student recognize her individual potential and succeed at accomplishing her goals. She is the grade level coordinator for our sophomores, and serves as chesed coordinator.
Director of Admissions
Mrs. Aliza Gewirtz is the Director of Admissions and a member of our Judaic Studies Department. A proud graduate of Central, where she served as GO President her senior year, Mrs. Gewirtz also studied at Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim and at Stern College for Women. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Judaic Studies with a minor in Business, and earned a Masters in Jewish Education from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration. In addition, she is a licensed social worker with a MSW from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Mrs. Gewirtz is the Director of Public Relations at Camp Kaylie. She is also one of the freshman grade level coordinators.
Mrs. Alisa Goldberger is our Office Manager. Mrs. Goldberger sits at our front desk, greeting students, faculty, and parents, assisting our administrative team with their day-to-day needs. She holds a BS in Business Communications from Touro College and was the recipient of the Academic Excellence award. Before coming to YUHSG, Mrs. Goldberger worked in the office at YULA Girls’ School in Los Angeles.
Rabbi Joshua Goller serves as our Mashgiach Ruchani and teaches Chumash and TSBP/Halakha in our Judaic Studies department. In addition to his role at Central, Rabbi Goller currently serves as the Assistant Rabbi at the Young Israel of West Hempstead, giving multiple weekly shiurim and offering other vibrant adult education and community programs. Before coming to Central, Rabbi Goller was a teacher at HANC High School and a part of their Beit Midrash Program. Previously, he served as the Assistant Rabbi of the Young Israel of Jamaica Estates. He earned his BA in History and received Semicha from Yeshiva University. Rabbi Goller’s dedication to making Torah learning and lessons personal for each student has increased the prominence of personal religious growth in our school community. Rabbi Goller’s insight and leadership is a strong part of the religious guidance team at Central, supporting all of our efforts to design opportunities for our students to make strides in their personal religious growth as an integral part of their Central experience.Rabbi Goller has been an important voice in the leadership of the West Hempstead community and we are excited that his insight and leadership will be a strong part of the religious guidance team at Central. Rabbi Goller’s leadership will support all of our efforts to design opportunities for our students to make strides in their personal religious growth as an integral part of their Central experience.
Mrs. Randee Groveman is a member of our English Department, who teaches English to the eleventh grade, as well as the AP English Literature elective. She received a B.S. in English and Communications from the University of Miami, Florida and a Master’s degree in Educational Management from the University of Houston. Beginning her teaching career in a Texas public school, Mrs. Groveman taught junior high, taught regular and pre-AP classes, developed curriculum, and presented district-wide professional development. She then taught junior high and high school, as well as pre-AP and AP English Language, for three years at a yeshiva, Robert M. Beren Academy in Houston, Texas. After moving to New York, Mrs. Groveman taught at SKA, where she served as a faculty advisor for the literary magazine, and coordinated the school-wide English Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition. Her teaching philosophy follows Robert Frost’s quote: “I’m not a teacher, but an awakener.”
Chair, History Department
Mrs. Audi Hecht is the Chairperson of the History Department, teaching AP US History, AP US Politics and Government, and Trendsetters and Trailblazers, an elective examining the political, historical, and sociological trends in the U.S. She holds both B.A. and M.A. degrees in Political Science from Brooklyn College, with an emphasis in American Government. Mrs. Hecht also attended the Rothberg International School at Hebrew University in Jerusalem where she studied Middle Eastern Politics. In addition, Mrs. Hecht served as Adjunct Instructor of Political Science at the College of New Rochelle.
Assistant Director of Admissions
Mrs. Daniella Hirt is our Assistant Director of Admissions and a member of the Administrative staff. Mrs. Hirt is a graduate of Central and studied for a year and a half at Sha’alvim for Women. She holds a B.A. from Queens College with a major in Jewish Studies and a minor in History and Political Science. Mrs. Hirt graduated summa cum laude and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. She was awarded the Miriam and Morris Flatow Memorial Award, the William Fenster Memorial Scholarship, and the Gabow Scholarship Award at Queens College.
