Day School Leadership Training Institute Graduates Fifteen

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950

September 5, 2008, New York, NY

Fifteen leaders in Jewish day school administration recently completed the Day School Leadership Training Institute (DSLTI), an interdenominational program designed to develop a cadre of visionary and skilled educational leaders who exemplify Jewish values.

DSLTI is a professional development program committed to training and supporting leaders for Jewish day schools across North America. The institute provides a cutting-edge curriculum, dynamic experiences in authentic contexts and ongoing mentoring and support. Content of the intensive fifteen month program focuses on Judaism, education, and leadership.

Sponsored by The William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of The Jewish Theological Seminary and the AVI CHAI Foundation, the graduates* of the program join a national network of seventy-five DSLTI alumni who are currently serving in senior leadership positions in Conservative, Reform, and community day schools across the country and Canada.

Participants met over two consecutive four-week summer sessions and a series of three-day retreats led by a team of exemplary practitioners, scholars, and mentors. Each graduate will have access to continuing professional development and networking opportunities.

DSLTI Fellow Rabbi Andrew Hechtman stated that "The DSLTI experience has completely remolded my understanding of a successful head of school. It is unique among my educational experiences; blending together rigorous, thought-provoking academic seminars and sharing the journey with extraordinary practitioners from throughout North America.”

DSLTI is currently recruiting participants for Cohort 6, which will begin in May, 2009. Frances Urman, project director, stated that, "We looking for candidates who meet our selection criteria and are ready to take on the challenges and rewards of day school headship: candidates with proven leadership ability, a commitment to Jewish values, and a strong educational background."

Information about DSLTI and applications for Cohort 6 are available by contacting Urman at (212) 678-8041.

*Graduates of DSLTI Cohort 5 (by state)

Rabbi Andrew Shapiro Katz, Jewish Community High School of the Bay, San Francisco
Rachel Lewin, Ronald Wornick Jewish Day School, Foster City

Rabbi Andrew Hechtman, Ezra Academy, Woodbridge

Alison Oakes, Solomon Schechter Day School of Palm Beach, Boynton Beach

Andrew Frank, Davis Academy, Atlanta

Michael Kay, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, Rockville
Barbie Prince, Shoshana Cardin High School, Baltimore

New Jersey
Lori Schor, Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex and Union, West Orange
Adam Shapiro, Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex and Union, West Orange

New York
Uriel Cohen, Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan, New York City

Rabbi Mitchell Levine, The Columbus Jewish Day School, New Albany

Sharon Knafo, Bornblum Solomon Schechter School, Memphis

Rabbi Matthew Bellas, Vancouver Talmud Torah, Vancouver, British Columbia
Michal Gill, United Synagogue Day School, Toronto, Ontario
Seth Goldsweig, Downtown Jewish Day School, Toronto, Ontario