Mr. Harvey Feldman, High School Principal

Mr. Feldman has had extensive experience in both the Public School sector and the Yeshiva World. Mr. Feldman comes to YDE after completing more than 35 years of experience in the field of education as teacher and administrator. He possesses a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision and a second Master’s Degree in Education for Secondary School Social Studies. In addition to permanent NYS certification in secondary school Social Studies grades 7 through 12, he is also licensed in Language Arts. He has taught all aspects of the Social Studies curriculum on multiple grade levels. Before coming to YDE, Mr. Feldman served for many years as Principal of General Studies at the Hebrew Academy of Long Beach, Davis-Renov- Stahler, Yeshiva High School for Boys (DRS). At DRS, he was responsible for initiating many new and innovative programs.

During his nine year tenure at HAFTR, the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and the Rockaways, he initiated and was advisor to numerous extracurricular clubs and activities such as the Model Congress Program and the National Current Events League. Mr. Feldman also served as Assistant Principal in charge of general studies at Yeshiva Tiferes Torah (YTT) in Staten Island. He has traveled with groups of students to such Universities as Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Cornell and the University of Pennsylvania to participate in academic competitions. He has written award-winning innovative classroom programs for both the United States Bicentennial on the Constitution and the New York City Impact II Program that were widely acclaimed and distributed.

Mr. Feldman has also been active in Jewish communal life having served as a member of the Executive Board of the Jewish Foundation School and President of Congregation Sha’arei Simcha in Staten Island. His primary focus has been to improve the quality of classroom instruction while meeting the academic needs for all students.

Mr. Feldman is confident in realizing his goal to create in YDE a school of recognized excellence in both Judaic and secular studies.

Dr. Yitzchak Goldberg PhD, High School Associate Principal

Dr. Goldberg comes to our school with extensive educational leadership and experience in curriculum development, teacher development, special education, and social emotional development. He is known as an innovative educator who has developed cutting edge curriculum along with meaningful student programming to provide students with an enriching and stimulating education.
As principal of the middle school at Yeshiva Darchei Torah, Dr. Goldberg incorporated a number of Project-Based Learning initiatives with a focus on technology and public student presentations. He has been recognized for creative and educationally meaningful programming which gives students opportunities to learn academic skills and present their work in a public forum utilizing creativity and technology.
Dr. Goldberg has set a high standard for students and teachers alike, and is known for creating a genuinely positive school environment with a balanced approach of accountability and warmth. In addition to acquiring a PhD. in psychology Dr. Goldberg has designed parenting programs to provide parents with researched based approaches in order to help educate their children. He participated in a group called DSCN and applied the Design Thinking approach to develop creative solutions to challenges faced by schools. As part of DSCN, he developed protocols for implementing solutions. Dr. Goldberg recently developed a protocol for school faculty and parents to co-design curriculum and school activities. This built a stronger relationship between school and parents and infused a tremendous sense of collaboration on all levels.
Dr. Goldberg has also made  some significant contributions in the field of psychology. For the past eight years, he served as the Director of the Diamond Summer Program, an intensive behavior modification summer treatment program for boys diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This program has been attended by thousands of children from all across the United States and is well known as an incredibly effective intervention for boys with behavioral disorders.
In his brief time in YDE, Dr. Goldberg has already introduced a number of new educational initiatives including a seminar in design thinking, a student research project about 9-11 and speakers on a variety of educational topics.

Rabbi Jonathan Muskat, Esq. High School Assistant Principal

Rabbi Jonathan Muskat, Esq., comes to YDE with an impressive academic background, together with many years of educational, administrative and leadership experience.  Rabbi Muskat received a Bachelor’s degree in Speech & Drama, a Master’s Degree in Medieval Jewish History and Rabbinical Ordination from Yeshiva University.  Rabbi Muskat then attended and received his J.D. from the New York University School of Law, which was one of the top five law schools in the country.  During this time, he was the youth director of the Young Israel of Great Neck, where he coordinated weekly educational and recreational activities for over 250 children and where he worked with over 50 high school students in developing their leadership skills as Shabbat morning youth leaders.  He then practiced corporate law at the prestigious international law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, for five years.

Rabbi Muskat then transitioned his career to the field of education, as he began teaching. For over ten years, Rabbi Muskat taught high school students at Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls, HAFTR and Rambam Mesivta.  As an educator, he built strong relationships with his students both inside and outside the classroom, including numerous class Shabbatonim in his community throughout the year.  Additionally, Rabbi Muskat was in constant contact with their parents about their children’s progress.  Rabbi Muskat had high expectations for his students and he was able to motivate them to meet those expectations.

Since he started working at YDE, Rabbi Muskat has been heavily involved in the day-to-day operations of YDE as they relate to students and faculty, as a whole.  Thus far, his roles have included:  coordinating AP tests and the SAT prep course in conjunction with Mrs. Hefter, our college guidance counselor; observing teachers in the classroom and meeting with department chairs in order to ensure that the curriculum is being taught and educational goals are constantly being met; implementing and supervising the class attendance system for the school; implementing and supervising the procedure to assign existing staff to cover classes of absent teachers on a rotating basis; interfacing with the Director of Athletics; and publishing a weekly YDE newsletter which broadcasts the religious, academic, and extracurricular highlights of our school to the parent body on a regular basis.

