MEET THE HALB TEAM

  • MR. RICHARD ALTABE
    LOWER SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
    MR. RICHARD ALTABE
    LOWER SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

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  • RABBI DR. URIEL LUBETSKI
    MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
    RABBI DR. URIEL LUBETSKI
    MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

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  • RABBI YEHUDA FOGEL
    DIRECTOR OF JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL BOYS
    RABBI YEHUDA FOGEL
    DIRECTOR OF JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL BOYS

    Rabbi Yehuda A. Fogel, MA, serves as the director of the Junior High School boys division and director of student activities grades 1-8. He represents HALB’s vision, philosophy, and educational objectives while managing day-to-day operations of the Junior High School. He also has overall responsibility for extra-curricular programs, religious and academic programing, leadership, and supervision of Limudei Kodesh faculty and school policies. Rabbi Fogel cultivates an environment that promotes respect and appropriate decorum in all aspects of student life by establishing a strong rapport with the students. He conducts ongoing communication with students, teachers and parents regarding students’ progress. Rabbi Fogel is also responsible for keeping and updating the school calendar and communicating all events to participating parties.    

    Rabbi Fogel joined HALB in 2006 and has taught 5-8th grade subjects including Gemara, Chumash, Navi, Yediot Klaliot, and Dinim. He also served as the Junior High School Boys guidance counselor, Rabbi Fogel attended Yeshivas Ohr Hachaim where he received his Semicha.  Rabbi Fogel graduated Suma Cum Laude from Lander College of Arts & Sciences with a BA in Psychology. He Graduated with his MA in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University. While at Columbia, he served as the Program Ambassador of the Counseling and Clinical Psychology Department. He has been a member of a research team at Columbia University and has researched and published in areas, including pathways of religious and spiritual development in adolescence, specifically pertaining to depression, attachment, addiction, and posttraumatic growth. Rabbi Fogel lives in Woodmere NY with his wife Yocheved and their four boys. Rabbi Fogel is grateful for the opportunity to be part of such an integral educational institution, administration and staff. Most importantly he is thankful for the opportunity to help his students grow and prepare for their lives ahead.

  • GAIL RUSGO
    DIRECTOR OF GENERAL STUDIES GRADES 1-5
    GAIL RUSGO
    DIRECTOR OF GENERAL STUDIES GRADES 1-5

    Mrs. Gail Rusgo is the Director of General Studies for Grades 1-5, implementing and modifying the curriculum, as well training and evaluating teachers and assistant teachers.  She has been a part of the HALB Administration for the past 4 years, and previously taught Literacy in the HALB Junior High School Learning Center.  With a Master's in Early Childhood/Elementary School Education and Literacy (K-12), Mrs. Rusgo worked for the NYC Board of Education for 10 years, as a teacher in grades 1-5 as well as a Staff Developer.  When asked about her experiences at HALB, Mrs. Rusgo stated "It is incredible how the HALB teachers and administrators have learned how to use technology to increase communication with students and parents, maximize time, and address the different learning styles in the classroom."

     

  • MARJORIE WEIN
    ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL GENERAL STUDIES, MIDDLE SCHOOL
    MARJORIE WEIN
    ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL GENERAL STUDIES, MIDDLE SCHOOL

    Marjorie Wein is the Associate Principal of the Middle School for General Studies.  Prior to HALB, Mrs. Wein taught at North Shore Hebrew Academy, the Yeshiva of Central Queens, and Bnos Malka Academy. She has served as department head of social studies, supervised mentoring programs for new teachers, and developed interdisciplinary curricula for humanities.  Mrs. Wein is a strong advocate of professional development and is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Educational Administration at Brooklyn College. She holds a BA from Brandeis University , an MA from Harvard University, and she was a Visiting Scholar at Princeton University.  In collaboration with her dedicated faculty, Mrs. Wein plans to evaluate and enhance the Middle School General Studies curriculum as part of a larger initiative to meaningfully incorporate the Common Core State Standards.  Mrs. Wein is already part of the HALB family as the parent of two SKA students, but in her new role, she is excited to get to know the HALB middle school students and their individual families in the years to come.

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