Our Staff

Aliza Perles, Administrative Director

Born and raised on Staten Island in a family of educators, Aliza has strong ties to the community and to the profession of education. Aliza joined Oorah in 2006 and has connected with the organization as much as she has with the children and families Oorah helps.

Aliza's compassion, intellect, and fun energy made it easy for her to take on new roles such as Head Counselor of Oorah’s TheZone Camp and the founder and leader of Staten Island Girls ChillZone.

Prior to coming to Little Star, Aliza taught for five years at the Rabbi Jacob Joseph Girls School in Staten Island. She started as a Pre-1A assistant and was asked to take over as the upper grades teacher for several subjects. Aliza was and continues to be admired by her peers and former students.

Sarah Shulman, Kindergarten

As the granddaughter of a master educator and the founder of Oorah, Rabbi Chaim Mintz, teaching and loving every Jew runs in Sarah’s blood. She has been involved in Oorah and its programs for most of her life. Sarah was the Head Counselor of Oorah’s The Zone Camp in 2017 and has run the ChillZone in Twin Rivers, NJ. Sarah joined Little Star with a wealth of experience working in Bnos Esther Malka Elementary School as well as Richboro Hebrew School.

Regina Kleynbok, UPK

After five years of being a head teacher at Hannah Senesh Community Day School, Regina came to Little Star with a wealth of experience. An expert at encouraging children to explore the world around them, Regina enjoys observing her students develop self-confidence and a positive self-image. With a Master’s degree from Brooklyn College in Literacy Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Regina is a respected and valuable asset to the Little Star staff.

Rochel Leah Adams, Nursery

Rochel Leah’s motherly nature endears her students to her. She has experience working at a playgroup and we are fortunate that she has joined Little Star. Rochel Leah is truly devoted to her students and cares about them dearly both inside and outside the classroom.

Adina Mozes, Hebrew Teacher Pre-K/Kindergarten

Adina’s extensive preschool experience gives her the ability to develop an excellent rapport with her students and their parents. Her stellar story-telling abilities make her lessons come alive! Adina’s warmth and creativity make her an exceptional teacher and cherished member of our staff.

Miri Weiss, Pre-Nursery

Miri’s enthusiasm and cheerful personality light up Little Star! She is a beloved teacher at RJJ in the mornings and enthusiastically leads our Toddler class and After Care coverage for the school. Miri keeps her Toddlers engaged with exciting activities and can be heard singing, cheering, or reading accompanied with the children’s squeals of delight!