This year, Heichal launced a robust STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) department under the auspices of Dr. Joel Berman, who most recently chaired TABC’s science department. A former IDF officer, Dr. Berman received his PhD from Rutgers University in chemical physics and today is Heichal’s Assistant Principal of STEM, teaching numerous advanced courses in mathematics and physics and overseeing the math and science curricula and faculty for all grades in the yeshiva.
Under Dr. Berman’s guidance, Heichal now offers SAT 2 reviews for all math, biology, chemistry and physics courses as well as a new engineering elective, “An Introduction to Electrical Engineering—Programming Robotics.” He is responsible for a series of exciting upgrades to Heichal’s state-of-the-art STEM laboratory, including the installation of a 3D printer, tesla coil, vacuum chamber, optics bench and spectrophotometer.
Dr. Berman will also supervise Heichal students who will be entering Touro University’s annual Science Olympiad, the National Math League exams and the Jerusalem Science Contest, an international competition coordinated by the Machon Lev School of Technology in Israel.
Mrs. Campbell will be teaching Geometry and Algebra II. She earned a BS in Civil Engineering from Rutgers College of Engineering and an MS from Virginia Tech. During her time as a civil engineer, Mrs. Campbell engaged in site planning, landfill design, and geotechnical engineering for building design and construction projects in New York, New Jersey, and Georgia. Following her career in civil engineering, Mrs. Campbell switched to teaching over a decade ago, and earned an MA in teaching from New Jersey City University. Prior to joining Heichal, Mrs. Campbell taught middle school math at RYNJ, high school math at Hackensack High School, and Middle School Physical Science at Lewis F. Cole Middle School in Fort Lee. Mrs. Campbell wants her students to know that she loves planning lessons for them. She expects them to work hard in class because “math is fascinating, if you give it a chance.”
Stephen Comanto is a graduate of Lafayette College in Easton, PA where he studied economics and chemistry and was a four year varsity cross country and track runner. He continued his education at Rutgers University, earning a master’s degree in biology. After completing his studies, Mr. Comanto began his teaching career by teaching Algebra 2 and precalculus before moving into the sciences to teach chemistry, where he has remained for the past six years. Mr. Comanto is an avid New York sports fan and loves using his free time to travel the world.
Annie Divine has joined the Heichal administration as our School Operations Manager. She will be managing the school’s information system, coordinating communications and events for parents and faculty, as well as managing the main office and supporting the Heichal administration. Ms. Divine worked at TABC for 7 years as the Admissions and Communications Coordinator. She has a BA in Marketing and Communications from Pace University in New York.
Mr. Ehrenkranz will be teaching Humanities. After learning in Israel at Tiferet Yerushalayim (Shana Aleph) and Ateret Yerushalayim (Shana Bet), Mr. Ehrenkranz earned a BA from Pace University in English Literature and Corporate Communications, and a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) at Baruch College. Before embarking on his teaching career, Mr. Ehrenkranz was a U.S. Senate Aide to Senator Joseph Lieberman in Washington, DC. Following that, Mr. Ehrenkranz returned to New York, held elected office, and served as the State of Israel’s public relations executive to protect its U.S. image and tourism interests during the second intifada. He returned to Pace University to earn a Masters in the Science of Teaching (MST). Prior to joining Heichal, Mr. Ehrenkranz taught at JEC and Yeshivah of Flatbush. He is a certified volunteer firefighter as well as a guest lecturer on political affairs at Pace University. When he is not teaching, Mr. Ehrenkranz attends his students’ sporting events, reads in Central Park, tutors for SATs and ACTs, and travels.
Mrs. Esther Herzfeld begins her 38th year as a high school English teacher this year. Mrs. Herzfeld earned a B.A. in English and American Literature from N.Y.U., and an M.A. in English and American Literature from New York University as well. She is licensed to teach middle school through high school English. Prior to joining Heichal’s faculty, Mrs. Herzfeld taught English and was chair of the English department at both Yeshiva University H.S. for Girls and Ma’ayanot Yeshiva H.S. for Girls. Mrs. Herzfeld has taught all grades of high school as well as all academic levels, including Advanced Placement. In 1987, she was a recipient of the prestigious New York State Principal’s Master Teacher Award. Mrs. Herzfeld lives with her husband and four children in Teaneck.
Sarah Kesler, an experienced and trusted college guidance counselor, will be serving as our college guidance consultant to provide more robust guidance to our students as they look towards and plan for their college years. She will lead information sessions for seniors, juniors, sophomores and their families; meet with our seniors and their families to discuss their individual college plans and questions; provide a wealth of resources to all our families through the Heichal website, and serve as the primary source for all college application inquiries.
