Welcome to the 2018-2019/5778-5779 academic year at Hebrew Academy! We have had a great opening week full of excitement, energy, learning and fun. The best part of the first week has been seeing so many new faces everywhere. New students, new parents, new teachers and new staff members, all happy and excited to be starting a new school year. It is my pleasure to introduce you to our dynamic new teachers.
In Early Childhood, we welcomed Leisy Altman to Nursery 2, and Rachel Wasserman, a proud Hebrew Academy alum and parent, to Pre-K.
In the Elementary Division, we welcomed teachers Perla Salver and Irit Karavani to 1st grade (Mrs. Salver transitioned from 4th grade), Mati Deutsch to 4th grade, and Carly Schwartz to 4th grade. In addition, we welcomed assistants Noa Zemel (1st grade), Katy Amir (2nd grade), Kathy Eson (4th grade), and Chen Dayan (5th grade). Ortal Kutner, who started as an assistant in 2nd grade last year, took on added responsibilities in Hebrew Language instruction for grades 3-5 this year. And Caroline Nahon moved from assistant to co-teacher in grade 1.
The Middle School welcomed Rabbi Ari Galandauer (Judaic studies), Rabbi Ellie Schwartz (Judaic studies), Alexandra Kay (General studies), and Nofar Kdoshim (Hebrew Language). Nofar, who also teaches in High School, taught in the Elementary division last year.
The Academic Enhancement Program (AEP) welcomed Dassie Meffi to support Elementary and Middle School students.
In the High School, we welcomed Rabbi Ariel Koriat and Oryan Koriat (both Judaic studies), Yael Koskas (Judaic studies), Rabbi Shmuel Stein (Judaic studies), Oded Karavani (Activities Director and Judaic Studies), Anna Ehrlich (English), Miao Liu (Math), Miranda Klees (Science), Nofar Kdoshim (Ivrit), Limor Derhy Feingold (Ivrit), Phebe Hibshman (Theater) and Becky Assaraf (Yearbook).
In addition to the special energy created by our new teachers, the school environment has been energized by the arrival of more than 100 new students spread out in all four divisions. Please be on the lookout for lots of new faces everywhere, and when you see someone you don’t recognize please greet them with a warm and friendly Hebrew Academy welcome. That will surely make their day and yours, too!
Rabbi Zvi Kahn
Head of School