Coach Chad Bishop has been at Hebrew Academy for seven years as a coach and has been our Athletic Director for the last four years. Coach Bishop is the all-time leading basketball scorer at East Ridge High School in Clermont, Florida with over 1,400 points and is also the school’s all-time leading rebounder with over 1,000 career rebounds. He went on to get a full scholarship to Barry University in Miami. He was nominated for the McDonald's All American Team in 2005 and was also the Florida Gatorade Player of the year that same year. His passion is working with students and he feels lucky enough to have found a home here at Hebrew Academy after working with the Miami Heat for a year after college.
Coach Scott Berman begins his fifth year at Hebrew Academy serving as both a history teacher and Assistant Athletic Director. Scott received his BA in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Masters of Education from Hawaii Pacific University. Scott served as an adjunct professor and a collegiate basketball coach before coming to Miami. In addition, he served as the head basketball coach for the Maccabi national 16U team during the Pan American games in Santiago, Chile this past year.
Coach Mallory Erickson is a graduate from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelors in Physical Education and Health Education. She teaches PE classes and is the coach for all of our girls basketball teams. Mallory loves fitness and while athletics are a huge part of her life, she does enjoy a good discussion about dogs as well.
Coach Stephen Izaguirre is a graduate of Florida International University where he received his Bachelor's degree in Physical Education. Before joining Hebrew Academy, Stephen worked at Ransom Everglades Upper School as both the Varsity Girls' Assistant Volleyball Coach and the Junior Varsity Boys' Head Coach. During his time at Ransom, the Girls' team earned the title of District Champions for six consecutive years (2006-12), were the 2012 Regional Champions, and they appeared at the 2012 State Tournament. His Boys team took the title of the 2013 Palmetto Junior Varsity Invitational Champions. Stephen is also a National Council of Sports and Fitness Certified Personal Trainer and specializes in training individuals and groups in volleyball and fitness. This is Stephen’s fourth year at the Hebrew Academy. He looks forward to developing a Championship identity to the Volleyball program through conditioning and competitiveness.
Rabbi Jeff Ney is our Director of Student Programming, coordinating and planning all extracurricular activities, major events, guest speakers, holiday programs, etc. He is also a member of the Judaic Studies faculty, the boys Israel Guidance Counselor, the Student Council Faculty Advisor, and the Mashgiach Ruchani of the High School. Rabbi Ney spends his summers at Camp Mesorah where he has been both a Division Head as well as the Head Counselor of Boys Campus. In addition, Rabbi Ney is the Director of Teen Programming at Beth Israel.
Morah Yaara Yarchi is a 'Morah Shlicha' (emissary teacher) from the World Jewish Organization. She came to Hebrew Academy four years ago and brought with her the spirit of Israel and the Israeli culture. She teaches Hebrew in middle school and high school, is the Activities Director for middle school, and teaches an Israel awareness class for middle school. Yaara believes that if students know the history of Israel, the geography of Israel, and the society of Israel, then they can be a great ambassador for Israel everywhere they go. Yaara has a Bachelors degree and a teaching certificate in education and history and also I has a certificate as a group facilitator.
Mr. Shlomo (Shlomik) Krivinsky (Mr. Shlomo) has been our early childhood and elementary music teacher for the last 10 years. He starts his day every morning with the students for morning assembly and meets with each class in the auditorium once a week to sing Israeli songs, American songs, traditional holiday songs and others. He utilizes rhythm and movement and teachers percussion and other musical instruments. He looks forward to every Friday’s Shabbat Assembly with the students. Shlomik was born in Israel and has more than 45 years of teaching experience in Israel, South Africa and the United States. Mr. Shlomo has a BA in music and MA in art education from Jerusalem Hebrew University.His work with the students allows him to feel young and revived each day.
Mrs. Beth Landesman is an alumna of the Hebrew Academy. She married her high school sweetheart, and her two daughters are currently third generation students at the Hebrew Academy. Beth graduated from Stern College with a Bachelors in Elementary Education and went on to earn her Masters Degree in Exceptional Student Education, from Barry University, with an endorsement in Autism. Beth is the media center specialist as well as part of the AEP support team.
Mrs. Avelet Mandel Goldstein is the art teacher for the elementary school She is so excited to have moved to Miami from New York City this year. She graduated from The School of Visual Arts with a Masters degree in Creative Arts Therapy. Before coming to Hebrew Academy, she worked in a variety of settings, including community centers, hospitals, and schools. No matter what the setting, she always uses the arts to help her students/clients grow and express themselves in the best and most creative way they can.
Mrs. Lindsey Melnick teaches art in the middle and high schools. With a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts from the University of Florida and studies in Art and Art History from Florida State University in Florence Italy, Mrs. Melnick has a vast background in the visual arts. She has been teaching art for over five years at the Hebrew Academy, and has worked with Kindergarten through twelfth grade. Mrs. Melnick is passionate about her job and looks forward to helping her students unleash their creativity.