Joel Cohen

Joel began his professional career as an Economist for Deloitte Financial Advisory Services located in the World Financial Center in downtown Manhattan (He is currently working for boutique consulting firm in the hedge fund space). After he witnessed the tragedy of 9/11 first hand, Joel had a strong desire to connect more with others and impact those around him. He chose to return to the roots of his heritage and combine it with his love of education. This began on the Upper East Side with one student. The positive impact Joel had on this family led him to many other students and families. Word spread quickly and Door To Door Tutoring was born.

 

Joel has been involved with Jewish education in the tri-state area for the past sixteen years. Joel's fondness of Jewish education began when he was a student at the Solomon Schechter Academy. It continued with his participation in Kadima and USY. Joel studied Economics and Hebraic Studies at Rutgers College and earned a BA in 2001. Joel has a vast experience teaching at many organizations including The Long Beach Island JCC, Congregation B'nai Israel of Toms River, Congregation B'nai Tikvah of North Brunswick, and Congregation B'nai Israel of Rumson. Joel has also guest-lectured at various synagogues throughout New Jersey and New York.

 

Additionally, He taught and administered the Talmud Torah program at Congregation Da'at Elohim on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Joel currently leads the Pezukey DiZimra and Shacharit Service for the High Holy Days at his hometown shul of B'nai Israel in Toms River, New Jersey, and he is also often a Ba'al Kriyah (Torah/Haftarah Reader) throughout the area.

 

Joel has taught hundreds of students in the classroom setting and individually. He is now known in countless circles as the go-to source for Jewish Education, B'nai Mitzvah preparation and Jewish Resources. He prides himself on creating an environment that fosters the well-rounded development of an enjoyable and meaningful connection to Jewish religious studies and Jewish cultural tradition. Joel is an extremely enthusiastic instructor, and his passion genuinely shows with every student he encounters and every teacher he mentors and coaches. Joel currently works at a boutique consulting firm in New York City doing corporate recovery, insolvency, forensic accounting and economic investigations for hedge funds.

Our Tutors

image003_edited.jpg
JEROME KORMAN

Mr. Korman is presently the music director of the National Dance Institute. In that capacity he has conducted at the Kennedy Center, the White House, and Lincoln Center and has helped develop dance performances that have covered wildly diverse topics ranging from the life of John Lennon to the music of New Orleans to an exploration of Poetry. He has also been providing music for the youth services of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun and for Door To Door Tutoring for over 10 years. He is the co-composer of  “Romeo and Juliet the Musical” last produced by Theater Aspen and is also a proud member of Paul Shapiro’s Ribs and Brisket Review. Recently Mr. Korman music directed, orchestrated and helped conceive “The Floor Above Me,” Tony Yazbeck’s debut cabaret show and recording released on the PS Classics label and produced music for the DiMenna Children’s History Museum at the NY Historical Society. In the world of education Mr. Korman has written curriculum for the New York City Department of Education and has provided K-12 staff development for music teachers throughout the Northeast

CleanNaamah_0279.jpeg
NAAMAH IMIR

Binghamton University with a Bachelor of the Arts.  She also trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, as well as completing the Michael Howard Conservatory in NYC.  She is a graduate of the Ramaz Upper School on the Upper East Side. Naamah is a New York City based actress working in films, television and theatre.  She has been on All My Children, Law and Order and Not Fade Away with James Gandolfini.  She recently in an off Broadway production of The Anthropology of a Book Club and wrote Pen Pals, commissioned by the World Zionist Organization. 

 

Aside from her artistic endeavors, Naamah has been tutoring Bnai Mitzvah students for over 10 years, as well as having taught at Solomon Schechter Middle School in Westchester and at the religious school at the JCC of Harrison. She has been running youth services there for the last decade.  Naamah has been tutoring for Door to Door for several years.

