EXECUTIVE BOARD
ADMINISTRATION
Rabbi Yaakov Reisman
Rabbinical Consultant
Mrs. Naomi Nadata
Program Director
Mr. Avi Weinstock
President
Mrs. Alice Feltheimer
Educational Coordinator
Dr. Norman N. Blumenthal
Chairman Board of Education
Rabbi Moishe Waxman
Hebrew Curriculum Coordinator
Mr. Richard Altabe
Vice President
Dr. Suri Weinreb
Staff Psychologist
Mr. Paul Reinstein
Vice President
Mr. Shimmie Ehrenreich
Executive Director
Mr. Moishe Mishkowitz
Vice President
 

NORMAN N. BLUMENTHAL, Ph.D.
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
Dr. Norman Blumenthal is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Cedarhurst, New York. Having received his masters in 1976 and doctorate in 1981 from Adelphi University, he is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Education of CAHAL. In addition, Dr. Blumenthal serves as the Coordinator of Group Psychotherapy Training for Interns and Residents at the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System and consultant to TOVA - a mentoring program for disenfranchised teens. A past Vice President and current Board member of NEFESH (The International Network of Orthodox Mental Health Professionals), Dr. Blumenthal also runs a program for parental loss and grief for Chai Lifeline and recently assumed the position as Education Director of the Bella and Harry Wexner Kollel Elyon and Semikha Honors Program at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University which provides training in counseling, public speaking and the like to prospective rabbis.

Dr. Blumenthal has been instrumental in the growth and development of the CAHAL program since its inception. As CAHAL’s founder, he served as the first president of the organization and remains an active member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Board of Education. He supervises the staff psychologists and is a consultant to the CAHAL administration and teachers.

NAOMI NADATA
PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Naomi Nadata has been the Program Director of CAHAL since its inception in the summer of 1992. She is responsible for all educational aspects of the program including staff selection and supervision, student admissions, parent communication and support, interaction with mainstream staff and administration, curriculum design and staff training and development.

Prior to her position in CAHAL, Mrs. Nadata spent twelve years as Resource Room Coordinator at Yeshiva Tifereth Moshe and the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County, where she established and coordinated their resource room programs.

From 1997 through 2002, Mrs. Nadata served as a member of the Presidium of the Council of Jewish Special Educators, a coalition of special educators in yeshivas and Jewish day schools providing staff development and networking opportunities, sponsored by the Board of Jewish Education of New York. In 1999, Mrs. Nadata participated in a New York State workshop contributing to the development of the fourth grade social studies state assessment for Goals 2000.

Mrs. Nadata has presented workshops at various Jewish day schools and teacher training programs throughout the tri-state area. In addition, she has traveled to many states to provide support and workshops to communities designing and implementing special education programs modeled after CAHAL.

Mrs. Nadata has a BA degree from Barnard College in psychology and general education, and an MA degree from New York University in learning disabilities. She earned New York State certifications in School Administration and Supervision and School District Administration at Queens College.

ALICE FELTHEIMER
EDUCATIONAL COORDINATOR
Alice Feltheimer is the Educational Coordinator for the CAHAL Program. In this capacity Mrs. Feltheimer has developed curriculum and special projects for the learning disabled students within the CAHAL program. Mrs. Feltheimer coordinates the related services for each class. These services include: speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and counseling. She is responsible for coordinating all New York City and Nassau County CSE (Committee of Special Education) paperwork. She guides parents through the CSE process and along with Mrs. Nadata, attends all CSE meetings. Mrs. Feltheimer meets with staff members on a regular basis and is responsible for the English studies staff development within the program. She is responsible for the purchasing and the implementation of special education materials for each CAHAL class. Mrs. Feltheimer coordinates the English Resource Library. As Curriculum Coordinator her other responsibilities include, evaluating students for class placement, and participating in the hiring and supervision of teachers and assistants.

Mrs. Feltheimer has a B.A. degree from Brooklyn College, and Masters degrees in Reading and General Education. Prior to her current position, Mrs. Feltheimer was a Master Teacher in the New York City Public School system with extensive experience in teaching English as a second language, general education, special education and classes for gifted students. She also directed many workshops for New York City teachers in these areas. Mrs. Feltheimer spent over sixteen years in the New York City Public School system prior to assuming her current position as the CAHAL Educational Coordinator.

DR. SURI WEINREB
STAFF PSYCHOLOGIST
Dr. Suri Weinreb, Psy.D, is the staff child psychologist consulting exclusively for the CAHAL program. She was educated in the New York metropolitan area. Dr. Weinreb received a Masters degree in Education along with an Advanced Certificate in School Psychology from the Graduate School at Brooklyn College. She completed her doctorate at Ferkauf Graduate School for Psychology.

Dr. Weinreb brings many years of clinical experience in the yeshiva setting to her role with our CAHAL students. She interacts with our students both, on an individual basis and in the classroom setting. Each child’s individualized psycho-educational goals are developed in consultation with the classroom teacher. Dr. Weinreb is committed to enabling each student to thrive in both his and her educational development and in becoming successful and active members of their communities.

Dr. Weinreb lives in Woodmere with her husband and four children where she is an active member of her shul, children’s schools, and community.

RABBI MOISHE WAXMAN
HEBREW CURRICULUM COORDINATOR
Rabbi Moishe Waxman has been teaching Judaic Studies for CAHAL since 1999. In September 2005 Rabbi Waxman was appointed Hebrew Curriculum Coordinator for CAHAL.

Rabbi Waxman is a graduate of Yeshiva Harbotzas Torah High School, and studied at Yeshivas Mir Yerushalayim in Israel from 1992-1994. After two years learning in Kollel Harbotzas Torah, Rabbi Waxman attended Touro College until 2000. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and a minor in Psychology. Rabbi Waxman continued his education and received a Masters of Science in Special Education in 2002. He has New York State certification in Special Education.

Rabbi Waxman spent 3 years as an assistant teacher at Yeshiva Darchei Torah before becoming a teacher of Judaic studies at the CAHAL class at Yeshiva Ketana of Long Island. After 3 years there he moved to the CAHAL class at the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway where he taught first through fourth grade until 2010. Rabbi Waxman is currently the Judaic studies teacher for the CAHAL third grade class in Yeshiva of South Shore.

As Hebrew Curriculum Coordinator, Rabbi Waxman’s responsibilities are to organize and disseminate all Judaic Studies teacher developed materials within the CAHAL program. He will also be providing curriculum development support for the CAHAL Judaic studies staff.