Faculty

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Chaya Shlomovitz

Chia is the guidance counselor in YTA. She received her M.A. in counselling from Bar Ilan University. Chia made Aliya in 1981 from Far Rockaway, New York in 1981. Her family were one of the founders of Moshav Mattisyahu.

Yaffa Chay Ben Rachamim

Yaffa Chaya Ben-Rachamim has been teaching math at YTA for the past 8 years. She studied math education at Michlala Yerushalayim. Originally from Fair Lawn NJ, she came to Israel at age 18 for post-high school Midrasha, made aliyah shortly thereafter and has been here ever since.

Gitte Leibtag

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Haya Fierstein-Zohar

Haya Fierstein-Zohar was born in Chicago and made Aliya with her family when she was 10 years old. She has a BFA with honors from The Bezalel Art Academy and a Teaching Certificate in Art and Art History from The Hebrew University. She has been teaching Art at YTA since 2012. Haya is an active artist, who has exhibited her work in many exhibits and has curated several art exhibits.

Batya Jacobs

Batya studied History and Judaic Studies at Hebrew University and has a master's degree in Jewish Education. She began teaching Olim during her service in the Education Corps of the IDF and went on to produce educational programs in the Division of Torah Culture of the Ministry of Education. At YTA, Batya teaches History and Civics.

Michal Shira Abbo

Michal made Aliya from the U.S when she was a young child. At YTA Michal teaches Hebrew and Sifrut. Michal also teaches Ulpan in several Ulpanim and venues in Jerusalem.

Michal studied at Oranim teacher’s college and University of Leeds.  She has a teaching certificate in Arts and Education. Michal studied ESL and teaching Hebrew as a Second Language and has been teaching Ulpan for over two decades. Michal is very artistic and is also an alternative Medicine practitioner.

Rabby Mark Smilowitz

Rabbi Mark Smilowitz grew up in New Jersey and made Aliyah from Seattle with his family in 2005. He has been teaching Torah to high school students since 1997, and he joined the staff of YTA in 2011. Rabbi Smilowitz studied in Yeshivat Har Etzion for five years, and he holds three degrees from Yeshiva University: a B.A. with a major in mathematics, an M.A. in Jewish education, and rabbinic ordination. He also holds a master’s degree in teaching Jewish thought from Herzog College in Alon Shvut, and he is currently working on his doctoral degree in Hebrew University on the thought of Rabbi Soloveitchik. His podcast “Classroom Teaching” for Jewish educators can be found on the internet. In his spare time, Rabbi Smilowitz volunteers as a medical clown, and enjoys spending time with his wife Michelle and their children.

Tsipora Rakhovskaya

Tsipora Rakhovskaya has been a mathematics and computer science teacher at YTA since the school's inception in 2010. She has a B.A. from Stern College for Women, an M.A. from Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and an additional M.A. in Talmud from Bar Ilan University. She currently resides in Jerusalem with her husband and children.

Zahava Lerner Bitter

Zahava Lerner Bitter received her undergraduate degree from Stern College. She received a Master's degree in education from Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate school in Jewish education. She also studied Talmud and Halacha in Yeshiva University’s Graduate program in Advanced Talmudic studies. In 2008 she made Aliyah and lives in Alon Shevut with her husband and 5 children. Zahava teaches Toshba and English at YTA.

Dara Unterberg

Dara Unterberg grew up in New York and lived in Cleveland for 18 years, after which she and her family made aliya in 2012. Dara studied at Stern College for Women, the Drisha Institute in Manhattan and Midreshet Lindenbaum. She was a Jewish studies teacher as well as Tanach department chair at Fuchs Mizrachi school. Dara has been teaching Jewish Studies in YTA since 2012 as well as at Midreshet Harova.

Cypora Green:

Cypora is an MSW graduate student from Long Island University. She is working as a social worker intern at YTA. Cypora currently resides in Jerusalem with her husband and twin baby boys.

Aliza Wachsstock

Aliza Wachsstock joined YTA Girls Faculty this year. Aliza has a BS in Civil engineering from The Cooper Union and a MA in Teaching from Montclair State University. Aliza made Aliyah 3 years ago from New Jersey and has previously taught the Penn Foster program at Kol Hadassah. This year she teaches Math, Physical Sciences and Civics in the Penn Foster program, as well as prepare the 12th graders for the 4-point math bagrut and teaches the 10th grade 3-point students.

Malka Weinfeld

Malka is a shadow at YTA. She made Aliyah a year ago from Miami, Florida. Malka studied Special Education and received her Master's degree from Daemen College in New York. In her free time Malka enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, camping etc, as well as music and learning.