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Lisa  Aamodt, Limud Education Director  (516) 676-5080, ext. 105

Lisa Aamodt has been an experienced Jewish professional for over 16 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 1 through grade 12, including; Shalom Playgroup, TOT Shabbat, Mommy & Me, PJ Library, Kiki's Kids 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, a Master's Degree in Non Profit Management and is studying at Gratz College for a doctorate in Educational Leadership.  In 2014, she was the recipient of the prestigious Harold Grinspoon Excellence in Jewish Education Award and the New Caje5 Principles Certificate.  In 2019 she was awarded the Stars Under 40 Award on Long Island.

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.

Krystal Wheaton, Limud Assistant

Krystal Wheaton is a student at Adelphi University, majoring in Psychology and enrolled in the school’s Honors College. She has experience giving trumpet lessons, was a volunteer counselor at a science camp, and for 5 years she worked as a karate instructor for children ages 3-16. She holds her second degree black belt in Shotokan karate, and in her free time loves to play the trumpet, listen to music, and express herself in different creative outlets, whether it be arts, crafts, or writing. She strives to help children be the best they can be, and is excited to be a part of the CTI family.

Melissa Greico, Pre-K & K, TOT Shabbat & Shalom Playgroup

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.

Leslie Millrod, 3rd & 4th grade

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.

Dr. 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 7th Grade & Music

Cantor Gustavo 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).

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.

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.

Eitan Gitlin, Limud Journalist

My name is Eitan Gitlin and I recently graduated from Solomon Schechter School of Long Island.

Instead of going straight to college, I have decided to take a gap year program in Israel. The name of the program is “Nativ College Leadership Program.' I will be living and studying in Jerusalem as well as volunteering and working in the town of Tiberias.

CTI has done so much for me and my family that I decided I wanted to give something back to the community. Each month I will be making a call to Limud and the greater CTI community to talk about Israel. I will share my experiences showing Israel as the vibrant country that it is. 

Thank you and see you from Israel!

Gili Dvash, CTI's Shlicha 

Gili Dvash, 32, serves as the  Senior Shlicha  of the Jewish Agency to Long Island as the director of the Randie Walbaum Malinsky Center For Israel in Sid Jacobson JCC. 

Gili  was born and raised in Mitzpe Ramon of the Negev. After high-school she took a gap year and volunteered for a year of service in Holon with an international gap year program. 

Gili served in the army as the spokeswoman of the Edom Brigade representing many units in the army focusing on Karakal, women in combat positions and Intelligence units led by women. 

After the army Gili worked as a counseling coordinator in different youth movements in Israel and the Diaspora, as she believes social activism is a way of life and would like to pass the values on to children and youth.

Gili is part of several social initiatives regarding community building, social volunteering and Jewish identity and rituals.

Gili holds a BSW degree in Ben Gurion University, and an MBA of the Mandel Social Leadership Program. 

The Shlicha and 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.  

Mon, April 19 2021 7 Iyyar 5781