Mr. David Horstman, a member of the Science Department at Central, teaches AP Physics to the eleventh and twelfth grades. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, San Diego, where he received a B.S. in Biochemistry. Mr. Horstman also holds a Master’s degree in Biophysical Chemistry from Columbia University, where he served as a teaching assistant for various graduate and undergraduate science courses. He enjoys viewing and performing in choral and theatrical events around the city.
Mr. Felipe Hugueño is a member of the Foreign Language Department. He received a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature and a B.S. in Biology from SUNY Binghamton, and an M.A. in Spanish from St. John’s University. He is currently working on his dissertation through the Doctoral Program at the Department of Languages and Literatures at the State University at Buffalo. Prior to joining the faculty at Central, Felipe had been teaching all levels of the Spanish language at the University at Buffalo. He teaches Spanish to our students.
Mr. Richard Isaacs is a member of our History Department. He was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in History from the University of Toronto, and a Master’s degree in Jewish History from Touro College. Mr. Isaacs also spent many years in yeshiva/kollel in Israel. Mr. Isaacs has taught high school history and English literature for almost twenty years. His specialties are the U.S., Europe, and the Far East. He enjoys directing theater productions, and, as a Canadian, enjoys coaching and playing hockey.
Director of Educational Technology
Mrs. Marci Karoll is the Director of Educational Technology at Central. Mrs. Karoll has spent most of her career working in the Jewish communities of New York and Chicago. Prior to coming to Central, Mrs. Karoll was a program officer at the Legacy Heritage Fund. With a portfolio focused on Jewish education and technology, she developed and implemented www.DahBear.org, an online Hebrew language tool designed to help teachers integrate technology into classroom lessons, enabling students to effectively learn and review Hebrew subjects. Mrs. Karoll was also responsible for the management and support of the Legacy Heritage SMARTBoard Project, including the SMARTBoard Jewish Educational Database which offers more than 2,400 SMART Board lessons created by and for teachers in Jewish schools across the U.S. Mrs. Karoll holds a Master’s degree from Touro College in Instructional Technology and a Master’s degree in Human Services Administration. Mrs. Karoll completed the YU Lead Program of the Center for the Jewish Future, a year long Day School Leadership Development Program.
Mrs. Amy Katz, a member of our History Department. Mrs. Katz teaches Global Studies and U.S. History. Mrs. Katz holds a B.A. in History from SUNY Binghamton, where she minored in Judaic Studies. She received a Master’s degree in Secondary School Social Studies Education from Queens College. She has participated in the Azrieli Graduate School Summer Seminar for High School Teachers on “Issues and Themes in Holocaust Education” and the China Institute’s “Women in Chinese History.” Mrs. Katz also attended the workshop “Amsterdam/New Amsterdam: People, Places and Things” at the Museum of the City of New York, and the “African Burial Ground National Monument Workshop” at the African Burial Ground National Monument. She attended the U.S. History for Teachers of Advanced Placement program at Molloy College.
Dr. Riki Koenigsberg teaches AP Psychology. Dr. Koenigsberg received her B.A. cum laude from Barnard College with honors in Psychology, her Master’s degree from Columbia University’s Teachers College, and her doctorate from George Washington University, where she studied under a National Institute of Mental Health fellowship. Dr. Koenigsberg is a licensed psychologist who has worked for over thirty years with children, adolescents and their families, as well as with senior adults. She is a consulting psychologist to the Queens Borough Public Library System and has served as an adjunct assistant professor of Psychology at Stern College and Touro College. She also speaks on psychological and Jewish topics to women’s groups in the Queens community. In the summer of 2011, she was one of twenty-five school psychology teachers invited to participate in a three-day workshop sponsored by the American Psychological Association and Clark University on the Clark campus.
