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Staff

Diya Moushahwar, Director of Youth & Family Learning

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Diya (pronouns: they/them) joined the staff team at FTJC in 2021 and has rich experience in Jewish education including four years of teaching at Kolot Chayeinu, a synagogue in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where they developed curricula on topics such as Jewish communities of color, gender and Judaism, and Jewish ritual objects. Diya has also served as a paraprofessional at Beit Rabban Day School and as an educator at the Society for the Advancement of Judaism. Diya is an alum of BMCC and New York University, where they were a GUIDE Scholar and Gallatin Global Human Rights Fellow. Diya is a proud Arab-American from Detroit, and in addition to their work as an educator, they are a folk singer, language-learner, avid reader, illustrator, and community organizer.

Feel free to reach out to Diya by e-mail, diya@ftjc.org

Learn more about Rimonim: A Family Learning Community at FTJC.

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

Educators

Ana Inés Rubinstein, Nitzanim (PreK-2nd Gr) Tefillah Educator
 

Ana Inés Rubinstein (she/her) has been a member of the FTJC community since 2018. She has been an educator for over 20 years, specializing in the performing arts, second language acquisition, and physically integrated dance. She also teaches current and future educators in the Bilingual/TESOL Program of the School of Education at City College, and authored portions of the New York City Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts:Dance. As someone who did not grow up in a religious household, she came to Jewish practice later in life and is excited to explore the joy of Jewish learning with the young children of our community.

 

 

 

 

 

Noa Rubin, Shorashim (3rd-5th Gr) Tefillah Educator
 

Noa Rubin (she/her) is a rising second-year rabbinical student at JTS. Originally from Los Angeles, Noa moved to New York in 2016 to attend Barnard and List College, where she studied Sociology and Talmud. Noa has worked in camp, school, religious school, and tutoring settings. She loves her communities, learning Torah, and dogs, and is so excited to be hanging out with Shorashim on Shabbat mornings.

 

 

 

 

 

Pam Skop, Movement Educator
 

Pam Skop (she/her) is a licensed mental health counselor, yoga teacher, and postpartum doula. Pam is very passionate about early childhood education and prior to her career as a mental health counselor worked as a nanny, preschool teacher assistant, and camp counselor. After receiving her certification as a yoga teacher, Pam has partnered with numerous Jewish institutions to bring the practice of yoga to their youngest members, tying together themes of Judaism and mindfulness, and encouraging emotional and body awareness at a young age. 

 

Dani Apple, Movement Educator & Hebrew Specialist
 

Dani Apple (she/her), 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 in our classrooms!

 

 

 

 


Yael Rayport, Shorashim (3rd-5th Gr) Educator @ Rimonim Torah School
 

Yael Rayport (she/her), born and raised in New York City, joined the FTJC team in 2022. Yael is an alumna of Barnard-List College, majoring in Psychology and Bible. As a Biblical Hebrew grammar tutor and former camp counselor at the 92nd street Y and JCC, Yael is excited to expand on her Jewish teaching experiences at FTJC. At Columbia University, Yael researches developmental psychobiology, collecting newborn infant sleep data. 

 

 

 

 

Casey Sara Lyssy, Nitzanim (K-2nd Gr) Educator @ Rimonim Torah School
 

Casey Sara (she/her) first joined the FTJC community in 2015 and is thrilled to rejoin its team of educators after previously being a Shabbat morning Torah Stories teacher. Casey Sara studied social work and Jewish studies at Hunter College, and is now pursuing a course of study in early childhood education. Outside of her role at FTJC, Casey Sara is a daycare teacher in Washington Heights, and loves games (board, video, roleplaying), country music and books. 

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