Faculty and Staff


Email our faculy and staff by simply using their first name followed by a period and then their last name followed by @schechter.org (firstname.lastname@schechter.org).




CEO/Head of School: Linda. P. Foster

Principal of Sager Solomon Schechter Day School: Hadar Dohn

Principal of Ginsburg Early Childhood Center: Irene Sufrin

Chief Operating Officer: David Moeckler

Director of Admissions and Enrollment: Lynn Weiss

Director of Development: Tami Warshawsky

Director of Marketing and Communications: Erin Kuhn-Krueger

Director of Jewish Life and Learning: Betsy Forester

Director of K-2 & 3-4 She'arim: Suzanne Mishkin

Director of 5-6 & 7-8 She'arim: Daniel Weinberg

Director of Student Support Services: Nanci Caplan

Director of Educational Technology: Debbie Harris


Sager Solomon Schechter Day School (K-8) Faculty


KA: Julie Zemon and Julie Shaoul

KB: Naomi Gomez and Dina Kaplan

KC: Debbie Mendelson and Inbal Schnitman

Judaic Studies: Dori Wolgel

Tefillah: Julie Shaoul

For 1st to 4th grade, the first teacher listed is General Studies, and second is Judaic Studies. 

First Grade

1A: Lauren Patinkin and Nadine Linton

1B: Hannah Pogrund and Marcy Goldman

1st Grade Aide: Lauren Shook

Tefillah: Dori Wolgel

Second Grade

2A: Nadine Linton

2B: Shari Weiss and Marcy Goldman

2C: Amy Yaffe and Dori Wolgel

Tefillah: Keith Kanter

Third Grade

3A: Missy Friedman and Yehudit Wolf

3B: Ilene Brot and Ruti Halpern

3rd Grade Aide: Amy Kramer

Tefillah: Keith Kanter

Fourth Grade

4A: Rick Cohen and Yehudit Wolf

4B: Betsy Briskman and Ruti Halpern

4C: Anita Grobart and Ariela Ish-Hurwitz

Tefillah: Keith Kanter

Fifth and Sixth Grades

Teachers across both grades unless indicated.

Language Arts/Social Studies: Carol Miller (5), Andrea Berlow and Adrienne Eisenmann (6)

Science: Jen Rubin (5) and Karin Klein (6)

Math: Danielle Gershon, Andy Montgomery, Noreen Ohcana and Barb Tatz

Hebrew: Irit Alkalay, Avi Allali, Shosh Konstantin, Osnat Lichtenfeld

Chumash/Mishnah: Faye Bearman and Rebeccah Hartz

Tefillah: Keith Kanter (5) and Faye Bearman (6)

Seventh and Eighth Grades

Teachers across both grades unless indicated.

Language Arts: Rochelle Katz (7) and Anat Barlevy (8)

Social Studies: Paul Chanan

Science: Suzy Hakimian, Karin Klein (8) and Jen Rubin (8)

Math: Danielle Gershon, Andy Montgomery, Noreen Ohcana and Barb Tatz

Hebrew: Irit Alkalay, Avi Allali, Shosh Konstantin and Osnat Lichtenfeld

Chumash (7): Shiri Aharonovich and Ron Schrag

Chumash (7), Navi (8):  Pnina Mazor and Ron Schrag

Talmud: Betsy Forester and Ron Schrag

Tefillah: Betsy Forester

Student Support Services
K-8 ELL: Stephanie Stormoen
1-2 Hebrew: Shiri Aharonovich
3-4 Hebrew and Judaic Studies: Yvonne Steffens
2-8 Hebrew for New Students: Hanna Schiffman
K-2 General Studies: Becca Gold
3-4 General Studies: Samantha Kaplan
5-6 General Studies: Lynn Graham
7-8 General Studies: Katrina Peterson
2-8 General Studies: Jamie Cooper
K-4 School Psychologist: Talia Anisfeld
5-8 Social Work:Elisa Rotman

Physical Education and Health: Bob Cogan and Alicia Honan
Music: Arlene Rosenthal
Art: Hallie Redman
Dance: Rena Rozen
Band: Marsha Rosenson

