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    About Teach Coalition

    Teach Coalition, a project of the Orthodox Union, advocates for equitable government funding for nonpublic schools.

    Teach Coalition works to make nonpublic schools better, safer and more affordable through advocacy and grassroots activism.

    Teach Coalition advocates on behalf of approximately 90% of Yeshivah and day school students nationwide.

    Our Team

    Maury Litwack

    Executive Director, Teach Coalition

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    Maury Litwack

    Executive Director, Teach Coalition

    As Founder & Executive Director of the TEACH Coalition, Maury Litwack has grown the organization from a single staffer to a multi-state network responsible for billions of dollars in new state funding to non-public schools. He leads TEACH’s advocacy on every issue of import for schools and families: tuition subsidies, STEM advancement, health and nutrition programs and the priority issue of school safety. Today TEACH is hundreds of schools strong and counts a national core of over 500 politically active lay leaders and thousands of engaged parent and student activists to deliver their message to elected officials and candidates both at the statehouse and back home.

    Through Litwack’s strategic approach to policy and leadership, Teach Coalition has forged groups of Jews, Muslims and Catholics into a singular, cohesive force for change. The organization’s policy meetings, rallies, and press conferences represent a cross-section of the diverse non-public school community, reflecting Litwack’s view that meaningful impact requires collaboration that transcends religious boundaries. The results include a doubling of New York State funding to non-public schools and increasing the per-pupil security funding to non-public students in New Jersey also by two times. The added state funding is directly credited with impacting the budgets of schools in multiple states. His work has helped move long stalled legislation in California, Pennsylvania and Maryland to benefit children and schools in those states. It has also meant a historic series of firsts: the first-ever funding for security guards in non-public schools, the first ever Kosher and Halal pilot program for all, the first ever STEM teacher grant for non-public schools in the nation, and the first time summer camps were named eligible for security grants.

    A sought-after expert in lobbying and education, Litwack is a go-to source for journalists. His work has generated coverage across the media landscape, from New York Times and Wall Street Journal to Hamodia and Mishpacha, where he is the subject of a recent cover story. Litwack was named to New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s transition team and in 2020 to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Interfaith Advisory Council. In 2020, Litwack was recognized for his outstanding work in advocacy by Insider NJ magazine’s “Insider 100: Policymakers” list, as well as being named to City & State’s “Education 100” and “Responsible 100” publications – the magazine’s annual lists of the 100 most influential people in New York State’s education policy and public policy arenas.

    Litwack has presented in more than 25 cities and keynoted national conferences. He has also published numerous articles. Prior to joining the Orthodox Union, Litwack was a federal affairs lobbyist for Miami-Dade, the sixth largest county in the nation.  He also served as a legislative staffer in the United States Congress, specializing in foreign affairs and education policy.

    Dan Mitzner

    COO & Director of Government Affairs, Teach Coalition

    Mimi Jankovits

    National Grassroots Director, Teach Coalition

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    Mimi Jankovits

    National Grassroots Director, Teach Coalition

    From 2016-2020, Mimi was the first Executive Director of Teach Florida, which became a major statewide advocate for school choice and nonpublic school security funding, and is now supported by 20 member schools, a strong voting bloc and more than 10,000 people receiving updates.

    As an appointee to Governor DeSantis’ Education Transition Taskforce in 2018 and the Florida Covid-19 Opening Policy Commission in 2020, Mimi was a strong voice for the needs of nonpublic schools and families.

    Prior to joining Teach Florida, Mimi worked for seven years as the Executive Director of Thank Israeli Soldiers, a multi-national organization providing gratitude and support to more than 40,000 soldiers a year during and after their army service.  Her commitment to the Jewish people and Israel included previous employment as Regional Director of One Family Fund and Public Relations and Special Events Director for Aish HaTorah. Mimi has a Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and lives with her family in Hollywood, Florida, where her husband is a Rabbi.  Their love of the Jewish people extends to hosting many guests for Shabbos and holidays, whether they are living in Florida, Israel or Brazil.

