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Meet Our Morahs


Mandi Warner School Director

This is my sixth school year as the Director of Early Childhood Education at Beth El. I began my career in early childhood education back in 2003 when I graduated with my undergrad in Elementary Education and a minor in Social Studies from Fredonia State University. I worked at a Preschool in Victor, and then moved on to the JCC of Greater Rochester when I began my Masters’ Degree in Literacy Education (birth-6th grade certification). I fell in love with teaching early childhood Jewish Education while at the JCC, and realized that that was my passion. While I was there, back in 2011, I had my son, Brayden. When Brayden went to kindergarten, and after ten years there, I realized that I wanted to do more with my career. Temple Beth El has been the absolute perfect fit. Keshet is by far the warmest preschool I could have ever imagined. I’ve always believed that children learn best when they feel good about themselves, and I bring that philosophy to Keshet every day. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband Paul, my son, and my two pugs/ pug-mixes. I enjoy hiking, playing board games, and watching comedy movies.

Gan Gadol   (4 Year Old Class)

Melinda Yanoff has been teaching in the Rochester area since 1989.  Before coming to Keshet she taught in Elementary Schools in the Rochester area and spent 8 years teaching Preschool at the JCC.  She has worked at TBE for 20 years and at Keshet for 10. Along with Gan Gadol she teaches 1st grade in our Limmud Youth Education Program and was the youth group leader for Halutzim for five years.  Melinda has a B.A. in Political Science and Law and Society from SUNY Binghamton.  She holds an M.S. in Elementary Education with Permanent Certification for Preschool through sixth grade from Nazareth College of Rochester.  She has spent her summers working at the RMSC, Sisol and Camp Keshet.


Elise Friedlander is starting her 4th year at Keshet. She has 15 years experience in early child care. She has a 11 year old daughter and a son who would have turned 7 this year. She enjoys cooking and crafts, and spending time with her family. She loves working with young kids and watching their faces light up with each new experience. She’s so excited for this new school year!



Gan Katan (3 Year Old Class)

Taylor Maiorana graduated from the University of Richmond in 2016 with a degree in Leadership Studies. She began working at Keshet midway through the 2016-2017 school year in Gan Katan. In 2019-2020 she began teaching in Gan Katantan Bet and is excited to be teaching in Gan Gadol Bet for the first time! She also holds a full time job at the YMCA of Greater Rochester, running a Before and After School Program at a local Elementary School. In her free time, she enjoys reading, taking day trips around New York State, and seeing live music.

Marcy Worden has been teaching in Rochester in an integrated preschool setting for many, many years. She has a Masters in Special Education from Nazareth College. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids. She enjoys musicals, traveling, and walking her dog. She loves teaching kids and showing them the world around them.


Gan Katantan Aleph (2 Year Old Class)

Franceen Elias Stein
ris Giancola

Gan Katantan Bet (2 Year Old Class)

Flo Lissade is married to her best friend, Joel. She is a very proud mom of three daughters. She enjoys being part of the Keshet team. She is very excited to be with the Pitzels for the 3rd year in a row!



Orna Korn was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel, and served in the air force for two years during the Yom Kippur war. After her military service, she worked as an accountant for a large insurance company. In 1983, her husband’s job moved their family to the United States on a joint program between Israel and the USA. Raising their family in the United States, as Israeli Americans, created a cultural challenge. It was very important to them to hold tight to culture, holidays, music and food of our homeland. As her children have grown, they have successfully been able to transfer these attributes of our heritage to their families. Orna would like to transfer the Jewish and Israeli tradition and values which she cherishes, beyond her home and offer the rich traditions to many American homes. She began teaching to both young and adult students, Hebrew, Judaica and Israeli culture whenever the opportunity arose, both privately and through synagogues. She has been teaching in every location her life has taken her, including Florida, Illinois, Texas, as well as New York State. She taught at Beth-El Limmud for many years. These days, she has been teaching at Keshet pre-school, Brith Kodesh and Kollel – adult education. She retired from public school as a teacher assistant. In her job she was focusing on life skill development to mentally challenged students in the age of 16-21. In her free time she likes to read modern Israeli literature, paint on silk scarves and pins, and make handcrafted Jewelry. She enjoys meeting new people and learning about their different ideas and way of life. She is a mother of three children, and “Savta” of three wonderful grandchildren.

Barb Miller has taught at a NYS Registered in home daycare for 26 years, and at the JCC Wolk Children’s Center for 6 years in the 18 month old room. She spent 4 years as the lead teacher in Infants 2. She has 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren.

Pitzels (18 Month Olds)

Maggie Luddy 

Additional Staff

Beth Lax

Daphne Futerman has enjoyed every minute working with children for over 30 years.  She was a social worker in an integrated special education preschool program at Rochester ChildFirst Network for 22 years.  From there she moved to Hillel School for 4 years as social worker/educator.  Daphne started consulting at Keshet in October 2019.  She has an MS in Social Work from Columbia University.  She is married and has 2 grown sons, one who lives in NYC and the other in Tel Aviv.  Daphne loves exercising, any outdoor activities, being at Canandaigua Lake, reading, volunteering, and a new found pandemic interest in cooking.