Ms. Rebecca Konigsberg is a member of our Judaic Studies Department and the Assistant Director of Student Activities. She teaches ninth grade Chumash and tenth grade Navi. After two years in Michlalah Jerusalem College, she graduated with High Honors (Summa Cum Laude) from Queens College with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in History. Ms. Konigsberg has completed her Master’s degree at the Azrieli School of Jewish Education and Administration of Yeshiva University as part of their 1-year accelerated Master’s program, Prior to joining the faculty at Central, Ms. Konigsberg taught Judaic Studies at Yeshiva of Central Queens and SAR Academy. Over the summer, as part of their Head Staff team, Ms. Konigsberg works as a Divison Head in Camp Morasha. She has experience with programming from having created camp-wide themes and activities as well as having helped orchestrate Shabbatonim, special occasions throughout the school year, and grade-wide trips in YCQ.
Ms. Kimberly Konzack is a member of our Mathematics Department. She teaches Algebra, Geometry, and AP Calculus. She is experienced in the instruction of all upper level mathematics courses at both high school and university levels. Ms. Konzack was the valedictorian of her high school class and attended Adelphi University on a full academic scholarship, obtaining her B.S. in Mathematics, with summa cum laude designation and her M.A. in Mathematics/Secondary Education. Ms. Konzack began her career at HAFTR High School in Cedarhurst, where she taught various Regents level classes. She then taught for ten years at North Shore Hebrew Academy High School in Great Neck. Besides teaching all levels of Mathematics at North Shore, she was director of the “Drop-In” Center Program for extra help and coordinated the Work Study Program for seniors. She is also an adjunct professor at Adelphi University.
English Teacher, Student Activities Team
Ms. Elana Kook is a member of the English Department and student activities team. Ms. Kook earned her B.A from Yeshiva University with Summa Cum Laude honors where she majored in English Literature and completed a minor in History, and also served as Editor in Chief of the newspaper. Elana completed her M.A in Adolescent Literacy from Fordham University, where she also received her NY State teaching certification. Prior to teaching at Central, Elana taught middle school English in a NYC Public School. She teaches ninth, eleventh, and twelfth grade English classes.
Mrs. Karen Lavner, a member of our Judaic Studies Department, teaches Chumash and Jewish History. She also serves as junior grade level coordinator. In the past, Mrs. Lavner served as the faculty advisor for the Names, Not Numbers© Holocaust Memorial Project. Mrs. Lavner is a summa cum laude graduate of Stern College with a B.A. in Judaic Studies and Psychology. She was awarded the Belkin Scholarship for Academic Excellence, the Miriam Araten Memorial Award for Excellence in Bible, and the Ida Lamport Hurowitz Memorial Award for Excellence in Psychology. She also served as coordinator of the Peer Counseling Program at Stern College for Women. Before coming to Central in 2007, Mrs. Lavner worked in psychology research at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. We note with pride that Mrs. Lavner was the valedictorian of Central’s Class of 2002 and the recipient of the Keter Shem Tov award.
Israel Guidance Advisor
Rabbi Zvi Lew, a member of our Judaic Studies Department, also serves as our Joy Rochwarger Balsam Israel Guidance Advisor. He teaches Chumash and Halakha/Gemara. On Fridays, Rabbi Lew teaches a shiur to our returning alumnae. Rabbi Lew also serves as advisor to our champion Torah Bowl Team, as well as to our Senior Beit Midrash. In addition to teaching at Central , Rabbi Lew teaches at Ateret Women’s Seminary of Queens College. Before coming to Central, Rabbi Lew was a faculty member at several area yeshivot, including SKA, Westchester Hebrew High School, and Yeshiva Netzach Dovid for Men. Rabbi Lew holds a B.A. in Psychology from Yeshiva University. He studied at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University for Rabbinic ordination. He is a Master’s degree candidate at Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration.
Director of Community Engagement
Mrs. Shani Malitzky is our Director of Community Engagement. Mrs. Malitzky, a Central alumnus (’06), served as the Director of Student Activities at Central for 9 years. During that time she designed the blueprint for our Student Life department, working closely with faculty and administrators to maximize Experiential Learning opportunities for students, in addition to overseeing all elements of the student experience outside of the classroom. In her new position, Mrs. Malitzky is working to bring the “Central message” to our various constituents, including building stronger connections with our extensive Alumnae. Mrs. Malitzky received a B.A. in English from Queens College, and a Master‘s in Jewish Education from Yeshiva University’s Azrieli School of Education and Administration, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Experiential Jewish Education from Yeshiva University. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Azrieli as well.