Rav Kronenberg learned in Yeshivat Sha’alvim as well as Yeshivas Ohr Hachaim. While in Ohr Hachaim, he attended Touro college, majoring in Judaic Studies. Rav Kronenberg taught Gemara at Yeshivat Noam, and worked for NCSY as a summer camp rebbe and chapter director. He is currently a member of the Fair Lawn Bais Medrash program, where he teaches and learns with members of the community. He lives in Fair Lawn, NJ with his wife and children.
A close talmid of Rav Meir Twersky, shlit”a, Rav Komet is known as one of the finest Talmeidei Chachamim to come out of the YU Beis Medrash. He also studied under the tutelage of Rav Hershel Schachter, shlit”a, and in the Kollel Elyon. Rav Komet received a B.A. in mathematics from Yeshiva College. He later became a Meishiv at the RJJ Yeshiva of Edison. Over the past two decades, Rav Komet developed a stellar reputation as a first-rate talmid chacham and a master mechaneich. After many years as the tenth grade Rebbe and pre-Calculus and Calculus teacher at Moshe Aharon Yeshiva High School, Rav Komet was appointed Menahel of MAYHS for three years. For the last several years he served as Segan Menahel of Shaarei Tzion in Piscataway, NJ. Rav Komet is respected for his sincere and warm personality, coupled with a sharp sense of humor, which enables him to form life-long relationships with his talmidim. Heichal is extremely blessed that Rav Komet decided to return to the classroom and serve as our tenth grade Rebbe and Honors Mathematics teacher. He live with his wife and children in Edison, NJ.
Mrs. Mazor will be teaching Algebra. Mrs. Mazor, who was born in Russia, studied mathematics and psychology at Moscow University where she also earned a master’s degree in the psychology of teaching mathematics. For the past five years, Mrs. Mazor has been teaching math enrichment at Yeshivat Noam. When she was a student herself, Mrs. Mazor used to volunteer with a performing arts group that traveled to orphanages around Moscow. Her hobbies include reading classic literature, learning Hebrew, knitting, and spending quality time with her children. Mrs. Mazor wants to make sure that her students know that she is really pleased to have an opportunity to work with them and that she is excited about the productive and fun year they will have together.
Mr. Mossaiov (pronounced Mo – Sigh – Ove) will be teaching Biology and Chemistry. Mr. Mossaiov studied Biology at Yeshiva University. Prior to joining Heichal, Mr. Mossaiov taught Chemistry, Physics, and Biology to college and graduate students at MCAT King, a private company. Mr. Mossaiov also volunteered for “Crisis Text Line”, a text-based guidance program for individuals facing life crises. Mr. Mossaiov wants his students to know that the classroom is a place to explore, question, and learn about science and the wonderful world that Hashem created.
Rabbi Mitchell Rocklin, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University’s James Madison Program. He is also a fellow at the Tikvah Fund and serves as a military reservist chaplain. Rabbi Rocklin was a congregational rabbi in Connecticut and taught History at CUNY’s Hunter College and was also a member of the Rabbinical Council of America’s Executive Committee. He has authored articles in several publications, including National Review Online, The Forward, and Mosaic. Rabbi Rocklin received his B.A. from Yeshiva University in History and Political Science, his rabbinical ordination at YU’s RIETS affiliate, and his M.Phil. and Ph.D. in US History from the CUNY Graduate Center.
Mr. Tauber has a varied background in English that has earned him recognition in the TV, print, and classroom arenas. After helping to launch the Writing Center at SUNY Rockland, Mr. Tauber pursued a career in sports journalism, becoming a sports editor for a local New York newspaper and the beat reporter for both the New York Knicks and the New York Rangers. For a brief period, he was selected to be a United States Ambassador to Israel. Mr. Tauber eventually left the newsroom for the classroom, where he has spent the past six years teaching English language arts in upper middle schools. He has also served as a curriculum director and athletic director.
Rav Aryeh Westreich is a graduate of Ner Yisroel in Baltimore, where he received a Master’s in Talmudic Law. Afterward, Rav Westreich entered the Katz Kollel of Yeshiva University, under the auspices of Rav Hershel Schachter, shlit”a, and later moved to the Israel Henry Beren Kollel Elyon. Rav Westreich was an Assistant Rebbe in YU’s Mazer Yeshiva Program and is also a candidate for an MBA at Loyola University, and an MA in Jewish Philosophy at Bernard Revel Graduate School. Rav Westreich lives with his family in Washington Heights.