Atara Girls High School offers a rigorous academic and spiritual experience where girls thrive in a collaborative, interactive and intellectually challenging environment. Atara is committed to superior academic achievement and spiritual growth within the context of ensuring the complete overall development of each student. The curriculum has been developed with an emphasis on advancements in pedagogy and technology as part of essential components in education. Atara is distinguished by our dedication to cultivating a passion for learning, independent thinking, personal integrity and a steadfast commitment to serve the greater Jewish community.
Through out course curriculum, activities, values, and messages, the school is a crucial instrument of guidance for our daughters, and can set a strong foundation for a lifetime of growth and achievement. With Hashem’s help, we hope to build generations of young women who will each, in her own right, be an atara, a dazzling crown at the head of her people.
Alex Benzaquen: Alex is heading up the ATARA Finance Committee. He brings his business experience to the group as an accomplished professional employed at Proctor and Gamble for over 13 years. In his current role at P&G, he serves as Product Development and Innovation leader for a global leading business. Alex currently is also a member of the curriculum review committee and a board member of CHDS.
Melissa Bernstein, PhD, RD, LD: Dr. Melissa Bernstein has been selected to oversee the general education program. She will be working with a committee to ensure rigorous academic standards for excellence in education. Melissa has been teaching for over 20 years and is currently an Assistant Professor of Nutrition at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science where she is also a member of the department of nutrition curriculum review committee. Melissa is the author of 3 nutrition textbooks, numerous nutrition chapters and professional journal articles. Melissa is a fourth generation Cincinnatian and is committed to the growth of our community.
Zalmy Reisman, MSW, LSW : Zalmy is originally from Brooklyn NY, and moved to Cincinnati 5 years ago with his family. He serves as secretary of the ATARA board, and also serves on the CHDS board. He has served on the CZE Finance Committee and has volunteered his time with organizations such as Jewish Family Services and the Freestore Foodbank. His current professional position is working with adults and adolescents in Butler County as a mental health therapist. Zalmy enjoys traveling, sports, and spending time with his beautiful family.
Faigie Rosedale: Faigie Rosedale is originally from Toronto, Canada where she attended Bais Yaakov High School and enjoyed a rich exposure to high quality academics and religious fervor. She then attended the renowned BJJ (Bais Jacob Jerusalem) Seminary of Jerusalem for one year and graduated with a Teacher Training Degree in 1999. Furthering her education, she graduated Suma Cum Laude from Waterloo University of Canada with a Bachelors of Science and thereafter graduated with a Masters of Business Administration from Touro College in 2004.
Faigie is the proud mother of four beautiful children and has a great passion for high quality education and Jewish values.
Pamela Samuelson, MSW,LISW: Pammy is a resident of Amberley Village with her husband, Scott, and four children who attend the Cincinnati Hebrew Day School. Her current full time professional position is counseling urban high school students and their families as a School Based Therapist, at Taft High School. She currently serves on the Allocations Committee for the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati and the Building Committee for Congregation Sha’arei Torah. Past volunteer experience includes serving on the board of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, serving as a past President of the Young Adult Division of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, serving as a board member of the Cincinnati Hebrew Day School, serving on the board of Golf Manor Synagogue.
Tova Scherer: Tova will be working on the Judaic curriculum. She has ten years of experience as a Judaic Studies Teacher at Beth Tefillah in Baltimore and CHDS. Tova together with her husband Shai are the directors of camp Ashreinu. Tova brings her outstanding organizational and networking skills to the table. She is known as a person who “gets things done!”
Rabbi Yitzchak Rosedale, MA, LNHA: Yitzchak Rosedale is the President of the Board of Cincinnati Hebrew Day School (CHDS). As a division of CHDS, Rabbi Rosedale plays a key role in the integration of the high school division, as part of a larger institution. Yitzchak is also an active board member on a number of other local community institutions. Yitzchak is the Executive Vice President of CommuniCare Family of Companies, a large healthcare company based in Cincinnati. Yitzchak holds a Master’s Degree in Talmudic Law, holds an active Nursing Home Administrators License and has Rabbinical Ordination from multiple institutions in Jerusalem, Israel. He is the proud father of four children and the husband of Faigie Rosedale.