Ginsburg Solomon Schechter Early Childhood Center Faculty

Nitzanim (Toddlers)

Irene Sufrin and Brigid Finucane


Alim (2 year olds)

Aleph: Sara EtsHokin and Yael Zetouni

Bet: Terri Machtiger and Gail Schuck

Gimel: Beth Chiet and Charone Ousley


Alonim (3-4 year olds)

Aleph: Robyn-Lee Rabin and Sara Worch

Bet: Mhaya Harrison and Ariel Silverstein



Music and Movement: Brigid Finucane

PM Program: Gail Schuck


Carol Grannick

Alex Schwartz

Solomon Schechter Day School Staff

Director of Building and Grounds: Leonid Arlinsky

Maintenance Staff: Gregory Grosman

Maintenance Staff: Igor Vil

Maintenance Staff: Stan Zhelezko

Controller: Scott Roseman

Staff Accountant: Sarah Husain

Accounts Payable Coordinator: Patti Silverman

Alumni Relations and Giving Coordinator: Francine Ephraim

Development Associate: Dalia Jacobson

Food Services Manager: Shoshy Mor

Chef: Etti Darmoni

Kitchen Staff: Elana Ciobanu

Kitchen Staff: Alfonso Soriano

Human Resources Manager: Maris Fineberg


Executive Assistant to Head of School, Office Manager: Meital Hochenboym

Administrative Assistant: Jeremy Foster

Administrative Assistant: Sarah Kaufman

Administrative Assistant: Traci Kranz

Administrative Assistant: Zahava Berman

IT Manager: Louis Moeckler

IT Support Specialist: Ben Alexander

Innovation Center Staff and High School Coordinator: Marci Rubinstein

Director of Information, Media and Special Programming: Holly Rosenberg

Library Assistant: Debbie Copley

School Nurse: Marilyn Sawyer

Full-Time Sub and Bus Supervisor: Linda Schwartz

Substitute Coordinator: Hanna Schiffman

Athletic Director: Alicia Honan


Thank You Schechter

Our son and his friends were sitting on the floor at the JCC waiting for their basketball game to start. They were telling a teammate that they get to practice Hebrew every day. Then the boys started talking about their Torah portions, which they had received a few days earlier. Each boy was SO excited and they all started chanting their portions. It was awesome to see how proud and excited the boys were about their basketball game and their Torah portions! Thank you Schechter.


- Dina Shiner

From Generation to Generation

I loved being a Schechter student, and I treasure my Schechter friends to this day. Now, as a parent, I have a deeper understanding of the gift my parents gave to me and my brother and sisters. We want our children to experience what I had as a child -- a strong foundation of knowledge guided by Jewish history, tradition, and values. No other school can do this like Schechter.


- Ellen Dorfman Nathan


Only At Schechter

Unlike other schools, only at Schechter do general studies and Judaic Studies come together as one. Some people say it's like two worlds where there is no contact between the two worlds. I'm telling you -- there is a connection! We are part of the American culture, but at the same time, we keep our Jewish identity. We have learned from two worlds which appear to us as one. It was all a part of our daily schedule. We learned to be good citizens and also proud Jews. This only happens at Schechter....


- A Schechter Student

Our Schechter Community

For my Bat Mitzvah, I've decided to do a chesed project. With inspiration from a friend, I am making bracelets out of buttons called "button bracelets" that I am currently selling for $5 each. The money I am raising will go to my grade for our Israel trip fund. It is my hope that everyone will be able to go on the trip, because to me our Schechter community isn't the same without everyone included.


- A Schechter Student

A Love of Jewish Life

When I think about Schechter, I realize that Schechter not only provides a strong foundation of Jewish knowledge, it also fosters a love of Jewish life. As I get older, I realize the huge impact that Schechter has had on my life - who I am as a person and who I am as a Jew. Many of my closest friends are still my Schechter friends. It's great to see so many students today having the chance to experience what I had as a Schechter student.

Josh (Class of 2004) is pictured with one of his favorite teachers, Dr. Lena Kushnir, who is now principal of the Sager Elementary School.


