Beit Rabban is strengthened by the leadership of a dedicated team of administrators and educators with many years of experience at top Jewish day schools, independent and public schools, and in non-profit management.
Rabbi Andrew Davids, Head of School
Bringing over twenty-five years of involvement in Jewish education and leadership, Rabbi Andrew Davids serves as the Head of School of Beit Rabban, supervising both the educational staff and the administrative side of the school. He also works with the Board of Trustees on finance, management and strategic planning, the philanthropic activity of the school, recruitment & admissions. Andrew was ordained in Jerusalem by the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, and holds graduate degrees in nonprofit management and in Hebrew literature. A graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education Principals Center Art of Leadership certificate program, Andrew is also a doctoral student in educational leadership at the Jewish Theological Seminiary.
Mary Peldman, Principal
Mary Peldman leads our educational team as Principal of Beit Rabban. In addition to supporting students, Mary supervises the faculty and works closely with the educational leadership of the school. In addition, Mary oversees recruitment and admissions efforts for Beit Rabban and works on exmissions, helping our current families prepare for smooth transitions to other day schools as they prepare for graduation. Prior to stepping into her role as a member of the administration, Mary served on the faculty at Beit Rabban for five years. She graduated from Bank Street College of Education with a Master’s degree in General Elementary Education and also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hunter College. Prior to arriving at Beit Rabban, Mary was a teaching intern at a progressive New York City private school and worked as an assistant teacher in a Jewish day school.
Rabbi Mick Fine, Director of Hebrew Language Curriculum and Instruction
Rabbi Mick Fine is a member of the faculty and senior staff of Beit Rabban as teacher and Director of the school’s Hebrew program. Ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary, Mick holds a MA in Teaching Hebrew from Brandeis University and a BA in Hebrew from the Ohio State University. Mick has served on the faculty of the Abraham Joshua Heschel School of New York and Solomon Schechter of Manhattan. He has held positions focused on rabbinics, curriculum development and social justice at Mazon, Storahtelling, Congregation B’nai Jeshurun and the Jewish Journey Project and has trained with the Teva Learning Center, Jewish New Teachers Project, NETA, and DeLeT.
Shira Rodriguez, Curriculum Director and Gan (Early Childhood Center) Director
Shira Rodriguez is now in her twelth year at Beit Rabban where she has taught for four years in Garinim in the elementary program and for seven year as a teacher in the Gan. As Curriculum Director, Shira works closely with the Principal and the members of the educational team to provide direction and support to teachers seeking educational resources. Shira received her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College, her MSW from Hunter College, and her BA from Barnard College. In her third year as leader of the Gan, Shira support to all of the faculty and students in the Gan and leadership in the area of curriculum development and program for our early childhood students.
Kayla Ross, Administrative Assistant
Kayla Ross works in our office as the primary point of contact with the public and as a key resource for the teachers, staff and children of the school. In addition to assisting with a wide range of administrative tasks, Kayla also serves as the school’s Health Clerk, providing children with support when they are feeling ill and keeping track of any treatment they receive. Kayla holds a BA in Psychology from Stern College of Yeshiva University and studied abroad for a year at Midreshet AMIT. A day school graduate from Pittsburgh, Kayla has worked as a teacher’s aide at the Hillel Academy of Pittsburg, an office assistant at Yeshiva University’s Office of Housing, and a food supervisor in their Food Services. She has also worked extensively for her mother’s catering business and was team captain of the Yeshiva University fencing team.
Avi Steinberg, Whole School Programs Coordinator
Avi Steinberg is returning for his eighth year at Beit Rabban where he has served as a shadow and teacher in the Kevutzot. In addition to serving as a member of the faculty, Avi helps coordinate whole school programming such as Beit Rabban B’Yachad, Kabbalat Shabbat, and celebrations related to holidays. Avi, a graduate of Yeshiva University with a B.A. in English Literature, holds a Master of Education degree fromBank Street College. Avi also has a certificate from Ivriyon, an intensive ulpan for day school teachers at the Jewish Theological Seminary and is a gifted illustrator and cartoonist.
Barbara Stern, Child and Education Specialist
Barbara Stern serves as the Child and Education Specialist. Barbara Stern holds Master’s degrees in education from Bank Street College and social work from Hunter College School of Social Work. Prior to working at Beit Rabban, she served on the faculty of Bank Street College, founded and ran a parents center, and developed a literacy assessment tool for the NYC Department of Education. She continues to practice psychotherapy with children and adults, run parent workshops, and conduct staff development for teachers.
Nicole Weiss, Administrative Director
Nicole Weiss serves as the Administrative Director at Beit Rabban. She works on all issues related to the administrative side of the school, including financial management, tuition, financial aid, marketing, development, human resources, and facilities. Nicole has worked as an executive in the Jewish community for more than a decade, serving as a member of the administration of Central Synagogue in New York City, the senior manager for year-round programs for Young Judaea, a consultant, program director and department director for the Departments of Youth and Jewish Family Concerns of the Union for Reform Judaism. Holding both BSW and MSW degrees from the University of Texas, Nicole also holds a certificate in Non-Profit Management and Philanthropic Studies. She is also an accomplished chef and is the founder of Coterie Cuisine.