Board of Rabbis – Three community orthodox Rabbis are included as members of our board; namely the Rabbis of the following institutions: CZE, CST, and the Kollel.
Penina Teitelbaum was born in Dallas and raised on Long Island, and has developed a passion for teaching over the course of many years of experience. She holds a Master’s degree and was trained as a therapist at the Family Clinic of Neve Yerushalayim, and enjoys weaving her two passions together as she guides her students on their paths to adulthood and success. Before her move, she worked as Assistant Principal at Shearim Torah High School for Girls.
Her talents and motivation stem from her roots, as she comes from a family of gifted educators and esteemed Torah scholars. Her mother, Mrs. Debbie Greenblatt, is a famous lecturer and educator, while her father, Rabbi Dovid Greenblatt, is a prominent community builder and a tireless activist on behalf of those in need. Her grandfather, Rabbi Nota Greenblatt, is a world renowned Torah scholar and Halachic expert. Penina is married to a grandson of Rabbi Berel Wein, an eminent Jewish historian, author, and great Torah scholar.
Along with a great sense of energy, Penina is infused with a zest for life and a magnetic personality. She has a unique ability to inspire and motivate girls to be the very best they can be, while enjoying the actual process of growth. Her connection to Jewish spirituality and the Torah is as contagious as it is deep.
As the Principal of Judaic and General studies, Penina is laser-focused on the quality of education at the school, and works extensively with her faculty and administration to ensure academic excellence. Atara Girls High School is blessed to have such a talented educator and mentor for our high school girls.
Penina is married to Rabbi Binyamin Teitelbaum, a noted Torah scholar and member of the Cincinnati Community Kollel, who serves as Program Director while also leading the Cincinnati’s successful Partners in Torah program. They have three adorable children and enjoy being a part of the beautiful Cincinnati Jewish community.
Rabbi Ezra Goldschmiedt A native of West Hempstead, New York, Rabbi Ezra Goldschmiedt joins Atara this year to teach a class on the weekly Torah portion. Rabbi Goldschmiedt graduated with highest honors from Yeshiva University in 2008, where he went on to receive his rabbinic ordination and a masters in Jewish education. Over the course of his studies, Rabbi Goldschmiedt served as a research assistant in Yeshiva University’s psychology department and Azrieli Graduate School, while also taking on teaching and rabbinical roles for the DRS High School for Boys, Mount Kisco Hebrew Congregation and Aish Connections.
Prior to coming to Cincinnati, Rabbi Goldschmiedt served as the rabbinic assistant of Congregation Beth Avraham Yoseph of Toronto (BAYT), and as a fellow of Toronto’s Yeshiva University/Torah MiTzion Beit Midrash Zichron Dov. He currently serves as the rabbi of Congregation Sha’arei Torah.
Ian Gullett In 2011 Ian Gullett graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music with a BFA in eMedia where he specialized in audio/video production and web design. In the following years he taught audio production as an adjunct professor at UC and Brown Mackie College. In 2013 he returned to UC as a student where he is currently working on degrees in math and theoretical physics. Ian hopes his enthusiasm for teaching shows everyday in class. In his free time Ian enjoys playing guitar and working on vintage motorcycles.
He has taught mainly Chumash and Halacha at the high school level, but his passion extends to numerous other subject areas. He enjoys bringing hands-on experiences into the classroom.
“My greatest nachas is seeing graduates who have become the finest bnos Yisroel. This satisfaction, plus the daily thrill of unearthing the Torah’s profundities, make it all worthwhile,” states Rabbi Heigh.
Rabbi Meir Minster Rabbi Meir Minster, ordained by the late Rabbi Yaakov Weinberg, of the Ner Israel Rabbinical College, has led the Cincinnati Community Kollel, as its Director of Torah Studies (Rosh Kollel) since 1995. In that capacity he oversees the academic excellence of the Kollel’s staff scholars. Rabbi Minster also delivers a Daf Yomi (page a day of Talmud) class, a weekly advanced Parsha class, women’s classes and other classes for the broader community.
Rabbi Minster serves on the Vaad Hachinuch of CHDS and Atara High School.
