Head of School
Rabbi Yehuda Gabay
Rabbi Gabay, NYHS’s new head of school, comes to us from Cincinnati, Ohio, where he served most recently as Associate Principal of Cincinnati Hebrew Day School from 2020-2022. Prior to Cincinnati, he served as General Judaic Director and Director of Jewish Life at Instituto Albert Einstein, a 900-student school in Panama City, Panama from 2011-2019. Gabay has additional experience as a youth rabbi. Rabbi Gabay holds an MS in Education Administration and Leadership summa cum laude from Fort Hays State University and a BS from Excelsior College. His rabbinic ordination was completed at Aish HaTorah, and he has additional leadership training at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Director of Judaic Studies - School Rabbi
Rabbi Naftali Rothstein
Rabbi Rothstein received rabbinic ordination from Kollel Meretz in Mevaseret Tzion and earned his B.Ed and Teacher’s Diploma from Lifshitz College in Jerusalem. He earned his M.Ed from University of Missouri, with a focus on Positive Psychology and Coaching. After making aliyah to Israel from Los Angeles as a teenager, Rabbi Rothstein attended Yeshivat Sha’alvim High School and the Hesder Yeshiva in Shiloh, and served in the IDF’s Golani Brigade. He was the OU’s Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus Rabbi at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus from 2008-2012. In addition to his passion for education and teaching, Rabbi Rothstein enjoys a variety of sports, hiking and spending time with his family.
Deirdre is passionate about Jewish education and believes strongly in the importance of equipping the next generation of Jewish community members and leaders with a strong foundation of תּוֹרָה וּמַדָּע and love for the State of Israel. A Seattle native and alumna of NYHS ('05), Deirdre holds a BA in English from Boston University and a Master of Educational Leadership from Northeastern Illinois University. Over the last three years, Deirdre has served as the General Studies Principal at Denver Academy of Torah where she also completed Prizmah's YouLead program for Jewish day school leaders. Prior to that, she worked as a Dean of Students in Seattle and Denver area public schools, and was a teacher at Hillel Torah and Akiba-Schechter Jewish day schools in Chicago.
Director of Admissions
Beth was born and raised in the Seattle area and went to the University of Washington where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. Beth also heads up the marketing department at Sephardic Adventure Camp and currently serves on the Board of Congregation Ezra Bessaroth, She has a career background in project management and marketing communications, and is thrilled to be part of the NYHS team!