Congregation Sons of Israel

Congregation Sons of Israel | 1666 Pleasantville Rd., Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510 | P: 914-762-2700 | |

Religious School Staff

We are proud of our teachers!!

Here at C.S.I. we are very proud of our staff. As in many Hebrew schools, not all of our teachers have a teaching degree, but they are all college graduates, some with advanced degrees. Each teacher takes pride in creating an inviting classroom atmosphere. We participate in teacher training programs and hold frequent meetings. All teachers are certified in first aid and CPR

Roni Shapiro Ben-David
Roni has been the Educational Director of CSI since 1989. She earned her degree in Elementary Education from the University of Texas and has a Master’s degree in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary in conjunction with Columbia University. She also has a license as a certified principal of Solomon Schechter. Roni worked for many years at Camp Ramah. She enjoys teaching adults and children and learning with them.

Maris Aschen
Morah Maris has worked as a CSI Nursery School teacher since 2000 and in 2011; she joined our Religious school staff. She is excited to be teaching our students to love being Jewish.

Talia Friedman
Talia Friedman has always had a passion for teaching children. She has worked as a camp counselor at Ramah Nyack for the past six summers and plans on one day pursuing a career in education. . Talia attended CSI Nursery School, continued on teo Solomon Schechter and had her Bat Mitzvah at CSI She teaches at our nursery school in the mornings and is working in the religious school teaching Hebrew game.

Wendi Reyes
Wendi has been a dedicated educator with extended experience with preschool and elementary students since 1992, including nine years of Jewish religious and preschool experience. She has her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Psychology, has experience teaching special needs students, and has developed emergent and experiential learning curriculum programs through early childhood lessons plans and activities. She’s a published author with her most recent article, “Is Your Youngster Anxious?”, for the Westchester Healthy Family magazine and is currently working to complete her Applied Behavior Analysis certification.

Michelle Korzen
Morah Michelle teaches our youngest Hebrew School children since 2005. She also, teaches in our Nursery School since 1996 as well as after-school programs at Kids Karousel Ltd. Michelle comes to us with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Art and knowledge and experience in working with children with different learning styles.

Caren Shapiro
Morah Caren returns to CSI Religious School to teach Hebrew reading & prayer. She has many years of experience teaching Dalet and has substituted on most grade levels. Caren was an Assistant Principal in the NYC school system. She is well versed in various learning techniques, methodologies and protocols. She is also an attorney. She is looking forward to working once again with the students at CSI.

Andrew Liebert
Andrew graduated from Tufts University in 2017. At Tufts he served as Vice President of both Tufts Hillel and Friends of Israel, helping to foster meaningful Jewish engagement and connection. Andrew has been a member for over 15 years and regularly attends services and reads Torah at CSI. As a former camper and counselor at a Jewish camp, Andrew understands the importance of creating an educated and energized community to ensure that the vibrancy of today’s Jewish life continues long into the future. L’Dor V’Dor.

Sheera Zuckerman
Morah Sheera taught our Lev class and Ulpan class for many years. She is a licensed and certified Elementary Education teacher with over many years of experience teaching and working in the Special Education field. She leads our Shabbat Sheera Club (junior congregation) and Kadima Service Shabbat mornings She has been with our Religious School since 2000.

Faith Kavy
Faith has been teaching at CSI Religious School since 1994. Before that she worked for the Ossining School System. Faith has a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education. She has taught almost every age group in the Religious School, and is currently teaching the Prozdor 2 class (2nd grade).

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