Administration and Faculty

Noah Bickart
Principal of the Rebecca and Israel Ivry Prozdor High School

Rabbi Noah Bickart, principal of the Rebecca and Israel Ivry Prozdor High School of The Jewish Theological Seminary, was born and raised in Washington DC, where his family was heavily involved in the Adas Israel Congregation community. He holds degrees in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago and in Hebrew Bible from Harvard Divinity School. Rabbi Bickart also studied Talmud and halakhah at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem and the Center for Modern Torah Leadership in Newton, Massachusetts. A former Wexner Graduate Fellow, he was ordained in 2008 at JTS, where he is currently an adjunct instructor in the area of Talmud and Rabbinics, and working on a PhD on the terminology of the Babylonian Talmud and parallels to Syriac Christian culture. He lives in Washington Heights with his wife, Nadia Kahn, and children Meir and Rina.

Daphna Abfer is fluent in many languages including German, Hebrew, English, and Chinese. She earned a BA in International Relations and East Asia Studies and an MA in East Asia Studies, both from Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Ms. Afber worked at the Mandel Foundation, training young adults from Ethiopia in leadership skills, and served as an officer in the Israel Defense Forces. She lived in China for nearly two years, where she taught English as a foreign language, and has resided in the United States for the past five years. She participated in the Arthur Borinsky Young Leadership Development Program of United Jewish Communities Metro West.

Ilona Ben-Moshe was born and raised in Israel. She received her BA in Comparative Literature from Tel-Aviv University and her MA in Communications from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has been teaching Hebrew as a second language since 1991 at various academic institutes, including the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; the University of Lucerne, Switzerland; Dartmouth College; Hebrew College; and Smith College. In addition she served as the Hebrew language coordinator of Prozdor Boston. Ms. Ben-Moshe has recently moved to New York to teach at New York University.

Hagit Halpern grew up in Israel on a kibbutz. In Israel, she studied at the Midrashah Le'Amanut, a college for art education. In New York, she completed a bachelor's degree in Restoration at Fashion Institute of Technology and a master's degree in Jewish Art and Visual Culture at JTS. Ms. Halperin taught art and Hebrew for many years in Israel and New York. More recently, she was an education director at East End Temple, and, currently she teaches Hebrew at the Rodeph Sholom School in Manhattan.

 

Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanosky 

 

 

Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky is the spiritual leader of Congregation Ansche Chesed in Manhattan, where he lives with his wife and four children. Following his ordination at The Jewish Theological Seminary in 1997, Rabbi Kalmanofsky served as instructor, adviser, administrator, and assistant dean of The Rabbinical School of JTS, where he remains a faculty member. He loves studying Torah, davening, Chicago Bears football, Bruce Springsteen's music, and the films of Cameron Crowe. Rabbi Kalmanofksy teaches at Ivry Prozdor on Sunday mornings.

Rabbi Molly Karp

Rabbi Molly Karp was a long-term Prozdor faculty member and Faculty Educator who is thrilled to be returning to Prozdor after an absence of some years.  Rabbi Karp is an innovative veteran Jewish Educator and Spiritual Leader, passionate about teaching Torah, Hebrew and many other facets of Judaism. Rabbi Karp is a deep listener, a skilled counselor, and a pluralistic rabbi. She is an experienced curriculum writer and has designed and administered many programs of Jewish Education. Rabbi Karp was ordained as a rabbi at the Academy for Jewish Religion in Riverdale, New York. She spent ten years in doctoral studies in Hebrew Bible at the Jewish Theological Seminary, holds a Master's degree in Jewish Education from HUC-JIR in New York, and a BA in Judaic Studies from SUNY Binghamton.  Her training in Mindfulness Practice and Jewish Spirituality at the Institute of Jewish Spirituality  is at the heart of all of her work.  As well, Rabbi Karp is the proud mother of two Prozdor alumni.  More about Rabbi Karp can be found at www.rabbimollykarp.com.

 

Jessica Kirzane is a PhD student in Yiddish Studies at Columbia University. She received BAs in English Language and Literature and Jewish Studies from the University of Virginia, and, before coming to New York, she spent a year studying Jewish history, Hebrew, and Yiddish at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Ms. Kirzane has taught at many levels, from preschool to university, and she currently teaches Yiddish language at Columbia University. Her research interests include theories of race and ethnicity, American Yiddish prose fiction, and the history of Jewish women's social and political activism in the early 20th century. In her spare time, Jessica loves singing, baking, jogging, and Masterpiece Theatre.

Ella Shaked has lived in the United States for the past 15 years. In Israel she was a teacher and also worked as a medical reporter for the daily newspaper, Ma'ariv. She has an MA in Jewish History from Touro College. She taught Hebrew and Israeli literature for 11 years at the Golda Ochs Academy (formerly known as the Solomon Schechter High School of West Orange), and for the last two years, she has been on the Hebrew faculty at the middle school of Ramaz in New York City. Ms. Shaked has also taught at Touro College in New York and at Morris College in New Jersey.

 Abigail Teller is pursuing a masters in art conservation and art history at the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU. She received her BFA in painting, history, and art history from Washington University in St Louis, and has worked in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In her spare time, Abigail enjoys working with oil paints, pastels, and knitting.