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Our Hebrew School Principal


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Jill Liflander


Jill Liflander, new principal of HCS Hebrew SchoolJill Liflander merges her progressive teaching experience (M.A. Elementary Education), with an expansive, multi-disciplinary artistic background to create loving, joy-filled learning experiences for children and adults.


Jill worked at HCS 2008-2013, teaching the Bet class and leading holiday and Shabbat Services with puppets, music, dance,visual arts and creative approaches to internalizing Jewish ideas. For the past few years, Jill has been leading a group of Jewish families in Tarrytown in nature-based, immersive, Jewish holiday celebrations.


Jill works as a Teaching Artist for Suny Purchase's Performing Arts Center. She honed her Dance Education skills at the prestigious Dance Education Laboratory-Harkness Dance Center at the 92nd St YMCA, and trained in the Kennedy Center's “Arts Integration” methodology in 2015.


Liflander with Hebrew School studentsJill is the founder of Jilly Puppets, a one woman puppet troupe since 2007. Jilly Puppets provides multicultural educational opportunities through dance, music, and imaginative play for children of all ages. Jill also recently expanded to create a pre-school curriculum (Jilly Puppets Early Childhood Puppet Academy) for local nursery schools and home-based daycares.

Jilly Puppets produces upbeat, local community arts initiatives for underserved children in Sleepy Hollow. Projects include a musical about immigration to New York: Solo Una Banana/Just One Banana, and most recently, Bailar en el Mundo/Dance in the World, a world dance celebration.


Jill is a contemporary dance choreographer, an avid reader, and enthusiastically practices capoeira (a Brazilian martial art). She lives in Sleepy Hollow with her beautifully supportive husband Mark- a photographer, and two girls, Lily and Ruby, who drive her to make this world a better place.


Sun, January 20 2019 14 Shevat 5779