RABBI SHMUEL ZILBER
Head of School / Menahel
Rabbi Shmuel Zilber has recently joined Tiferes Bais Yaakov as our Head of School / Menahel. A highly respected Mechanech and community leader, Rabbi Zilber brings experience, leadership, and knowledge to Tiferes Bais Yaakov. Rabbi Zilber combines passion and skill to help adapt the best Chinuch strategies for the current generation of students. Rabbi Zilber spent 12 years at Yeshiva Darchei Torah of Toronto, where in addition to teaching and mentoring High School students, he was responsible for the school recruitment and admissions. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Rabbi Zilber attended Yeshivas Toras Moshe in Yerushalayim, and continued his Rabbinical studies at Beth Medrash Govoah of Lakewood. Rabbi Zilber and his family moved to Ottawa, Canada in 2003. He served as a member of the Kollel, forging relationships with many people through his lectures, learning, outreach, and mentoring. Rabbi Zilber settled in Toronto in 2007 and continues to make an impact on the students and the Chinuch landscape of our community.
MRS. ADINA RIBACOFF
Limudei Kodesh Principal
Mrs. Adina Ribacoff is currently the Limudei Kodesh Principal at Tiferes Bais
Yaakov and has been with the school since September 2005. Mrs. Ribacoff develops the Jewish Studies Curriculum and oversees its implementation on a day-to-day basis. She focuses on instilling and developing in the girls a positive spiritual and religious connection. Mrs. Ribacoff teaches Chumash and Kesuvim to Grade 12 and gives the girls the tools to build a proper foundation for their future homes. During the summer, Mrs. Ribacoff studied at the Harvard Graduate School of Education Principals’ Center. In addition, she holds a Masters of Education in Educational Administration and Leadership from Yorkville University. Mrs. Ribacoff lectures to women in the US and Canada on various topics and gives parenting and Shalom Bayis workshops. Her daughter Kimchit graduated from Tiferes Bais Yaakov in 2013.
MRS. POLINA NAGLA
General Studies Principal
Mrs. Polina Nagla is the General Studies Principal at Tiferes Bais Yaakov and has been with the school since September 2014. Prior to joining Tiferes Bais Yaakov, Mrs. Nagla taught for the Toronto District School Board and taught English at Bnos Bais Yaakov. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Art History, a Bachelor of Education and is currently enrolled in the Master’s Dimension program with the Ontario Principal’s Council (OPC). She has earned her Principal’s Qualifications from OPC. In addition, she holds Specialist Qualifications in Guidance Education and History. She has additional qualifications in Special Education, Library, ESL, and Family Studies. As an advocate for teacher training and student achievement and well-being, Mrs. Nagla has been a leader on the Professional Development Committee and works closely with colleagues to develop workshops in the areas of mental health, student assessment, technology integration and pedagogy to enhance the curriculum and student achievement. She is currently teaching: Grade 9 Visual Arts. Mrs. Nagla is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers and the Ontario Principal’s Council.
MR. LAWRENCE WEINBERG
Mr. Lawrence Weinberg has held the position of Executive Director at Tiferes Bais Yaakov since 2006 and oversees and administers the activities in the Finance Office. All non-educational responsibilities fall within his purview, including all fundraising activities, budgets, tuition matters, contracts, and the maintenance of the facilities. Prior to joining our school, Mr. Weinberg had over eight years of experience as Operations Manager of a local auction company. Mr. Weinberg has shared his time, talent and energy volunteering in schools, shuls, and Chessed committees in the Toronto community. He has an Honours BSc from the University of Toronto. His daughter Ariella graduated from Tiferes Bais Yaakov in 2011.