Day School Leadership Training Initiative Announces Newest Cohort

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

June 29, 2007, New York, NY

The William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of The Jewish Theological Seminary has accepted fifteen new candidates from across the country and Canada into its Day School Leadership Training Institute (DSLTI).

The interdenominational DSLTI program brings together exemplary practitioners, scholars, and emerging leaders for an intensive program that combines formal and informal learning, study and practice in the areas most critical to leadership success in the Jewish day school environment. Held during two consecutive four-week summer sessions and a series of three-day retreats, the program is being facilitated by a team of highly skilled mentors.

In addition, the more than 60 alumni of the program who currently serve in senior leadership positions in Conservative, Reform and Community day schools have access to continuing professional development and networking opportunities. DSLTI is made possible through the generous support of AVI CHAI and JTS.

DSLTI is administered by Dr. Steven M. Brown, Dean of The Davidson School. Frances M. Urman, a graduate of the Secondary School Leadership Training Program (precursor to the DSLTI) at JTS and an educator with thirty years of day school experience, serves as Project Director. Cheryl R. Finkel, a senior consultant at the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education, serves as Senior Mentor.

The Davidson School, the largest graduate school of Jewish education in North America, prepares Jewish educational leaders through research, professional training and curriculum development, thereby fostering the transformation of Jewish education in North America.

Further information is available by contacting Urman at (212) 678-8041 or

DSLTI participants include:

Rabbi Andrew Katz, JCHS 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

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
Rabbi Matthew Bellas, Brandeis School, Lawrence
Uriel Cohen, Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan, New York City

Rhode Island
Rabbi Mitchell Levine, Schechter/Jewish Community Day School, Providence

Sharon Knafo, Bornblum Solomon Schechter School, Memphis

Michal Gill, United Synagogue Day School, Toronto, Ontario
Seth Goldsweig, Downtown Jewish Day School, Toronto, Ontario

Editors/Reporters: For more information on DSLTI or the Davidson School, please contact Sherry Kirschenbaum in the Department of Communications at (212) 678-8953 or

Founded in 1886 as a rabbinical school, The Jewish Theological Seminary today is the academic and spiritual center of Conservative Judaism worldwide, encompassing a world-class library and five schools. JTS trains tomorrow's religious, educational, academic and lay leaders for the Jewish community and beyond.