Limud Education Director
Lisa Aamodt, [email protected]
(516) 676-5080, ext. 105
Lisa Aamodt has been an experienced Jewish professional for over 14 years and joined the CTI family in 2015. As Limud's Education Director, she is a progressive leader and role model for our children. Her research in determining the new curriculum for our students, is testimony to her dedication. In addition to Limud, she is also in charge of a vast array of programs for our youth from the age 4 through grade 12, including; Mommy & Me, PJ Library, our 4 & 5 year old program, Teen/USY program and Limud High.
Through Torah study, Lisa strives to instill in our children positive moral character and the importance of being good citizens of the world. Through Jewish education, she strives to provide the building blocks for children and young adults to build their own Jewish identity.
Lisa leads youth and family services and programs, and runs Rosh Chodesh "It's a girl thing," which teaches middle school through high school girls about Judaism and self-awareness. Lisa has also led various workshops, including "Making Junior Congregation come Alive at your Synagogue," at the New Caje2 Conference (2012), and "PJ Library Program, Marketing and Outreach" at the PJ Library Conference (2013).
Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management of Technology and is studying for a Master's Degree in Elementary Education and Administration. In 2014, she was the recipient of the prestigious Harold Grinspoon Excellence in Jewish Education Award and the New Caje5 Principles Certificate.
Chad Altman, VP, Education
Chad Altman was born in Roslyn and is married to Lauren, his high school sweetheart. They have two boys, Madden and Jamie. Both boys attend North Shore Schools and CTI’s Limud Hebrew School. Chad has worked in the NYC Department of Education since 2003 and is currently a Principal in Manhasset Public Schools. As a child, he attended Temple Sinai in Roslyn and kept active with the Temple while in High School. When not working, Chad enjoys skiing, tennis, traveling and grilling his favorite foods. Most importantly, Chad values his time with friends and family.
Fredda Klopfer, Education Director, Emeritus
Fredda Klopfer spent 30 years as a special educator and elementary principal in the North Shore Schools. For seven years, Fredda volunteered to lead Limud as the principal and helped to grow the school to its present size. In addition, she has networked with the Jewish Education Project -- an organization dedicated to creating innovative religious schools -- where she guided the facilitation of a network called New Models for Small Schools. The interaction with this organization helped provide the framework for creating a school that has been cited for its creative approach to Jewish education. Fredda was honored by METNYS for her work at CTI. In addition to being the “bubbie” of the school.
Sydney Morris, Limud Assistant
Sydney Morris is an active member of the CTI and was a Limud student from the time he was very young. In 2016, he co-founded and served as the first co-president of CTI’s Kiki’s Kids USY Chapter Teen Program. Currently a student at American University in Washington, DC, he studies political science and computer science. At university, he founded the American University chapter of the advocacy club, Democracy Matters, and serves as the Fundraising and Finance Chair for the School of Public Affairs Leadership Program. He also worked as an intern at the American University Center for Israel Studies, organizing and promoting academic events focusing on the study of Israel. In his free time, Sydney is an avid reader of American history and volunteers for political organizations and causes. He is currently taking a semester off from school.
Dvora Cohen-Keynan, Hebrew Through Movement Specialist
Dvora Cohen-Keynan, who moved to the United States from Israel 20 years ago, has long been active in the field of education, and has always had her hand in Hebrew Language Education, Judaic Studies and Cultural Enrichment. She is fluent in Hebrew, English and French. A graduate of the Zinman College of Physical Education & Sports Sciences of the Wingate Institute in Israel, she is a certified physical education teacher for grades K-12. In Israel, she started by teaching Hebrew to new immigrants in the public school system. As a lieutenant in the IDF (Israel Defense Force), Dvora headed a specialized education unit, teaching combat soldiers “Ahavt Israel” (Love of Israel) by providing exciting hands-on tour experiences all over the country. Dvora is well known to various Jewish institutions on Long Island, always finding interesting ways to engage students in the learning process. Dvora resides in Northport with her husband, Ofer, their two beautiful children, Almog and Orri, and their cute dog, Shanti.
Melissa Greico, Pre-K & K
Melissa Greico attended Alephi University and double-majored in psychology and sociology. She also studied school psychology and interned in various settings, working on social skills with elementary school students with autism. She has exdperience as a nanny, has taught nursery school and has worked in an after-school program across all levels. Currently, she is also teaching the Friday-morning CTI Shalom Playgroup for 2-4 year olds, learning Hebrew and doing arts and crafts for CTI's Tot Shabbat program. In addition to having a passion for children, animals and helping others, Melissa enjoys participating in all aspects of Jewish culture.
Janae Pryor, 1st & 2nd grades
Janae Pryor is a Special Education teacher, who teaches high school English. A student of Hebrew and the Talmud, Janae lives in Bayville where has a small flower garden and a collection of guitars. She enjoys cooking, watching live music, traveling and reading. She hopes to learn to swim and to speak two languages.
Leslie Millrod, following a long and fulfilling career as a children's librarian in a public library -- is fulfilling one of her life long dreams....becoming a Jewish Educator. This is her second year teaching in a Hebrew school and her first year at Limud. She's excited to be making her first visit to Israel in February, and in May 2017 she will be called to the Torah along with her fellow students in an adult B'nai Mitzvah class.
