Rabbi Zev Goldman,
Dean

Rabbi Zev Goldman, one of the co­founders of Yeshiva Day School of Las Vegas, has been involved in elementary and middle school education for over a decade. He has had the opportunity to develop his talents and interest in education under the dynamic mentorship of pedagogue par­excellence Rabbi A. H. Leibowitz, of blessed memory, and has based the YDLV school culture upon those teachings and precepts.

Rabbi Zev Goldman earned his Bachelors of Science in Finance in 2000, and then later received his Masters in Education from Touro College in 2006. Rabbi Goldman received his Rabbinic Ordination from the Rabbinical Seminary of America in 2007. He is also a graduate of the Mercaz Teacher Training Program, the Principal Training Institute, and is an active member in the Consortium of Jewish Day Schools. Rabbi Goldman and his family enjoy living in Las Vegas, inspiring young minds, and guiding students to realize their potential.

Rabbi Moshe Katz,
Dean

Rabbi Moshe Katz was born and raised in Chicago, IL. After graduating High School, Rabbi Katz continued his studies in Yeshiva in Jerusalem for 3 years and in New York for 10 years. He received his Rabbinic Ordination from the Rabbinical Seminary of America and earned a Master's Degree in Education from Touro University. Rabbi Katz is a graduate of Mercaz Center for Teacher Training and the Principals Training Institute at the Consortium of Jewish Day Schools.

Rabbi Mendy Levine,
Executive Director

Rabbi Levine life's passion is Jewish education, as he is a third generation Day School educator. Hailing from Queens, NY, Rabbi Levine spent many years at the Rabbinical Seminary of America to receive his Rabbinic Ordination. He has teaching experience in many cities across North America from Milwaukee to Vancouver. He has trained at the Mercaz Teacher Training Center, studied at the Foundations in Executive Leadership Development Program, and has a Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Rabbinics and Synagogue Management from Touro College & National Council of Young Israel. Prior to assuming the position of Executive Director at YDLV, Rabbi Levine was an administrator at the Jewish Heritage Center of Queens & Long Island. Rabbi Levine now resides with his wife and 3 children in Henderson, NV.

Mrs. Patricia Weakly
Curriculum Coordinator

Mrs. Patricia Weakly, hails from the state of Illinois, although Henderson, NV, has been her home since 1990. She is the proud mother of three children and one beautiful granddaughter. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a BA in Social Services, and then returned to earn her MA in Elementary Education. She has extensive teaching experience including Kindergarten, First Grade, Primary Reading Specialist, Director/Teacher of Title 1 for Grades 2 ­ 8 and Reading Interventionist. For the past 6 years, she has been in School Administration serving as the Head Administrator for a private school and Principal of a charter school, both in Henderson, NV. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading and traveling whenever she can. Patricia is excited to be a part of the YDLV Administrative Team!

Mrs. Leah Weintraub,
Teacher

Originally from Mexico, Mrs. Leah Weintraub earned her Bachelor of Science in the subject of Mechanical Engineering from Universidad del Valle de Mexico with academic honors. Currently Morah Leah (as she is fondly known) is completing her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education. Mrs.Weintraub's first classroom teaching experience was as a Math and Science Teacher in Mexico. In Mexico she taught Algebra, Geometry, Statistics, and Calculus. In the Sciences, Morah Leah continued teaching Biology, Physics, and Chemistry. Along with these subject areas, Morah Leah also worked for her university in the Special Education department for six months. All of these experiences contributed greatly towards perfecting her broad teaching skills. After graduating from the university she followed her heart and lived in Israel where she studied Hebrew. Morah Leah worked as a Spanish Tutor for immigrants from France and worked at Beit Tnuva in the Logistics department. After a few years of living in Los Angeles, Leah moved to Las Vegas with her husband and three children. When not teaching, Morah Leah enjoys spending time with family and reading.

Mrs. Cathy Forkush
Teacher

From Queens, NY, Mrs. Forkush earned her undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University, and upon graduation was recruited to move to Los Angeles to work for one of the early efforts tocomputerize language translation. But after volunteering to teach English as a Second Language, sherealized her real love was teaching, and has been teaching sixth graders for the past eighteen years. Mrs. Forkush earned her Masters in Education, focusing on mathematics instruction, from Loyola Marymount University, and holds a teaching license from the state of Nevada. She enjoys walks with her husband and dog, live music, and Trader Joe's.

Mrs. Jordan Elbaz
Teacher

Mrs. Jordan Elbaz started her career teaching preschool in her hometown of Orange County, CA. She has her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Riverside. She obtained her K-8teaching credential and certificate of Jewish Day School Education from Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles. She recently moved to Las Vegas to be closer to family. Her interests include American history, anthropology, entomology, hiking, cooking, and traveling.

Morah Shoshi,
PK Teacher

Shoshi Marciano's love and passion for working with young children started in Israel.