RebeccaKerenHeadshotwithScout.jpg
RABBI REBECCA KEREN EISENSTADT

Rebecca Keren Eisenstadt is a Rabbi with semicha from Mesifta Adas Wolkowisk Rabbinical Academy. She graduated with Honors from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and Leonard N. Stern School of Business. She also graduated from the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, MD. Rebecca has been working as a B'nai Mitzvah tutor for more than 15 years. As an artist, Rebecca has participated in many off-Broadway plays and films; she has produced, collaborated and apprenticed with five-time Tony Award nominee Elizabeth Swados (z'l).  She is also a member actress of the National Yiddish Theater's Folksbiene. Rebecca enjoys combining her loves of Judaism, Music, Hebrew, Technology and performance as a Bnai Mitzvah Tutor and service leader. She works with various synagogues and as a Hebrew/Bnai Mitzvah, Math tutor and Academic Coach with Door To Door Tutoring since the summer of 2008. Her loveable Shih-poo, Scout, comes along for in-person lessons! She is well-versed in virtual learning platforms. For more information about Rebecca, visit her website at www.rebeccakeren.com

mirasquare.jpg
RABBI MIRA RIVERA

Ordained by The Jewish Theological Seminary in 2015, Rabbi Mira Rivera earned a Master of Arts degree in Jewish Studies and a Certificate in Clinical Pastoral Education. She also earned a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts degree in Film at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. While
in Rabbinical School, she served at Brotherhood Synagogue in New York City with Rabbi Daniel Alder, Kehillat Eshel Avraham in Beersheva with Rabbi Mauricio Balter, and the JCC Manhattan with Rabbi Ayelet Cohen. Before attending the Seminary, Mira worked at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in New York City as a musician for year round family services, a choreographer for the annual Purimspiel, and a Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutor.  She has also been a Teaching Artist for National Dance Institute at P.S. 130 in Chinatown, P.S. 199, and NDI’s Advanced Student program at LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts. She started with Door to Door in 2007 with her husband, Music Director Jerome Korman, along with their children Arielle (violin, voice) and Benjamin (bass, trumpet, sound). Rabbi Mira Rivera is currently the Board-eligible Chaplain Fellow at DOROT after completing a year long chaplain residency at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Deborah Pollack Headshot.jpg
DEB POLLACK

Deb Pollack is a Jewish educator and social worker. She received her BA from Barnard College, and has a MA in Jewish Education from the Davidson School at JTS, and a MSW from Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Deb is a native New Yorker, and has worked for Columbia/Barnard Hillel, Camp Ramah in the Berkshires, Hannah Senesh Community Day School, and the Jewish Journeys Project at JCC Manhattan. Deb enjoys cooking, baking challah, and collecting pomegranate decor for her home. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and son.  

Nancy-Bach-1.jpg
CANTOR NANCY BACH

Nancy Bach has worked as both a tutor and service leader. She has studied at the School of Sacred Music and Cantorial Studies at Hebrew Union College. Nancy loves the work of creating meaningful teaching and worship experiences and is thrilled to be part of the team at Brooklyn Heights Synagogue. Both on the bimah and through her love of teaching children and adults inside and outside the classroom, Nancy brings her voice and a sense of creativity, joy and rigor. She hopes this will always instill a welcoming and strong connection with the teachings of Judaism, and help us reach both within as individuals and out to each other as a wider community. Prior to her tenure at Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, Nancy worked at The Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, Hebrew Tabernacle Congregation and Central Synagogue in Manhattan, and has served as Student Cantor at Congregation Children of Israel in Augusta, Georgia. She loves to run, do yoga, cook, ski and see as much theater as she can. Before beginning her Cantorial studies, Nancy worked in the fields of Musical Theater and Arts Marketing. Nancy grew up in Manhattan and received her B.A. from Brown University.

