Our leadership team offers years of experience in education combined with a passion for inspiring students to reach their greatest potential.

Administrative Team

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Mrs. Rochie Berkowitz, Principal

Mrs. Rochie Berkowitz has been a girls high school teacher and mechaneches in Cleveland for over 17 years. She received her BA from Maimonides College and her teachers’ training and certification through Yavne Teachers Seminary and Ateres Bnos Yerushalayim. In addition to the time she has spent in the classroom, Mrs. Berkowitz utilized opportunities to connect with her students in her roles as Student Council Coordinator and Director of annual school productions. Over the years, she has managed countless extra-curricular programs, developed fundraising campaigns and coordinated various learning programs for students in grades 9-12. Mrs. Berkowitz is the 2015 recipient of the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland's Ratner Goldberg Teacher of the Year Award. She founded Bnos Aliyah, an independent program for both high school and post high school girls looking to take ownership of their Torah learning outside of a formal classroom setting. Her passion for chinuch habanos is driven by her love and admiration for her students, their struggles, and their successes. As Principal of Chaviva High School, Mrs. Berkowitz’s vision is to create an atmosphere of motivation and positivity in which students are encouraged to reach beyond their comfort zone to discover their greatness within.

Mrs. Berkowitz will also be teaching Chumash to the 9th grade this year. 

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Mrs. Aliza Koval, Director of Student Life

A native of Monsey, NY and a graduate of Hadar Bais Yaakov Seminary in Jerusalem

and Thomas Edison State University, Mrs. Koval received her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Long Island University and has worked in the field of Special Education for over 18 years. She was the Director of Student Services for Sha’arim in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and helped create the Judaic Resource room at Arie Crown Hebrew Day School in Chicago. Her passion for helping children has led to her directing a camp for special needs children in Montreal, Canada for 6 summers; as well as serving on the Head Staff at Oorah Girls Zone for the past 5 summers. Here at Chaviva, her door is always open; where students can find loving guidance, a smile and a listening ear. Seeing the students flourish and blossom brings untold joy to Mrs. Koval’s day!

In her role as Director of Student Life, Mrs. Koval is responsible to oversee student progress in all areas, including academic, social, emotional and hashkafic. She serves as an advocate for the student body and helps foster an environment of positivity and joy in the school.

Mrs. Koval will also be teaching Sefer Shmuel, Sefer Melachim and Penimi this year. 

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Mrs. Huvie Schabes, Director of Curriculum and Instruction 

Mrs. Huvie Schabes has been involved in almost every area of Jewish education for over 30 years. She has held numerous positions at the elementary & high school levels, for both girls & boys, in Limudei Kodesh as well as general studies. Mrs. Schabes trained in Project-Based Learning methodology, coaching, & leadership at PBL OHIO in Columbus through the Buck Institute for Education (now PBL Works). She applied these principles both as a teacher and as a PBL Coach and is currently in the process of creating a PBL curriculum for the AMATZ Initiative to facilitate the teaching of the Six Constant Mitzvos to high school girls.

In her role as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Mrs. Schabes oversees the curriculum of all classes and will assist staff in achieving and maintaining the appropriate levels of academic rigor with authentic student engagement and relevance. She will serve as a mentor and coach to our teachers, to facilitate their continued growth and professional development. 

Mrs. Schabes’ passion for education stems from her own desire to be a lifelong learner, which she hopes translates into sparking enthusiasm for all kinds of learning in all kinds of learners, watching them take ownership of & pride in their work, and ultimately seeing them apply that newfound confidence to all areas of their lives. 

Mrs. Schabes will also be teaching 9th Halacha, 11th Chumash and 12th שש מצוות תמידיות

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Ms. Magdalena Lucas, Manager of Academic Records

College Guidance

Ms. Magdalena Lucas has been on staff at Chaviva High School since we opened our doors in 2018. She grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and moved to Cleveland after graduating with a dual bachelor’s degree in History and Adolescent Young Adult Education with a Minor in Classical Studies from John Carroll University in 2018.

In her role as Manager of Academic Records, Ms. Lucas is responsible for all academic data, state testing, graduation requirements, and transcripts. She monitors student academic progress and helps our students achieve academic success.

As Chaviva's College Guidance Counselor, Ms. Lucas supports our Juniors and Seniors as they prepare for college and career.  She oversees the ACT Prep course, manages the College Credit Plus Program, and assists our seniors with college applications and the like.

Ms. Lucas also teaches a full class load including US History, Modern World History, American Government, Speech, Debate and Personal Finance at Chaviva. She loves engaging her students in making connections between the historical content that they are learning about in class and their own lives. By making this connection, her students are reminded that history is relevant and important to their lives as young women, whether an event happened one hundred years ago or one hundred days ago.