- Josh Warshawsky

Our Community at Schechter

Our community here at Schechter is created by our connection to each other and to Judaism. At Schechter, we do not have all the same viewpoints or opinions about how to live life, practice Judaism, or affiliate politically. But community is not about sharing the exact same perspective as everyone else. Community is about having a safe environment in which everyone is able to share his or her own ideas without the fear that they will be judged or ridiculed.


- A Schechter Student

When I Think Of Schechter

When I think of Schechter, I think of my home, a place I feel comfortable and secure, a place where I feel accepted and understood, a place where I feel educated, and I place where I feel loved. Nothing can compare to the feeling that Schechter provides.


- A Schechter Student

A Strong Academic Foundation

As a Schechter graduate, I wanted my children to have the same intimate, nurturing environment that I had as a child at Schechter, as well as the strong academic foundation, connection to Israel, and love of Jewish life. It's wonderful to see how our children have thrived at Schechter and how well-prepared they are for high school. We are also proud of the people they have become -- their connection to Judaism and their values.


- Dr. Arica Feldman Hirsch

A Gift To Families

A Schechter education is more than a gift to our children, it is a gift to our family. The school provides a top of the line education in both general and Jewish studies. Every day students are challenged academically, and the nurturing atmosphere provides them with a sense of security and the confidence to excel.


- Susan Harris

Why I Love Schechter

In three words, Schechter is community, learning, and Judaism. Schechter is the type of community that promotes friendship, leadershipship, learning, fun, and most of all the love of being Jewish. Each day when I walk into school, I am greeted. Whether it's a security guard, a parent, a teacher, and sometimes even a student, I know that I'm starting my day in a community way.


- A Schechter Student

The Friendships Are Everlasting

The frienships that I have developed individually and as an entire grade have created bonds that are everlasting. Together we have shared life events -- receiving our first siddur, reading Torah, births, deaths, becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, and many others. The love and support of my classmates has helped to mold me into the person I am today. Schechter is like a second home to me. All the memories I have made and the lessons I have learned here will stick with me forever.


- A Schechter Student

Seems Like Yesterday

It was such a special moment when we witnessed our twins read from the Torah for the first time, along with their third grade classmates. It seems like only yesterday that they all were in kindergarten. It's been wonderful watching them develop these skills and to see their love for reading Torah.


- A Schechter Student


Community | Kehillah

SSDS is a community of students, families, educators, donors, and volunteer leaders who support
each other through times of joy and sorrow, forging life-long bonds of friendship
based on a shared commitment to each other and to Jewish life and learning.

Responsibility | Achrayut

As Jews, we are all responsible for one another. This sense of responsibility begins with, and extends
beyond, our SSDS community and includes giving tzedakah and improving our world.

Joy | Simcha

A Jewish life is a joyous life. SSDS provides a joyful learning environment for children,
families, and educators. Jewish holidays and life cycle events are an opportunity for everyone
to come together to celebrate and experience the richness of Jewish life.

Israel | Yisrael

Through Hebrew language education and immersion in Israeli culture, SSDS personalizes for its students
the American Jewish connection to Israel, instilling a passionate, lasting commitment to, and a sense of responsibility
for, the State of Israel.

Journey | Masa

SSDS welcomes and partners with parents to encourage and support their children and families
throughout their Schechter journey. We also promote a love of learning in our students, and create
opportunities for children, parents, families, educators, and volunteers to engage in life-long learning and growth.

In the Image of God | Btzelem Elohim

SSDS values the uniqueness and worth of every individual. Our school emphasizes respect, dignity,
inclusiveness, and compassion. We nurture the health, safety, and well-being of every member of our community.

Exemplary | Dugma

SSDS is committed to providing an education that weaves the best of General studies and Judaic
studies in an integrated program that is the benchmark against which Jewish day school programs are measured.

A partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community. We appreciate the generous assistance provided by the Bernard Heerey Family Foundation Seventh Grade Scholarship Program for our Schechter families. Solomon Schechter Day School accepts students and parents of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation or gender identity.


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