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Meet Our Morahs

Gan Gadol  Aleph (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 19 years and at Keshet for 9. 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.

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.

Gan Gadol  Bet (4 Year Old Class)

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. She is excited to begin this new adventure at Keshet!

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.

Gan Katan (3 Year Old Class)

Elise Friedlander is starting her 3rd year at Keshet. She has 14 years experience in early child care. She has a 10 year old ddaughter 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!


Leah Cary attended SUNY Geneseo and graduated in 2018 with a double major in psychology and French, with a minor in linguistics. This is her second year working at Keshet; she worked in Gan Gadol last year, and also as a one-to-one aide at Limmud. She’s passionate about inclusivity, nature, art, chocolate, and coffee. If you’re ever looking for a good hike in the Rochester area she’d be happy to share some recommendations!

Gan Katantan (2 Year Old Class)

Lisa Cline is starting her 11th year at Keshet. She has worked with every age group here. Lisa has a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. She has 2 childre, ages 23 and 20, and she likes to garden and bake. Lisa is looking forward to working with the 2 year olds again this year.

Jessica Nussbaum was born and raised in Rochester. She moved to NYC where she met her husband, Yehuda, and then moved back to Rochester in 2012. She is the proud mother of three children: Ella, Ethan, and Sophia. They became part of the Keshet Family in 2019, when Sophia was in Gan Gadol. From the very first day, Jessica knew she wanted to continue with Keshet even after Sophie graduated. She loves the warmth, positivity, and Judiasm radiating throughout the Keshet Family, and she is very excited to join and be a part of it.

Pitzels (18 Month Olds)

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.