About

Leadership

Administration

Rachel Goldman, M.B.A., CPA
Executive Director
rgoldman@westchesterday.org
Ext. 108
Jamie Schneider Schwartz  
Early Childhood Director
jschwartz@westchesterday.org
Ext.104
Rabbi Joshua Lookstein, M.A.
Head of School
jlookstein@westchesterday.org
Ext. 102 
Ahuva Halberstam
Elementary School Principal
ahalberstam@westchesterday.org
Ext. 142
  Amy Ament, M.A.
Middle School Principal
aament@westchesterday.org
Ext. 144

 
Mrs. Goldman has been the executive director of Westchester Day School since the late 1990s.  Her responsibilities include partnering with the board of directors and the finance committee in developing the annual budget, to overseeing the school finances and grants, to buildings and grounds, to food services, security and maintenance.  including security and dining services and the Westchester Summer Day Program. She is also the contact person for tuition assistance. Rachel has a master’s degree in business administration and is a Certified Public Accountant. She has also lectured at several national conferences on financial management at independent schools and has been a member of several Middle States Visiting Teams, constantly incorporating new ideas in the evolution of WDS.
 
Jamie Schneider Schwartz comes to WDS from Magen David Yeshiva in Brooklyn, where she served as the early childhood instructional leader. She was a Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) and an educator for many years at JCC Manhattan’s Saul and Carole Zabar Nursery School. Schwartz also taught at the Bank Street Family Center, interned at Sesame Street Workshop in the educational research department and was a staff member for NJCD Yachad. Schwarz received her B.A. in early childhood education from Stern College, Yeshiva University, and her master’s of art in early childhood special education from Hunter College Graduate School of Education. She has presented on numerous topics including emergent curriculum, gender in early childhood years, and executive functioning. In the words of the director of the JCC of Manhattan preschool, “Jamie is a superstar educator, plain and simple… She radiates trust, empathy and caring—critical ingredients for any school setting, from which all else flows.”
 
 
Ahuva Halberstam is a world-class educator who founded and led several leading Jewish educational institutions over the course of her illustrious career. Halberstam was a Judaic studies educator and then an administrator at the Maimonides School in Boston, where she continued to serve as middle school head, chair of Hebrew language and literature (grades 7-12) and director of special education. Halberstam then came to New York City, where she was the founding head of The Heschel School for over a decade. Most recently, she was the head of school at Barkai Yeshiva, a 2’s through 8th grade school in Brooklyn that offers a unique Jewish studies program along with a forward-thinking general studies curriculum. A graduate of the City University of New York, Halberstam completed graduate work in educational leadership at Harvard University, holds a master’s degree from UCLA in Near Eastern languages and literature and completed her master’s level work at Harvard Divinity School in ethics and religion. Halberstam’s goal is to create learning environments that maximize every student’s potential.
 
This is Mrs. Ament’s 3rd year at Westchester Day School. Mrs. Ament has been a professional at the Jewish New Teacher Project, a division of the New Teacher Center. Most recently, she served as Associate Director, where she oversaw the professional training and support of over 90 mentors and 130 new teachers in over 60 Jewish schools, including WDS. During her tenure at JNTP, she personally mentored over 20 teachers. During her two decades in the field of Jewish education, Amy served in various professional capacities at several educational institutions, including many years as a classroom teacher in the Boston, Los Angeles, and New York metropolitan areas. She was recently an instructor in the Education Department at Stern College for Women. She has co-authored a Chumash curriculum, published papers in a number of educational journals, and has been a sought after presenter at national Jewish education conferences. Amy holds a B.A. from Binghamton University in History and Judaic Studies, an M.S. in Administration and Supervision from Yeshiva University, and an M.A. from Brandeis University's Hornstein Program in Jewish Communal Service. She lives in White Plains with her husband, Jonathon, and three children, Ezra, Joshua and Adina. 
 

School Board

President

Aaron Lauchheimer

Chairman

Jack Bodner
Executive Vice President

Susan Wachsstock
Secretary

Michelle Cohen
Treasurer

Adam Bensley
Trustees - Term Expires 2019

Alex Kahn Barry Novick Daniella Rader Aaron Lauchheimer*
Jack Bodner*
Elisha Tropper Irit Tratt

*Executive Board Member
Trustees - Term Expires 2020
 
Michelle Cohen* Haley Toledano Malka Helft Susie Meyers
Nicola Rosenstock Robyn Shapiro Joshua Trump

*Executive Board Member
Trustees - Term Expires 2021
 
Adam Bensley* Ben Bernstein Daniel Gewanter Dani Gold
Michael Nachmani Jonathan Rosenfeld Susan Wachsstock

*Executive Board Member 

Honorary Trustees
 
Lawrence Gorfinkle** Don Motzkin** Barbara Plotnick Mortimer Propp**

**Deceased
Associate Trustees
 
Russie Berger Michelle Bernstein Goldberg Seth Cohen Sam Groner
Evan Jerome Rafi Kalman Dan Kosowsky Sara Meyers Sadinoff
George Puro



Find Us

856 Orienta Avenue
Mamaroneck, NY 10543
914-698-8900

Who We Are

Westchester Day School is a Modern Orthodox, co-educational, dual-curriculum, toddler to 8th grade Jewish school that inspires and educates our students in their own way to value menschlichkeit, mitzvot, and lifelong learning.