Rabbi David Edelman, Dean ob"m

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Rabbi Edelman was the leader of LYA since 1950. In addition to visiting people in the community, Rabbi Edelman visited the classroom sharing his life experiences with the students. He was truly an inspiration to us all. LYA is dedicated to continuing his mission since his passing in January 2015. May his memory be for a blessing.

 

Rabbi Noach Kosofsky, Director

Rabbi K.jpgRabbi Kosofsky became a member of the LYA team in 1984. Rabbi Kosofsky received a B.A. in Religious Studies from Rabbinical College of America and an M.A. in Religious Studies from United Lubavitcher Yeshiva in Brooklyn, NY. Under his leadership LYA continues to grow.

E-mail: [email protected]

 

Stephanie Zolotor, Director of Education

Mrs. Z.jpgStephanie joined the LYA team in 2010. She received a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from UMass Amherst and Masters degree in Education from Smith College. Stephanie is the 2012 recipient of the Harold Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. She is also the 2012 recipient of the National Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education.  

Stephanie and her husband Andy are  the proud parents of three daughters: Jami and twins Alex and Casey. Her family loves spending time together and playing with their two dogs Maisy and Brady.  Stephanie loves walking, reading and being with her parents in Florida. She also is part of the Kehillah committee in the Special Needs Department of the Springfield JCC.

E-mail: szolotor@LYA.org 

Stephanie Windyka, Assistant Director of Education

Stephanie W..jpgStephanie joined the LYA staff in the fall of 2013 after interning at LYA in the 2012-2013 school year. Stephanie joined the administrative team in summer of 2023. She holds a Bachelors Degree from Bay Path University.

I live in a quiet neighborhood in Palmer with my husband, two girls, and our two cats. We have a 3.5 year old and an almost 1 year old. In my free (and very rare) time, I love to curl up with a good book and read. 

email: [email protected]

Lilia Luzhanskiy , Early Childhood Director

lilia.jpgLilia joined the LYA team in August 2010. She received her degree in Early Childhood from Open University, Tel Aviv, Israel and the Levinsky College of Education, Tel Aviv, Israel. Lilia Luzhanskiy holds a degree of Associate in Arts from Springfield Technical Community College. 

Through my life, I lived in three different countries: Ukraine, Israel and US. I currently live in Longmeadow with my husband and two children. In my free time I enjoy reading, playing music, knitting and cooking

E-mail: lilia@LYA.org 

 

Esther Kosofsky,
Assistant to Administration & Food Services Director

Esther.jpg Esther became a member of the LYA team in 1984.

E-mail: [email protected]

Office Staff

Kerith Collins, Bookkeeper

Kerith joined the LYA team in 2023. 

E-mail: [email protected]

Leah Arroyo. Assistant bookkeeper

E-mail: [email protected]

Alex Zolotor, Early Childhood Teacher - Toddler Class

Alex joined the LYA team in 2023.  

 

Megan, Gregoire, Early Childhood Teacher Pre 3 Class

Megan joined the LYA team in 2022. She holds a Bachelors in Liberal Arts, Minor in Education from American International College. 

I grew up and still currently live in Ludlow, spending my free time with my friends, family and my dog! I enjoy playing outside with my dog, reading and playing word games!

 

email: [email protected]

Stephanie Windyka, Early Childhood Teacher Pre 4 Class

Stephanie W..jpgStephanie joined the LYA staff in the fall of 2013 after interning at LYA in the 2012-2013 school year. She holds a Bachelors Degree from Bay Path University.

 

I live in a quiet neighborhood in Palmer with my husband, two girls, and our two cats. We have a 3.5 year old and an almost 1 year old. In my free (and very rare) time, I love to curl up with a good book and read. 

email: [email protected]

Faigie Wolff, Early Childhood Judaic Teacher  

email: [email protected]

Judaic Staff

Yocheved Adelman, Kindergarten and First Grade Judaic

Yocheved.jpgYocheved has been a part of the LYA team since 1988. She received her Judaic teacher's certification from Bais Rivkah Teachers Seminary in New York, with an emphasis on Early Childhood and Elementary Education. In 1997, Yocheved was a recipient of the Harold Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. Yocheved lectures nationally on Jewish topics.

email: [email protected]

 

Rabbi Chaim Kosofsky, Zekelman Standard Coordinator/Outreach

Chaim.jpgRabbi C. Kosofsky has been a part of the LYA team since 1988. He received a B.A. from the Rabbinical College of America in New Jersey. He received his rabbinical ordination from United Lubavitcher Yeshiva, Brooklyn, NY. Rabbi C. Kosofsky is a 2001 recipient of the Harold Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. He received the 2007 Sidney Taylor Notable Book Award for Young Readers for his book Much, Much Better.

