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Rabbi Yerachmiel Garfield, Ed.D.

Head of School


In 2010, Rabbi Yerachmiel Garfield moved to Houston to lead YTE. Having grown up in Pennsylvania, Rabbi Garfield continued his rabbinic studies after high school. He studied for four years in Jerusalem, under the tutelage of Rabbi Zvi Kushelevsky. After, he relocated to Baltimore, MD, where he earned a Bachelor of Talmudic Law from Ner Israel Rabbinical College. He received Smicha from Rabbi Berel Wein, which completed his Rabbinic Ordination.


In 2001, Rabbi Garfield moved with his young family to Atlanta. He began teaching ninth grade in the newly founded Yeshiva Ohr Yisrael, where he would eventually become the assistant principal. Rabbi Garfield received the Jewish Federation’s "Educator of the Year" award in 2006, representing all Jewish day schools in Atlanta. Concurrent to his teaching, Rabbi Garfield served for six years as the school counselor at the Torah Day School of Atlanta and as youth director at Congregation Ariel.


Rabbi Garfield holds a M.S. in Counseling and a Post-Masters Certificate in Supervision and Administration from Johns Hopkins University. He is also a Georgia state certified principal and has completed the Torah Umesorah National Fellowship for Principals program. He holds a Doctorate in Education from the University of Houston. 


Rabbi Garfield has presented at the Torah Umesorah’s National Educators Conference and has written for Hamodia, a national Jewish newspaper. During the summer Rabbi Garfield returns to Baltimore where he serves as an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, School of Education.

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Rabbi Moshe Segelman

Menahel- Boys


Rabbi Moshe Segelman is an alumnus of Yeshiva Gedolah of Cliffwood where he studied under R’ Shimon Alster shlit''a for 9 years, whom he still keeps a close relationship with. He then joined Bais Medrash Mayan Hatorah in Lakewood as a Shol U’meishiv and Rosh Chabura, and served as a mentor for the boys as well. He went on to teach 7th and 8th grade in Politz Hebrew Academy for 5 years, where he also served as the Assistant Principal for the boys division. He also directed a camp in the greater Philadelphia area during the summers.

Mrs. Melissa Truelove

General Studies Principal



Mrs. Melissa Truelove joined Yeshiva Torat Emet in 2017. She has over 15 years of experience in education. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Arizona and an M.Ed. from Northern Arizona University in Educational Leadership. Mrs. Truelove started her career as a teacher for 10 years at Tucson Hebrew Academy in Arizona. She has taught many elementary and middle school grades and subjects, for which she has received multiple national awards. Mrs. Truelove is passionate about many aspects of education, including: curriculum development, instructional coaching, data-driven instruction, and presenting professional development workshops.

Mrs. Esti Littman

Early Childhood Director

Mrs. Esti Littman joined the staff of YTE in 2011 as a teacher, and now serves as director of the early childhood program. Since 1997, Mrs. Littman has taught children with varying learning styles and abilities in integrated preschool classrooms, dedicated resource rooms, and traditional environments. She also served as an administrator at the renowned School for Children with Hidden Intelligence (SCHI) in Lakewood, NJ. Mrs. Littman’s diverse educational experience reaching children on a wide range of developmental levels enriches her work at YTE.

Mrs. Littman graduated from Thomas Edison State College with a B.A. in Psychology and earned her M.S. in Special Education in 2001 from Adelphi University.

Rabbi Chaim Helprin

Assistant Principal, Limudei Kodesh- Boys

Rabbi Chaim Helprin has worked in the field of education as a rebbe/teacher, student activities coordinator, and middle school coordinator since 2003. Rabbi Helprin learned in Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim for 10 years and received Smicha from Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg, Av Beth Din, Jerusalem. Rabbi Helprin holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Thomas Edison State College, Trenton NJ and a M.A. in Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University.


Mrs. Devorah Ouzzan

Assistant Principal, Limudei Kodesh- Girls

5th Grade Girls Limudei Kodesh

Mrs. Devorah Ouzzan began her teaching career as an Early Childhood teacher in Toronto, Canada. She holds a Bachelors Degree from Waterloo University with a focus in social development studies. She has called Houston home since 2013 and has found her passion working as a Judaic studies teacher for both elementary and upper school grades at YTE. 


