N. BLUMENTHAL, Ph.D.
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Dr. Norman Blumenthal is a licensed clinical psychologist
in private practice in Cedarhurst, New York. Having
received his masters in 1976 and doctorate in 1981
from Adelphi University, he is the founder and Chairman
of the Board of Education of CAHAL. In addition, Dr.
Blumenthal serves as the Coordinator of Group Psychotherapy
Training for Interns and Residents at the North Shore
Long Island Jewish Health System and consultant to
TOVA - a mentoring program for disenfranchised teens.
A past Vice President and current Board member of
NEFESH (The International Network of Orthodox Mental
Health Professionals), Dr. Blumenthal also runs a
program for parental loss and grief for Chai Lifeline
and recently assumed the position as Education Director
of the Bella and Harry Wexner Kollel Elyon and Semikha
Honors Program at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological
Seminary of Yeshiva University which provides training
in counseling, public speaking and the like to prospective
Dr. Blumenthal has been instrumental in the growth
and development of the CAHAL program since its inception.
As CAHAL’s founder, he served as the first president
of the organization and remains an active member of
the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Board of
Education. He supervises the staff psychologists and
is a consultant to the CAHAL administration and teachers.
Naomi Nadata has been the Program Director of CAHAL
since its inception in the summer of 1992. She is
responsible for all educational aspects of the program
including staff selection and supervision, student
admissions, parent communication and support, interaction
with mainstream staff and administration, curriculum
design and staff training and development.
Prior to her position in CAHAL, Mrs. Nadata spent
twelve years as Resource Room Coordinator at Yeshiva
Tifereth Moshe and the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County,
where she established and coordinated their resource
From 1997 through 2002, Mrs. Nadata served as a member
of the Presidium of the Council of Jewish Special
Educators, a coalition of special educators in yeshivas
and Jewish day schools providing staff development
and networking opportunities, sponsored by the Board
of Jewish Education of New York. In 1999, Mrs. Nadata
participated in a New York State workshop contributing
to the development of the fourth grade social studies
state assessment for Goals 2000.
Mrs. Nadata has presented workshops at various Jewish
day schools and teacher training programs throughout
the tri-state area. In addition, she has traveled
to many states to provide support and workshops to
communities designing and implementing special education
programs modeled after CAHAL.
Mrs. Nadata has a BA degree from Barnard College
in psychology and general education, and an MA degree
from New York University in learning disabilities.
She earned New York State certifications in School
Administration and Supervision and School District
Administration at Queens College.
Alice Feltheimer is the Educational Coordinator for
the CAHAL Program. In this capacity Mrs. Feltheimer
has developed curriculum and special projects for
the learning disabled students within the CAHAL program.
Mrs. Feltheimer coordinates the related services for
each class. These services include: speech and language
therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and
counseling. She is responsible for coordinating all
New York City and Nassau County CSE (Committee of
Special Education) paperwork. She guides parents through
the CSE process and along with Mrs. Nadata, attends
all CSE meetings. Mrs. Feltheimer meets with staff
members on a regular basis and is responsible for
the English studies staff development within the program.
She is responsible for the purchasing and the implementation
of special education materials for each CAHAL class.
Mrs. Feltheimer coordinates the English Resource Library.
As Curriculum Coordinator her other responsibilities
include, evaluating students for class placement,
and participating in the hiring and supervision of
teachers and assistants.
Mrs. Feltheimer has a B.A. degree from Brooklyn College,
and Masters degrees in Reading and General Education.
Prior to her current position, Mrs. Feltheimer was
a Master Teacher in the New York City Public School
system with extensive experience in teaching English
as a second language, general education, special education
and classes for gifted students. She also directed
many workshops for New York City teachers in these
areas. Mrs. Feltheimer spent over sixteen years in
the New York City Public School system prior to assuming
her current position as the CAHAL Educational Coordinator.
Dr. Suri Weinreb, Psy.D, is the staff child
psychologist consulting exclusively for the CAHAL
program. She was educated in the New York metropolitan
area. Dr. Weinreb received a Masters degree in Education
along with an Advanced Certificate in School Psychology
from the Graduate School at Brooklyn College. She
completed her doctorate at Ferkauf Graduate School
Dr. Weinreb brings many years of clinical experience
in the yeshiva setting to her role with our CAHAL
students. She interacts with our students both, on
an individual basis and in the classroom setting.
Each child’s individualized psycho-educational
goals are developed in consultation with the classroom
teacher. Dr. Weinreb is committed to enabling each
student to thrive in both his and her educational
development and in becoming successful and active
members of their communities.
Dr. Weinreb lives in Woodmere with her husband and
four children where she is an active member of her
shul, children’s schools, and community.
HEBREW CURRICULUM COORDINATOR
Rabbi Moishe Waxman has been teaching Judaic
Studies for CAHAL since 1999. In September 2005 Rabbi
Waxman was appointed Hebrew Curriculum Coordinator
Rabbi Waxman is a graduate of Yeshiva Harbotzas Torah
High School, and studied at Yeshivas Mir Yerushalayim
in Israel from 1992-1994. After two years learning
in Kollel Harbotzas Torah, Rabbi Waxman attended Touro
College until 2000. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with
a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and a minor
in Psychology. Rabbi Waxman continued his education
and received a Masters of Science in Special Education
in 2002. He has New York State certification in Special
Rabbi Waxman spent 3 years as an assistant teacher at Yeshiva Darchei Torah before becoming a teacher of Judaic studies at the CAHAL class at Yeshiva Ketana of Long Island. After 3 years there he moved to the CAHAL class at the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway where he taught first through fourth grade until 2010. Rabbi Waxman is currently the Judaic studies teacher for the CAHAL third grade class in Yeshiva of South Shore.
As Hebrew Curriculum Coordinator, Rabbi Waxman’s
responsibilities are to organize and disseminate all
Judaic Studies teacher developed materials within
the CAHAL program. He will also be providing curriculum
development support for the CAHAL Judaic studies staff.