Rabbi Aaron L. Raskin, a dynamic and charismatic leader, hails from a long line of prominent rabbis. His grandfather, Rabbi Jacob J. Hecht, served as official translator to the Lubavitcher Rebbe.
Rabbi Raskin came to Brooklyn Heights in September of 1988 to co-found Congregation B'nai Avraham and to serve as its spiritual leader. As an emissary of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, he inspires his community, including many prominent judges, lawyers, doctors and community leaders, with his elegant and poignant ethical and spiritual guidance.
Many leading publications have profiled Rabbi Raskin, including National Geographic, The New York Times, and The Jerusalem Post.
Rabbi Raskin is also the author of Letters of Light; A Mystical Journey through the Hebrew Alphabet, Guardian of Israel: Miracle Stories of Tefillin and Mezuzah, and the co-author of The Rabbi & The CEO: The 10 Commandments for 21st Century Leaders.
Rabbi Raskin has spoken on five continents, and teaches frequent classes on a variety of topics. More than 200 classes have been recorded and webcast on Jewish.TV and Torah Café. He also has his own YouTube channel, attracting thousands of viewers worldwide each week.
He, his wife Shternie, and children live in Brooklyn Heights, NY.
Marina Pinkhasik has received her BA in Biology Education and MA in the Art of Education from the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. Marina’s professional background includes teaching in regular education as well as special education classrooms. Her teaching experience has spanned elementary, middle school, as well as high school levels.
In addition to teaching the many aspects of science, Marina has also been very active in curriculum building. She has developed and improved on academic curriculum focusing on state standards, as well as non-academic curriculum focusing on relationship and community building.
Marina has developed and led professional development for teachers working with them to adapt lessons for the varying interests and ability levels of students in the same classroom.
Marina lives in Brooklyn with her husband and children.
Ethan Ehrenberg, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist working with children, adolescents, and families who specializes in cognitive behavioral and family systems treatments for anxiety and attention disorders as well as the neuropsychological assessment of learning disorders. He is currently working as a postdoctoral fellow at the NYU Child Study Center.
Dr. Ehrenberg’s research interests are in the development of self-regulation in young people and the effects of anxiety and mood on cognition and learning. He is also interested in the psychological benefits of religious practice and the intersection of psychology and Chassidic philosophy.
Dr. Ehrenberg earned his B.A. in Religion from Swarthmore College and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He completed pre-doctoral training in neuropsychological assessment at the Mount Sinai Medical Center.
Dr. Ehrenberg has been an active member of Congregation B'Nai Avraham for over 14 years. He enjoys spending time with his wife and four children and playing classical piano.
Chaya Raskin was raised under the tutelage of her mother Shternie, founder and Director of Kiddie Korner Preschool, and her father, Rabbi Aaron L. Raskin, spiritual leader of Congregation B'nai Avraham and Chabad of Brooklyn Heights and dean of Brooklyn Heights Jewish Academy. As a young girl, Chaya taught people much beyond her peers. She has developed a passion to inculcate ethics and values into the hearts and minds of our youth, to prepare them to lead the next generation. Chaya has traveled throughout North America, Canada and Israel educating people from toddlers to seniors, and those in need of special education. She is a graduate of Kiddie Korner, Associated Beth Rivkah Schools and Machon Shoshanat Yerushalayim Seminary. Currently Chaya is finishing her BA degree.
Raizy Chein has taught across multiple grade levels and states including Alaska, Illinois, Oregon and New York. Her love of teaching has inspired her to participate in a 2 year extensive teacher training course and encouraged her to continue taking education courses pursuing further professional development, experiences which she eagerly brings into her classroom. Raizy has seen the beauty of teaching first graders who are young enough to enjoy projects and hands on learning, and mature enough to move forward in their growth and education.
Raizy is looking forward to utilizing her creativity to build a positive environment in the classroom where the learning experience for each individual child can reflect growth at their own pace and level.
Miriam is the assistant teacher in the 1st grade classroom.
Growing up in California, Rivky Newman has had an interest in education since she was young. Both her parents are founding members of a thriving and progressive Jewish day school in California. Her keen ability to give each child individual attention is a hallmark of her success in education. Rivky is at ease with technology which she uses successfully in her teaching. Her main experience is in elementary school, teaching virtually all grade levels. She is looking forward to teaching her class in the coming school year!
Michael M. Bast is a US Chess Federation rated expert. He has taught chess professionally at the University of Florida. He makes chess fun for children by endlessly repeating silly rhymes and aphorisms: "Garbage is a-flowing!" "Patzer sees a pawn, patzer takes a pawn!" "A knight on the rim looks dim!" "When in danger or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout!" Bast promises to rein in the more lurid chess stories, until the students are in at least third grade. In his spare time he is an attorney in a medical malpractice firm.
Ricco is a security guard and doorman at Brooklyn Heights Jewish Academy.