Rabbi Yisroel Shulman

Executive Director

Rabbi Shulman was a student at Yeshiva Gedola of Passaic, which is under the leadership of Rev Meir Stern, and then at Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, NJ.  In September 2020 he moved to Houston with his family to join the Kollel of Houston, and the Shulmans quickly became integral members of the Houston Jewish community.  After 3 successful years in the Kollel of Houston, Rabbi Shulman is excited about his next step.  He values and is passionate about the importance of education, and looks forward to becoming a partner in building the future of Houston's children.


Mrs. Joanna Pines

Director of Development


Ms. Azriela Hicks



Mrs. Dina Jakubowicz

Early Childhood

Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Faige Grossman

Student Support Coordinator

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Mrs. Aviva Eisenberger

Kriah Support


Mrs. Avigayil Biron

Administrative Assistant

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Rabbi Dovid Gewirtz

School Administrator


Mrs. Ruthy Solaimani

Student Support Specialist (Grades 6th-8th)


Mrs. Miriam Litvinchouk

Ivrit Coordinator

1st Grade Boys and Girls and

3rd Grade Boys and Girls Ivrit

Ms. Tish Neff

Office Manager


Ms. Ciarra Fuerst

General Studies Administrative Assistant


Mrs. Michal Soussan

Upper School Girls programming

8th Grade Girls Limudei Kodesh

2022–2023 FACULTY

Ms. Miriam Albaz

2nd and 3rd Grade Girls

Limudei Kodesh


Mrs. Batya Berger

Nursery B


Mrs. Kate Adler

Kindergarten C

General Studies


Rabbi Dovid Biron

7th Grade Boys

Limudei Kodesh

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Mrs. Elisa Behar

Toddlers A

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Mrs. Elisheva Bresler

Pre-K C

Rabbi Aaron Berger

8th Grade Boys
Limudei Kodesh

Ms. Miri Brookhim

Tiny Toddlers C

Mrs. Shira Buchwald

Early Childhood Assistant Director

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Mrs. Naomi Brach

Tiny Toddlers A

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Mrs. Orly Fuerst

6th- 8th Grade Boys and 7th- 8th Grade Girls Language Arts


Mr. Chris Fagbayi

5th- 8th Grade Boys and 6th- 8th Grade Girls Science


Ms. Cindy Bunch

4th Grade Boys and Girls General Studies

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Mrs. Chevi Gewirtz

2nd Grade Girls General Studies

Rabbi Binyamin Goetz

1st Grade Boys Limudei Kodesh

Mrs. Chaviva Granitsky

Upper School Girls Limudei Kodesh


Mrs. Chavy Gruman

5th Grade Girls General Studies


Rabbi Mordechai Kaye

6th Grade Girls Limudei Kodesh, Gemara Support

Rabbi Eliezer Kessler

3rd Grade Boys A & B
Limudei Kodesh


Mrs. Riva Korn

Kindergarten Limudei Kodesh


Mrs. Shulamis Kaye

4th and 6th Grade Girls Limudei Kodesh

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Mrs. Shawna Kullman

Kindergarten General Studies


Mrs. Sori Kellner

7th Grade Girls

Limudei Kodesh


Rabbi Eli Litvintchouk

6th-8th Grade Boys and Girls Math

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Mrs. Lisa Loewenthal

Nursery C


Ms. Debra Pinnock

3rd Grade Boys and Girls General Studies

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Mrs. Caroline Miltch

Ivrit, 3rd Grade Boys

and 4th Grade Boys and Girls


Ms. Leah Ort

3rd Grade Girls Limudei Kodesh


Rabbi Rafi Mollot

2nd Grade Boys Limudei Kodesh


Mrs. Ira Shkore

Tiny Toddlers B


Mrs. Tahlia Mollot

6th- 8th Grade Girls Social Studies, 6th- 8th Grade Boys Social Studies

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Rabbi Moshe Stewart

5th Grade Boys
Limudei Kodesh


Rabbi Azriel Jakubowicz

5th Grade Boys

Limudei Kodesh


Mrs. Ariela Miller

2nd Grade Boys General Studies

Mrs. Fraydee Wender

1st Grade Limudei Kodesh


Mrs. Chevi Friedman

Kindergarten C


Mrs. Jessica Toso

Pre-K B


Mrs. Rivka Wiggins

Pre-K A


Mrs. Deborah Nestlebaum

7th Grade Girls Tefila and History


Mrs. Hadassah Brown

Toddlers B

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Mrs. Chaya Liba Yurowitz

Nursery A


Mrs. Temi Glazer

Nursery B

Mr. Tyrone Tyson

5th Grade Boys Math, Social Studies, and Language Arts

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