Program Leadership - Young Israel of Great Neck
Youth Program Leadership
Rabbi Eli Slomnicki
Eli Slomnicki, Youth Director at YIGN is a member of the Talmud Faculty at the Ramaz Upper School where he serves as the head of their Israel guidance office and the 12th grade Yoetz, spiritual grade advisor. Rabbi Slomnicki received his BA in Philosophy from Yeshiva College and an MA in Secondary Education from the Azrieli School of Education and his Semicha from Lander College for Men/Beis Medrash l’Talmud. He has served in many informal Jewish educational roles such as Head Counselor at Camp Lavi, Camp Director at Beaver Lake Day Camp and most recently he has created and runs a boys middle school travel camp, RoadRuach. Eli and his wife Elissa are the proud parents of four daughters, Rivka, Tova, Shayna and Talia. Update this content.
Rabbi Simon Basalely
Rabbi Basalely, a resident of Great Neck and rebbe at NSHA Middle School will run our Teen Minyan and correlating programs such as onegs, mishmar and Sunday morning Parent-Child minyan.
Rabbi Simon Basalely studied in Yeshivot Kerem BeYavneh, Mir Yerushalayim, and RIETS where he was part of the prestigious Wexner Kollel Elyon and received his Semicha. He earned his undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Yeshiva University where he also received an MA in Jewish Education as well as an MSW in social work.
Rabbi Basalely served for two years as the Edmond J. Safra Sephardic Sgan Mashgiach at Yeshiva University where among other responsibilities he directed their Sephardic Minyan. Rabbi Basalely is a well respected talmid chacham in our community who has demonstrated that he can bring his scholarship and wisdom to our youth through his warm personality and deep sense of menschlichkeit
Morah Monica Alon
Monica Alon is the Preschool Director running the 2 and 3 year old groups. Monica is currently the head teacher at Yeshivat Ohr Haiim. Previously she worked in the Neshama Day Camp and in the Syrian Community Center in Brooklyn. Monica has taught children in the 2 through 5 age group for the last 15 years. She resides in Great Neck with her husband Ron and children Ephrat, Daniel, Natan Ariel and Ruthie.
Morah Nivah Gad
Nivah Gad, a resident of Great Neck is a beloved morah at the Shalom Early Childhood Program. She has been teaching pre-school for 3 years including at the famed Morah Judy’s in Queens. Nivah received her BA from Queens College. Morah Nivah is already known to many of our members for serving as a morah in the NSHA Early Childhood Summer program housed at YIGN where she met many of our children and families.
Nivah will supervise groups for our grade school girls, while directly leading the educational components of them.