Keltz_Andrew_01-FP_edited.jpg
ANDREW KELTZ

Andrew Keltz is a New York based actor who hails from New Rochelle, New York.  After graduating from New Rochelle High School, Andrew moved to Chicagoland to pursue his undergraduate education at Northwestern University.  He graduated cum laude with a BA in theatre, a certificate in music theatre, and concentrations in religion, Spanish and Latino studies.  He remained in Chicago for a number of years performing in plays and musicals, and in 2011 he moved back to New York where he has worked Off-Broadway most recently with the National Yiddish Theatre.  Andrew has been working with Door to Door since 2013 with students ranging in age from 10 to 16 and teaches a variety of subjects including history, English, and Jewish studies.

Ben Rosenbach.jpg
BEN ROSENBACH

Ben Rosenbach started working for Door to Door in 2014 shortly after graduating from NYU Tisch School of the Arts where he graduated with honors. Ben is from Springfield, NJ and attended the Solomon Schechter Day School (now the Golda Och Acadamey) from nursery through high school. It was there where he learned a strong base in Jewish studies, Hebrew grammar, and synagogue liturgical skills. Ben is a member of Actors' Equity and has performed in several regional theaters around the country, many of which include a Jewish theme.  

mikedorfmanpic.jpg
MICHAEL DORFMAN

Michael Dorfman currently serves as the Department Chair of Jewish Studies and the Israel Trip Coordinator at the Rodeph Sholom School in New York City. Michael has worked with teenagers in many capacities.  He has been a teacher and educator for the past twelve years.  As such, he has taught a variety of subjects to both high school and middle school aged students.  These include: English/Language Arts, Jewish Studies, Digital Arts, and Hebrew.Michael received a B.A. in English and Education from Rutgers University and an M.A. in Education from the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University.  Most recently, he completed an M.S in Educational Leadership from Brooklyn College and received both his principal's and superintendent's license.

merav-fine.jpg
MERAV FINE
Merav Fine is originally from Queens, New York  and received her B.A.in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has always been actively involved in Jewish communal life: she is a BBYO alumna and served on Hillel board while at university. She worked at University of Maryland Hillel for several years before earning her MPA from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at NYU along with her MA in Hebrew and Judaic Studies from the Skirball School at New York University. She spent last summer at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem continuing her Jewish education. Currently Merav develops education programming for a Jewish nonprofit (Jewish Funders Network) and teaches yoga in addition to tutoring with Door to Door. View Website
EH.png
RABBI EYTAN HAMMERMAN

Eytan Hammerman is an engaging, creative and energetic Rabbi and Jewish leader, eager to connect with others, young and old.  He believes that the ages-old Jewish traditions that we have inherited can inspire and guide our contemporary lives and include a commitment to caring for the wider world.  Rabbi Hammerman leads B’nai Mitzvah (and other) services that meaningfully draw from our rich Jewish heritage.  Raised in the same southern New Jersey synagogue as Door to Door founder Joel Cohen, he has served congregations in Westchester County, NY since his 2010 Rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary.  Rabbi Hammerman, together with his family, loves international travel, creative cooking and the great outdoors. 

tani.jpg
TANI WEISSMAN

Growing up in a Modern Orthodox home in Baltimore, Maryland, Tani attended Jewish day school from kindergarten through 12th grade. Tani began tutoring when he was in high school, helping prepare kids for their Bar Mitzvah. While in high school, Tani additionally ran the weekly youth minyan at his synagogue, frequently leading the group in prayer and torah reading. For the summers he went to camp Moshava in Pennsylvania. After high school, he went to Israel to study in Yeshiva for 18 months before returning to the US. He is currently a junior at Yeshiva University where he is pursuing a degree in Psychology. This is his second year with Door to Door.  View Linkedin Profile

Oliver Sax
 

Nathaniel Schwartz Headshot.png
NATHANIEL SCHWARTZ

Nathaniel has been tutoring since high school. He began by volunteering in mentorship programs, and has continued throughout college, graduate school and beyond. In addition to bar and bat mitzvahs, he tutors science and math. Nathaniel gets to know each student’s learning pattern and tailors his approach to what works best for them. 