Student Activities Coordinator
Ms. Leah Moskovich is our Director of Student Activities. She initially joined our faculty as a Teaching Fellow of the Legacy Heritage Scholars Program of Stern College for Women. The first woman to hold this title, Ms. Moskovich holds a B.A. magna cum laude in Jewish Education from Stern College. An alumna of Central(’07), Ms. Moskovich was the recipient of the Midot Award at her graduation. She now teaches Chumash and Pirkei Avot. A veteran of the Michlelet NCSY program in Israel, Ms. Moskovich served as head madricha during the summers of 2011 and 2012. She is now the Director of the NCSY GIVE USA West program. Ms. Moskovich is the grade level coordinator for our senior class.
Chair, Math Department
Mr. Gili Nagar is the chair of the Mathematics Department. He has a B.A. in Computer Science from Academic College of Tel-Aviv-Yafo. He also has an M.S. in Mathematics Education from UMass D as well an M.A., with honors, from Tel-Aviv University. He is currently a PhD candidate in Mathematics Education at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (UMass D). His research focuses on high school mathematics teachers’ conceptualization of variance and invariance in a dynamic geometry environment. Prior to coming to Central, Mr. Nagar taught math at middle school, high school, undergraduate and graduate school level. He was also one of the developers of the non-profit organization, Educating for Excellence, which supports children from low socioeconomic backgrounds to realize their potential for excellence in their academic studies and social life. He teaches Algebra and Precalculus to our students.
Mrs. Simone Port teaches Women’s Health Management to our seniors. A professional registered nurse with a specialty in operating room surgical nursing, she has combined her medical background with her love of working with adolescents to develop a comprehensive health education curriculum on the high school level, first in a Northern New Jersey yeshiva for five years and at Central since 2008. Mrs. Port holds a B.S. in Nursing from the University of Maryland School of Nursing and has Certified Nurse, Operating Room accreditation in her specialty. She holds current nursing licenses in three states.
Chair, Hebrew Language Department
Mrs. Tova Rosenberg is the Chairperson of the Hebrew Language Department and the Director of the Ulpanat Zvia Exchange Program at Central. Mrs. Rosenberg has extensive experience as a teacher mentor and curriculum developer. For 26 years, she was a college lecturer in Israel on “Methods of Teaching Hebrew as a Foreign Language.” In addition, as the creator of the acclaimed Names, Not Numbers© Intergenerational Holocaust Oral History Film Project, she serves as an educational consultant to a number of middle schools and high schools. Mrs. Rosenberg holds a B.A. magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Washington University in History, Hebrew and Jewish Studies. Her M.A., with honors in European and American History, is from St. Louis University. Mrs. Rosenberg’s coursework towards her PH.D. is from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She served as a day school principal in Pennsylvania and Toronto. Mrs. Rosenberg is the recipient of Yeshiva University’s Baumel Faculty Incentive Award in recognition of the Names, Not Numbers© Project.
Chair, English Department
Ms. Lisa Rothstein is the Chairperson of the English Department. In addition to teaching English, she also coaches the College Bowl and Poetry teams and advises the school newspaper. Ms. Rothstein earned a B.A. with both general and departmental honors in English, and an M.A. from the University of Chicago. Before coming to Central, she taught at Ramaz and Akiba Schechter in Chicago. Ms. Rothstein is a regular contributor to program development for the Princeton Review. She received the New York State English Council Educator of Excellence award in 2009, and the Princeton Review Teacher of the Year award in 2005 and 2009.
Ms. Eleorah Sandman is a member of the Judaic Studies Department. She received her B.A. in Jewish Studies from Stern College for Women and continued her studies at Stern in the GPATS program to receive her M.A. in Biblical and Talmudic Interpretation. In addition to her learning at Stern, Ms. Sandman has studied at Migdal Oz and Drisha.
