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 has been a member of the LYA team since 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.

E-mail: Rabbink@lya.org

 

 

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.

Heather Penn, Assistant Director of Education

Mrs. S..jpgHeather joined the LYA team in 2016. She received a B.A. in Elementary Education from UMass Amherst and Masters degree in Reading from Westfield State University.  Heather has taught in numerous public school settings, ranging from early childhood through high school. Heather was the Educational Director at Sinai Temple for 5 years before coming to LYA.  

  Early Childhood Department

 

Lilia Luzhanskiy , Early Childhood Director

lilia.jpgLilia Luzhanskiy 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 Luzanskiy holds a degree of Associate in Arts from Springfield Technical Community College.

 

Lori Smith, Early Childhood Teacher

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Lori has been a part of the LYA since 2006. She holds a Liberal Arts Degree with a focus on Early Childhood from Bay Path College and is a licensed Early Childhood Teacher through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

Stephanie Windyka, Early Childhood Teacher

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 College.

Click here to see Stephanie's Class in action.

Tatsiana Siarheyeva, Early Childhood Teacher

 

Yocheved Adelman, Early Childhood Judaic Teacher  


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.

Office Staff

Lynn Menard, Bookkeeper

Lynn.jpgLynn Menard joined the LYA team in October 2006. Lynn received certification in Accounting through the Business Administration Program at Springfield Technical Community College.

E-mail: lynn@lya.org

 

Esther Kosofsky, Assistant to Administration & Food Services Director

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Judaic Staff

Yocheved Adelman, K- First Grade Judaic and Third 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.

Rabbi Mendy Cohen, Second & Fifth Grade Judaic

Mendy.jpgRabbi Cohen joined the LYA team in 2008. He received a B.A. in Religious Studies from Central Yeshiva Tomchei Tmimim Lubavitz. Rabbi Cohen received the Harold Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education in 2010.

Rabbi Chaim Kosofsky, Zekelman Standard Coordinator/Outreach

Rabbi 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 Chumash and Talmud and is the coordinator the the YJP (Young Jewish Professionals) Program in W. MA.

 

Mrs. Mushkie Kosofsky, Fourth Grade Judaic

Mushkie.jpg Mushkie joined the LYA team in the summer of 2014. 

 

Rochel Leah Kosofsky, Kindergarten - First Grade and 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.

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

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.

Lane Futrell, Kindergarten-First and Third Grade Secular

Lane.jpgLane Futrell joined the LYA staff in the summer of 2015, is a graduate of Elms College staff with teaching license is in Early Childhood: Students with and without Disabilities, and is currently enrolled in the MAT program at Elms College. She has experience working in the Holyoke and Chicopee Public Schools and is well versed in special education laws and implementation of student IEPs, Ms. Futrell also has licensure as a Certified Occupational Therapist.

  Paulette Kofsky, Middle School Science

Paulette.jpg Paulette joined the LYA team in the winter of 2018. She has been a teacher of Sciences for a variety of organizations, including public school districts, private organizations, and community colleges. She began volunteering as an event coordinator and Judge for the State of New York Science Olympiads.  In between teaching, she has worked for in medical analysis laboratories as a cytogenetics technologist with University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY. and with Quest Diagnostics, Inc., Nichols Institute, in Chantilly, VA. 

Keri Siwicki, Fourth Grade Secular and Middle School Math

Keri.jpg Keri joined the LYA team in the fall of 2018.

 

Heather Penn , Second Grade Secular

Heather.jpgHeather joined the LYA team in 2016. She received a B.A. in Elementary Education from UMass Amherst and Masters degree in Reading from Westfield State University.  Heather has taught in numerous public school settings, ranging from early childhood through high school. Heather was the Educational Director at Sinai Temple for 5 years before coming to LYA.  

Stephanie Zolotor, Fifth Grade Secular

Stephanie 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.

Specialists

 

Rebecca Hatch, Physical Education

Rebecca.jpgRebecca became a member of the LYA team in 2013. She graduated Springfield College with a BS degree and certification for Physical Education K-12, and a national certification for Athletic Training. She has 20 years of experience working with both Elementary and High School students integrating physical education into each grade’s curriculum, maximizing every student’s individual potential for a lifetime of health and fitness. Before coming to LYA Rebecca taught physical education in Lexington , MA and the Grammar School.

Hagit Ben Naim, Kitchen Staff

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Melissa Winer, Kitchen Staff

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Mr. Barreto, Janitorial Staff

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