The Jewish Theological Seminary Appoints New Principal at Its Ivry Prozdor High School

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May 29, 2014, New York, NY

Dr. Jeffrey S. Kress, interim dean of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), has announced the appointment of Rabbi Noah Bickart (The Rabbinical School of JTS '08) as the new principal of the Rebecca and Israel Ivry Prozdor High School. Rabbi Bickart replaces Russell Braman, who is stepping down after his two-year tenure to pursue other opportunities in his home state of Texas. 

"The education of Jewish teens is perhaps more important now than it has ever been," says Dr. Kress. "I thank Mr. Braman for his contribution to this vital task, and welcome Rabbi Bickart to his new role."

Rabbi Bickart is a PhD candidate and adjunct instructor in Talmud and Rabbinics at JTS. He comes to his new position familiar with Ivry Prozdor from his work as a teacher at the school. Rabbi Bickart has additional education experience as a teaching assistant both at JTS and Harvard University, where he received an MA in Theological Studies in Hebrew Bible from the Divinity School. He currently serves as director of the Eisenfeld/Duker Beit Midrash at JTS and co—rosh yeshiva of Nishma: A Summer of Torah Study in the JTS Beit Midrash.

"I am excited that Noah Bickart—one of the most talented students I have ever worked with—has agreed to take on the challenge of opening a new chapter in the storied history of JTS's Prozdor program," says Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen. "Noah brings to the task an infectious love of learning, a commitment to reaching young people with the riches of Jewish tradition, and a thorough understanding of JTS. I am confident that under his leadership Prozdor will grow and flourish in coming years."

For more than 60 years, the Rebecca and Israel Ivry Prozdor High School of The Jewish Theological Seminary has been the premier Hebrew high school of New York City. Ivry Prozdor is the center for academic Judaic and Hebrew studies for 8th- through 12th-grade students attending public or private schools in the New York metro area.