    Yosef Kanofsky

    Director of Government Programs, Teach NYS

    Katie Katz

    Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships, Teach Coalition

     

    Executive Director, Teach NJ

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    Katie Katz

    Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships, Teach Coalition

     

    Executive Director, Teach NJ

    As Teach NJ’s executive director, Katz oversees Teach NJ’s annual campaign, community engagement and mobilization efforts across the state. She joined Teach NJ from the Englewood Health Foundation where, as a major gifts officer, she managed a portfolio of major donors and cultivated philanthropic partnerships between donors, physicians, and Englewood Health. Prior to her time at Englewood Health, Katz worked at The New Jewish Home in Manhattan as associate director of capital campaigns.

    A third-generation New Jersey resident and Jewish day school alumna, Katz holds an MBA from Brandeis University in nonprofit management as well as a master’s degree in Jewish professional leadership. She lives in Teaneck with her husband Ezra and their three children.

    Daniel Aqua

    Executive Director, Teach Florida

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    Daniel Aqua

    Executive Director, Teach Florida

    Danny Aqua is an impassioned advocate for educational opportunities for children, parents and schools. As Field Director at Teach Florida, Danny built a grassroots initiative that engaged parents in the legislative process. In addition to trips to Tallahassee, petition signings and traditional advocacy, Danny has been an integral part in Teach Florida’s get-out-the-vote program that has resulted in doubling and sometimes tripling voter turnout in the Jewish day school community over multiple elections.

    Danny’s work at Teach Florida enables him to use skills from his two prior careers – law and teaching. Prior to working at Teach Florida, Danny practiced real estate law as an Associate at Blank Rome, LLP and then taught both in elementary and middle schools.

    Danny received his Bachelor Degree in Political Science from Baruch College magna cum laude, his Juris Doctor from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School Order of the Coif and his Masters Degree in Education from Azrieli Graduate School of Education.

    Arielle Frankston-Morris

    Executive Director, Teach PA

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    Arielle Frankston-Morris

    Executive Director, Teach PA

    Arielle Frankston-Morris serves as Executive Director of Teach PA. Born and raised in PA’s capital city, Harrisburg, Arielle graduated from Yeshiva University’s Stern College with a B.A. in English Literature and received her M.S.W. from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. As a licensed social worker, Arielle has worked with individuals, groups, and communities in a variety of settings to identify challenges and achieve goals. Arielle spent time learning about community organizing in a New York City Councilmember’s office and has gained valuable community engagement experience in her active volunteer work. In 2021, Arielle was named in City and State’s Power 100 List in Pennsylvania.

    Sydney Altfield

    Grassroots Engagement Director, Teach NYS

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    Sydney Altfield

    Grassroots Engagement Director, Teach NYS

    Sydney Altfield serves as the Director of Grassroots Engagement for Teach NYS. Previously, Sydney served as a Development Fellow at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). She is a proud graduate of the University of Central Florida where she received her bachelors degree in Event Management and earned a minor in Leadership Studies.

    Adam Katz

    Associate Director of Government Programs

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    Adam Katz

    Associate Director of Government Programs

    Adam Katz serves as the Associate Director of Government Programs for Teach Coalition. Working with schools throughout the country, he helps them navigate government programs and ensure they take maximum advantage of all available funding sources.

    Adam brings a wide range of skills and experience to the organization. He has worked at the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center Think Tank for Urban and Regional Policy as well as the US Navy, started his own real estate advisory firm, served on the board of directors of a nonprofit, and is an author. Adam earned a master’s degree in Public Policy from Northeastern University and a bachelors degree in Economics from University of Massachusetts Amherst.

    Adam lives in Passaic with his wife and three children.

    Leah Grossman

    Director of Mandated Services, Teach NYS

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    Leah Grossman

    Director of Mandated Services, Teach NYS

    Mrs. Leah Grossman directs the Mandated Services Reimbursement team for Teach NYS.

    Mrs. Grossman has a background in math and upwards of two decades of experience working with schools to maximize their reimbursement for NY mandates through the Mandated Services and CAP programs . She lives in Lakewood, NJ with her family.

