The YHTPoV

The YHTPoV

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Welcome to The YHTPoV (“YHT Point of View”), the official Yeshiva Har Torah podcast. Listen during the school year for insights into school, Jewish Education, and a chance to meet some of the people around YHT. FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook: www.facebook.com/yeshivahartorah Instagram: www.instagram.com/hartorah Youtube: www.youtube.com/yhartorah Twitter: www.twitter.com/hartorah


Megillat Esther, Art and the 929 Project with Shira Hecht-Koller and Aaron Koller (Episode 24, Season 2)
Mar 9 • 26 min
In this episode, Ms. Kletenik chats with parents, Aaron Koller and Shira Hecht-Koller, about raising children, cultivating the artist in Jewish education and the importance of continuing our learning through our adult lenses. Aaron Koller is a professor…
How to Discuss the Coronavirus with Your Children (Episode 23, Season 2)
Mar 5 • 8 min
Dr. Feinberg to the rescue, again! In this episode, Ms. Kletenik speaks with Dr. Karyn Feinberg, Director of School Psychology Services, about how to address our children during this current Coronavirus scare. Dr. Feinberg offers clear pointers for…
Mishenichnas Adar with Dr. Estee Acobas (Episode 22, Season 2)
Feb 27 • 18 min
In this episode, Ms. Kletenik speaks with school psychologist, Dr. Estee Acobas, about reasonably teaching our students to increase their happiness while honoring and respecting their feelings. Dr. Acobas shares important parenting pointers, what made her…
A Chat About Reading with Literacy Coach Barbara Boriotti (Episode 21, Season 2)
Feb 19 • 10 min
In this episode, Ms. Kletenik chats with literacy coach, Barbara Boriotti, from Generation Ready, about reading. Barbara offers pointers for parents, describes the ideal approach to teaching reading and the importance of setting up an ideal learning…
Rabbi Saltzman from Yeshivah of Flatbush (Episode 20, Season 2)
Feb 13 • 10 min
Ms. Kletenik chats with Rabbi Dr. Saltzman, Director of Teaching and Learning and Assistant Principal of General Studies at Yeshivah of Flatbush, and a former teacher at YHT! Rabbi Dr. Saltzman came to YHT with a group of teachers to observe instruction…
Allison Josephs of Jew In The City (Episode 19, Season 2)
Feb 4 • 23 min
Allison Josephs, the founder of Jew In The City, came to school talk to students this week about her own journey and how to find meaning as a Modern Orthodox Jew. We also grabbed her for the podcast for a fascinating discussion touching on a wide range of…
Rigor and Grit with Denise Lowe (Episode 18, Season 2)
Jan 28 • 8 min
What is rigor and why is it important for students to experience rigorous learning? Find out with our consultant from the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE), Denise Lowe. Denise’s work at YHT is made possible through a generous grant…
Mazal tov dinner honorees, with their children! (Episode 17, Season 2)
Jan 8 • 5 min
This week, Ms. Kletenik speaks to the children of our dinner honorees to hear what they learn from their parents and how they make their parents proud. Mazal tov To Drs. Leah and Jon Fish, Davida and Marc Yehaskel, Nurit and Edo Livi, Liora and Danny Livi…
Honoring Morah Vivian Rosenberg! (Episode 16, Season 2)
Dec 31, 2019 • 9 min
Ms. Kletenik chats with Morah Chani Chanales, who has worked with Morah Vivian for over 20 years, about how she inspires her and leads the pre-school with enthusiasm! Mazal tov to Morah Vivian on being honored at this year’s annual dinner! FOLLOW US ON…
Activities! A quick talk with Mr. Rafi Allman (Episode 15, Season 2)
Dec 26, 2019 • 11 min
In this week’s episode, Ms. Kletenik grabs Mr. Allman, amid the Chanukah activities, to discuss the importance of out of the classroom experiences, gardening and Mr. Rogers! FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook: www.facebook.com/yeshivahartorah Instagram:…
Graduate and Rebbe, Josh Friedman (Episode 14, Season 2)
Dec 19, 2019 • 19 min
In this episode, Ms. Kletenik speaks with graduate (and former Hat Trix captain) and 7th grade Rebbe, Josh Friedman, about his experiences at YHT, why he is teaching, and how his perspective has shifted since he joined our faculty. Special shout-outs to…
Dr. Barris on mussar and the home-school partnership (Episode 13, Season 2)
Dec 11, 2019 • 9 min
