Mrs. Debbie Hamburg has been involved in Jewish Day School education as a teacher, a specialist in curriculum, instruction and staff development, an Assistant Principal and now is proud to be the Principal at the Hebrew Academy of Miami Beach (RASG). Mrs. Hamburg has done her graduate work at Hofstra, Bar Ilan and Harvard University. Debbie and her husband Steve are the proud parents of 3 children (HANC graduates) and 5 outstanding grandchildren. They have relocated to the Surfside area and are members of the Young Israel Congregation of Bal Harbour.
Rabbi Zvi Kahn assumed the position of Head of School at the Hebrew Academy (RASG) in August 2014. He is an accomplished educator with over twenty-five years of experience in the fields of formal and informal Jewish education. Rabbi Kahn, who hails from New Orleans, Louisiana, received his BA in Psychology from Tulane University and his MS in Educational Administration from the Azrieli Graduate Institute of Yeshiva University. He received his semicha (rabbinical ordination) from Rav Shlomo Riskin of Efrat, Israel. Before coming to Hebrew Academy, Rabbi Kahn was the founding Principal of the Hebrew High School of New England in West Hartford, Connecticut, and the Headmaster of the Columbus Torah Academy in Columbus, Ohio. He and his wife, Sara Beth, who teaches in the AEP department, are blessed with five beautiful children: Atara and Avi who live in Israel; and Shmuel, Rena and Adira who attend the Hebrew Academy (RASG) High School.
Mrs. Raquel Sultan attended Beth Jacob Teachers College of Montreal to obtain a Teaching Diploma in Judaic Studies and also attended College Marie Victorin to complete degrees in Languages and Literature and Early Childhood Education. She is certified in the Montessori Method, received certification in Special Education from York University, has a BS in Education and Special Education, and a MS in Early Childhood and Students with Disabilities from Touro College. Raquel has attained classroom experience as a preschool teacher, a public school special education teacher, and as a teacher of Judaic studies. She was the Campus Director of Netivot HaTorah South Campus in Toronto. Additionally Raquel is licensed in Judaic Studies and Early Childhood Education from CAJE, has Advanced Level Director’s Credentials from the Florida Department of Children and Families, and has a National Child Development Associate degree. She is happily married to Rabbi Sultan and is the proud mom of four wonderful boys: Yaacov, Gabriel, Yonatan and Ezra.
Dr. Dara Lieber was born and raised in New Jersey. She went to Brandeis University for college and then decided that the fashion world was her calling. After living in NYC and working in the fashion world, she felt she needed more. She went to Columbia University for a Masters in Counseling. As the weather turned colder, Dara decided to move to Florida where her parents were relocating and husband would be finishing law school. She finished her Master’s of Science degree quickly at Barry University and got her first job as a guidance counselor at Hillel. After being there for a short period, Hebrew Academy was to be in her future. After joining the Hebrew Academy in 2002 she received her doctoral degree from Nova Southeastern University in Educational Leadership and Administration. Soon thereafter she became the Assistant Principal.
Rabbi Aharon Assaraf is our new High School Assistant Principal. He grew up in Miami and is a proud graduate of Hebrew Academy, where he met his wife Becky. After high school he attended Yeshivat Ner Yaakov, where he would eventually receive his Rabbinic Ordination from Rabbi Yehoshua Liff, the Rosh Yeshiva. He then went on to study at Lander College for his undergraduate degree. While teaching he would simultaneously earn his Master’s in Education through the American Jewish University.
Mrs. Andrea Lucero has been in the field of education for sixteen years. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education with a concentration in Social Studies for grades 6-12 at Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York. She began her teaching career as a fifth grade teacher at a private school and then later moved on to teaching tenth grade U.S. History at a public high school in New Jersey. In 2002, she moved to Miami and began teaching part time at the Hebrew Academy. She taught social studies, English, and math in the middle school during her first year. The following year she began teaching the Middle School Social Studies classes along with an English course. Over the years, Mrs. Lucero has been the student council advisor, Ruach team coach, Community Service Coordinator, and assistant to the principal. In 2008, Mrs. Lucero graduated from Nova Southeastern University with her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. In 2011 she began her role in administration as the Middle School Principal.
Dr. Ami Eskanos has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Criminal Justice with a specialty in Juvenile Justice, a Master’s of Science in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. She also has teaching credentials in K-12 Art Instruction, K-6 Education, and Middle and High School English. Starting out as a second grade teacher of gifted and talented students in California, Dr. Eskanos has been an educator since 1989. Upon joining Hebrew Academy in 1999, Dr. Eskanos was the Chair of the Art Department, the Summer Camp Director, and the After School Activities Director for several years before creating the Admission Department for which she is currently the Dean of Admission. She has two boys both of whom attended Hebrew Academy, a husband who enjoys building things, and a dog named Freddie Mercury who is quite the character; all of them keep her just as busy at home as she is at school.
Mrs. Rachel Leubitz has started her fourth year as the Academic Enhancement Program Coordinator at Hebrew Academy. She has a Bachelor's degree in Speech and Hearing Science from Ohio State University and a Masters degree in Speech Language Pathology from University of South Florida. Rachel lives in Hollywood Florida and is the proud mother to four children.
Adi Raz is Director of Development at Hebrew Academy in Miami Beach. Adi has been involved in fundraising event planning and leadership development for over 10 years. Her focus has always been on engagement and relationship building, which she brings into her responsibilities overseeing donor relations, stewardship, and special events. Prior to working in Development, Adi developed marketing, branding, and engagement strategy for startups and businesses throughout the country. Originally from Israel, Adi grew up in Silicon Valley and spent several years in Nashville after finishing graduate school. Now living in South Florida, she serves on the Board of the Jewish Federation of Broward County as both YLD Board Social Co-Chair and Israel Education Committee Young Professional Chair.