    Malka Kownat-Rhodes

    School Funding Specialist

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    Malka Kownat-Rhodes

    School Funding Specialist

    Malka Kownat-Rhodes is a long-time professional in the field of special education, with over 10 years of experience working in a large school district in Ohio. Malka graduated cum laude from Brooklyn College with a BA in Psychology, and then earned a master’s degree in Education from Notre Dame College in Ohio. Most recently, Malka worked as the Director of Student Support for The Torah Academy of Boca Raton in South Florida.  Malka has a history of successfully partnering with government agencies and school districts, and with non-profit organizations like The Jewish Federation and Jewish Family Services, to procure funding for educational initiatives. Malka’s years of experience working with families struggling with the cost of private school tuition combined with the cost of services for children with special needs, has led to her joining Teach Coalition. In her new capacity as a funding specialist, she helps families access funding for both specialized services and private school tuition.

    Gabriel Aaronson

    Grants and Systems Specialist

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    Gabriel Aaronson

    Grants and Systems Specialist

    Gabe Aaronson grew up in a military family, moving over 20 times and living in over 10 different states. He attended Jewish day schools in Binghamton, New York; Dallas, Texas; Silver Spring, Maryland; and Baltimore, Maryland.

    Gabe studies for a year in Yeshivat Ohr Yerushalayim in Israel, and went on to earn his B.A. in Political Science from Touro College. After delivering his valedictorian address to the class of 2009, Gabe returned to Baltimore to obtain his M.A. in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University.

    After graduation, Gabe’s first job was at the Orthodox Union’s Institute for Public Affairs. This was during the inception of Teach Coalition. Gabe worked closely with Maury Litwack and the state political directors to define Teach Coalition’s winning policy and advocacy approach.

    Gabe moved to Philadelphia for two and a half years while his wife studied at University of Pennsylvania. While there, Gabe served as Office Manager for the Jewish Heritage Programs, an affiliate of Chabad on Campus, for two and a half years.

    After his wife’s graduation, Gabe moved to the D.C. area and worked in both the FDA and the DoD doing compliance, IT, and process improvement work. While there, Gabe worked on the side as a journalist for the newly minted Kol Habirah local newspaper. His articles covered a broad range of local Jewish interests, but often focused on day school and tuition affordability issues. Gabe also released a fifty-page report on historical trends in Jewish day school enrollment in Maryland – the first of its kind in the U.S.

    In February 2020, Gabe rejoined the Teach Coalition family as a Grants and Systems Specialist. He helps schools and synagogues navigate and participate in government programs, and is heading several research and process improvement initiatives within Teach Coalition.

    In his spare time, Gabe likes to read, play video games, and write Data Governance Policies for U.S. government agencies. He lives in Pardes Hanna, Israel with his wife and three children.

    Benjamin Hutt

    Regional Field Director, Teach NJ

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    Benjamin Hutt

    Regional Field Director, Teach NJ

    Benjamin Hutt joined Teach NJ in February 2020 and serves as regional field director, focusing grassroots efforts primarily on portions of Bergen County. Prior to regional field director, Benjamin served as campaign manager, successfully increasing Jewish voter turnout in general and municipal elections across Teach Coalition states. Benjamin joined the Teach team from New Jersey Yachad.

    Benjamin graduated cum laude from Rutgers University in 2016 where he received his BS in Evolutionary Anthropology. Benjamin lives in Teaneck with his wife and son and in his free time tends to his bee hives, volunteers with the Teaneck Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and plays tennis.

    Mackenzie Frand

    Grassroots GOTV and Operations Manager, Teach NYS

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    Mackenzie Frand

    Grassroots GOTV and Operations Manager, Teach NYS

    Mackenzie Frand serves as the Grassroots GOTV and Operations Director at Teach Coalition. Previously, Mackenzie served as the Associate Grassroots Director at Teach NYS. She graduated cum laude from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2015 with a BA in Sociology. When not working, Mackenzie enjoys spending time with her dogs.
    Maya Joyandeh

    Regional Field Director, Teach NJ

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    Maya Joyandeh

    Regional Field Director, Teach NJ

    Maya Joyandeh serves as Regional Field Director, having joined Teach Coalition in July 2021. For the last 10 years, Maya has worked as a Medical Social Worker, providing counseling and services to those suffering from life-limiting illnesses in NY and NJ. Maya has a passion for serving her community, specifically recruiting and assisting new families in the Welcoming Committee, chairing the annual dinner, and serving as the Events and Programming Committee Director at her shul. Maya also kickstarted and moderates the “Neighborhood” groups on Facebook, which assists residents of Bergen County (and nearby communities) in locating household items, food and clothing for free from other families that no longer need it.