In this episode, Ms. Kletenik speaks to YHT grandfather, noted psychiatrist and teacher of mussar, Dr. Robert Barris, about the challenges of raising children with the mindset of working on their middot and the difference between Torah and Greek Torah.…
Digital Health and Well-Being with Janell Burley Hofmann (Episode 12, Season 2)
Dec 5, 2019 • 20 min
In this episode, Ms. Kletenik talks to visiting author, speaker, and consultant, Janell Burley Hofmann about navigating technology with our children. Tune in to hear about how Janell ended up on the news, how to talk to our kids about their social media…
Mrs. Maslow as parent, teacher, and mentor! (Episode 11, Season 2)
Nov 26, 2019 • 17 min
This week, Mrs. Maslow joins Ms. Kletenik to discuss teaching teachers, critical history and cultivating teamwork and other important skills in our students. FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook: www.facebook.com/yeshivahartorah Instagram:…
Accountability Coach: Diana Bloom (Episode 10, Season 2)
Nov 20, 2019 • 10 min
In this episode, Ms. Kletenik speaks with accountability coach, Diana Bloom, about the importance of curiosity, the challenge in grading Judaic studies and of course, holding ourselves accountable. FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook:…
Principals on a Podcast Having Coffee (Episode 9, Season 2)
Nov 12, 2019 • 17 min
In this episode, Ms. Kletenik pulls Josh Gold, Principal of HAFTR Middle School, over for a chat during the JEP annual day of learning. The two discuss educating students during the information age, some important current studies in education and how to…
Our President! (Episode 8, Season 2)
Nov 4, 2019 • 14 min
In this week’s episode, Ms. Kletenik talks with our school president about why his family chose YHT, choosing a yeshiva high school, and whether he thinks collaboration is important (Spoiler: he does). FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook:…
Chatting with Rabbi Josh Goller (Episode 7, Season 2)
Oct 29, 2019 • 12 min
In this week’s episode, Ms. Kletenik chats with Rabbi Josh Goller, Associate Rabbi of the Young Israel of West Hempstead, about choosing the right high school for our children, challenges with teaching students about teamwork, and helping them feel…
Ms. Kletenik’s Mom! (Episode 6, Season 2)
Oct 22, 2019 • 11 min
In this episode, Ms. Kletenik discusses various topics with her mother, Rivy Poupko-Kletenik, Head of School of the Seattle Hebrew Academy. Tune in to hear about Jewish education, raising children to be independent, and the importance of putting down our…
How to Engage our Children in Sukkot … and other thoughts with Rabbi Dov Fried (Episode 5, Season 2)
Oct 10, 2019 • 11 min
In this episode, Ms. Kletenik speaks with Rabbi Dov Fried about engaging our children in the Chagim, the importance of respect for our Torah leaders, and how to be a good hockey team player. (Warning: you may want to get out a pencil and paper, there are…
Welcome Rabbi Ehrenfeld! (Episode 4, Season 2)
Oct 3, 2019 • 13 min
In this week’s podcast, Ms. Kletenik speaks with Rabbi Ehrenfeld about his transition to YHT, lessons from the past and how to make Yom Kippur meaningful for our children. FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook: www.facebook.com/yeshivahartorah Instagram:…
How to Keep Our Children Safe Online with Dr. Feinberg (Episode 3, Season 2)
Sep 24, 2019 • 16 min
Dr. Feinberg joins Ms. Kletenik to talk about how to keep our children safe online and in-person, with special focus on how to keep lines of communication open and empower our children to trust their instincts. FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook:…
Be a Hero! with Jon Pritikin (Episode 2, Season 2)
Sep 16, 2019 • 11 min
In this episode, Jon Pritikin discusses his life story, how his mom never gave up on him, and the power that parents have to raise their children to believe in themselves. Jon addressed our middle school this week and talked about the importance of being…
Welcome back! (Episode 1, Season 2)
Sep 11, 2019 • 12 min
In our first episode of the school year Rabbi Menchel shares his brachot for our students, what he learned over the summer and why it is important to remember 9/11. FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook: www.facebook.com/yeshivahartorah Instagram:…
YHTPoV #37 - Last Podcast for the School Year!
