Rabbi Gary Menchel - Head of School / Rosh HaYeshiva
Rabbi Menchel did his undergraduate work in Psychology at Yeshiva University, received his Masters Degree in Education and his Professional Certification in School Psychology from Brooklyn College, and Semicha from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) of Yeshiva University, from Rabbi Yosef Dov Soloveitchik, ZT"L. Rabbi Menchel has since attended the Harvard Principal’s Center twice and AUSSIE workshops for a number of courses and professional development initiatives. Rabbi Menchel previously served as Principal of Maimonides High School in Minnesota and of the Block Yeshiva High School in St. Louis for 13 years prior to coming to YHT. He currently serves as President of the Principals' Council of the Department of Yeshivot and Day Schools of the Jewish Education Project (formerly BJE) and as a Mentor to aspiring Yeshiva principals through ELAI (Educational Leadership Advancement Initiative) of the Lookstein Center at Bar Ilan University.
Mr. Edward Fox - Executive Director
Mr. Fox attended Yeshiva College for his undergraduate training and received an MPA from N.Y.U. He served as the Administrator of the Moriah School of Englewood for 18 years. He was also Deputy to the President of Yeshiva University before coming to YHT.
Ms. Pesha Kletenik - Principal
Mrs. Vivian Rosenberg - Director of Early Childhood
Rabbi Etan Ehrenfeld - Assistant Principal - Middle School Division
Rabbi Etan Ehrenfeld studied at Yeshiva University where he received his undergraduate degree in mathematics and a masters in Jewish Education. Rabbi Ehrenfeld also received Semicha from Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. Rabbi Ehrenfeld taught at Ida Crown Jewish Academy in Chicago, where he also served as the Student Activities Coordinator. Rabbi Ehrenfeld also served as the Dean of Students at the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County High School. Currently, Rabbi Ehrenfeld is pursuing his doctorate in Jewish Educational Leadership and Innovation from the Azrieli Graduate School at Yeshiva University.
Mrs. Sara Duani - Assistant Principal - Elementary Division
Mrs. Duani received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Touro College and trained in Special Education at Touro’s Masters Program. Additionally, she is trained in the Wilson Reading Program. Prior to becoming Assistant Principal, Mrs. Duani served as the Elementary Division Jewish Studies Curriculum Coordinator and Mentor, and also was a beloved Jewish Studies teacher in both the Elementary Division and Junior High Divisions of YHT. She was also a recipient of the Jewish Education Project's Young Pioneer Award in 2017. She currently mentors new Judaic Studies teachers through the Jewish New Teacher Project (JNTP).
Mr. Ephi Strazynski - Assistant Executive Director
Mr. Strazynski earned a Bachelor of Science in Business & Management from the Sy Syms School of Business, as well as a Master of Social Work Administration degree from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work of Yeshiva University. Mr. Strazynski served as the Assistant Registrar of Yeshiva University for 5 years where his responsibilities included helping students and alumni, staff recruitment and management, event planning, purchasing, and administrative and operational services for the registrar offices on all the YU campuses. Prior to his time at Yeshiva University, Mr. Strazynski spent several years as the Registration & Marketing Coordinator at the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood.
Mrs. Sara Pollak - Director of Admissions and Student ServicesMrs. Pollak holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Stern College for Women of Yeshiva University. She has experience as Director of Admissions at both Manhattan Day School and Shulamith High School, and has advocated for children's needs as Coordinator for Special Events for Yachad, The National Jewish Council for Disabilities. She brings with her extensive experience, an engaging personality, and dedication to our school.