Educational  Team

The Educational Team at Chaviva High School is comprised of highly qualified professionals, who seek to inspire and guide the next generation of leaders in our community. By working as a collaborative unit, Chaviva's staff is able to create a culture and environment of collaboration, innovation and excellence. 

Limudei Kodesh 

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Rabbi Dovid Aaron Gross

Parshas HaShavuah

Rabbi Dovid Aaron Gross is the Rav of Kehillas Beis Doniel in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He studied in the Talmudical Yeshiva of Philadelphia, Mir Yerushalayim, Beth Medrash Govoha where he received semichah, and Kollel Ateres Chaim Boruch in Cleveland Hts. In addition, he is Administrator of Yavne Teachers’ Seminary and Director of Bais Havaad Halacha Center’s Midwest Division. He has published Sefer Toras Chesed, a collection of essays from Rabbi Chaim Kreiswirth, The Five Minute Sermon on Chumash, The Five Minute Sermon Around the Year, 30 Days to Bar Mitzvah – An Illuminating Guide to the Mitzvah of Tefillin, 30 Days to the Pesach Seder and 30 Days to Simchas Torah. 

Rabbi Gross is the official posek for Chaviva High School and teaches our weekly shiur on Parshas HaShavuah which can be heard here

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Dr. Moshe Ornstein

Halacha

Dr. Moshe Ornstein learned in the Yeshiva of Philadelphia and in the Mir Yeshiva in Yerushalayim. He then studied business and biology at Lander College for Men / Beis Medrash L’Talmud. He received his M.A. in biotechnology from Columbia University and his M.D. from Stony Brook University. He subsequently completed his medical training at the Cleveland Clinic. He currently serves as an oncologist, mentor, and medical school faculty member at the Cleveland Clinic, where he has received multiple teaching awards. In addition, he also teaches a night seder halacha chaburah at Yeshiva High School of Cleveland. Dr. Ornstein is very successful at developing and teaching a stimulating, interactive, and student-centered halacha curriculum that is both academically rigorous and fun! 

Mrs. Leah Ferder

12th grade Kesuvim

Mrs. Leah Ferder has been teaching junior high and high school students for seven years and holds a Bachelor's in Behavioral Science from Mercy College and a Master’s in Education from Walden University. She hopes to impart her passion for learning and love of Torah to her students.

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Mrs. Peninnah Lipton

10th Tehillim, 11th Koheles & Shir HaShirim

Mrs. Penninah Lipton has been mentoring people of all ages for many years.  Mrs. Lipton has a unique way of connecting with individuals and knows how to guide one to recognize what is holding them back from greatness. This ability makes her an optimal teacher for Koheles as Koheles is about understanding the truth in life and implementing that truth into everyday living. Impassioned about living with Hashem, Mrs. Lipton brings many life experiences into her lessons to engage her students in relevant and inspiring Torah wisdom. 

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Mrs. Zelda Nakdimen

9th Grade Navi

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Mrs. Zelda Nakdimen was born and raised in Cleveland.  She has been working as the Bat Mitzvah director and teen coordinator at JFX (Jewish Family Experience) for over 11 years. Her work in summer camps and schools has given her a great deal of experience with teens in group, and individual settings.  Mrs. Nakdimen has a  unique ability to form relationships for life with her students and looks forward to connecting with her Chaviav students this year!

Mrs. Sarah Chava Greenblatt, Mechaneches

10th Chumash, Performing Arts

Mrs. Greenblatt has been working with teens in and out of the classroom for over ten years including after school enrichment programs and one on one mentoring.

She graduated Seminar Yerushalayim with an Honors Teaching Certificate and obtained a Bachelor's in Liberal Arts through TTI.  

Mrs. Greenblatt also plays piano and has directed many school productions and smaller events. 

She has a passion for growth in Torah learning and enjoys connecting with the girls and encouraging them to excel in their learning and spiritual growth

Mrs. Fayga Nathan

12th Chumash, 9th Mishlei, 10th Orchos Tzadikim 

Mrs. Fayga Nathan has been teaching middle and high school girls  Judaic Studies for 13 years. She has taught Halacha, Jewish History, Parsha, and Orchos Tzaddikim.  Mrs. Nathan has also conducted summer learning programs for high school girls. Mrs. Nathan was a Judaic studies coordinator at Segula for seven years. She is an alumna of Bnos Chava Seminary in Jerusalem and received an Associate of Arts degree from Lakeland Community College. Mrs. Nathan is passionate about facilitating a positive and profound connection between her students and the Torah.