Jun 13, 2019 • 14 min
In our last podcast of the school year, Ms. Kletenik interviews Rabbi Menchel as he reflects on the year and our 8th grade graduation. The tables turn, and Rabbi Menchel asks Ms. Kletenik a few questions! FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook:…
YHTPoV #36 - Keter Shem Tov Awardees
Jun 4, 2019 • 8 min
This week, Ms. Kletenik speaks to this year’s Keter Shem Tov awardees, Lea Bassali and Gabriel Joel Ghalander, about graduating and the important lessons that they learned in YHT! Just remember: you can take a student out of Yeshiva Har Torah, but you…
YHTPoV#35 - Mr. Melendez on rigor and the whole child!
May 29, 2019 • 11 min
This week, Ms. Kletenik interviews Mr. Melendez about his first year at YHT and his presentation at the Jewish Education Project day of learning. Mr. Melendez was one of the teachers who worked with consultants from the International Center for Leadership…
YHTPoV #34 - Author of “My Soul is Filled with Joy,” Karen Treiger
May 21, 2019 • 12 min
In this episode, Ms. Kletenik speaks with award winning book author, Karen Treiger, who visited YHT to speak to our 8th grade students. Karen shares her journey from leaving her law practice to researching her in-laws’ story of survival through the…
YHTPoV #33 - Kim Marshall
May 14, 2019 • 11 min
In this episode, Ms. Kletenik interviews renowned educator, author and consultant, Kim Marshall. Kim shares how he ended up in education, including some challenges along the way, as well as advice for parents and teachers. FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA:…
YHTPoV #32 - Ivrit, sherut leumi and more with Morah Michal Nissanian
May 6, 2019 • 7 min
In honor of Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut, Ms. Kletenik interviews Morah Michal Nissanian about life in Israel, missing home, and teaching Ivrit to our students. Morah Michal shares how proud she is of her daughter who is in the Israeli army and how…
YHTPoV #31- Learn about Names Not Numbers with Morah Mittelman
Apr 29, 2019 • 10 min
In honor of Yom Hashoa, Ms. Kletenik interviews Morah Rochel Leah Mittelman, our Names Not Numbers coordinator. Morah Mittelman shares how the program works, its impact and her own personal experience with stories from Holocaust survivors in Names Not…
YHTPoV #30 - Preparing for the Seder with Rabbi Menchel
Apr 11, 2019 • 14 min
We have a custom on Shabbat HaGadol to review the Haggadah, this is a perfect time to plan for the Seder. Ms. Kletenik interviews Rabbi Menchel to get ideas about how to engage everyone at the Seder, respond to the Rasha and stay connected with our…
YHTPoV #29 - Mrs. Judy Leibovitz, Vice President of CIJE
Apr 3, 2019 • 13 min
In this episode, Ms. Kletenik speaks with the vice president of CIJE (Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education) and former YCQ principal for over 20 years. They discuss CIJE, the iWitness-CIJE Jewish Day School Initiative, and memories of Judy’s…
YHTPoV #28 - Chef Bracha!
Mar 27, 2019 • 8 min
In honor of Parshat Shmini, containing many of our laws of Kashrut, Ms. Kletenik interviews Chef Bracha about the salad bar, students’ eating preferences and her favorite food growing up. FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook:…
YHTPoV #27 - Preparing for Purim with Morah Chani
Mar 19, 2019 • 9 min
In this episode, Ms. Kletenik speaks with our long time (18 years, but who’s counting…), beloved Kindergarten teacher, Morah Chani Chanales. Morah Chani discusses what true happiness is and how to teach our children to have empathy for others! FOLLOW US…
YHTPoV #26 - Mr. Fox: How was the dinner? (…and other important questions…)
Mar 13, 2019 • 11 min
In this episode, Ms. Kletenik interviews Mr. Fox who reflects on our annual dinner, raising children and knowing Rabbi Silverman since he was his dorm counselor! FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook: www.facebook.com/yeshivahartorah Instagram:…
YHTPoV #25 - What the children of our dinner honorees have to say about their parents…
Mar 6, 2019 • 118 min
In this episode, Ms. Kletenik speaks to the children of the honorees at this year’s annual dinner. Tehilla Rabanipour, Abby Chait, and Aviva and Sara Schilowitz discuss lessons they have learned from their parents, why their parents are committed to…
YHTPoV #24 - Honoring Rabbi Silverman
Feb 27, 2019 • 23 min
In this week’s episode, Ms. Kletenik interviews Rabbi Rosenfeld, a protege of Rabbi Silverman. Rabbi Rosenfeld shares his experience of being mentored and inspired by Rabbi Silverman from classroom techniques to fidget spinners and most importantly,…
YHTPoV #23 - Cultivating Teamwork (LET’S GO YHT BASKETBALL TEAMS IN THE PLAYOFFS!)