Nathaniel is from Brooklyn and currently resides in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. He’s a biomedical engineer and enjoys playing piano and guitar. He maintains a CrossFit habit and is a martial arts and self defense enthusiast, practicing Krav Maga, Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. 

unnamed.png
ARIEH LEVI

Arieh started working for Door to Door in 2013. Growing up in an Orthodox home in New Jersey, Arieh attended Jewish day schools and summer camps, singing in the school choir and serving as a counselor for children aged 11 through 15. After high school, Arieh studied at a religious seminary in Jerusalem for two years, where he could be found either discussing theology or playing football, and then proceeded to graduate with a degree in Data Science from Yeshiva University.

Arieh believes that Judaism should be experienced through song and prayer, and that spirituality is as much cerebral as it is emotional. Arieh enjoys learning from his gifted students, and helping his students realize their potential in all that they do.

Oliver Sax
OLIVER SAX

Oliver grew up in Cleveland, Ohio where he attended a Modern Orthodox Jewish day school and cultivated his love of Jewish learning. After high school, he spent a year in Israel studying at a Yeshiva in Beit Shemesh, Israel. Oliver spent his summers as a counselor and division head at Camp Stone in Pennsylvania where he taught campers Tanach. He completed his B.A. in Biology from Yeshiva University in 2014. Oliver is currently a medical student at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine.  

anna_edited.jpg
ANNA ALLEN

Anna, originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, has been working as a Jewish Communal Professional in Minneapolis, New York, and Israel in various capacities for over five years. She is currently a Program Manager for Planned Giving and Endowments at the Jewish Federations of North America and prior to her work with Federation, she served as Field Staff Manager at Big Tent Judaism. Anna has been teaching Hebrew and Judaic studies to students of various ages and Hebrew proficiency levels for over 8 years. She has a B.A. from Smith College in Women and Gender Studies and Jewish Studies.

Jeremy Schwartz Headshot.jpg
JEREMY SCHWARTZ

Jeremy grew up in Brooklyn, NY and began his bar mitzvah tutoring career at age 17 when he taught his younger brother how to read from the Torah. He performed the weekly reading at Congregation Prospect Park for four years and also tutored at Park Avenue Synagogue in their B’nai Mitzvah Program. He currently resides in Englewood, NJ with his wife and children, and works at a real estate firm in Greenwich, CT. His hobbies include playing baseball, hockey and most fitness activities. 

Lior.jpg
LIOR SHTIVI

Lior was born and raised in Ramat-Gan, Israel. After completing my military service, he moved to the U.S. studied electrical engineering at The City College of New York. He has taught Hebrew and Judaic Studies for the past four years, both in Minneapolis and New York City. He works at Kane Street Synagogue, Kolot Chayeinu and the Society for the Advancement of Judaism. Previously, he served as the Outdoor Adventure Specialist at the JCC of Saint Paul's summer camp where he worked with campers on team-building exercises and outdoor exploration. He and his wife Anna live in Brooklyn.

Abby Friedman

Abby grew up in Paramus, NJ and attended Solomon Schechter Day School and High School, graduating in 2002. As the daughter of a Rabbi she has always had a special connection with Israel and her Jewish heritage that she enjoys sharing with others. She graduated with a degree in Television Production from Boston University and currently works at MSNBC where she teaches the interns she works with social media and television production skills. As well as bond with them over her love of sports.

