Rabbi Netanel Gralla
Head of School
Rabbi Gralla is well regarded in the broader Jewish educational community for his strong leadership, extraordinary vision, and warm connection with students and parents alike. Rabbi Gralla brings over 20 years of experience in Jewish Education to JFS. He was the founding Head of School in Yeshivat He'Atid where he designed an innovative education model, trained and supported his teachers to facilitate the students learning experience in a creative and engaging manner. Rabbi Gralla also served as Director of Special Services at Davis Renov Stahler Yeshiva High School for Boys (DRS) in Woodmere, NY. During his nine years at DRS, he has worked hands-on with students while also developing interactive and engaging curricula, as well as mentoring teachers on the best strategies to use when working with students with learning disabilities. Rabbi Gralla brings to JFS technological savvy and a deep understanding of how each individual student learns best, along with the heart, soul, and personal touch that is so critical to a 21st Century School.
Mrs. Mashie Kopelowitz
Judaic Studies Coordinator
Morah Mashie is a veteran teacher with over 35 years of experience teaching elementary and middle school Judaic Studies in Israel and the US. She has taught Judaic Studies, Hebrew Language and Jewish History at Maimonides School in Brookline, MA, at Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County and Yeshivat Heatid. She studied Special Education, Psychology and Judaic Studies at Bar Ilan University and Matan in Raanana, Israel. Morah Mashie is a trained teacher mentor and teacher leader, certified Israel Educator and Shoah Educator. Over her extensive time as an educator, Morah Mashie has run teacher training workshops in the field of Judaic Studies, Hebrew language and Israel Education for formal and informal Jewish Studies educators. Her administrative experience is in the areas of both Jewish Day School education and Jewish camping.
Mrs. Jane Stanger
Assistant Principal General Studies
Mrs. Stanger is a veteran teacher and administrator with over 29 years of experience teaching pre-school, elementary, middle and high school, as well as fulfilling various administrative roles. After graduating from Boston University where she earned her Bachelor's degree, Mrs. Kovel taught elementary secular studies, as well as middle and high school English Language Arts at the South Bend Hebrew Day School of South Bend, Indiana, Politz Hebrew Academy of Philadelphia, Ateres Bais Yaakov and Yeshiva Darchei Noam of Monsey, as well as being the Assistant Principal at Yeshiva of Spring Valley, Spring Valley, NY.
Mrs. Ruth Garber
Head of Math Department
Ruth Garber joined our staff in September of 2008 after nearly 10 years of service at P.S. 315 in Brooklyn. Before joining JFS, Mrs. Garber was the math and science staff developer and coordinator in the public school. Mrs. Garber earned a Bachelors in Education and a Masters in Math Education through Brooklyn College. Since coming to JFS, she has taught 4th grade general studies, as well as math to grades 6-8. She is also currently the head of the math department where she oversees all of the math curriculum in grades K-8. Mrs. Garber is not only a JFS faculty member, she is also a JFS parent. Two of her own children are JFS graduates while her two younger children are current JFS students.
Mrs. Nechama Stern
Mrs. Nechama Stern has been working for the past 10 years as the school psychologist at Jewish Foundation School. She graduated with her Master's degree in Education with an advanced degree in School Psychology from Brooklyn College. Mrs. Stern views herself as an advocate for children. She collaborates with school staff in developing plans that offer educational support and/or counseling services necessary for students to be successful in school. Some examples of goals that she work towards include: anger management, organizational skills, coping with stress/anxiety, and social skills development. Mrs. Stern works with students in either individual or group settings. She uses the second step program in many classes to enhance students social and emotional development. Mrs. Stern is dedicated to helping each child reach their goals successfully.