Feb 21, 2019 • 15 min
In honor of the playoffs starting for three of YHT’s basketball teams, this week’s YHTPoV guests are the coaches of YHT’s basketball teams, Mr. Miller and #Zelmania! They talk about how they cultivate teamwork, gracious winners, not sore losers, and ….…
YHTPoV #22 - Discussing Academic Rigor with Jennifer LaPorte of ICLE
Feb 12, 2019 • 10 min
Jennifer LaPorte is a consultant at International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) who has been consulting all year at YHT, with generous funding from the Jewish Education Project, regarding academic rigor. She discusses what “rigor” actually…
YHTPoV #21 - Discussing Healthy Eating with Rorie Weisberg of Full ‘N Free
Feb 6, 2019 • 16 min
Rorie Weisberg of Full ‘N Free came to speak to parents this week about how to make your children’s eating habits healthier (Thanks, PTA!). Ms. Kletenik met up with Rorie afterward to further discuss that topic, and how as a school we can eat healthier.…
YHTPoV #20 - The value and challenges of Jewish education
Jan 30, 2019 • 16 min
We have a real treat for you. In this week’s YHTPoV, Ms. Kletenik spends some time with a visionary in the Jewish education world, Rabbi Josh Elkin of IDEAS. Rabbi Elkin was previously the founding Executive Director of Partnership for Excellence in…
YHTPoV #19 - The Importance of Optimism In Leading
Jan 15, 2019 • 10 min
In this week’s pre-winter break YHTPoV, Ms. Kletenik discusses with Rabbi Menchel his views on leadership, the importance of optimism, and what he learned from his rebbe. FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook: www.facebook.com/yeshivahartorah Instagram:…
YHT PoV #18 - How Do We Prepare Students for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet?
Jan 10, 2019 • 9 min
We have a very special guest this week as the next installment in our leadership series: Suri Ganz, Associate Program Director at the Jewish New Teacher Project. YHT and the JNTP have worked together on teacher mentoring for about ten years. The…
YHT PoV #17 - How do we teach leadership?
Jan 1, 2019 • 10 min
This week’s episode continues the theme of leadership from last week. Ms. Kletenik hosts two our 5th grade teachers, Morah Ariella Goldsmith and Rabbi Dov Eisenberger to talk about some of their role models and how they try to teach leadership in the…
YHT PoV #16 - Leadership with Dr. Ari Gross
Dec 26, 2018 • 6 min
In this week’s episode, Ms. Kletenik hosts current YHT president, Dr. Ari Gross, to talk about leadership, to coincide with the beginning of a series of Table Talks focusing on leadership. FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook:…
YHT PoV #15 - Discussing Parent-Child Communication With Dr. Esther Fusco
Dec 19, 2018 • 13 min
In this week’s episode, Ms. Kletenik hosts Dr. Esther Fusco — the author of this year’s YHT faculty book of the year: Effective Questioning Strategies In The Classroom — to talk about communicating with children. Dr. Fusco is chair of the Department of…
YHT PoV #14 - Incorporating Empathy Into the YHT Experience
Dec 11, 2018 • 104 min
In this week’s episode, Ms. Kletenik hosts longtime teacher and new Assistant Principal Mrs. Sara Duani. They discuss how Mrs. Duani’s transition to a leadership role has been and also how empathy is baked into the YHT education via, among other things,…
YHTPoV #13 - The One with the Color War Captains
Dec 6, 2018 • 10 min
In this week’s episode, Ms. Kletenik hosts the 8th grade captains from this past week’s YHT color war (short video recap here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2A—noOQGQ). The captains talk about what they learned from the experience, including about…
YHT PoV #12 - How to handle sibling rivalries
Nov 28, 2018 • 10 min
