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Our Hebrew School Principal

Jill Liflander merges her progressive teaching experience (M.A. Elementary Education, certificate in Dance Education from the Dance Education Laboratory, training in Artistic Integration from Kennedy Center), with an expansive, multi-disciplinary artistic background and a love for Judaism to create experiential, joy-filled learning experiences for children and adults.

Before returning to HCS in 2018 as our Educational Director, Jill worked at HCS from 2008-2013, teaching the Bet class and leading holiday and Shabbat Services with puppets, music, dance, and visual arts! During that time, she also organized a local chavurah in Tarrytown for her friends’ families, leading families into the woods for immersive Jewish celebrations!

Jill believes that Judaism is ALIVE! And FASCINATING! And JOYFUL! She is energized by the endlessness opportunities to learn within Jewish community. She is thrilled to be back home at HCS, expanding and refining programs within the Hebrew School, and connecting the Hebrew School and the Congregation.

Jill also is the founder of Jilly Puppets, a one woman educational puppet troupe. She teaches educational, wildly entertaining, multicultural pre-school classes and runs an Early Childhood World Dance and Music program. Jilly Puppets is a dedicated member of her local community of Sleepy Hollow, producing dance and music experiences for underserved children and volunteering in schools and local productions.

Jill is also a Teaching Artist at Suny Purchase's Performing Arts Center and the Tarrytown Music Hall.

Jill practices capoeira, a Brazilian dance/martial art, walks her dog Star-Lord in the woods as much as possible, choreographs playful contemporary dance pieces and hangs out with her family.