Director of Institutional Advancement
Ms. Elissa Schertz, a graduate of the Sy Syms School of Business, is the Director of Institutional Advancement for High Schools. She previously served as Director of Sales and Marketing for MagazinesUSA, where she created new platforms to drive business, including the development of fundraisers in schools and community centers. Prior to that, she worked as a project coordinator for NCSY. In that role, Elissa organized and ran domestic trips to New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina to help rebuild the community in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity. In addition, she organized and led international trips to Berlin for teen girls to build bridges and connections to other Jewish communities and cultures. Elissa was responsible for the creation of Project Frumway, an annual fashion show for teen girls, helping raise funds for NCSY.
Ms. Karine Shauli leads our Art Department. She teaches Survey in Art, Foundations in Art, Studio Art I, Studio Art II, and Graphic Design. A graduate of Boston University with a B.A. in both Elementary Education and Advertising, Ms. Shauli has maintained her creative outlet through both learning and teaching. She followed her degree with an Associates in Fine Arts at Nassau Community College, where she was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society for outstanding academic performance. Following NCC, she attained a certification from the Fashion Institute of Technology in Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Design in Fashion and spent a year interning in the field. With a background in fine arts, advertising, fashion, and education, Ms. Shauli has joined us at Central to stimulate and educate the creative minds of our students.
Assistant to the Principals; Registrar
Mrs. Estee Shor is our Assistant to the Principals and the Registrar of our main office. She brings her many years of managerial experience and organizational expertise to the Central administrative offices, maximizing our efficiency with a level of excellence and professionalism that is recognized by all. As Registrar, Mrs. Shor manages our school records, student files, and reports from the moment a student enters our school until many years past graduation. Mrs. Shor also oversees the many home/school communications that occur throughout the course of the academic year and is actively involved in supporting the administration. Her care and concern for each student often makes her desk the first stop for our students. Mrs. Shor received her B.A. in Psychology from Stern College and has been active in the field of informal Jewish Education for many years.
Director of Athletics
Mrs. Lynda Smith is the Athletic Director and Health Coordinator at Central. She teaches Physical Education to all grades and has taught Applied Science (Health and Nutrition) to juniors and seniors. In addition, Mrs. Smith is the coach of our Tennis and Volleyball Teams. She is the creator of Central’s “Athletes Giving Back” program, a chesed project whereby each sports team is responsible for raising funds for a specific organization or cause. Mrs. Smith maintains an ongoing involvement in many sports-related activities as an official and coach for gymnastics and soccer competitions. Mrs. Smith served as Athletic Director and Chairman of the Health and Physical Education Department of the Maria Regina High School. She also taught Health and Physical Education in the Levittown and Rockville Centre School Districts and serves as a consultant to the Rockville Centre School District. Mrs. Smith is the vice president of the Nassau County Board of Gymnastics High School Officials and a member of the New York State Board of Gymnastic Officials. She holds a B.S. summa cum laude in Health and Physical Education from C.W. Post College, where she received the departmental award. Her Ph.A. degree in Exercise Physiology is from Adelphi University. Mrs. Smith was recognized as Coach of the Year from NSCHSGAA Gymnastic Teams, and received certification as an Exercise Test Technologist from the American College of Sports Medicine. She also holds an Advanced Regional Diploma from the NSCAA.
Rabbi Joshua Strulowitz is a member of our Jewish Studies Department. He teaches Halakha/Gemara as well as Chumash. Rabbi Strulowitz received his rabbinic ordination at Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He also received ordination from Rabbi Zalman Nechemiah Goldberg and Rabbi Shmuel Fuerst of Chicago. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Economics and received an award for excellence in Talmudic Studies while at YU. He is also nearing the completion of an M.A. in Jewish History from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Talmudic Studies. Prior to joining the Central faculty, Rabbi Strulowitz served as a shul rabbi for over a decade. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise that will enhance the school experience in a multitude of ways.
