Leadership Team

Rav Shalom Kamenetzky shlit"a, Moreh Derech

The Cheder and Bais Yaakov are privileged to receive regular guidance of Rav Sholom Kamenetsky shlit"a, our Moreh Derch, Rav Sholom Kamenetsky serves as a Rosh Yeshiva in the Talmudical Yeshiva of Philadelphia, and is consulted by Rabbonim and Mechanchim around the country. The Rosh Yeshiva's daas Torah, practical advice and warm chizuk are the guiding light for our programs and guidelines.

Rabbi Yosef Seldowitz, Menahel

Rabbi Seldowitz's educational expertise is matched only by his warmth and devotion to our students. Having learned extensively in kollel and in Yeshivas Mir (Brooklyn), he also completed a Master's degree in Education and comprehensive training in kriya and kesiva instruction and remediation. Prior to his position as menahel, he was a beloved 5th grade rebbe.

Rabbi Yitzchak Kagan, Administrator 

Rabbi Kagan has been our faithful and dedicated administrator since 2011, previously working in educational administration in Eretz Yisroel. A Monsey native, he went on to learn in Yeshivas Bais Yisroel, Yeshivas Mir and under Rav Yitzchak Berkowitz. He expertly coordinated our operations and finances and is a tremendous asset to our daily activities.

Mrs. Rivkie Teitz , Bais Yaakov Menaheles

Our dynamic new Bais Yaakov director, Mrs. Rivkie Teitz brings twenty years of expertise in chinuch habanos to the Clifton Cheder.  Exuding warmth and patience, she devoted two decades to her fortunate second grade students and, for almost fifteen years, served as a popular program director for Camp Bnoseinu.  Mrs. Teitz mentors other educators through her teacher training and coaching, and she has developed innovative middos, shmiras halashon, and other extracurricular programs in schools and camps alike.  Her passion and love for children are evident in her success, and we are thrilled to have her on board.

Mrs. Melissa Levit, Early Childhood Director

Mrs. Levit is excited to share her passion for education as our Early Childhood Director. She received her BS in Psychology from Brooklyn College and has worked as a Limudei Kodesh/Kindergarten teacher at JKHA in Livingston.  Mrs. Levit was thrilled to join the Cheder in 2016, and our youngest students are the fortunate beneficiaries of her more than two decades of experience working with preschool children. 

Mrs. Rina Gilden, General Studies Principal, Younger Divisions

Lower grades General Studies principal, Mrs. Rina Gilden hails originally from Northern California and has over 15 years of classroom teaching experience in nearly all grades. Mrs. Gilden graduated from Stern College, and has a M.Ed. in regular and special education.  She has served as a remedial instructor and college professor, having taught courses in behavior management, math methodology, ESL,  and early childhood education.  Mrs. Gilden is a renowned teacher mentor, coaching teachers in a variety of different schools. The Cheder family is very glad that she brings her positive demeanor and educational professionalism to our team.

Rabbi Yaacov Shalom, General Studies Principal, Older Division

Upper grades General Studies principal, Rabbi Yaacov Shalom spent his formative years in Houston, TX and Yerushalayim עיר הקדש. Following years of study at Kfar Chassidim and Mir Yerushalayim, Rabbi Shalom attended Ner L’Elef Institute, specializing in Chinuch, Kiruv and teacher training.  Previously, Rabbi Shalom successfully served as the General Studies Principal of Mesivta Ohr Yisroel in Brooklyn and completed Torah Umesorah’s two-year Principal Elite Training Course in educational leadership.  His focused, friendly, and down to earth demeanor make him a perfect fit for guiding Junior High School boys in their afternoon educational pursuits.

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