Our Leadership

  • Rabbi Arthur Schneier

    Founder and Dean

    Rabbi Arthur Schneier is the Founder and Dean of Rabbi Arthur Schneier Park East Day School, Senior Rabbi at Park East Synagogue and Founder and President of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation.

    Widely recognized for his work on behalf of international understanding, religious freedom, and peaceful coexistence, Rabbi Schneier is passionate about sharing these goals and hopes with our children.

    He serves as Vice President of World Jewish Congress, Hon. Chairman of World Jewish Congress (America), Member of Council on Foreign Relations; Asia Society; United Nations Development Corporation; United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Committee on Conscience; Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations; Joint Distribution Committee.

    He has received many world leaders at Park East, including two Secretaries General of the U.N. In 2008, he was host to Pope Benedict XVI, the first ever Papal visit to a synagogue in the U.S. and in 2009 welcomed the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I.

    Born in Vienna in 1930, Rabbi Schneier survived the Holocaust in Budapest, Hungary and arrived in the United States in 1947. He is married to Elisabeth Nordmann Schneier.

  • Debbie Rochlin

    Principal

    Debbie Rochlin was promoted to Principal of RASPEDS in July 2021. She joined the RASPEDS faculty as a Floater Teacher in 1994 and has previously held the roles of Early Childhood Teacher, Assistant Director of Early Childhood, Associate Director of Early Childhood and Associate Director of Admissions.

    She serves as a liaison between RASPEDS teachers, parents and administrators, fostering these key relationships on behalf of the institution and oversees Admissions, the Early Childhood Program and Early Childhood Summer Program.

    Over the course of her 27-year tenure, her dedication to her students and their families has shaped the nurturing and supportive environment that makes our school unique and helps each student shine. In addition to her excellence as an educator, Debbie is a dynamic, collaborative and inspiring leader whose enthusiasm and dedication to every child is widely respected.

    Click here to read her Park East Profile.

  • Temima Feldman

    Head of School

    Temima Feldman joined RASPEDS as Head of School in July 2021.

    Prior to Park East, Mrs. Feldman served as General Studies Principal for Grades 1-5 at the Torah Academy for Girls in Far Rockaway and as Junior High School Principal at Ateres Bais Yaakov in Monsey, New York. She holds a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University and Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Psychology and Education from Touro College and completed a course on The Art of Leadership from the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. She attended the Shulamith School for Girls in Brooklyn and Michlalah Jerusalem College.

    Additionally, Mrs. Feldman serves as an educational consultant and has written extensively on family and educational topics, is the Co-Creator and Associate Director of The Digital Citizenship Project and serves as the Director of the Consortium of Jewish Day Schools’ Principal’s Training Institute. She has delivered lectures internationally on the impact of technology, parenting and its application in today’s times, Jewish family life, the Myers–Briggs Type Indicator and its implications for education, child-rearing, marriage and the workplace.

    Click here to read her Park East Profile.

  • Mimi Samter

    Director of Guidance

    Mimi Samter joined RASPEDS as Director of Guidance in July 2021.

    Ms. Samter is a licensed master social worker with more than 16 years of experience in school social work. Prior to joining Park East, she served as Director of Guidance and Student Services at Torah Academy for Girls in Far Rockaway and as a school social worker at several Jewish day schools, most recently at IVDU (Yachad) High School for Girls in Brooklyn. Ms. Samter received her Master of Social Work degree from Hunter College, Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Associate of Arts degree in Judaic Studies from the Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University.

    Click here to read her Park East Profile.

  • Cantor Benny Rogosnitzky

    Director

    Cantor Benny Rogosnitzky is a world-renowned Cantor, lecturer, teacher, mentor, and event producer. Affectionately known as “Cantor Benny,” he serves as Cantor at the historic Park East Synagogue, located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

    Born in Liverpool, England, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Talmudic Studies in Manchester Yeshiva and an advanced degree in Music. He has performed for audiences of thousands at some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including the White House and the United Nations. As a lecturer of music and its application to prayer, Cantor Rogosnitzky routinely studies and practices both traditional and modern liturgy and music. In 2012, he worked with Sony Music on the production and marketing of the historic album and concert series, “Eternal Echoes: Songs and Dances for the Soul,” a collaboration between world-famous violinist Itzhak Perlman and Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot.

    At Park East Synagogue, where he has served as Cantor since 2009, Cantor Rogosnitzky also leads marketing and community engagement efforts for both the Synagogue and Rabbi Arthur Schneier Park East Day School, where he serves as Director. He serves on the board of several charitable organizations and is the co-founder of Cantors World and the founder of Frum Divorce.

    Cantor Rogosnitzky is married with four children and resides in New York.

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