Tamar Nagar


Chia Shlomovitz

Chia is the guidance counselor in YTA. She received her M.A. in counselling from Bar Ilan University. Chia made Aliya in 1981 from Far Rockaway, New York in 1981. Her family were one of the founders of Moshav Mattisyahu.

Yaffa Chaya Ben Rachamim

Yaffa Chaya Ben-Rachamim has been teaching math at YTA for the past 8 years. She studied math education at Michlala Yerushalayim. Originally from Fair Lawn NJ, she came to Israel at age 18 for post-high school Midrasha, made aliyah shortly thereafter and has been here ever since.

Gitte Leibtag


Sara Jacob


Batya Jacobs

Batya studied History and Judaic Studies at Hebrew University and has a master's degree in Jewish Education. She began teaching Olim during her service in the Education Corps of the IDF and went on to produce educational programs in the Division of Torah Culture of the Ministry of Education. At YTA, Batya teaches History and Civics.

Michal Shira Abbo

Michal made Aliya from the U.S when she was a young child. At YTA Michal teaches Hebrew and Sifrut. Michal also teaches Ulpan in several Ulpanim and venues in Jerusalem.

Michal studied at Oranim teacher’s college and University of Leeds.  She has a teaching certificate in Arts and Education. Michal studied ESL and teaching Hebrew as a Second Language and has been teaching Ulpan for over two decades. Michal is very artistic and is also an alternative Medicine practitioner.

Rabbi Mark Smilowitz

Rabbi Mark Smilowitz grew up in New Jersey and made Aliyah from Seattle with his family in 2005. He has been teaching Torah to high school students since 1997, and he joined the staff of YTA in 2011. Rabbi Smilowitz studied in Yeshivat Har Etzion for five years, and he holds three degrees from Yeshiva University: a B.A. with a major in mathematics, an M.A. in Jewish education, and rabbinic ordination. He also holds a master’s degree in teaching Jewish thought from Herzog College in Alon Shvut, and he is currently working on his doctoral degree in Hebrew University on the thought of Rabbi Soloveitchik. His podcast “Classroom Teaching” for Jewish educators can be found on the internet. In his spare time, Rabbi Smilowitz volunteers as a medical clown, and enjoys spending time with his wife Michelle and their children.

Tsipora Rakhovskaya

Tsipora Rakhovskaya has been a mathematics and computer science teacher at YTA since the school's inception in 2010. She has a B.A. from Stern College for Women, an M.A. from Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and an additional M.A. in Talmud from Bar Ilan University. She currently resides in Jerusalem with her husband and children.