Eti Eliyahu, Principal
Gahelet was established in 1980, by a group of parents, headed by Yael Israeli (returned to Israel in 1984) and Rachel (Rochale) Blumenfeld, seeking to educate their children in the spirit of the Israeli schools.
The program started with a small group and was given a home in Temple Israel of Great Neck in Long Island. It has grown successfully since to become a Non-Profit Organization headed by Rachel who has remained as a volunteer throughout the years.
Several years ago, a second branch opened in Jericho, Long Island. Together with the Great Neck branch, the program now has close to 200 students from pre-K to 7th grade. In addition, the 8th grade class is dedicated for the NY Regents exam in Hebrew.
Eti Eliyahu has been the school's principal since 1997, after serving as a classroom teacher for four years. Eti is now a prominent figure and the "engine" behind Gahelet activities.
Gahelet hires Israeli teachers with the proper credentials from Israel Ministry of Education. The teachers participate in an annual enrichment seminar given by professional educators from Israel, and educational materials are constantly updated accordingly.