Teacher Bios

Meet Our Teachers






Shorashim, Julie Rabinowitz

Julie Rabinowitz has been a member of Shaarei Tikvah’s religious school staff since 2011 and has been teaching Shorashim since 2015.  After a successful career in resource development, she was lucky enough to be able to take a leave and be home with her three children for almost a decade. In 2006, Julie  joined the staff at Congregation Kol Ami’s ECP where she is currently a co-teacher in their Pre-K program: A Step Ahead.  She also teaches and coordinates Kol Ami’s innovative and exciting Torah Alive! program. Julie holds a Bachelor of Arts in U.S. History and Judaic Studies from SUNY Albany and completed Master’s work at the Institute of Contemporary Jewry at Hebrew University. She lives in White Plains with her family. When Julie is not teaching, she loves to cook, bake and read, especially cookbooks!






Bet, Susan Levy

This is Susan’s third year teaching second grade at Shaarei Tikvah. Susan lived in Israel for two years where she participated in the Volunteer for Israel program and also taught at an English ulpan for Israelis. Susan has worked at the JCC of Harrison’s religious school for 20 years and at Schechter Westchester since 1993. What Susan loves most about teaching is at Shaarei Tikvah is watching the children gain confidence in themselves as they begin to learn reading Hebrew. She is happy to be part of the Shaarei Tikvah community!







Gimmel, Heather Klaiber

Heather has been teaching in religious and Hebrew school for six years. This is her second year at Shaarei Tikvah and she is thrilled to be teaching in such a warm environment! Heather enjoys conducting classes that encourage discussions and provide hands-on experiences. Outside of teaching, she enjoys the outdoors and hiking with family.







Dalet, Livia Bronstein

A native Israeli, from Zichron Ya’akov, Livia Bronstein has 18 years of teaching experience in Israel. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Hakibutzim College in Tel Aviv.  In 2003, she moved with her family to the United States to join the Carmel Academy community in Greenwich, CT as a Hebrew and Judaic Studies teacher. Teaching in Jewish schools in the U.S. has helped her fulfill her dream of integrating a passion for teaching the Israeli culture and the Hebrew language abroad.







Hay, Sally Hendelman

This is Sally Hendelman’s first year as part of Shaarei Tikvah’s religious school. In 1989 she joined the staff at Schechter Westchester as a fifth grade Hebrew teacher. She is currently the chair of the High School Hebrew department. She moved to the United States after teaching for a few years in Rishon LeZion, the winery city, just a few kilometers south of Tel Aviv. She spent 20 months in the Israeli Army as a communication instructor in Tzrifin Army Base near Rishon LeZion. After marrying, she returned to school and earned a degree in education from Beit Berl Teachers College. Ms. Hendelman also attended the Hebrew College in Boston, Massachusetts, where she earned a Neta mentor certificate.  She enjoys keeping up with her family in Pennsylvania, Mexico, and Israel, as well as walking, reading, and traveling. She is a mother of two boys and has two grandsons.






Vav, Sonia Levin

Sonia Levin has been working at Shaarei Tikvah for the last 7 years. During the day she works in Carmel Academy in Greenwich, CT as a Hebrew language and Reading specialist. In addition to teaching, she also facilitates professional educational training. She received an MA in Education from Tel Aviv University and a second MA in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Her research was focused on teaching Hebrew decoding skills to children with dyslexia and other learning /reading disabilities. Sonia was born in Russia and emigrated to Israel with her parents after high school. She currently lives in Yonkers, NY with her 12 years old daughter.





Rosh Musica, Jacob Sandler

Jacob is a veteran Ramahnik whose work as a song leader and music specialist at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires has been a source of great joy. He most recently spent a semester working with high school students in Jerusalem, and is excited to join the Shaarei Tikvah team. He has participated in a variety of Jewish musical and educational conferences, such as Songleader Boot Camp, Hava Nashira and NewCAJE. He also spent his junior year of college studying at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem as a Nachshon Project fellow. Jacob earned his Bachelor’s of Music degree in k-12 Music Education in 2016, and is currently enrolled in the Davidson School of Jewish Education and the H.L. Miller Cantorial School at the Jewish Theological Seminary. In his spare time he is a singer/songwriter, a pianist and a ukulele player.