AbbyF.png
ABBY FRIEDMAN

Abby grew up in Paramus, NJ and attended Solomon Schechter Day School and High School, graduating in 2002. As the daughter of a Rabbi she has always had a special connection with Israel and her Jewish heritage that she enjoys sharing with others. She graduated with a degree in Television Production from Boston University and currently works at MSNBC where she teaches the interns she works with social media and television production skills. As well as bond with them over her love of sports.

image002.jpg
JOANNA ROSS-TASH

Joanna Ross-Tash grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. After spending a year at Bar Ilan University in Israel, she came to New York to study Art History at Yeshiva University. Joanna currently resides in Fort Greene, Brooklyn and is an active participant in central Brooklyn Jewish life. She works as a museum educator at the Tenement Museum and a yoga teacher at Sky Ting Yoga in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Kim
KIMBERLY FULD

Kimberly Fuld is currently completing her Master's degree in Jewish Education at the Davidson School of Jewish Education at JTS, where she also received an MA in Bible last year. She has been working in Jewish education for almost 10 years, and has a wealth of knowledge in all different Jewish subjects, from Torah reading to text study, to Jewish history. 

Samantha Brandspiel

Screen Shot 2022-09-12 at 9.44.29 AM.png
SAMI SINOFF

Sami grew up in East Windsor, NJ and commuted to the Abraham Joshua Heschel School in NYC for high school. She attended summer camp at Young Judaea camps and was an active participant in United Synagogue Youth (USY). Sami pursued a degree in Public Health at Rutgers University, where she was an active participant in Hillel, and served as President her senior year. Currently, Sami works as a health educator in Manhattan, and has worked as a youth advisor, Hebrew school teacher, and tutor in the past.

SamGreen.png
SAM FELDMAN GREENE

Sam Greene grew up in Los Angeles, CA and attended Milken Community High School. Currently, Sam works as a teacher at the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan where he teaches both general and Judaic studies. Prior to working at Schechter Manhattan, Sam graduated with his Master’s degree in Jewish education from the Davidson School at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Sam graduated from Pitzer College, a member of the Claremont Colleges consortium, with a degree in Sociology. Sam has also spent many summers working at Camp Ramah in California as both a counselor and a Rosh Edah.

Yoni.png
YONI HOCHBAUM

Yoni fostered his love for the Hebrew language at the Yeshivah of Flatbush in Brooklyn. After high school, Yoni focused on Judaic studies exclusively for a year and a half in Israel and followed that up by completing his B.A. in Psychology at Yeshiva University. Yoni is an experienced Ba'al Koreh (Torah reader) and is well-versed in the cantillation of Torah, Haftorah, and the relevant biblical scrolls read on holidays. Currently, Yoni works as a Partnerships Director for a mental health startup, and spends his down time passionately following the Knicks, Giants, and Yankees.

Doria.png
DORIA KAHN

Doria Kahn, a rising junior at NYU Gallatin, is studying social sciences with a business minor at Stern. Beyond the classroom, she is involved in Shalhevet, NYU’s club for Orthodox Jewish student life. She mentors middle/high-school girls through WYSE, Women Youth Supporting Each Other. A lover of education, Doria enjoys teaching 2nd grade at JCP Hebrew School every Tuesday. This summer, Doria is a business fellow on Birthright Excel, working at a B2B travel startup in Tel Aviv. She is passionate about building community and Jewish advocacy. 

Lilli.png
LILLI SHVARTSMANN

Lilli, a Los Angeles native, has always found outlets to further her passion for Jewish education. A rising fourth year rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary, Lilli just completed three years working as a rabbinic intern at Hillel at Binghamton University, where she provided a community rabbinic presence, learning opportunities and pastoral care for students. In 2020, Lilli organized virtual learning festivals centered around the Jewish holidays, in which hundreds of students participated nationwide. Before beginning her time as rabbinic intern at Congregation Beth El, Lilli is spending her summer in Washington, D.C. spearheading an organizing project that engages and builds a community of Jewish summer college interns. Previously, Lilli has spent her summers as a division leader for USY on Wheels and as a teacher at Camp Ramah, and in her spare time she prepares students to become B’nai Mitzvah.