She was born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel and served 4 years in the Israeli army as a Morale Officer. She earned her degree at Michlelet Hadassah Jerusalem in Hotel Management & Public Relations. Her minor was Psychology in Education. For the next 5 years she taught preschool using the Kibbutz Hadati method. While in New York, Ms. Marciano worked for 3 years at the Israeli Foreign Ministry. She lives in Las Vegas with her 2 beautiful daughters. She was a lead preschool teacher at Midbar Kodesh for 3 years prior to her current preschool teaching position at YDLV. Additionally, she is a certified yoga instructor specializing in children's yoga. Ms. Marciano's mission is to empower her students by inspiring them to have a love of learning and increased self-esteem.

Morah Sarah,
PK Teacher

Before moving to Las Vegas, Morah Sarah studied in Touro College Israel and College of Liberal Arts and Science in New York. Even while in school, Morah Sarah always spent her spare time running local Day Cares for small children. Morah Sarah's innate love for young children is displayed in her warm safe and most positive interaction with her students. With over ten years of classroom experience Morah Sarah has become an expert in the field. Morah Sarah creates an interactive classroom experience where children learn to thrive through positive speech and interaction (Middot Tovot).

Rabbi Yitzchok Hecht
Teacher

Rabbi Hecht received his ordination from the Rabbinical Seminary of America and completed pedagogical training at Maayan Hachinuch. He previously served in the Young Israel of Queens Valley as Rabbi of the Young Marrieds Minyan and is currently Assistant Rabbi at Ahavas Torah Center. He seeks to educate through innovations that immerse students in the material.

Rabbi Eli Kaufman,
Teacher

Rabbi Eli Kaufman was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. After attending the local Jewish schools for Elementary and High School, he continued his Judaic studies in Israel and then New York, at the Rabbinical Seminary of America. During the summers, Rabbi Kaufman was a counselor and eventually director for the SEED program in North Hollywood California, helping children enjoy their summers in a fun, safe and Jewish environment. During the year, he participated in the local chapter of JEP, where yeshiva students teach Jewish public school children about their heritage. After years of study, he received "semicha" - rabbinic ordination, as well as completed a course in pedagogy, given by Rabbi Mechel Rottenberg, a master educator. Rabbi Kaufman moved to Henderson in the summer of 2011 to join the faculty of YDLV, along with his wife Leah (nee Sirote) and their 4 children, 2 of which are currently enrolled in YDLV.

Mrs. Devorah Locker,
Teacher

Mrs. Devorah Locker teaches Kindergarten Torah Studies and Middle School Girls at YDLV. Originally from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Mrs. Locker has taught for 8 years in Jewish schools. Mrs. Locker received a Master's of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from McDaniel College, a Bachelors of Arts in Liberal Arts from Thomas Edison State College, and a Teaching Certificate from Bnos Chava Teacher's Seminary in Jerusalem. She fills her students with a love and excitement for learning through many "hands on" experiences. Mrs. Locker enjoys seeing her students connect classroom learning to real life situations.

Rabbi Michoel Paris,
Teacher

Rabbi Michael Paris was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama and attended the Birmingham Jewish Day School. After graduating with honors from the Wisconsin Institute for Torah Studies, a Yeshiva High School in Milwaukee, he was accepted to Columbia University School of Engineering. He deferred his admission to study Torah in Jerusalem for two years, at which point he decided to switch tracks and dedicate his life to the furthering of Jewish education. After matriculating to the Rabbinical Seminary of America (Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim) in Queens, NY, Rabbi Paris engaged in intense Torah study for over a decade, and received Semicha (Rabbinical Ordination) in 2010.

Mrs. Riva Cohen,
Resource Room

Riva Cohen grew up in London, England, and as a teenager made Aliyah to Israel, where she studied Special Education at Bar-Ilan University. Mrs. Cohen and her husband relocated to Las Vegas in 2008. As a mother of three children with special needs, Mrs. Cohen entered with a passion and deep understanding for the challenges that children with special needs face. Subsequently, she has shared her talent to cater to the specialized needs of each child and give them the individualized attention they require. Using this skill, Mrs. Cohen has worked successfully as a facilitator and teacher at Lubavitch on the Palisades, Tenafly, New Jersey.

Mrs. Leora Levine,
School Counselor

Mrs. Leora Levine, LCSW earned her Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania, in her home town of Philadelphia, PA. While living in Queens, NY, Mrs. Levine worked as a school social worker in the special education department of Magen David Yeshiva in Brooklyn. After relocating to Las Vegas in 2012, Mrs. Levine began working for the Jewish Family Service Agency as a school counselor in the Las Vegas Valley. She is the coordinator of "Educate Las Vegas", a program designed to evaluate, administer educational testing, and implement accommodations, to help all students thrive. Outside ofthe school building, Mrs. Levine enjoys spending time with her family – and taking lots of pictures!

Yeshiva Day School Counseling is provided by the JFSA through a grant by the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas.

• Founded in 2007

• Henderson Campus at Congregation Ner Tamid - Easily accessible just off the 215, located at 55 N. Valle Verde Drive, Henderson, NV 89074.