In this week’s episode, Ms. Kletenik meets with a nervous Dr. Karyn Feinberg, Director of Psychology Services at YHT, to discuss sibling squabbling and how to manage it. Spoiler alert: it’s normal. FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook:…
YHTPoV #11 - The meaning of Thanksgiving to survivors
Nov 20, 2018 • 8 min
In this week’s episode, Ms. Kletenik catches up with Esther Gerson — a parent of two YHT alumnae — about gratitude, Thanksgiving, and her parents’ appreciation for Thanksgiving after surviving the Holocaust and immigrating to the United States. FOLLOW US…
YHTPoV #10 - Bringing New Ideas to Jewish Education
Nov 13, 2018 • 6 min
In this week’s episode, Ms. Kletenik hosts Malka Flesichmann, Director of Knowledge and Ideas at The Jewish Education Project, to discuss how she brings new ideas to Jewish Education and the importance of the partnership between teachers and parents when…
YHTPoV #9 - Twins and the Challenges (or not) of Raising Them
Nov 6, 2018 • 7 min
In this week’s episode, Ms. Kletenik hosts YHT parent Estee Shor to talk about raising twins, a theme that is profoundly addressed in this week’s pasha, Toldot. FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook: www.facebook.com/yeshivahartorah Instagram:…
#8 - Social Emotional Growth In The Classroom
Oct 30, 2018 • 8 min
In this week’s episode, Ms. Kletenik hosts Mrs. Simon and outside Social Emotional Learning Coach Cindy Kruse to discuss classroom best practices and what goes into developing a healthy learning environment. The resources mentioned in this podcast can be…
#7 - Discussing Shared Values With Yeshiva High School Administrators
Oct 23, 2018 • 17 min
In this week’s episode, several yeshiva high school administrators — Rabbi Joshua Kahn from YUHSB (MTA), Mrs. CB Neugroschl from YUHSG (Central), Dr. Rivka Schwartz from SAR High School, and Rabbi Eli Slomnicki from Ramaz Upper School — graciously took…
#6 - Understanding What Avram Felt In Parshat Lech Lecha
Oct 16, 2018 • 43 min
In this week’s episode, Ms. Kletenik hosts Morah Zahava to discuss what it felt like for Morah Zahava to move to the United States not knowing people or the language, and how that informs the way she teaches Parshat Lech Lecha to second graders. FOLLOW US…
#5 - Noach and Empathy in Early Childhood Education
Oct 11, 2018 • 7 min
In this week’s episode, Ms. Kletenik hosts Morah Vivian to discuss how to build empathy into early childhood education and how it relates to Parshat Noach. FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook: www.facebook.com/yeshivahartorah Instagram:…
#4 - Bereishit, Creating, and Makerspace at Yeshiva Har Torah
Oct 3, 2018 • 9 min
In this week’s episode, Ms. Kletenik hosts YHT’s new Makerspace teacher, Ms. Nicole Cohen to discuss the Makerspace program at YHT and how it relates to Parshat Bereishit. FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook: www.facebook.com/yeshivahartorah Instagram:…
#3 - MRI Machines, Design Thinking, and Sukkot
Sep 17, 2018 • 8 min
In this week’s episode, Ms. Kletenik talks to Mrs. Yonina Lermer, a YHT grade general studies teacher and literacy coach, about how YHT’s Design Thinking curriculum ties into empathy and Sukkot. This podcast is now on Apple Podcasts so go and subscribe!…
#2 - Sorry
Sep 13, 2018 • 8 min
In this week’s episode, Ms. Kletenik and Rabbi Dworetsky — a YHT rebbi and social worker — discuss whether having a child say “sorry” is a wasted teachable moment, and how that relates to the aseret yemei teshuvah.
#1 - Chicken Soup
Sep 12, 2018 • 29 min
Ms. Kletenik and Rabbi Menchel discuss a childhood memory of Ms. Kletenik’s and how it relates to educating children. Follow Yeshiva Har Torah on social media: - www.facebook.com/yeshivahartorah - www.instagram.com/hartorah - www.youtube.com/yhartorah -…