Mrs. Malky Wolman

12th Grade Navi

Mrs Malky Wolman has taught many kodesh subjects for over 15 years, in New York, Toronto and Cleveland.  She enjoys high school girls, and loves teaching, directing plays, running extra curricular programs and learning from her students. She Mrs Wolman's goal for her students is to expand each girls passion for Torah life and learning, and feels privileged to have joined the Chaviva team.

General Studies 

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Mrs. Ahuva Belsky 

Biology, Human Anatomy

Chemistry, Coding, Health 

Ahuva Miriam Belsky holds a bachelor's degree in Biology from Touro College, and a master’s degree in Science Education from Rutgers University. She has taught Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Engineering and Advanced Placement Biology at various high schools including Be’er Hagolah Institute, Reenas High School, Ilan High School and Fuchs Mizrachi School. She enjoys the intellectual rigor of the classroom as well as the opportunity to work with young women at this important stage in their lives.

Mrs. Jessica Bonert

Algebra I

Mrs. Jessica Bonert has been in the field of adult and youth education for 20 years. Mrs. Bonert studied Education and Art History at UCLA and received her BA through Maalot Los Angeles. She has taught various grades and subjects throughout the years in both L.A. and Cleveland, and coordinated technology usage in the classroom as well. Mrs Bonert served as Chaviva's Director of Operations from 2018-2020. 

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Mrs. Natasha Cohen

Geometry

Mrs. Natasha Cohen holds a master’s degree in education with a concentration in mathematics from John Carroll University. She has been teaching for twenty years. Mrs. Cohen's teaching style is interactive because she believe in engaging students in the learning process. In her lessons Mrs. Cohen stresses understanding and encourages creative problem solving rather than “memorizing and following steps.” She is excited to be a part of the Chaviva family.

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Mrs. Bracha Hendeles

Algebra II

Mrs. Bracha Hendeles received her bachelor’s degree  in mathematics from Cleveland State University and is a graduate of the CSUteach program, which places an emphasis on student-centered and inquiry-based learning. She has experience as a math teacher in both the public and private school systems. Mrs. Hendeles is passionate about engaging students in math through activities, discussion and real world problems. She is excited to be part of the Chaviva team and to foster a love of math in her students.

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Mrs. Ariella Landy

English, Leadership 

Mrs. Ariella Landy has been a teacher of middle and high school English Language Arts for over nine years. She comes to Chaviva with a wealth of experience teaching a variety of writing and literature courses. Mrs. Landy holds a BA in English Literature and a Masters of Science in Education in Teaching English to Adolescents, and greatly looks forward to a productive, collaborative year. 

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Mrs. Jancy Ott

Physical Science

Mrs. Jancy Ott grew up on a small farm in Idaho, where she learned to love the miraculous world around her. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences education from Brigham Young University. She recently moved from Utah, where she taught integrated science. Mrs. Ott loves Cleveland and is excited to share her love of science with her students.

Educational Consultant

Rabbi Yitzchak Feigenbaum 

Chaviva High School is fortunate to have Rabbi Yitzchak Feigenbaum serve as our Educational Consultant. 

Rabbi Yitzchak Feigenbaum has been educating adolescents and young adults for over forty years. Born in Cleveland, he spent many years studying in Eretz Yisroel and received his smicha from HaGaon HaRav Beinush Finkel zatzal, Rosh Yeshivas Mir, Yerushalayim. 

 

Rabbi Feigenbaum was the first Mashgiach of Aish HaTorah in Jerusalem when it was founded, and in 1978 founded Yeshivat Darche Noam/ Shapell College of Jewish Studies - a yeshiva for university-aged young men with little formal Jewish education. During that time he authored "Understanding The Talmud - A Systematic Guide to Talmudic Logic and Methodology".  In 1987 he and his family moved to Toronto, where he taught in a variety of High Schools for both boys and girls, lectured for Aish HaTorah and Or Sameach, and served as the Scholar in Residence for schools and shuls across North America.

 

In September 2000 he became the founding Principal of Tiferes Bais Yaakov High School for girls. Besides serving as Principal, he personally taught Chumash to 9th Grade and taught his unique Hashkafa course to 10th, 11th and 12th grades. Over the past two decades, he has mentored teachers and principals, counseled young people across the world, and lectured extensively in schools, shuls, and camps in North America, England, Eretz Yisroel, and the former Soviet Union.

One of his missions is to empower all teachers with tools and hashkafos so that their students will not merely have Torah in their life, but will have life in their Torah!

To learn more about Rabbi Feigenbaum and access his shiurim online visit www.rabbiyfeigenbaum.com