Mr. Michael Bast
When not teaching chess at BHJA, Bast is a medical malpractice attorney with offices on Court Street in Brooklyn.
Ms. Emily Hollander
Second Grade General Studies Teacher
Ms. Levannah Lebaz
Kindergarten & First Grade Music Teacher
Growing up in France, Levannah Lebaz started music and theater at the age of 6 years old at the conservatory of music of Nice. She pursued her music and theater path to New York at the New York film academy where she graduated last year.
In France, she worked along her musical studies in an ONG called ”Afev”. This ONG aim to help children and young people with academic or social difficulties. Levannah was giving drama and music classes to prevent young high school student from dropping out from school. She enjoyed her job in this ONG so much that she started giving singing lessons and took the decision to pursue her carrier in education.
She is looking forward to meet her new students and to be part of the “Brooklyn Heights Jewish Academy” family!
Mrs. Rivky Lehrer
First Grade Judaic Studies Teacher
Rabbi Yaakov Raskin
Third Grade Judaic Studies Teacher
Rabbi Raskin has earned his Rabbinical ordination at the Rabbinical college of America after earning a BA in Talmudic law degree Which was followed with a Masters in Talmudic law degree, awarded by the Central Lubavitch Yeshiva. Rabbi Raskin was awarded an advanced Rabbinical degree from the Machon Lrabbanus headed by the Rabbi Y. Ulman Sh’lita.
In addition to his responsibility as BHJA’s camp director, last year he was appointed an assistant educational director with responsibilities for BHJA’s day to day operations as well as for our long term planning.
Mrs. Robyn Rubenstein
Ms. Leah Sacks
Rotating Assistant Teacher
Mrs. Maya Salman
Second Grade Judiac Studies Teacher
Mrs. Salman graduated Yeshivah of Flatbsuh High School and got her BA in Education from Touro College. She started her teaching career working in Yeshivah Derech Hatorah in Brooklyn and has become Morah Maya who sees each student as her own and treats him/her as an individual. She strongly believes that teachers and parents must act as partners and it is their mutual responsibility to help develop and nurture the successes of all students.
Very much looking forward to join the BHJA family and for a successful and a fruitful year, Morah Maya.
Ms. Feigy Stern
First and Third Grade General Studies Teacher
She worked at Chai Tots in a Pre-K classroom in Irvine, California, where she was inspired to teach and work with children. Upon moving back to New York, she worked in a UPK classroom in Brooklyn, followed by a year of teaching in a Reggio-inspired preschool Of The Arts, located in Chelsea, New York. Faigy has devoted the last five years to pursue her passion working with children of all ages. She previously managed youth programs in Australia, Israel & the states.
We welcome her creativity, kindness, and warmth in the first and third grades. He goal is to help each student reach their full potential academically, emotionally, and socially.
Mr. Shevach Tamir
Gym and Music Instructor
During that time, he also developed a passion for psychology and therapy, and began studies in an undergraduate program while teaching sports to elementary-aged children.
In 2017, he graduated with a Master’s degree in Social Work and Counseling from Yeshiva University, and has almost a decade of experience in running sports programs. He currently runs several such programs in various Brooklyn schools, such as Lubavitcher Yeshiva Crown Street, Oholei Torah, and United Lubavitcher Yeshiva of Ocean Parkway.
His sports programs have caught the interest of parents, teachers, and children alike, as he has developed a one of a kind, unique program, utilizing therapeutic techniques for mainstream children. The success of his program is well-spread. Parents see that their children are advancing socially at a rapid rate, teachers recognize that their students have an enhanced level of focus, and the kids’ confidence and positive peer to peer interaction is on a whole new level due to the infectious, positive, and growth-oriented environment, during sports.