MEET THE FACULTY

At Yaldaynu, teachers work in classroom teams, assisted by student teachers. Our teachers are state certified and most have received, or are working toward, completing their masters degrees in education. Classes are small, allowing for an outstanding student-teacher ratio. In addition, Yaldaynu offers an array of support services. The faculty is available to discuss development questions and your child’s needs, and works closely with an educational consultant.

Menucha Goldstein, M.S. Ed.

Program Director

Menucha’s professional life began as a student teacher in Yellow Door nine years ago.

She has been a devoted member of our faculty for the past nine years and is committed to the mission and philosophy of Yaldaynu. In addition to teaching in the Pre-K classroom for eight years, Menucha also served as Community Outreach Coordinator and has been teaching the science after-school class for the past two years. As an active and dedicated staff member, Menucha has helped support Yaldaynu’s fundraising auction, as well as assisting with the first ever Giving Tuesday Campaign, attending job fairs, and co-leading Open House Nights for prospective families.

 

Menucha is a proud alumna of Stern College for Women where she received her B.A. in

Early Childhood Education. She went on to receive her M.S.Ed. in Early Childhood Special Education, as well as a M.S. Ed. in Early Childhood Leadership from Bank Street College of Education. A native of Chicago, Menucha is the proud aunt to ten nieces and nephews ranging in age from 4 and 22. She loves to read and do art projects, as well as explore with natural materials. She believes that meaningful experiences have the power to shape children's love for learning and works to create a curriculum that reflects the interests of her students. Menucha is looking forward to learning and working with you and your children!

Tobie Franklin

Assistant Director & Learning Specialist

Tobie has vast experience working in educational and clinical settings in Canada, Israel, the UK, and for the past eight years, New York City. She completed graduate studies at the University of Toronto in Child Assessment and Counseling, with specializations in special education, educational psychology, and infancy Additionally, Tobie completed her post-graduate studies at the University of London in Human Rights Law. Before coming to Yaldaynu, Tobie was the Director of Learning and Support at The IDEAL School of Manhattan, an inclusion school on the Upper West Side. She is also the Inclusion Coordinator at B’nai Jershurun.

 

In her varied career, she has been a learning specialist, an administrator in two Jewish day schools, a family counselor, a psycho-educational consultant, a research assistant in neuropsychology, an infant specialist, and a child advocate. She is looking forward to a wonderful school year.

Coming soon

Cara Judovits

Program Administrator

Jodi grew up in Teaneck New Jersey, and now lives in her own home there. Jodi received her B.A. in Psychology from Stern College and joined Yaldaynu after she graduated. Over the past three years, Jodi has loved learning about education and being a part of the Yaldaynu community. She is excited to begin her fourth year at Yaldaynu Preschool!

TEACHING STAFF

A native New Yorker, Lizzie holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hunter College and is currently pursuing a dual master's degree in Early Childhood Education, also from Hunter College. She has been working in early childhood classrooms for two years in schools in Riverdale and Manhattan. She has spent many summers working in camps, and was a group leader of over 30 children two summers ago at Mount Tom Day Camp. This is Lizzie's second year as a Blue Door teacher, and she is looking forward to the school year! 

Lizzie Rubin

Blue Door

Michaela Katz

Blue Door

Michaela grew up in New York and attended Manhattan Day School and Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School. After high school, Michaela went straight to Queens College to pursue a Fine Arts Degree in Photography followed by her Masters in Early Childhood Education at Hunter College. Michaela has worked at Creative Playschool, Tikvah, and Sephardic Academy of Manhattan. Several years of working with children has taught Michaela that patience, communication and creativity are important values in being a teacher. Michaela is excited to be a member of the Yaldaynu family and is looking forward to another wonderful year in Blue Door.

Shoshi Horowitz

Red Door

Shoshi is excited to start the new year at Yaldaynu! She grew up in Suffern, New York and received her bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from Molloy College, where she worked with various populations including schools for children with special needs and nursing homes. Shoshi has worked in various schools, including Kinneret Day School, My Little School in Tribeca, and Ansche Chesed’s Hebrew School. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from Touro College. Shoshi hopes to infuse her love of music into the classroom to create a warm, nurturing and safe environment for the children and is looking forward to a productive year in the Red Door classroom!

Atara grew up in Queens, NY, and completed her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Stern College for Women. While Atara was at Stern, she was a student teacher at Yaldaynu and is excited to be returning! She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Hunter College. Atara has previously worked at Ben Porat Yosef and has spent her summers working for various Yachad summer programs. Atara hopes to share her love and enthusiasm of learning with the children at Yaldaynu this year!

Atara Friedman

Red Door

Beth Gindi

Yellow Door

Beth grew up in Los Angeles and graduated Stern College with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. During her senior year of college, Beth was a student teacher in the Red Door classroom and she is very excited to be back joining the Yaldaynu team! This past year, Beth worked as a kindergarten teacher at Ben Porat Yosef and has experience working with children of all ages through various camp settings. She is passionate about education in its many different forms, and is pursuing a master’s degree in Literacy with a focus on Early Childhood at Bank Street. Beth is looking forward to an incredible year learning and growing with the children in the Yellow Door classroom!