Mrs. Rivka Dahan, Girls Elementary School Principal

Mrs. Rivkah Dahan comes to YDE with over 25 years of experience in educational leadership. She has a Master’s Degree in Special & Mainstream Education from the City University of NY and a B.A. in Psychology. Previously she was Director of Education and Mentor for Hidden Sparks and trained principals and teachers at schools across the country. She was the founding director of Torah Umesorah’s Educational Resource Center serving teachers and principals nation-wide, a mentor for the Jewish New Teacher Project as well as Director of the Teacher Center of the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland. She has also held positions at Soille Bais Yaakov High School/Seminary, Yeshiva of Central Queens, Maalot Seminary and Manhattan Day School.

Mrs. Dahan is the co-author of Creating a Learning Environment: The Ultimate Jewish Teacher’s Handbook, and is a nationally recognized presenter and teacher and parent educator. In addition to Hebrew and English, she is fluent in Arabic, Spanish and Sign Language.

Mrs. Jackie Bitton, Girls Elementary School Dean of Students

We are privileged to have Mrs. Jackie Bitton as part of our YDE family. She is well known in our community for her charisma and love of people. She has been involved in education on many levels and is a renowned public speaker. Mrs. Bitton addresses our children about the challenges they face in and out of school. She takes interest in all of their needs: emotional, social and educational. Mrs. Bitton is concerned about building the children’s self-esteem and confidence. She gives each child special attention.

Rabbi Alex Miller, Boys Elementary School Menahel

We are truly blessed to have Rabbi Miller in our Yeshiva. His personality resonates in the halls of our Yeshiva and the happy faces of the students are a testament to the warmth, love and care he gives each one of them. He’s an experienced educator who used multisensory methods and differentiated instruction to teach a variety of grade levels. He brings his superb instructional skills into each classroom as he guides the rabbis in preparing lessons and reaching each boy.

Rabbi Miller received a scholarship to take part in the prestigious Yesod Maalah national fellowship for menahalim worldwide. He has recently graduated from this prominent program and brings a unique enthusiasm for establishing high level policies and procedures for running a school. Rabbi Miller is a true leader who strives for excellence in all areas as he leads our children on their journey of growth.

Mrs. Raisy Lieberman, Boys Elementary School Principal

Mrs. Lieberman brings to YDE her extensive experience in the field of education, and her commitment to excellence within a dynamic and warm school environment. Her success in her previous positions, and her talents and skills, will serve to enrich the education of our students. Her forward-looking approach and her focus on the academic success and personal growth of her students will be very valuable as YDE continues its growth and dedication to its students and our community.

Mrs. Lieberman has worked with the entire gamut of students, from those who require special services to the academically ambitious. She has over fifteen years of hands-on teaching experience of all ages and learning levels combined with administrative experience. Additionally, she supervises and mentors student teachers from Long Island University, The College of New Rochelle, and Daemon College. Furthermore, she teaches college courses at The New Seminary, which is an affiliate of Adelphi University. She is a highly qualified educator with an outstanding record of success in all her endeavors.

Mrs. Lieberman earned her Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master of Science Degree in Education from Adelphi University as well as a second Master of Science in School Building Leadership and Administration (SBL) from St John’s University.

Mr. Jonathan Albala, Boys Middle School Associate Principal

Mr. Albala comes to YDE with a wide range of experience in the public school sector, as well as in private schools. He joins YDE after completing over 17 years in the field of education, both as a teacher and as an administrator. Most recently, Mr. Albala has held the position of Principal of General Studies at Mercaz HaTorah Yeshiva of Belle Harbor.

As an administrator, Mr. Albala has been involved in initiating and implementing many new and innovative programs. He has been closely involved in curriculum writing and rubric development reflecting the Common Core learning standards. Mr. Albala was also directly involved in individualizing curriculum tasks to reflect the specific needs of every student.

Mrs. Rachel Elbaum, Boys Elementary School Director of Student Achievement

At her new position as Director of Student Achievement, Mrs. Elbaum will oversee the academic progress of all students in need of academic assistance as well as gifted students seeking enrichment. Mrs. Elbaum will be working directly under our Secular Studies principal, Mrs. Raisy Lieberman, and our Associate principal of middle school, Mr. Jonathan Albala, to jointly guide teachers on improving classroom instruction and curriculum implementation to best reach every student.

Mrs. Elbaum has been an instrumental part of YDE’s development since its inception, and has been serving as the Judaic studies curriculum director. She has established an exemplary curriculum and has been supervising and implementing the curriculum, enabling our students to achieve academic excellence. Her teacher training and coaching empowers teachers to be successful in reaching every student in the classroom. Mrs. Elbaum’s care, warmth and understanding of differentiated instruction methods ensure that each child can reach their utmost potential.

In her many years in the education field, Mrs. Elbaum has successfully taught all aspects of the curriculum across many grade levels. Her impressive academic background has ensured that she is up to date on the latest research and educational methods. She possesses two masters degrees in education and school building leadership and is also a New York State certified school leader. She also holds a second Master of Science in Education and Literacy. She is trained to teach reading based on the Slingerland and Orton-Gillingham multi-sensory approaches and She has worked as a reading specialist for many years.

Mrs. Sophia Dabbah, Early Childhood Coordinator

We are very proud to have the Mrs. Sophia Dabbah preschool as part of the YDE family. For over 20 years Mrs. Dabbah’s program has been educating the community’s young children in an atmosphere of warmth and care, infusing in them an excitement and joy for learning.

Mrs. Dabbah’s approach to children’s education is to maximize every opportunity of the day to teach the children in a positive, loving way, while building close relationships with the children and parents.

We look forward to a very exciting year!