Rabbi Tzvi Bernstein has a lifelong commitment to Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy. He attended Bi-Cultural from Kindergarten to 8th Grade (prior to there being a High School) served for twenty years on the Board of Trustees for the School while practicing law in Stamford, served on the Executive Committee of the Board, was a member of the Judaic Studies middle school faculty and served as coordinator of the school’s adult education program.
In 2015, he accepted appointment to the full-time position as Dean of the school, and in this capacity directed the school’s development efforts, supervised the business aspects of the school, was a member of the educational leadership team and served as Rabbinic authority. In 2021, he was named Interim Head of School, having led BCHA in its safe and highly successful response to the Covid-19 pandemic during which time the school remained open to students for learning throughout.
A lifelong resident of Stamford, he and his wife, Darona, each served as synagogue president of Congregation Agudath Sholom. He is also past chairman of the board of Yeshiva Bais Binyomin, a former board member of the Stamford Jewish Community Center and a past member of the Stamford United Jewish Federation allocations committee. All three of the family’s children, now adults, attended Bi-Cultural and now, welcoming in the third generation, Rabbi Bernstein’s grandchildren are students in the school.
Rabbi Bernstein is a graduate of Yeshiva University, having received a B.A in Philosophy from Yeshiva College, Rabbinic Ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, a J.D from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and a Master’s degree from the Azrieli Graduate School of Education and Administration.
Rabbi Rosenfeld is the Head of Judaics at the Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy of Connecticut. Previously, he was the middle school principal at Manhattan Day School and served as assistant rabbi at Lincoln Square Synagogue in New York City. Prior to that, he was on the Judaics faculty of SAR High School. Rabbi Rosenfeld studied for two years in Yeshivat HaKotel in Jerusalem, and served in the IDF in the 605th Combat Engineers as a lone soldier through the Second Lebanon War.
Rabbi Rosenfeld received a bachelor’s degree with honors in English Literature from Yeshiva University, where he was a Wilf Family Scholar. He holds a master’s degree from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration and obtained semicha from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He lives with his wife Chani, and their children Sofie, Noa, and Judah in Stamford.
David Giver currently serves as the Principal of the BCHA Upper School and previously held the position of Principal of the BCHA Middle School, as well as serving in a myriad of roles at the Jewish High School of Connecticut. Before moving to Stamford, David taught courses in English, History, and Political Science at Georgia Southern University – Armstrong Campus in Savannah, Georgia.
Mr. Giver holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Norwich University and a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts – Creative Writing in Poetry from Goddard College. He also served for two years in the United States Navy. Recently, he received a Harvard Certificate in School Management and Leadership. He resides with his wife and children in Stamford.
Gabriel “Gabe” Felder, a Stamford native and BCHA alumnus, returns home to be the school’s Middle School Principal. Mr. Felder was previously the Dean of English Language Arts and Special Services at Achievement First Apollo Middle School, where he led many academic initiatives and supervised all special services related to IEP’s, 504’s, and English language learners. He served as a member of the school’s leadership team, planned and led staff professional development for over 30 teachers and over 15 staff members, coached and managed the ELA department of eight teachers, ensured compliance for all special services, and led reading initiatives for 400 students across grades 5-8.
Before moving to the leadership team, Mr. Felder was the founding 8th grade ELA teacher at Apollo and served as the grade level chair and advisor for first year teachers. In addition to being a proud graduate of BCHA, Mr. Felder is also a graduate of the City University of New York: Brooklyn College where he holds a Masters of Arts in Education – Students with Disabilities 7-12 Certificate. He also graduated from The George Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Communications. While at GWU, Mr. Felder was selected from a group of his fellow classmates as the class speaker for his graduating class.
Tricia Hoff has been named incoming Principal of the BCHA Lower School. Tricia has extensive teaching experience, having been a 4th grade teacher at BCHA since 2012 earning the reputation of being a kind, responsive and caring teacher. In this new role, Mrs. Hoff will oversee all aspects of the Lower School program including supervising the elementary staff, overseeing curriculum, maintaining operations, supervising disciplinary matters and serving as the primary contact for parents. Prior to joining the BCHA team, Tricia taught various elementary grades in New York at Rodeph Sholom, Solomon Schechter and in public school. Trained in specialized reading and writing support services, Mrs. Hoff served as the Reading Partners Director of United Jewish Federation of Stamford, New Canaan and Darien.
Mrs. Hoff is a graduate of Binghamton University with a B.S. in Psychology, and holds a Masters Degree in Elementary Education (K-6) from Hunter College. She and her husband Rob are active Stamford community members and proud parents of 3 wonderful sons, all of whom attend or have graduated Bi-Cultural.
Nicole Makovsky has recently been appointed the new Director of the Early Childhood Center at Bi-Cultural. Nicole joined the BCHA EC family in 2017. Since coming to BCHA Nicole has proven herself a leader in the field, consistently working on and improving curriculum, encouraging her team and hundreds of students to be the best they can be, always promoting kindness and empathy. Mrs. Makovsky graduated with a BA in Early Childhood Education from Yeshiva University and holds a Masters degree in General and Special Education from Touro College. She has been teaching in Early Childhood Education for the past 15 years. Nicole lives in Stamford with her husband Jonathan and their three children, Mackenzie, Austin and Riley.