Zeke.png
ZEKE PARISER

Zeke Pariser grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey. He spent a year studying in Israel prior to attending Rutgers University, where he studied Philosophy in the School of Arts & Sciences Honors program. While at Rutgers, Zeke was heavily involved in Jewish life on campus, most notably serving as the President of Rutgers Hillel his senior year. Upon matriculation, Zeke took a job as a Teach for America corps member teaching fifth grade in a Philadelphia public school. Zeke currently works in finance in Manhattan. When not working, Zeke can be found playing intramural sports in parks all over the city.  

Gabi Weinberg Head Shot.JPG
GABI WEINBERG

Gabi Weinberg grew up in Queens, New York and has a B.A. from Yeshiva University’s Jay and Jeannie Schottenstein Honors Program with a Major in English with a Minor in Economics. He is about to start his fourth years he Teen Program Director at the Young Israel of Scarsdale, and is starting his second year at RIETS and study for a M.A. in Jewish History at the Bernard Revel Graduate School. Gabi enjoys teaching and preparing students for their Bar and Bat Mitzvot as they enter Jewish adulthood. Gabi tries to mix his excitement with his students' to create a space to perpetuate their shared Jewish heritage

Emma Saltzberg headshot (1).jpg
Emma Saltzberg

Emma Saltzberg lives in Brooklyn, New York and is a graduate student at NYU, studying public policy. In addition to Door to Door Tutoring, Emma also works for a state Assembly Member from Brooklyn and in the fundraising department at a Reform synagogue in Manhattan. She is originally from Baltimore, Maryland and holds a BS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Tulane University. In her free time, Emma enjoys checking out new restaurants, hiking, and singing.

Saraleah-Headshot.jpg
SARALEAH COGAN

Saraleah Cogan grew up attending Jewish day school.  While in High School she volunteered at Koreh L.A as well as Limmud L.A, teaching children how to read and helping mentor kids who needed help and guidancee. After High School, Saraleah studied at Midreshet Harova, a Jewish women's seminary in Israel. There she took a yearlong teacher training course and received an Israel teaching certificate upon completion. While at UPenn Saraleah was involved in many extracurricular activities that involved teaching and helping children. She was a head teacher in a student run organization named City Step, a group that taught dance and choreography to inner city youth. Saraleah also served as a Chair in UPenn's Model Congress Conference for high schoolers. Saraleah graduated magna cum laude with a double major in cinema studies and communication with a minor in Judaic studies. Saraleah studied Yiddish as her language at UPenn and her senior year she received the Workmen’s Circle/Arbiter RingAward for her outstanding achievements in Yiddish studies. 

Avi.png
AVI SIEGEL

Avi Siegel is one of our depthful Jewish educators. He works with both groups and 1-1 students to uncover the blessings that Judaism can bring to our lives. He believes that we can root ourselves in both our history and peoplehood while still uncovering personal connection and meaning. 

Yakir.png
YAKIR BEN-HUR

Yakir Ben-Hur is a pianist/percussionist, composer and educator. A native of Israel, Ben-Hur came to New York to study with Jazz legend Barry Harris in 1999.

He holds a BFA and M.A. in composition from the City College of New York. In 2004, he recorded the album, “A Sonny Day,” featuring Avishai Cohen and Eli Degibri. Yakir has performed in many major venues across the city and has traveled the world performing and teaching. In 2006-09, he served as musical director and pianist for the Grammy nominated artist Amel Larriuex, with whom he recorded and arranged the album, “Lovely Standards”. Ben-Hur was a faculty member at the New School University (2002-2012) and currently serves as the Associate Music Director for the National Dance Institute (NDI).

Max.png
MAX GORDON

Max Gordon graduated from Yeshiva University (NY) in 2014 with a BS in Accounting. He also received an MS in Accounting from Yeshiva in 2015 as a recognized Dean's Scholar.  After YU, Max worked abroad in Tel Aviv, Israel working in the accounting industry. He returned to the states in 2018 and now works in the construction and architecture industry as a financial controller.  Max’s ultimate goal with his students is for them to realize that being Jewish is cool and really such a privilege. There is no better platform than Door to Door to accomplish this.  In his spare time, Max can be found playing the board game Settlers of Catan or monitoring stocks and bonds. Max is also an avid fan of Fantasy Football. 