Tobie Franklin

Yellow Door

MEET THE FACULTY

At Yaldaynu, teachers work in classroom teams, assisted by student teachers. Our teachers are state certified and most have received, or are working toward, completing their masters degrees in education. Classes are small, allowing for an outstanding student-teacher ratio. In addition, Yaldaynu offers an array of support services. The faculty is available to discuss development questions and your child’s needs, and works closely with an educational consultant.

ADMINISTRATION

Menucha Goldstein, M.S. Ed.

Program Director

Menucha’s professional life began as a student teacher in Yellow Door nine years ago.

She has been a devoted member of our faculty for the past nine years and is committed to the mission and philosophy of Yaldaynu. In addition to teaching in the Pre-K classroom for eight years, Menucha also served as Community Outreach Coordinator and has been teaching the science after-school class for the past two years. As an active and dedicated staff member, Menucha has helped support Yaldaynu’s fundraising auction, as well as assisting with the first ever Giving Tuesday Campaign, attending job fairs, and co-leading Open House Nights for prospective families.

 

Menucha is a proud alumna of Stern College for Women where she received her B.A. in

Early Childhood Education. She went on to receive her M.S.Ed. in Early Childhood Special Education, as well as a M.S. Ed. in Early Childhood Leadership from Bank Street College of Education. A native of Chicago, Menucha is the proud aunt to ten nieces and nephews ranging in age from 4 and 22. She loves to read and do art projects, as well as explore with natural materials. She believes that meaningful experiences have the power to shape children's love for learning and works to create a curriculum that reflects the interests of her students. Menucha is looking forward to learning and working with you and your children!

Tobie Franklin

Assistant Director & Learning Specialist

Tobie has vast experience working in educational and clinical settings in Canada, Israel, the UK, and for the past eight years, New York City. She completed graduate studies at the University of Toronto in Child Assessment and Counseling, with specializations in special education, educational psychology, and infancy Additionally, Tobie completed her post-graduate studies at the University of London in Human Rights Law. Before coming to Yaldaynu, Tobie was the Director of Learning and Support at The IDEAL School of Manhattan, an inclusion school on the Upper West Side. She is also the Inclusion Coordinator at B’nai Jershurun.

 

In her varied career, she has been a learning specialist, an administrator in two Jewish day schools, a family counselor, a psycho-educational consultant, a research assistant in neuropsychology, an infant specialist, and a child advocate. She is looking forward to a wonderful school year.

Coming soon

Cara Judovits

Program Administrator

Jodi grew up in Teaneck New Jersey, and now lives in her own home there. Jodi received her B.A. in Psychology from Stern College and joined Yaldaynu after she graduated. Over the past three years, Jodi has loved learning about education and being a part of the Yaldaynu community. She is excited to begin her fourth year at Yaldaynu Preschool!

TEACHING STAFF

A native New Yorker, Lizzie holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hunter College and is currently pursuing a dual master's degree in Early Childhood Education, also from Hunter College. She has been working in early childhood classrooms for two years in schools in Riverdale and Manhattan. She has spent many summers working in camps, and was a group leader of over 30 children two summers ago at Mount Tom Day Camp. This is Lizzie's second year as a Blue Door teacher, and she is looking forward to the school year! 

Lizzie Rubin

Blue Door

Michaela Katz

Blue Door

Shoshi Horowitz

Red Door

Atara Friedman

Red Door

Beth Gindi

Yellow Door

Beth grew up in Los Angeles and graduated Stern College with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. During her senior year of college, Beth was a student teacher in the Red Door classroom and she is very excited to be back joining the Yaldaynu team! This past year, Beth worked as a kindergarten teacher at Ben Porat Yosef and has experience working with children of all ages through various camp settings. She is passionate about education in its many different forms, and is pursuing a master’s degree in Literacy with a focus on Early Childhood at Bank Street. Beth is looking forward to an incredible year learning and growing with the children in the Yellow Door classroom!

Tobie Franklin

Menucha Goldstein, M.S. Ed.

Program Director

Menucha’s professional life began as a student teacher in Yellow Door ten years ago. She has been a devoted member of our faculty for the past nine years and is committed to the mission and philosophy of Yaldaynu. In addition to teaching in the Pre-K classroom for eight years, Menucha also served as Community Outreach Coordinator and has been teaching the science after-school class for the past two years. As an active and dedicated staff member, Menucha has helped support Yaldaynu’s fundraising auction, as well as assisting with the first ever Giving Tuesday Campaign, attending job fairs, and co-leading Open House Nights for prospective families.

