The Jewish Educational Center’s Rav Teitz Mesivta Academy Boys High School Division will benefit from a dose of YU-inspired professional acumen and creative energy when its students return after summer vacation. The recent appointment of Yeshiva University alumnus Rabbi Ami Neuman, currently of Passaic, NJ, as assistant principal marks a refreshing advance for the institution, which is set to celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2015.
Originally from Long Island, Rabbi Neuman’s YU roots run deep. Graduating from the Sy Syms School of Business in 2003, he then went on to receive his rabbinical semichah from RIETS and his master’s from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration. He has also recently completed his doctoral coursework and was selected to participate in the inaugural class at YULead, the YU Institute for University–School Partnership.
“My years at YU and its graduate schools truly prepared me for the wide range of issues facing Jewish day schools today,” he said recently. “The faculty members, on all levels, were professionals in every sense of the word and continue to guide and advise me as I move forward. As a member of YULead, I had the opportunity to participate in an exceptional and unique leadership training program, which afforded me the opportunity to network and collaborate with day-school leaders and professionals around the country, learning tried-and-true best practices in the field.”
Several other key appointments at JEC have been made recently, including the hiring of veteran educator Rabbi Peretz Hochbaum as its new principal.
Quick to express his enthusiasm, Rabbi Hochbaum added, “Rabbi Neuman has been a significant contributor to RTMA over the past ten years—as rebbe, curriculum coordinator for Judaic Studies, and director of student activities. His creativity, commitment, and energy all make him a beloved and successful educator. We anticipate tremendous growth and achievement as a direct result of his appointment.”
Parents and students alike have already expressed their excitement and approval over Rabbi Neuman’s latest role, and Rabbi Eliyahu Teitz, the associate dean of the Jewish Educational Center, concurred, “The JEC is committed to maintaining its long-standing tradition of excellence and achievement, and these recent appointments mark an essential first step to ensuring and strengthening that record.”
JEC is one of the foremost “feeder schools” into the YU system and recognizes the common goals of the two organizations. “The JEC owes a debt of gratitude to Yeshiva University for developing such qualified and talented young, energetic candidates to fill key roles that will help shape the future of Jewish education,” commented Adina Abramov, JEC’s chief marketing officer. “Please join both the Jewish Educational Center and Yeshiva University families in wishing Rabbi Ami Neuman hatzlachah in his new position,” she said. “His appointment stands as a testament to the continued successful partnership and shared vision of our two organizations.” v