Leslie has been married to her husband, Jack, for 37 years; they have two amazing sons, Josh and Noah, and a beautiful daughter-in-law, Caitlyn. Leslie lives in Coram and has been a member of Temple Beth Emeth of Mount Sinai, NY, for the past 28 years. In her free time she quilts, reads, plays board games and watches old movies.
Hannah B. Taustine, 3rd & 4th grades, Hebrew Enrichment & Teen Programming
Hannah B. Taustine is a student at CUNY-LaGuardia, majoring in English Literature and Secondary Education. She has assisted in Hebrew school classes for five years, has held positions of increasing responsibility in summer recreation and camp programs, and has been a karate teacher and homework tutor for several years. She holds a black belt in Kenpo karate and is an avid reader, artist and writer. Hannah has a younger brother and two dynamic rescue poodles. She is very passionate about teaching and Hebrew, and is excited about bringing life and joy to Jewish learning.
Rabbi Josh Alpert, 5th & 6th grades (Thursdays)
Rabbi Josh Alpert has been completely immersed in both Judaism and music since he was a young child. As a young boy he would come home from school, put a towel over his shoulders and "play" Rabbi. At age five, he received his first guitar and was composing songs by the time he was 10. His dream was to incorporate both the teachings and values of Torah and great eclectic music from his many musical tastes. Rabbi Alpert graduated with a B.F.A. in Music Education and Performance from L.I.U. Post, School of Music. At the same time, he attended Yeshivat Torah Mitzion, in Merrick, NY. Rabbi Alpert received Rabbinical Ordination in 2008 from Yeshiva Zichron Akivah, in Woodmere NY. In 2005, he and his friend, Rabbi Michael Wagner, started the Jewish Rock band, "White Shabbos." At that time, he decided to use his talents to inspire Jewish youth worldwide. Teaching Torah through song, drama and even dance parties, Rabbi Alpert hopes to light the spark inside every Jew that brings them close to their beautiful, ancient heritage and its special values.
Adam Katz, 5th & 6th grades (Sundays)
Adam Katz was raised in Great Neck and went to Columbia College. He has many hobbies -- reading, writing, knitting, drawing, playing piano, singing and, of course, spending time with his three brothers. Adam currently teaches full time in the English Department at Stony Brook University, leads High Holiday Day services at Stony Brook Hillel and, of course, loves devoting his Sunday mornings to his beloved students at CTI.
Gabriella (Gaby) Brichta, Limud High/Kiki's Kids
Gabriella Brichta, who prefers to be called Gaby, graduated from SUNY Binghamton with a degree in psychology. Passionate about Israel and the country's rich culture, she loves sharing her knowledge. As a volunteer for over five years at the Temple Beth Shalom Hebrew School in Roslyn, she taught students to read an speak Hebrew. Gaby enjoys spending time with friends and family, as well as a variety of athletic activities, including kickboxing. She is grateful for the opportunity to work at CTI's teens.
Cantor Gustavo Gitlin and his family moved to Glen Cove from Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2003. He comes from a family of musicians -- his grandfather was a cantor -- and his mother always encouraged him to use his voice and smile as a way into people’s hearts. Cantor Gustavo attended cantorial school at Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano in Buenos Aires. Inspired by the vision of Rabbi Marshal Meyer (Z’L), he is dedicated to bringing people together by building relationships with his charitable soul and warm heart, one person at a time. His rich voice carries profound Jewish melodies and prayers to the deepest corners of people’s spirits. His dedication to the North Shore Sheltering Program and visiting the sick (Bikkur Cholim) has helped CTI develop a robust reputation as a congregation with a strong social action tradition of healing the world (Tikkun Olam).
Axelle LaBaw, Limud Journalist
Axelle LaBaw is a Glen Cove High School student, whose love of writing she has carried with her for her whole life. At CTI, she adores writing her weekly articles to bring the education from within Limud's classrooms to all CTI members. She is a devoted student who, in her free time, is a scrabble and crossword aficionado, passionate tennis player, avid cellist and lover of all dogs - especially her own.
Amy Feldman, Special Education Coordinator/Classroom Aid
Amy Feldman, MS.Ed., a special education specialist, is a school counselor and theater teacher, choreographer and director. She has a strong background in working with students with disabilities and special needs. At CTI, she supports students, families and teachers with best practices, resources and strategies for individualized student success. Amy enjoys listening to music, writing, live theater and specding quality time with the people in her life.
Gaya Hayam, CTI's Shin Shin 2019-2020
Gaya Hayam, a member of Israel's Shinshinim Young Ambassadors Program, is part of CTI's Limud program this year. She studied compuer science and history in high school in Israel. She volunteers for Macabi Tsair, an Israeli youth movement, with her chapter the largest in the country. After guiding for two years, she coordinated sixth graders, and in her senior year became a guiding coordinator. Gaya enjoys hanging out with friends and family, traveling and sports. She was a competitive tennis player in Israel for eight years.
The Shinshinim Young Ambassadors Program brings recent high school graduates from Israel to American Jewish. Young, fun, engaging representatives of Israel, the Shinshinim are here to bring Israel into our lives through programs, activities, and lectures to people of all ages — anyone from preschoolers, to Hebrew School and day school students, to adults, and to the elderly. They provide a glimpse into what it means to grow up in Israel by teaching about youth movements, current events, Israeli music, Hebrew slang, shared society, how the Shinshinim’s friends and families celebrate the holidays, and much more.