RJ Tabachnick Headshot.jpg
RJ TABACHNICK

RJ Tabachnick was born and raised in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA. He credits the Ramah Camping Movement for helping him cultivate his Jewish identity and learn the values, history, and joys of what it means to be Jewish. His teaching experience includes working as a camp counselor, in Hebrew schools, and as a tutor. RJ is passionate about helping people discover their own relationship to Judaism and encourages his students to connect to Judaism in a way that personally resonates with them. Outside of tutoring, RJ is an actor and the Co-Artistic Director of Soft Brain Theatre Company.

Danielle Greene Headshot.jpg
DANIELLE GREEN

Danielle joined the Door to Door team in 2016 shortly after graduating from Muhlenberg College with degrees in Elementary Education and Jewish studies. Immediately after college, Danielle went to graduate school and earned her MA in Jewish Education. Danielle is from Scotch Plains, NJ and attended Golda Och Academy (formerly Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex & Union) from kindergarten through high school. There, Danielle developed a strong Jewish identity, and ultimately decided to pursue a career a career in Jewish education. Today, Danielle works at Golda Och Academy - her alma mater - as both a classroom teacher and the Social Emotional Learning facilitator for grades K-5.

Heather Brandspeigel Headshot.jpg
HEATHER BRANDSPIEGEL

Heather Brandspiegel grew up going to Jewish Day School from Kindergarten to 12th Grade. As the daughter of a Cantor, Jewish learning and practicing was a huge role in her life. Heather went to Young Judea Camps (Sprout Lake and Tel Yehuda) for 7 years and worked at her local JCC camp for two years. She was active in USY while in high school having roles on both chapter and regional board. Heather has taught at Hebrew School for several years and enjoys teaching students Hebrew and about Jewish holidays. Heather attended the University of Delaware for college graduating with a double degree in Cognitive Science and Public Policy. Currently, Heather is continuing her education at Rutgers Law School, in Newark, New Jersey. Heather began working for Door to Door after her sister, also a current tutor, spoke positively about the company and the joy she had teaching students for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah. 

Braverman.png
LANDON BRAVERMAN

Landon Braverman is a musical theatre composer and educator from Vancouver, Canada currently based in beautiful Brooklyn. He holds a Masters Degree in Musical Theatre Composition from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, as well as a B.A. (Drama) and B.Mus (Voice) from Mount Allison University in Canada. Landon can be found in synagogues all around the city teaching kids the magic of Jewish music and prayer (with special choreography!). With Tkiya he leads music programming at Forest Hills Jewish Center. He is the Tefillah Specialist at Sutton Place Synagogue and leads kids Shabbat services at various synagogues including West End and Kane Street. He leads musical theatre programming at the 92nd St Y and B’nai Jeshurun, and is the Shira Songleader at Sprout Lake Brooklyn Day Camp. He recently attended the Songleader Boot Camp in St. Louis with P.J. Library. He is also a Taglit Birthright Israel Fellow, and an active member of BASE Hillel in Brooklyn. When not teaching, Landon can be found working on his own new musicals. His work has been featured on stage worldwide at venues such as Lincoln Center and 54 Below. He has also worked behind the scenes on various Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. 

Ruthie Fierberg Headshot.jpg
RUTHIE FIERBERG

Ruthie Fierberg is an independent journalist specializing in arts coverage and based in New York City. She is the creator and host of the podcast "Why We Theater," which fuses theatre and social justice. She is the former Executive Editor of Playbill and continues to write for magazines like Broadway News, Backstage, Dance, the New York Jewish Week and more. Early in her career, Ruthie worked as a full-time staff member at Parents and American Baby, and helped launch Parents Latina, which fulfilled her love of learning about child development. 