 

Menucha is a proud alumna of Stern College for Women where she received her B.A. in Early Childhood Education. She went on to receive her M.S.Ed. in Early Childhood Special Education, as well as a M.S. Ed. in Early Childhood Leadership from Bank Street College of Education. A native of Chicago, Menucha is the proud aunt to ten nieces and nephews ranging in age from 4 and 22. She loves to read and do art projects, as well as explore with natural materials. She believes that meaningful experiences have the power to shape children's love for learning and works to create a curriculum that reflects the interests of her students. Menucha is looking forward to learning and working with you and your children!

Tobie Franklin

Assistant Director & Learning Specialist

Tobie has vast experience working in educational and clinical settings in Canada, Israel, the UK, and for the past eight years, New York City. She completed graduate studies at the University of Toronto in Child Assessment and Counseling, with specializations in special education, educational psychology, and infancy Additionally, Tobie completed her post-graduate studies at the University of London in Human Rights Law. Before coming to Yaldaynu, Tobie was the Director of Learning and Support at The IDEAL School of Manhattan, an inclusion school on the Upper West Side. She is also the Inclusion Coordinator at B’nai Jershurun.

 

In her varied career, she has been a learning specialist, an administrator in two Jewish day schools, a family counselor, a psycho-educational consultant, a research assistant in neuropsychology, an infant specialist, and a child advocate. She is looking forward to a wonderful school year.

Coming soon

Cara Judovits

Program Administrator

Cara is very excited to officially join the Yaldaynu community as Program Administrator.  As a former parent who was fortunate to have two daughters attend Yaldaynu, she is warmed by the opportunity to be part of this sweet preschool again as a staff member.  Cara has worked as a special education resource teacher, a diagnostician for Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD), and an Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Specialist, managing all special education programs at the high school level. She has also worked in the corporate world in production, sales, and marketing.  After an 18-year hiatus raising her family, Cara is thrilled to be re-entering the workforce at Yaldaynu.  She cannot wait to meet you and your children. Please feel free to stop by at drop off, dismissal, or whenever to say, "Hello.”

TEACHING STAFF

A native New Yorker, Lizzie holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hunter College and is currently pursuing a dual master's degree in Early Childhood Education, also from Hunter College. She has been working in early childhood classrooms for two years in schools in Riverdale and Manhattan. She has spent many summers working in camps, and was a group leader of over 30 children two summers ago at Mount Tom Day Camp. This is Lizzie's second year as a Blue Door teacher, and she is looking forward to the school year! 

Lizzie Rubin

Blue Door

Michaela Katz

Blue Door

Michaela grew up in New York and attended Manhattan Day School and Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School. After high school, Michaela went straight to Queens College to pursue a Fine Arts Degree in Photography followed by her Masters in Early Childhood Education at Hunter College. Michaela has worked at Creative Playschool, Tikvah, and Sephardic Academy of Manhattan. Several years of working with children has taught Michaela that patience, communication and creativity are important values in being a teacher. Michaela is excited to be a member of the Yaldaynu family and is looking forward to another wonderful year in Blue Door.

Becky Rosenblatt

Red Door

Becky grew up in Clifton, New Jersey and completed her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Stern College for Women. She has spent the past several summers working on the Recreation Team at Camp HASC, as well as a counselor at Camp Shalom. Becky enjoys the arts, including painting and drama, and hopes to incorporate her love for the arts inside the classroom. She is looking forward to a year full of growth and learning with her students and is excited to be a part of the Yaldaynu family!

Randi Hefter

Red Door

Randi grew up in Cedarhurst, New York and holds a bachelor's degree in Fashion Merchandising from The Fashion Institute of Technology, as well as a certificate in Graphic Design from The Shillington School of Design. After several years in the fashion industry, Randi realized her true passion is working with children and is planning to go to graduate school for a master's in Early Childhood Education. This past summer, she was a head teacher at Park East's summer camp, and she loved every minute. Randi is extremely excited to join the Yaldaynu family!

Shoshi Horowitz

Red Door

Shoshi grew up in Suffern, New York and received her bachelor's degree in Music Therapy from Molloy College, where she worked with various populations, including schools for children with special needs and nursing homes. Shoshi has worked in several schools, including Kinneret Day School, My Little School in Tribeca, and Ansche Chesed's Hebrew School. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from Touro College. Shoshi hopes to infuse her loves of music into the classroom to create a warm, nurturing, and safe environment for the children. She is looking forward to her second year as a Red Door teacher!

Atara Friedman

Yellow Door

Atara grew up in Queens, NY, and completed her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Stern College for Women. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Hunter College. Atara has previously worked at Ben Porat Yosef and has spent her summers working for various Yachad summer programs. Last year, Atara was a Red Door teacher, and she is excited to be teaching Yellow Door this year. Atara hopes to share her love and enthusiasm of learning with the children at Yaldaynu!

Dara Levine

Yellow Door

Dara grew up in Long Island, New York and completed her bachelor's degree at the University of Arizona in Family Studies and Human Development. She has a master's degree in Early Childhood Education with an extension in Special Education from LIU Post. Dara has New York State certification in Early Childhood and Special Education with Early Intervention. Her past experiences include working with children with special needs, as well as working in Head Start. Dara is looking forward to a great year at Yaldaynu!

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