Ilana Friedman, Head of Early Childhood Education

Ilana Friedman is thrilled to be the Head of Early Childhood Education for our three Kings Bay Y North Brooklyn Locations. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Ilana holds a bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College and a Master’s in Education from NYU. She has been teaching, coaching and developing curriculum for the past 20 years, including her first 15 years at PS 321 in Park Slope, followed by two years at CBE in Park Slope, where she served as the Associate Director of its pre-school. In addition to her teaching, Ilana spent several summers as theater director at Piper Theater Camps/Puck’s Playground, introducing Brooklyn’s youngest thespians to the works of Shakespeare. She has a passion for project-based learning in addition to creating and implementing rich, original and inspiring educational activities. Ilana lives in Kensington with her husband, Dave, and her son Noah, who will be entering second grade in the fall of 2017.


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Caryn Roman, Site Director and Director of Jewish Family Life

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Caryn is a graduate of Boston University (with a detour at the University of Haifa) and holds an MPA from NYU's Wagner School of Public Service. She recently completed her master's degree in Jewish Education at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Manhattan. Prior to joining the team at the Y, Caryn spent more than a decade working with Jewish youth in year-round and summer camp settings.

Caryn is a voracious reader and can frequently be found attending Broadway shows or riding her bike around Brooklyn. She plays guitar and has extensive experience leading groups of all ages in song.




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