Rabbi Yitzchok Preis Rabbi Yitzchok Preis is Director of Outreach of the Cincinnati Community Kollel as well as Director of its affiliate, Sarah’s Place. He has taught in a broad array of venues including the Anne Blitstein Teacher’s Institute (Chicago), Melton Adult Mini-School, and University of Cincinnati. His capacity to clarify complex material combined with his care and concern for students of all backgrounds makes him a popular instructor whether to advanced Talmud students or absolute beginners. Rabbi Preis is teaching the Bamidbar Bekius class which is designed to give the students a broad overview of the entire sefer (book). Significant focus will be given to the relevance of Bamidbar’s many messages to our contemporary circumstances and struggles.
Dalyn Sauers: Dalyn Sauers received her Master of Education degree from Antioch University Midwest in 2013 and her Bachelor of Arts in Humanities World Classics degree from Antioch University Midwest in 2011. Ms. Sauers truly values the art and science of teaching. She has a teaching style that blends Socratic seminar, student guided learning, and content literacy to create a unique learning environment. Utilization of the historian’s tool of primary source document study is used within her classroom to advance understanding to levels of synthesis and analysis. She uses quality and appropriate assessments on a regular basis to guide her instruction.
Patricia Smith Patty Smith is our new physical education teacher. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education and Coaching Certfication from Earlham College in Richmond Indiana. Later she attended the University of Cincinnati to attain additional certification. She is licensed to teach grades K-12 physical education. Patty has been teaching at Yavneh/Rockwern for the past 27 years. In additional she teaches a Young Athletes Program for Hamilton County Special Olympics. She also has experience working at various health spas and summer camps. Patty has CPR/First Aid training, completed Responsive Classroom training, is a Jump Rope for Heart Coordinator and is a member of the Ohio Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and Shape Americia.
Ayala Weinrib Ayala Weinrib joined the Cincinnati community almost two years ago along with her husband, Rabbi Avrohom Weinrib, Rov of Congregation Zichron Eliezer, and their children. Originally from Monsey, NY Ayala has completed her schooling there as well as her teacher training from B’nos Chava Teachers Seminary in Yerushalayim and a Masters of Education from Long Island University. During the past 16 years she has taught both regular and special education, and has shared administrative responsibilities in New York, New Jersey, Eretz Yisroel and Chicago. She is thrilled to be a part of the beautiful Cincinnati community particularly sharing her passion, love and warmth through teaching and interacting with the wonderful girls of Atara High School.
Deborah Rubinoff was born and raised in Indianapolis, where she graduated from Hasten Hebrew Academy and North Central High School. She held several posts in the National Conference of Synagogue Youth, including that of Regional President for the Central East Region and that of National Secretary.
After spending a year studying in Israel at B’nos Chayil, Deborah continued her education at Queens College and Indiana University. She has many years of experience in management and as a swim coach.
As a “second generation survivor,” she is proud to serve on the Cincinnati Holocaust Memorial Committee. Deborah and her husband Ari have three wonderful children, Yitzchak, Gabrielle, and Julian. In her spare time she is also an accomplished knitter and artist.
Mrs. Rubinoff brings to Atara her management skills, leadership ability, and organizational expertise. She handles the school’s administrative needs with efficiency and professionalism.
Rabbi Ben Travis – Executive Director/Financial Officer: Rabbi Travis has been the Executive Director and Financial Officer of Cincinnati Hebrew Day School since July of 2007. During his tenure, in addition to overseeing the school’s financial operations, he has automated, digitized and streamlined the school’s financial management system. As Director of Development of the school since August of 2003, he has expanded the school’s traditional fundraisers (raffle, advertising calendar), as well as introduced new programs and events (dinners, etc.), which, in concert with individual solicitations, increased fundraising revenue 76% between 2003 and 2010. After attending Columbia University and receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Talmudic Law, Rabbi Travis attended Johns Hopkins University and received his Masters of Science in Business Management from that institution in the Spring of 1994. Born in New York, Rabbi Travis came to Cincinnati fifteen years ago as a staff scholar with the Cincinnati Community Kollel. He is married to Elisa (nee Goldberger) and has eight children.