Director of College Guidance
Mrs. Keren Weinberger is the Director of College Guidance. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Stern College for Women. Mrs. Weinberger was a member of Yeshiva University’s Department of Admissions and served on the Board of Admissions for three years. As a member of the Board of Admissions, Mrs. Weinberger became intimately familiar with the college application and selection process. While serving at Yeshiva University, Mrs. Weinberger travelled the country and learned first-hand about the needs of college-bound yeshiva students. Her unique work experience at Christie’s Auction House in New York City contributes to her understanding of the interface of the college experience and the demands of the marketplace.
Rabbi Elie Weissman is a member of our Religious Programming Team and the Judaic Studies Department, who teaches Gemara and Navi. Rabbi Weissman received his B.A. cum laude in English from Yeshiva University and his Master’s degree in Bible from the Bernard Revel Graduate School. He was ordained at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. Rabbi Weissman serves as the Rabbi of the Young Israel of Plainview and has lectured for the Five Towns Tanakh BeShanah program.
Mr. Jason Williams is the Science Research/Methodology instructor for the Central Science Institute. Mr. Williams holds a B.S. in Biology from SUNY Stony Brook, and is currently an educator at the Dolan DNA Learning Center of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. An experienced researcher in his own right, he has mentored and supervised many high school students’ independent research projects, and has mentored several Intel Science Talent Search semi-finalists and top winners. Mr. Williams created and currently administers a program for advanced high school research students. These students participate in the international scientific conferences held annually at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. He is also the coordinator of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Partnership for “iplant,” a fifty-million-dollar National Science Foundation project that builds cyberinfrastructure for plant biologists.
Mr. Robert H. Winston is a member of the Science Department. He has over 20 years of experience as a teacher of Science having taught all of the Regents Sciences courses. In addition, he has taught Advanced Placement Biology, Environmental Science, Physics B, 1 and AP Capstone. He has presented to other teachers at both the National Science Teachers’ Association (NSTA) and the College Board AP® Annual Conference. He teaches Physics to our students.
Mrs. Rena Wolf is a member of our Judaic Studies Department and teaches Navi. Mrs. Wolf received her B.A. with honors from Bar Ilan University. She received her Master’s degree in Bible from the Bernard Revel Graduate School. She has served as a mentor as part of Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration Give-Back fellowship program. Mrs. Wolf is a recipient of a Fellowship at the Bernard Revel Graduate School and has received the Joseph S. Gruss Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Director of Guidance
Mrs. Danielle Wyner is the Director of Guidance. She is a New York State Licensed Master Social Worker, having received her MSW degree from Adelphi University. She also holds a B.A. in Psychology from Queens College. Mrs. Wyner is an alumna of Central (’01) and was the recipient of the Keter Shem Tov Award at her graduation. In addition to conducting regular meetings with students for academic and social development, she coordinates the Homeroom Program, which provides an extra layer of support to our students. Prior to her “return” to Central, Mrs. Wyner served as the school social worker at the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County Middle School and High School, and as a psychotherapist at South Shore Child Guidance Center.
Mrs. Betty York is a member of our Mathematics Department, teaching all levels of Algebra, Geometry, Advanced Algebra, and Trigonometry. Mrs. York received her B.S. in Mathematics magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from City University of New York, followed by her Master’s degree in Math Education summa cum laude also from CUNY. She received her Juris Doctor from Hofstra University Law School. Mrs. York previously taught at North Shore Hebrew Academy High School in Great Neck, as well as at TAG in Far Rockaway. She began her career at the Bronx High School of Science.
Learning Center Specialist
Ms. Oria Ziv is one of our Learning Center Coordinators. Ms. Ziv holds a Master’s degree in School Psychology from Queens College, as well as a Master’s in Special Education from Touro College. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Queens College and is an alumna of Central (’01). Ms. Ziv has previously worked in both public and private schools. Most recently, she worked at SKA on the student services team, where she helped coordinate services for the students, and worked with students one-on-one, as well as pushed into classrooms. Ms. Ziv has experience working with a full range of students with learning disabilities, and has acquired many skills, including reading Braille. She has a passion for helping students to discover their strengths and to use them to build confidence and achieve success.