• Summerlin Campus at Temple Sinai, 9001 Hillpointe Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89134

• Currently 125 students

• School Membership and Accreditation:

• Nevada State Department of Education

• Torah Umesorah – The National Society for Hebrew Day Schools

• Consortium of Jewish Day Schools

• Standardized Testing

• Kindergarten through Eighth grade take the ERB (Education Records Bureau) standardized test

• Dual Curriculum – Half day secular and Half day Judaic

• Intensive academic secular studies include all areas of sciences, math and humanities

• Classic Torah education includes study of Torah in original text with commentaries, Talmud, Jewish Philosophy, Prophets and Daily Prayer

• P.E. at Paseo Verde Park

• Enrichment classes include Basketball, Theatre, Dance, and Choir

• Parent Body

• Our parent body represents all levels of Jewish observance, come from all over the world, belong to several synagogues and live throughout the Las Vegas Valley, all are warm which creates a family feeling

• Parent Involvement

• PTA – active group of parents coordinate programs throughout the year to support the school

• What time does the school day begin and end?

PK – Eighth Grade: Monday – Thursday 8:10am to 3:50pm

Friday Dismissal 1:30pm


• What about lunch?

Students may bring a Kosher Dairy or Pareve lunch from home or order through our Hot Lunch Program.


• Is there extended care available?

Before and Aftercare Services are available through YDLV. Please contact the school office to make arrangements.


• How can parents get involved?

Parents are encouraged to get involved in a variety of ways, including taking part in the active and vibrant PTA, serving on various committees, becoming room parents, volunteering to help with class projects, fundraising activities, and escorting field trips.


• What is the religious atmosphere at Yeshiva Day School?

Our diverse parent body represents all levels of Jewish observance. About 50% are Orthodox, 50% are made up of Conservative, Reform and Secular/ Traditional. As an independent school not affiliated with any synagogue, Yeshiva Day School has had a successful history of attracting and educating a wide spectrum of Jewish families who want their children to receive a quality secular and traditional Jewish education based on Torah study. Part of our success is the welcoming environment of our families and faculty.


• What is the community of families like?

We are proud of our very diverse, warm parent body. Since our location is easily accessible from all parts of the city, our families live all over the Las Vegas Valley with groups of families living in Summerlin, Henderson and Central Las Vegas. Our international parent body comes from all over the world from Israel, Europe, South America and of course America. Our families belong to synagogues of every affiliation and represent every level of Jewish observance. The overall feeling of the school is a warm, committed Jewish community of families who strive to give their children a Jewish life at school, home and in their community. Our families weekly share Shabbat meals, celebrate Jewish holidays together and become close friends outside of school.


• What High Schools do Yeshiva Day School alumni attend?

Reflecting our diverse families, our students attend many different high schools. Most Yeshiva Day School graduates continue their dual curricular Jewish/ general education at another accredited independent school or choose their local public school. Many of our alumni distinguish themselves by being placed into honors and advanced placement classes wherever they choose to attend.


• What if I need financial aid?

Yeshiva Day School offers generous financial aid grants to qualifying families. Yeshiva Day School believes that the community is stronger when it is comprised of students from varying socio – economic backgrounds that benefit from and contribute to the campus experience. Yeshiva Day School remains committed to ensure that a Jewish education remains affordable to Jewish families regardless of their economic circumstances.

 

YDLV 2016/17 Admissions Process.

YDLV will now be using TADS a school based portal to mainstream all aspects of the admission process. ALL FAMILIES WILL NEED TO CREATE A TADS ACCOUNT, ONLY ONE ACCOUNT NEEDED PER FAMILY. 

New Students - Start at Step One

Returning Students - Start at Step Two


Click here to apply at http:/www.tads.com

Step One
We invite you to apply to Yeshiva Day School of Las Vegas! Please click on the above TADS Admissions and Enrollment tab to fill out the Application for Admissions and submit the required documents. Please contact the school office for tour and student assessment.

Step Two
Once you have received your acceptance email or letter, you are now ready to enroll. Please Login to your TADS account and Click on "Enrollment" to begin your enrollment for the upcoming school year. A tuition agreement will only be sent to you once your enrollment has been finalized.

Step Three

YDLV provides financial aid to families of students attending the Yeshiva, entirely based on demonstrated financial need. All applications are processed thru TADS Financial Aid and are reviewed by our Tuition Committee. The Committee recognizes the sensitivity and importance of this process and works diligently to make the proper determinations. Please click on the TADS Financial Aid tab in your TADS account to begin your application.

Step Four
All tuition agreements and payment plans are processed thru TADS Tuition Management. Once you have been notified of a pending tuition agreement, please click on the TADS Tuition Management tab, to finalize your agreement and choose a payment method/plan.

Forms and Handbooks

All Early Childhood students need this form completed annually by their Dr. Please also include updated immunization record.

Click Here for Blank Health Form

Click Here for K-9 Student/Parent Handbook

Click Here for ECECH Student/Parent Handbook

Click Here for ECECS Student/Parent Handbook