Meet the Administration
Head of Lower School
Morah Smadar Seinfeld (Headmistress) was appointed Head of the Middle School in 2008. Many of us know her as a gifted teacher and administrator who oversees the Middle School with passion, but her career at Ramaz actually began in the Lower School as a Judaic Studies teacher. Her love and respect for our children has always been evident in the way she praises, advises, and—on occasion!—even disciplines them.
Director of Curriculum and Faculty Supervision
Rabbi M. Mendel Lewitin, M.Ed. (Director of Curriculum and Faculty Supervision) received Rabbinic Ordination and a Doctorate in Jewish Jurisprudence and holds a Masters in Educational Administration. He has been an administrator of general studies at Jewish day schools for close to three decades. Before joining Ramaz, he was Head of School at the Striar Hebrew Academy of Sharon, MA. He helped lead the growth of the school and the goal was realized with the graduation of its first Grade Six class in 2004.
Rabbi Lewitin was raised in New York City, and soon after he was married, he and his wife moved to the South to bring Jewish education into the small towns.
Early in his career, Rabbi Lewitin applied to NASA for the Teacher in Space Program and was accepted on the National and State levels. Fortuitously, he did not advance in the process to ride the ill-fated Challenger.
He is an avid collector of classic Judaic texts and enjoys hiking and biking through National Parks.
Assistant Head of Middle School
Lois Nyren (Assistant Headmistress) was born and raised in Chicago, which is why every once in a while you’ll hear her Midwestern twang. She holds a BA from Brandeis University and a Master’s from Bank Street College of Education. She began her teaching career in the Boston Public Schools, taught for many years at independent schools in New York City, and joined the Ramaz faculty in 1992. She has taught students of all ages— from 3-year-olds to adults—including teaching teachers how to teach science as part of a consortium co-sponsored by NYU.
Lois loves the many facets of her work at Ramaz. In addition to her duties as an Administrator, she is the director of the Middle School’s extensive and enriching Advisory program, and she is the coordinator of the science department.She davens with the minyan each day, and mentors the girls who organize and conduct the twice-monthly Women’s Tefilla service. She continues to teach eighth grade science classes and, as her students know, often says that's the best part of her day.
Lois served as President of her synagogue, Shaaray Tefila, for six years, and continues to be very involved in leadership there. In her spare time, she loves to read, especially mystery and suspense novels, and go to movies and the theater with her husband.