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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.

 

Email: rabbimenchel@hartorah.org

 

 

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.

 

 Email: efox@hartorah.org

 

 

 

 

Ms. Pesha Kletenik - Principal

Ms. Kletenik received her Masters of Science and Professional Certification in School Psychology from the Touro Graduate School of Education and Psychology. She has been an Avi Chai Fellow and has participated in numerous professional development initiatives, including attending the Principals' Center at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Prior to becoming Principal, Ms. Kletenik served as the Assistant Principal for the Elementary Division at Yeshiva Har Torah. Prior to that she served as a teacher, school psychologist, and Assistant Principal for the Middle School at Bnos Malka Academy. Ms. Kletenik is currently pursuing a doctorate in Learning and Teaching at Hofstra University.

Email: pkletenik@hartorah.org

 

 

Mrs. Vivian Rosenberg - Director of Early Childhood

Morah Vivian attended Queens College where she received her undergraduate and Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Rosenberg is now in her second decade as YHT’s Director of Early Childhood and Kindergarten teacher. She previously taught at Judi’s Nursery in Queens, at HAFTR, and at Manhattan Day School. Morah Vivian has been the Day Camp Director at Camp Morasha for over 20 years.
 
 
 

 

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.

 

 

Email: eehrenfeld@hartorah.org

 

 

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).

 

Email: sduani@hartorah.org

 

 

Dr. Karyn Feinberg - Director of Psychology Services
Dr. Feinberg received her certification in School Psychology from City College and her Doctorate in Psychology  from Ferkauf Graduate School of Yeshiva University. She previously worked at Yeshivot, Public Schools, and a preschool for students with speech and language delays. She is also the Secretary of NEFESH, the International Organization of Orthodox Mental Health Professionals.
 
 
 
 
Mrs. Karen Simon - Director of Curricular and Professional Initiatives
Mrs. Simon received her B.S. in Education at Northwestern University and her Master’s Degree in Education at Hofstra University. She has continued her education by attending dozens of professional workshops and courses. She is an active participant in the Jewish New Teacher Project, in which she mentors newer teachers. Mrs. Simon has served as a writer for the New York State Science Assessment Test and as a grader for the New York State English Language Arts Assessment (ELA). Mrs. Simon has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Math Methods at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women. Mrs. Simon has served as a  team leader of YHT teachers at each grade level to coordinate and develop curriculum and hone teaching techniques. Mrs. Simon has been a team leader at the Day School Collaboration Network, an initiative of the Jewish Education Project, which addresses the needs of individual schools while also impacting on the broader field of Jewish Education.
 
 

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.

                                   

Email: estrazynski@hartorah.org

 

 

Mrs. Sara Pollak - Director of Admissions and Student Services

Mrs. 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. 



Email: spollak@hartorah.org