Rabbi Joseph Cherns
Rabbi Joseph Cherns has been the menahel at Stein Yeshiva since 1988. Prior to that, Rabbi Cherns was the Director of Special Education at Hillel Academy in Los Angeles. He has taught at prestigious schools such as Toras Emes in Los Angeles, Moriah, Yeshiva of North Jersey, and Westchester Day School.
Rabbi Cherns graduated from Ner Israel Rabbinical College. He learned with Rav Simcha Wasserman ז״ל on the West Coast, and then in kollel at Bais Medrash Elyon, Monsey, NY, where he received semichah from Rabbi Gedalia Schorr ז״ל, Rosh Yeshiva of Bais Medrash Elyon and Yeshiva Torah Vadaath.
In addition, Rabbi Cherns holds a masters degree as a reading specialist from Loyala University. He completed two years post graduate work with Dr. Mary Meeker on J. P. Guilford’s Structure of Intellect, S.O.I, a proven model of intelligence, and how it relates to education. He received advanced certification in this field of multiple intelligence. He has given workshops around the country and trained other professionals.
After forty-two years in chinuch, Rabbi Cherns has synthesized his many years as a rebbe and educational researcher to be an effective administrator, training and supervising teachers. He has the unique ability to maximize each student’s potential. He has written articles for the New York City Principals’ Journal.
Mrs. Sharon Pollock
Sharon Pollock has been the School Administrator at Stein Yeshiva since 1992. Mrs. Pollock received her BA degree from SUC New Paltz and her MA from the College of New Rochelle. Mrs. Pollock is permanently certified to teach nursery through sixth grade in New York State and is a certified Art Therapist. After graduation she worked in New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center in White Plains where she was the Assistant Director of the Therapeutic Activities Department at the psychiatric hospital. She began her career in Jewish education teaching Talmud Torah for twenty-five years in Westchester and worked as a pre-school teacher when her children were growing up.
Mrs. Pollock’s years of experience in education and administration give her both the ability to head the administrative offices of Stein Yeshiva and to interact well with teachers, students, specialists, and parents to enhance a family’s experience at Stein Yeshiva. Whether it is writing a grant, administrating government programs, running the annual yeshiva dinner, or taking potential families on tours, Mrs. Pollock is involved.
Dr. Sandra Spingarn
Director of Admissions
Sandra Spingarn, the Director of Admissions, has been with Stein Yeshiva since 1998. Born and raised In England, Dr. Spingarn received her BA from Sheffield University. Relocating to the United States, she attended SUNY Binghamton where she received her MA and Ph.D.
Dr. Spingarn is a published historian, and has presented papers at the State Department in Washington, as well as other places. She is an award winning teacher who has taught on many levels from elementary school through university. In addition to teaching, Dr. Spingarn is responsible for admissions, budgeting, and much more.
Her enthusiasm and dedication to Stein Yeshiva is evident through the many hats she wears at Stein Yeshiva. Whether it’s welcoming and helping a family get through the admissions process, yeshiva finances, or planning a creative academic unit for her students, Dr. Spingarn is there to help.
Mrs. Davida Fried
Early Childhood Director
Davida Fried is thrilled to be joining the Stein Yeshiva family as our new Early Childhood Director. Morah Davida is an alumna of Yeshiva University’s Stern College. She was amongst the first cohort of students to receive a full academic scholarship through the Legacy Heritage Scholarship and to graduate from Stern College in the Legacy Heritage Fellowship for Future Jewish Educators. Morah Davida has her Masters of Science and Education from Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration. From 2012 to 2017, Morah Davida taught in Jewish Day Schools in both Riverdale and Westchester, New York. Morah Davida has worked since the summer of 2015 as the Early Childhood Director of Camp Regesh in New Jersey (formally located in Monsey). Morah Davida lives in Riverdale with her husband Shimon (a Stein Yeshiva alumnus) and their son, Joseph (a Stein Yeshiva student).