    Maya received her undergraduate degree from Stern College for Women in 2006, and a Masters in Social Work at NYU. Maya lives in Teaneck with her husband and three children. In her free time, Maya enjoys experimenting in the kitchen and hiking with her family.

    Rebekah Rybstein

    Government Programs Specialist

    Dvorah Waldman

    Mandated Services Claims Analyst, Government Maximization

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    Dvorah Waldman

    Mandated Services Claims Analyst, Government Maximization

    Dvorah Waldman has an MA in speech language pathology from University of Cincinnati and ten years of experience in the education system, as well as experience with Early Intervention claims submission and problem-solving. She joins our Mandated Services team to assist schools with claims preparation and maximization.

    Jill Ellman

    Regional Field Director- Teach NYS (Westchester, Riverdale, Manhattan)

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    Jill Ellman

    Regional Field Director- Teach NYS (Westchester, Riverdale, Manhattan)

    Jill Ellman serves as Regional Field Director covering Westchester, Riverdale, and Manhattan. Prior to joining Teach NYS, Jill spent many years teaching at Westchester Day School. She is actively involved in the Young Israel of New Rochelle and the Jewish community at large. Jill has a bachelor’s degree from Yeshiva University Stern College for Women and master’s degree in Literacy from The College of New Rochelle. Jill is a native of Westchester County and currently resides in New Rochelle with her husband and children.

    Ronit Tarshish

    Regional Field Director- Teach NYS (Brooklyn)

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    Ronit Tarshish

    Regional Field Director- Teach NYS (Brooklyn)

    Ronit Tarshish is the Regional Field Director of Teach NYS for Brooklyn. Ronit has spent her entire career in education, almost all of it in Brooklyn, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Brooklyn College with a Masters in Education and an Advanced Certificate in School Psychology. She has worked as a popular teacher and school psychologist in numerous Brooklyn schools for many years, and most recently served as the General Studies Director of an Orthodox school. Ronit has loved learning since she was in elementary school and has enjoyed remaining within a learning environment while serving in her various educational roles. She is excited to bring her love of education to help schools get the funding they need through her position with Teach Coalition.

    In her spare time, she enjoys drama- writing and directing Jewish plays and films for women. She creates and directs her original scripts, and they are then rented and performed or shown in schools, camps, and seminaries worldwide. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and sweet toddler, Sara Rivky.

    Robert Boam

    Regional Field Director, Teach Florida

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    Robert Boam

    Regional Field Director, Teach Florida

    Robert Boam is originally from Clermont, Florida. He graduated from the University of Central Florida and afterwards, entered the Florida political arena, with stops in Pennsylvania and California. He is thrilled to be part of the Teach team and is looking forward to growing both as a person and in his career at Teach Coalition.

    Hadassa Levenson

    Field Organizer, Teach Florida

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    Hadassa Levenson

    Field Organizer, Teach Florida

    Hadassa Levenson has built her career in education, serving as a public school teacher for almost a decade. When a coworker decided to run for school board, she helped run her (successful!) campaign, and through that was introduced to Teach Florida. She is currently a part time field organizer focused on engaging and growing the Miami area activist network. As a product of Jewish day schools and a new parent, she is passionate about Teach Coalition’s mission and the future success of our schools. She recently relocated to Philadelphia, but she is looking forward to continuing her work with the Teach Coalition!

    Dean Andrews

    Legislative and Community Coordinator

    Gavriel Levy

    Development Assistant

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    Teach PA
    2100 Arch Street, 4th Floor
    Philadelphia, PA 19103
    Teach NYS
    11 Broadway
    New York, NY 10004
    Teach NJ
    259 Cedar Lane
    Teaneck, NJ 07666
    Teach FL
    450 N Park Road
    Suite 710
    Hollywood FL 33021
    Teach Coalition
    11 Broadway
    New York, NY 10004