About MDS



Educational Leadership

  • Educational Leadership

    Rabbi Ariel Cohen

    Rav Beit Sefer, Principal, Middle School

    Rabbi Ariel Cohen embodies the warmth, care, and generosity of spirit that are the trademarks of MDS. He is an excellent educator who is both admired and loved by his students.

    Rabbi Cohen studied at Yeshivat Hakotel and received semicha (rabbinic ordination) from Yeshivat Ohr Hachaim. Rabbi Cohen made aliyah in 2006 and taught at Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh, before he and his family returned to the States. He began his career at Manhattan Day School in 2010.

    At MDS, Rabbi Cohen has taught Judaic Studies and served as Mashgiach Ruchani and Dean of Students. He is currently the Assistant Principal and Director of Sephardic Education.

    Rabbi Cohen received a Master’s in Educational Leadership, is a certified Positive Discipline Teacher, and is a Fellow of the Legacy YU Teach Cohort.

  • Educational Leadership

    Ms. Shani Skydell

    Director of Early Childhood

    Shani Skydell was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She is a graduate of Brooklyn College and the Hunter School of Social Work (MSW and LCSW). She worked at the JCC of the Five Towns, NY and the Ramaz School before assuming the role of Associate Director of the Magen David Yeshivah Early Childhood Center, and, most recently, the Director of the Early Childhood Division at the Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey (RYNJ). Shani uses her unique background as both a teacher and as a social worker to ensure that each of her students’ individual needs are met. When Morah Shani talks about teaching and describes her approach to educational leadership, it is evident that she is deeply caring, thoughtful, and sincere.

  • Educational Leadership

    Ms. Dolly Masri

    Principal, Lower School

    Mrs. Dolly Masri joins MDS after 12 years in lower school education at Barkei Yeshivah, most recently as the Director of Teaching and Learning. Mrs. Masri institutes and oversees current best educational practices and teachers in 1st-5th grades, ensuring that our Lower School faculty meet the individual needs of every student

  • Educational Leadership

    Dr. Pinchus Feintuch

    Director of Psychological Services

    Dr. Pinny Feintuch supervises our mental health team, collaborating with the administration and faculty to support the mental health of all MDS students

  • Educational Leadership

    Rabbi Elisha Hus

    Assistant Principal, Director of Bridge program

    Mr. Elisha Hus, a proud MDS graduate, joined the MDS faculty in 2013. Since then, he has been a driving force behind many of the innovative and technological advancements seen in the MDS classrooms. Elisha graduated with honors from Yeshiva University in 2012 with a BA in Economics before deciding to pursue a career in education. He then went on to get his Masters Degree from SUNY Albany in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology.

    Mr. Hus is passionate about STEAM education and utilizing technology for all it has to offer students taking a more active role in their learning, and help teachers differentiate learning for each student’s needs. In the day to day of Manhattan Day School, Mr. Hus can be found teaching in the state of the art SmartLab, overseeing the computers curriculum and the middle school 1:1 iPad program, training teachers in various technological classroom tools, and working on many other school wide projects.

Business Leadership

  • Business Leadership

    Cindy Sherman

    Chief Operating Officer
  • Business Leadership

    Elena Grinberg

    Chief Financial Officer
  • Business Leadership

    Allison Rubin

    Director of Development
  • Business Leadership

    Batya Eisenbach

    Director of Admissions
  • Business Leadership

    Julie Hausner

    Director of Communications

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