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Staff

Diana Charlop, Operations Manager

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Diana (pronouns: she/her) is a New York native, born and raised in Great Neck, where she grew up participating in her Jewish community, particularly through her love of singing and music. After returning from Vanderbilt University with double majors in Vocal Performance and Medicine Health and Society, Diana has built expertise in operations and administration, both for Jewish organizations such as Beloved Brooklyn and for musical arts non-profits. Currently, she is pursuing her doctorate in School-Community Psychology at Hofstra University. In her free time, Diana loves running, yoga, hiking, and opera.

Diana can be reached by e-mail at operations@ftjc.org

Reyzl Geselowitz, Director of Youth and Family Learning

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Reyzl leads all our educational efforts within Rimonim: A Family Learning Community at FTJC. These include Shabbat mornings, holidays, and the Rimonim Torah School. Reyzl comes to Rimonim from the world of Jewish day school education, having taught Jewish studies for 10 years at the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan. She holds two Master’s degrees in Jewish Studies and Jewish Education from New York University, and was a Wexner Fellow and Davidson Scholar. She also studied in the Beit Midrash program at the Drisha Institute of Jewish Education. Her BA is in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. Reyzl’s diverse teaching experience includes serving on staff at Ramah Day Camp in Nyack, NY, as well as Beth El Temple Center in Belmont, MA, and the Drisha Summer High School Program. Reyzl and her family have been active members of FTJC since 2011. She lives in Washington Heights with her husband Michael and three children.  She can be reached by e-mail at reyzl@ftjc.org

Educators

Hezzy Segal, Rimonim Torah School Shorashim Educator
 

 Hezzy Segal (he/him)  is originally from Minnesota and is currently a student at The Jewish Theological Seminary and Columbia University studying Talmud and Computer Science. He is passionate about Torah and bringing it to young people, having taught at Ansche Chesed and Temple Emanuel of the Pascack Valley, and served as a counselor at Ramah in the Rockies. In his free time, Hezzy enjoys biking, hiking skiing and learning. He is excited to get to know the Fort Tryon  community! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mira Kux, Rimonim Torah School Nitzanim Educator
 

 Mira Kux (she/her) is the Rimonim K-2 educator. Originally from   Maryland, Mira is currently a 3rd year in the dual BA program   between Tel Aviv University and Columbia University majoring in   Middle Eastern Studies and minoring in Hebrew and Jewish   Studies. She has worked in Torah schools and Jewish summer   camps for the past few years in addition to working as an English   tutor for non-native speakers and high school Literature tutor.  In   her free time Mira likes to hike, play piano, and spend time with   friends.

 

 

Dani Apple, Hebrew Partners Online Tutor and Movement Educator
 

Dani Apple (she/her) is our primary tutor for the Hebrew component of our Rimonim Torah School. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, has made a home in the Big Apple! In addition to the FTJC family, she has been a religious school teacher with Town & Village Synagogue, West End Synagogue, Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, and B'nai Jeshurun here in NYC. Dani holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, so lots of music, comedy games, and movement activities are always a go when Dani is teaching!

 

 

 

 

Lilinaz Evans, Shabbat Morning Shorashim (3rd-5th Gr) Educator

Lilinaz (she/her) was born and raised in London, UK, and has worked as head of the Or Shabbat Hebrew School at Westminster Synagogue, teacher at Bromley Synagogue, and tutor at Bromley and the Progressive community in Stockholm. She is currently studying Torah full time in New York, following a career as an engineer in London. She enjoys cooking, crafting and travelling.

 


 

 

 

Sawyer Goldsmith, Shabbat Morning Nitzanim (Pre-K - 2nd grade) Educator

Sawyer Goldsmith (they/them/theirs) has worked as a teacher's aide at synagogues and secular schools, and as a Hebrew and b’nei mitzvah tutor. Currently working professionally at Keshet, Sawyer is a queer and trans, neurodivergent Jewish educator with a passion for all things queer, Jewish, and anything in between. In their free time, Sawyer enjoys cooking and baking and always is in the mood for suggestions. When not at work or in the kitchen, Sawyer, 98% of the time, will be with their dog Trixie and will show you pictures of her, even if you didn’t request them.

 

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