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Meorot Leadership




Dr. Rebeka Gutkind

Retired Meorot Program Director

Dr. Rebeka Gutkind was part of the Meorot Leadership team from the program's inception. During the first year, Dr. Gutkind served as Program Advisor where she was responsible for curriculum development, staff mentoring and creating individualized learning plans for each student. From 2018 to present Dr, Gutkind has served in an expanded role as Interim Program Director.

Dr. Rebeka Gutkind has served the special needs population of the Jewish community for over thirty years.  She earned her Doctorate from Fordham University specializing in Language Literacy and Learning.  She received a Master of Science from Ferkauf Graduate School, Yeshiva University in Special Education and a Bachelor of Science at the University of Nebraska in Special Education. 


Dr. Gutkind was founder and director of the Rabenstein Learning Center in Far Rockaway, New York, from 1983 to 2008, an integrated bilingual special education program within a larger educational community.  This center included a resource room, inclusionary and self -contained classes, an educational testing center, a child study team, and a behavior management program.  Over the years, Dr. Gutkind has also advised and facilitated the program development for emerging special education projects. 

At the present time Dr. Gutkind is an Educational Consultant in private practice and an adjunct professor at Fordham Graduate School of Education where she teaches graduate courses in Special Education.  She gives in-service training for teachers and principals at schools across the New York City area.  Dr. Gutkind also consults for schools and personal clients in developing and implementing appropriate interventions and methodologies for all types of classroom settings. 

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