Administration

 Malka Popper

Phone: 206-232-5272 x516

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Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts from Stern College; Masters in Bible and Talmud from Yeshiva University; Senior Fellowship at the Graduate Program for Advanced Talmudic Studies.

Malka Popper

Assistant Head of School

Talmud/Rabbinics

Mrs. Malka Popper is the Assistant Head of School and a Talmud instructor. A Seattle native and graduate of SHA and NYHS, Mrs. Popper attended Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim from 2001-2003 and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Stern College in 2005. After college, she studied Talmud at The Graduate Program for Advanced Talmudic Studies at YU, was awarded a Senior Fellowship and received a Master’s in Bible and Talmud. In addition to her academic studies, Malka was the Educational Fellow at the Jewish Center of Manhattan from 2006-2009, Visiting Scholar at Congregation Ohev Shalom - The National Synagogue in Washington DC in 2009-2010, and served as the Development of Operations for The Organization for the Resolution of Agunot from 2008-2010.

Ms. Beth Davis

Phone: 206-232-5272 ext519

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Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors in Sociology from Virginia Tech Masters in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota

Ms. Beth Davis

School Counselor

This will be Beth's first year as the school counselor at Northwest Yeshiva High School  She was born and raised in the greater DC area and recently moved to Washington.  She earned a Master’s Degree in counseling from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor’s Degree in sociology from Virginia Tech. Prior to joining NYHS, Beth was a school counselor in Virginia before making her way out to the West Coast.

Ms. Melissa Rivkin

Phone: 206-232-5272 x515

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Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor's degree in History from Barnard College

Ms. Melissa Rivkin

Director of Advancement and Admissions

Melissa Rivkin came to NYHS in the spring of 2008. Melissa spent seven years as a lay leader on the board of the Seattle Hebrew Academy and the chair of their Development Committee.  She decided to make her passion for Jewish education a new career at NYHS.  Melissa believes that Jewish education is the key to our Jewish future and that investing in Jewish education is a wonderful way to ensure the future!

Prior to joining NYHS, Melissa earned a bachelor's degree from Barnard College and spent 3 years teaching overseas at the Leysin American School in Switzerland and the American International School in Israel.  After returning to Seattle, Melissa opened the American School of English, an ESL school in Seattle's University District which she owned and operated for 17 years.

Melissa enjoys traveling, reading and practicing hot yoga.  She lives near Greenlake with her husband, David and their two sons, Mathias and Ezra.

Mr. Patrick Young

Phone: 206-232-5272 x517

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Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, with a writing emphasis, University of Washington

Mr. Patrick Young

Business and Facilities Manager

Mr. Young did Undergraduate study at the University of Southern California, emphasizing economics and cinema.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, with a writing emphasis, University of Washington, as well as study of financial accounting, managerial accounting, and accounting principles. He held auditing, bookkeeping, and managerial responsibilities at Executive Court Suites. Patrick joined the Yeshiva office staff in 1995, and became Business Manager and Coordinator of Technology in 2000.

Mr. Edison Leonen

Phone: 206-232-5272 x510

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Mr. Edison Leonen

Office & Graphics Manager/Assistant to Head of School/Registrar

Mr. Leonen joined NYHS in 2008. He brings a solid background in administration management, graphics and marketing to the NYHS Team. He attended University of Washington and has worked for corporate firms such as Hart Crowser, LMN Architects and KPFF. A mix of Filipino, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian, he was born in Manila, Philippines, moved to Guam at the age of four, and then off to Bellevue, WA in 1986. While NYHS keeps Edison quite busy, he manages to stay sane by spending time with family, friends and his favorite pets, Pika and Pumi.  Edison also enjoys traveling, fine arts, photography, music, sports and volunteer work.

Ms. Alexandra Zelle Rettman

Phone: 206-232-5272 x521

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Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Film, Television and Interactive Media, graduated Cum Laude from Brandeis University

Ms. Alexandra Zelle Rettman

Director of Student Life

Alexandara Zelle Rettman joins the NYHS staff as the Director of Student Life. In her new capacity she will work closely with our students to help create and implement innovative and inspiring programming on and off campus. A Seattleite born and bred, she attended SJCS, SHA and NYHS 2010. After high school, Zelle attended Rothberg International School at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, during the fall of 2010. She then graduated Cum Laude from Brandeis University in 2014 having received the Brandeis National Committee Presidential Award for academic merit and campus leadership.

At Brandeis, Zelle majored in Sociology and Film, Television and Interactive Media, and acquired two minors in Creative Writing and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. After college Zelle returned to her beloved hometown and for the past year has been working for local organizations including the U District Partnership, King County Crisis Clinic and Stroum Jewish Community Center.

 Rabbi Chaim Weiss

Phone: 206-232-5272 x548

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Degrees and Certifications:

Rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva B’nei Torah, Long Island, New York; Masters of Science Degree in Special Education from Adelphi University

Rabbi Chaim Weiss

Director of Learning Resources

Tanach (Bible) and Talmud (Rabbinics)

Rabbi Weiss is an Alumnus of Northwest Yeshiva High School, Class of 1990. He undertook Rabbinical studies at, and Rabbinate from, Yeshiva B’nei Torah, Long Island, New York. He has a Master of Science Degree in Special Education from Adelphi University.  Most recently, a Judaic Studies teacher, student affairs coordinator, and Honor Society Advisor at Yeshivat Rambam in Baltimore, Maryland. Previously, a special education teacher and director of vocational education for Mesivta Chaim Shlomo, Far Rockaway, New York, and administrator for Masoret: Institute of Advanced Judaic Studies, Inwood, New York.  He Has worked as a rebbe, head counselor, and director at various Jewish summer camps. Rabbi Weiss joined the Yeshiva faculty in 2003 as Torah Studies instructor and Director of Learning Resources.

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