Limud Education Director
Lisa Aamodt, MorahLisaA@gmail.com
(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.
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,
Morah Oam, 1st & 2nd grades
Pamela Smoller is a student at Stony Brook University where she is studying to become a biomedical engineer. Pamela has worked as a teaching assistant at a developmental preschool and has been a private tutor for middle and high school students for 3 years. She loves working in the education field, especially with younger children and she cannot wait to become a Jewish educator. She graduated from Newfield High School in 2016. Pamela is the oldest of three siblings. Pamela has been a member of Temple Beth Emeth of Mount Sinai, NY for the past 15 years. In her free time she plays ukelele, reads, and watches movies.
Leslie Millrod, 3rd & 4th grades
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.
Rabbi Josh Alpert, 5th grade
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, 6th grade
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.
Cantor Gustavo Gitlin, 7th Grade
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).
Maya Ben Yaacov, Shin Shinit-
Maya Ben Yaacov, 18 years old, was born and raised in Ramat Ef'al, a small community near Tel Aviv. Her mother's name is Bat Sheva and her father's name is Avi. Maya has two brothers, Yotam (25) and Itay (21), both soldiers in the IDF. She studied at "Blich" High School and majored in physics. At age nine, she moved to Bangkok, Thailand with her family because of her father's job. In Thailand for four years, Maya studied at the International School of Bangkok. While there, she participated in various sports, including volleyball, basketball and swimming. Today she still enjoys playing sports; it makes her happy. Upon returning to Israel, she joined the Tzofim (the Israeli scouts). Maya has been a 7th grade counselor, 6th grade troop leader and a young coordinator in her shevet. This year, she is a “ShinShinit” in the Long Island community, volunteering at various congregations, including CTI.
Rory Sullivan, Music Specialist
Rory Michelle Sullivan is a singer-songwriter, composer, songleader and Jewish educator, who loves singing -- especially when everyone sings along. She feels blessed to have taught at CTI Limud in the spring of 2016, and is grateful to the CTI community for hosting and collaborating with her on a special debut concert of her third studio album --The God Album. Rory holds a Masters in Arts in Education from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education, and a Certificate of Jewish Learning from the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. She believes that "following the fun" is a viable way to determine what one is meant to do in life.
Linda Antico, Mommy & Me And PJ Library
Gail Stamler, 4 & 5 Year Olds
Victoria Eller, 6th Grade
Rory Sullivan, Music & Drum Circle Shabbat
D'vora Cohen-Kenyan, Hebrew Through Movement & Hebrew
Rabbi Simcha Raphael, Jewish Renewal