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Physical Education

Mrs. Noreen Ciano was born and raised in western Pennsylvania, where she enjoyed horseback riding, sledding, snowmobiling, and other outdoor activities with her six siblings.  Married in 1980, she moved to Elizabeth, where she raised her four children.  Noreen began working in the Jewish community in 1985, when she was hired as a group exercise instructor at the YM-YWHA of Union.  Over the next 28 years, she has instructed swimming, water aerobics, toddler gym classes, all sports, and gymnastics, as well as personal training/weight room resistance training.  She also teaches children at the House of Prayer in Cranford.  Her passion is to see children and adults live an active lifestyle by doing the things they enjoy.

Grade 2 Judaic Studies/Physical Education

Already beloved for her work as a second grade Morah, we are pleased to benefit from Mrs. Levy's multi-dimensional talents as our primary physical education instructor. Morah Levy served as sports director and then head counselor in Camp Bnos (Liberty, NY) from 2006 - 2010, and currently serves as program director of Camp Neranina in Lakewood, NJ. Morah Levy is very enthused to be able to share her co-curricular expertise with thirteen of our classes.

Art Instructor

Mrs. Charlotte Rakovsky, a JEC/Bruriah graduate, is by profession a pediatric dental hygienist.  In her current work, she combines her two greatest passions: appreciation of the arts and love of children.  Mrs. Rakovsky’s professional training in the arts includes attendance at the New Jersey Visual Arts Center in Summit, NJ, and Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, Israel.  Before returning to her alma mater, Charlotte taught at the Central Hebrew High School and Solomon Schechter Hebrew Day School in New Jersey.

As a loving and dedicated mother of four, Charlotte has gently and effectively enhanced our students’ appreciation of Judaic and General Studies though the medium of hands-on art projects.  Mrs. Rakovsky’s many bulletin boards adorn the Yeshiva with a variety of themes throughout the year, and demonstrate how Mrs. Rakovsky has brought out the best of our students’ creativity, individuality, and style.

Music Instructor

Mrs. Chana Salamon has been the music teacher at the Yeshiva of Elizabeth since 1996.  Before joining the faculty of the Yeshiva of Elizabeth, she worked in Park East Day school in Manhattan, in Hebrew schools in Brooklyn and in various schools in Tel-Aviv and Tiberias.  Mrs. Salamon started her musical education by playing the piano at the age of 7, and graduated from Anzagi School of Music in Tel-Aviv.  She studied Musicology and Tanach in Michlala Jerusalem, and has a teaching certificate from the Israeli Board of Education.  Mrs. Salamon instills the love of music to her students through music appreciation, Hebrew and English songs and learning to play an instrument.

Besides her teaching responsibilities, Mrs. Salamon conducts the Yeshiva of Elizabeth Choir,  and is involved throughout the year in producing assemblies for the Judaic and General Studies and conducting outside performances with her students.  Rabbi Schwartz, Principal, has often remarked that “Mrs. Salamon is the greatest piece of public relations that we have here at the Yeshiva of Elizabeth.”  She resides in Elizabeth with her husband and three children, and in her free time loves to read and travel.

Librarian

Mrs. Sherry Snyder was licensed by New York State in Junior High School Education and taught English Language Arts at RJJ in Staten Island for nine years, after which she assumed the mantle of school librarian for RJJ Boy’ and Girls’ divisions for five years. She then joined Magen David Elementary School where she was General Studies Librarian for a student body of 1400, focusing on language, literature and research curriculum. As school librarian, Mrs. Snyder serves both the Yeshiva and Mesivta, assisting students and facilitating their research and study skills. Mrs. Snyder is married with three children, and lives in Staten Island. She is the proud parent of Bruriah and RTMA alumni.

Computers Instructor/Media Specialist

Ms. Lori Vedvik teaches computer skills to the elementary students at the Yeshiva of Elizabeth, and is also responsible for many of the graphic design and video needs of Yeshiva faculty.  Ms. Vedvik earned a B.A. in Education from William Paterson University, and later returned to school to earn a degree in graphic design.  Prior to working at the Yeshiva of Elizabeth, Ms. Vedvik worked for a multimedia company specializing in integrating technology into school curricula by training teachers in various areas of technology, ranging from computer basics to video technology, and wrote company software training manuals.  She also taught computers at a private school for more than 10 years, specializing in video creation and digital photography.

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