Yeshiva University’s Institute for University-School Partnership has launched YU Lead, a unique and highly experiential leadership development program for aspiring leaders in Jewish education. Elly Storch and Dov Emerson, assistant principals at Davis Renov Stahler Yeshiva High School for Boys (DRS/HALB) in Woodmere, were two of 24 participants to be selected from a competitive applicant pool of teachers, division principals, student-support faculty, curriculum coordinators, and student-activity directors.

Members of the program will spend nine months immersing themselves in the study of leadership as they learn with experts in the field of education and a cohort of their peers. The learning will take place online–synchronously and asynchronously–and at two in-person conferences. Sessions will address topics on leadership, mission, vision, philosophy, budgeting and finance, instructional supervision, development, governance, distributive leadership, 21st-century education, parents and communication, and enrollment management. YU Lead will challenge participants to think deeply about their practice and to exercise their reflective, interpersonal, and educational skills to maximize their leadership potential.

YU Lead was the product of several months of planning and consultation with leaders in the day-school field. “YU Lead is a direct result of the expressed needs of the field as we have heard from leaders in our Jewish day schools,” said Jane Taubenfeld Cohen, director of capacity building at YU School Partnership. “We are excited to meet those needs by connecting well-respected leaders to new and aspiring professionals.”

“YU Lead will afford all the participants extraordinary opportunities to network with other educators and experts to share ideas, receive feedback, discuss challenges, and perhaps most importantly, think creatively about the future of Jewish leadership in the 21st century,” said Dr. Scott Goldberg, director of the YU School Partnership.

Participants are also looking forward to the professional networking opportunities that YU Lead will provide. Although they hail from different backgrounds, they all have something in common: their energy and commitment to Jewish education, learning, and growing in their practice.

Rabbi Avi Bossewitch, dean of students at the Rabbi Alexander S. Gross Hebrew Academy in Miami Beach, Florida, and a participant in YU Lead, is particularly excited about the program. “YU Lead is an opportunity to enhance and improve my skills, to meet and collaborate with other school leaders, and to learn best practices in so many areas of Jewish education,” said Bossewitch.

Schools represented in the first cohort of YU Lead include Akiva Hebrew Day School/Yeshivat Akiva, Southfield, Michigan; Bnei Akiva Schools, Ontario, Canada; Columbus Torah Academy, Columbus, Ohio; Davis Renov Stahler Yeshiva High School for Boys (DRS/HALB), Woodmere; Hebrew High school of New England, West Hartford, Conn.; Manhattan Day School, New York; Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy, Rockville, Maryland; Rabbi Alexander S. Gross Hebrew Academy, Miami Beach, Florida; Rav Teitz Mesivta Academy (JEC), Elizabeth, New Jersey; Robert M. Beren Academy, Houston; Shalhevet High School, Los Angeles; The Binah School, Sharon, Massachusetts; The Frisch School, Paramus, New Jersey; Weinbaum Yeshiva High School, Boca Raton, Florida; Yeshivat Noam, Paramus, New Jersey; Yeshiva University High School for Boys/Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy (MTA), New York; and Yeshiva University of Los Angeles Boys High School (YULA), Los Angeles.

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