Rabbi Lavy Kosofsky, Middle School Judaic

Lavy.jpgRabbi Lavy Kosofsky joined the LYA team in the summer of 2014. He received rabbinical ordination from ULY, Brooklyn, NY. Rabbi Lavy teaches Talmud and is the coordinator the the YJP (Young Jewish Professionals) Program in W. MA and the Jewish Business Network.

email: [email protected]

Rochel Leah Kosofsky, Middle School Judaic

RL.jpgRochel Leah has been a part of the LYA team since 1988. She received her Judaic teacher's certification from Bais Rivkah Teachers Seminary in New York, with an emphasis on Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She was a recipient of the 1997 and 2008 Harold Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. Rochel Leah was a 2008 recipient of the National Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education.

email: [email protected]

Rabbi Raskin, Middle School Judaic

Rabbi Raskin joined the LYA team in 2023. 

email: [email protected]

 

 Mrs. Mushky Ostrozynski,Second and Fifth Grade Judaic

Mushky joined the LYA team in 2021. Mushky taught in Chicago at a Reggio Emilia preschool and at the Chicago Cheder.

email: [email protected]

Rabbi Aizik Schwei, Third Judaic

Rabbi Aizik Schwei joined the LYA team in 2021. He received rabbinical ordination from Rabbi Dovid Shochet, the president of the Toronto rabbinical council and has completed an advanced course in Contemporary Jewish Law. Rabbi Schwei began teaching in 2013. He teaches a college accredited online course to teens. Rabbi Schwei lives with his family in Norwich, Connecticut and is a Rabbi and Director of Chabad of Norwich and CTeen Eastern Connecticut. 

email: [email protected]

Rabbi Yakov Wolff, Adult Education and Outreach

Rabbi Wolff.jpgRabbi Wollf has been a part of the LYA team since 1996. He received his rabbinical ordination from United Lubavitcher Yeshiva, Brooklyn, NY. Rabbi Wolff is the 2002 recipient of the Harold Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. He is also the 2002 recipient of the National Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education.

 

Secular Studies Staff

Chris Bailey, First & Fifth Grade Secular

Chris.jpgChris joined the LYA team in 2020. He holds  a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and American Studies from Springfield College. This is his seventh year teaching, having taught both fourth and fifth grade previously. 

I currently live in Agawam with my puppy, Cupcake. I really enjoy playing and listening to music, reading and writing, photography, and have been recently learning how to paint. It is a pleasure to teach at LYA, and I'm looking forward to the many learning adventures ahead!

email: [email protected]

  Middle School Math and Science

 

 

 Lane Futrell, Kindergarten and Second Grade Secular

Lane.jpgLane Futrell joined the LYA staff in the summer of 2015. Mrs. Futrell received her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts, and holds an educator's license in Early Childhood: Students with and without Disabilities. With her background in school-based occupational therapy, she is well versed in special education laws and implementation of student IEP's.

email: [email protected]

Rosaleen Lewis, Middle School Language Arts & History, and School Media Specialist

Rosaleen.jpgRosaleen Lewis joined the LYA team in 2011. She received her B.S. from Springfield College in History/Education and is pursuing her Masters degree in Library Science at Simmons College. Ms. Lewis also completed course work in Conflict Transformation. Rosaleen was the proud recipient of an award for Excellence in  teaching from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation in 2019.

I was born in Newfoundland, Canada and moved to the U.S. as a teenager. In my free time I enjoy travelling both near and far. 

email: [email protected]

Keri Siwicki, Third & Fourth Grade Secular

Keri.jpgKeri joined the LYA team in the fall of 2018. She received her BS and MEd from Westfield State University .  Keri began working in the Chicopee Public School system in 2011.

I began my career as an educator in 2011 as a Paraprofessional in Chicopee,  after working for twenty years in Human Resource.

 email: [email protected]

Specialists

Samantha Owen, PE Instructor

 

Pamela Kalman, Art Specialist

 

 

Yocheved Gesin, Kitchen Staff