Board of Trustees

  • Sara Berman, Chair
  • David Gedzelman, Vice-Chair
  • Eli Schaap, Treasurer
  • Ella Zalkind, Secretary
  • Rev. Assemblyman Karim Camara
  • Charles Capetanakis
  • Allyson Galishoff
  • Norman Green
  • Shari Lipner
  • Hindie Weissman

Board of Trustees Meetings 2015-16

Monday, July 27, 2015

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Thursday, November 19. 2015

Thursday, December 17. 2015

Thursday, January 28. 2016

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Thursday, June 23, 2016

All meetings begin at 6:30 PM and take place at 2186 Mill Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11234


David Penberg

Head Of School
David Penberg

Education & Training

  • a Ph.D. , University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Curriculum and Instruction
  • M.S., Bank Street, Leadership and Supervision

Arleen Danon

Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Arleen Danon

Education & Training

  • B.A., Temple University
  • B.H.L., Gratz College
  • H.T.D., Gratz College

I became a teacher because...

I have always delighted in the sheer joy of the “Aha” moment – that magical intersection of just the right circumstances when a person’s face lights up with the glow of “I get it!” Being an educator provides countless opportunities to nurture and share in these moments of discovery that mark the intellectual and emotional development of children. For an educator, there is nothing more fulfilling

My favorite memory from teaching and learning...

As a young adolescent, music was an important portal into Hebrew language and Israeli culture for me. As my music collection increased, so did my vocabulary, along with a deepening appreciation for the rich and varied rhythms so characteristic of Israeli music. When I became a Hebrew language teacher, I came to understand the transformative power that music can have in the language classroom. Hearing my students joyfully singing a song on the playground that I had taught them was very exciting. When they later told me that they wanted the song on their iPods, I realized that this song could have a far-reaching impact on them.

I joined HLA because...

I joined HLA because I love to work with children. I love their curiosity, their imagination,their enthusiasm, and their laughter. And I equally love the Hebrew language. I love to hear it, speak it, read it, and write it. I love its cadence, its expressions, its intonation, and even its idiosyncrasies. As a member of the HLA staff and leadership team, I look forward to contributing to this diverse learning community, where I can interweave these two passions in support of the school’s mission.

My vision for our children at HLA...

My vision for HLA is to continue to develop as a community of learners, where supported by all of the school’s constituencies, each student progresses in Hebrew language proficiency and across all of the disciplines, with confidence and competence, guided by respect for self and others.

Peter Katcher

Middle School Director
Peter Katcher

Education & Training

Robyn Coghlan

General Studies
Robyn Coghlan

Education & Training

My favorite memory from teaching and learning...

When I was in third grade the teacher gave us a writing assignment where we had to describe the career we would like to pursue later on. I couldn’t choose between being a librarian, teacher, banker or flight attendant, so I wrote about them all. The flight attendant career went by the wayside in about 8th grade after I realized it wasn’t a very glamorous job! I was a school librarian for a year and I did work for a period of time, in a bank. And so to teaching: I enjoy all subjects, I love learning and I need to discuss what I am learning. My happiest times growing up were at school and I regularly played teacher with my friends, my dog and even by myself. Early on, I recognized that I had a talent for being able to observe a learner, understand their strengths and know the next thing that they needed to learn. Teaching is where I could I practice my strengths all day, learn about infinite subjects and surround myself with people who have a thirst for learning. My vocation has grown to mean something even more important. Someone once wrote, “What is a life? What do we leave behind that cannot be erased by wind or time or memory?” Teaching someone to be a successful and contributing member of society is why I teach.

I joined HLA because...

I think in almost every teacher’s career there are times when one thinks if I had my own school and could do anything I wanted, I would do… Reading HLA’s charter was like reading about the dream model for a school. HLA has responsibilities and yet, the freedom to choose and emphasize things that I believe are important to education.

My vision for our children at HLA...

I would like to borrow some of the social studies and service learning narrative from the charter as a way of explaining my vision for the children of HLA., that “children will be exposed to a rigorous intellectual tradition that analyzes culture and history in an open and unrestricted way” and there is a desire to “help all children understand and appreciate the value of their own cultural distinctiveness in the context of the shared universal culture. I particularly want the education of our children to be experiential with a focus on the action and reflection process in order to come to deep understandings.