Ruthie grew up in Connecticut as an active member of her family's synagogue, attending and participating in Shabbat services weekly. She grew up in Kadima and USY and served as her shul's USY chapter president for three years. She remains devoted to her Judaism and is a member of B'nai Jeshurun. A lover of theatre, tennis, and Bikram yoga, Ruthie is also involved with such causes as Covenant House International, The Actors Fund, and HIAS NY.

Yonatan Rahmani headshot.jpg
YONATAN RAHMANI

Yonatan Rahmani is a Jewish educator based out of NYC. He teaches students Tanach (Bible), Mishna (early rabbinic work), and Jewish law (Halacha), as well as Jewish history and the development of the Siddur (the liturgical canon). Yonatan also teaches students how to properly read the biblical canon, emphasizing proper pronunciation and a precise reading of our National Texts, teaching ta'amim (cantillation marks) for both Torah and Prophets. 

Alissa Felder Headshot.jpeg
ALISSA FELDER

Alissa Felder is a Biomedical Engineer who grew up in New Jersey and currently lives in NYC. Alissa studied in Israel for a gap year before going to college in the US. Growing up, Alissa went to a Jewish sleep away camp and continued to work there as a counselor for girls and boys ages 12-15. Alissa has been a part of the Door to Door tutoring family for almost 2 years and loves to see the evolution and success of her students! 

Jennifer Felder Headshot.jpeg
JENNIFER FELDER

Jennifer Felder is a rising junior at LIM College who is studying Fashion Merchandising and buying and planning. Jennifer went to yeshiva for grades K-12 and has attended Young Israel Jewish sleep away camps during the summer. She enjoys dance and art, as well as languages. Jennifer enjoys helping Jewish youth grow their connection to Judaism in a myriad of ways.  

Tayla Gordon Headshot.jpeg
TALYA GORDON

Talya is a passionate Jewish educator hailing from Atlanta, GA. Talya is currently a doctoral student at Ferkaufs PhD program in clinical psychology. Talya attended a Jewish day school her whole life and lived in Israel for a gap year between high school and college learning at Midreshet Lindenbaum. Talya has taught Hebrew and Judaic studied at Adas Israel in Washington DC and has tutored college age students in Hebrew through Israel round table. Talya recently led a birthright trip to Israel which bridged her passions for leadership and Jewish education. 

Jonathan Wingens Headshot.jpeg
JON WINGENS

Jon Wingens is a second-year student at Columbia Law School. He was born and raised in Livingston, New Jersey and went to Golda Och Academy from Kindergarten through 12th grade. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2019 where he studied Political Science and Cognitive Science. Having spent more than enough time in the Midwest, Jon made his way back to the East Coast to try his hand at life on the Upper West Side. He spent most of his time either at his job at Citigroup or trying to organize a Torah study group in friends’ apartments. Before starting law school, Jon spent a year at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in Riverdale, studying Jewish Law with some of the best people he’s ever met. He loves to build community through Judaism and build Judaism through community.

Raffi Levi Headshot.png
RAFFI LEVI

Raffi Levi is a Rabbinical student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in Riverdale, in his 3rd year. Raffi has studied Judaism in Yeshiva in Israel, as an academic subject in University, and in pluralistic settings such as the Hartman Institute, Drisha Institute, Hillel on Campus, and Based in Harlem. Raffi loves teaching Torah in a way that is exciting, engaging, and grounded in spirituality, while also committing to religious diversity and maximizing the self-expression and joy of each student. He is also passionate about Learning Differences and working with students of varying abilities and strengths. Raffi grew up in Southfield, Michigan, and recently graduated from Rutgers University with a major in Religion, and minors in Philosophy and Psychology. His interests include Jewish philosophy (especially Hasidut), social justice, music, hiking, cooking all kinds of food, and sharing Jewish experiences. Currently, Raffi lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with his wife, Daphne.

Mustard Flowers