Rabbi Yaakov Green, Head of School
Rabbi Green has dedicated his life to the education and inspiration of Jews from a myriad of backgrounds and from all over the globe. He has over fifteen years of experience in Jewish education, creating dynamic, engaging and experiential learning opportunities for Jewish teens in Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Poland, Canada and throughout the US.
Rabbi Green holds a Master’s degree in Education with a concentration in Technology in the classroom. He spent several years creating and developing educational programs, classes and multimedia curricula to successfully inspire and educate in both the formal classroom setting as well as the informal world of youth programming. Even during his own adolescence Rabbi Green was always involved in B’nei Akiva, NCSY and any avenue that would inspire him and take him to those seeking inspiration. His innovative educational programs have been implemented at large teen conventions and in public school classrooms across North America.
Rabbi Green originally hails from Newton, MA, and is a proud member of Red Sox Nation (even if it makes him less popular around here). Before making his way to St. Louis, Rabbi Green and his family spent eight years living in Boca Raton, FL. There he first began working as the Teen Director, a member of the rabbinic team at the Boca Raton Synagogue, while simultaneously playing a senior role within South Florida’s NCSY administration and spearheading the OU’s public school outreach program, JSU, in Palm Beach County. From there, Rabbi Green began exploring and innovating within the hallways of formal education at the Donna Klein Jewish Academy, where he worked for five years, completing his tenure there as the Principal of Judaic Studies. Rabbi Green is married to Elisheva Green from Brooklyn, NY and together they have five beautiful children.
Linda Pahl, Academic Principal
Linda Pahl brings an incredible 17 years of experience as a principal to the EHA community. Among her many accomplishments is her proven ability to bring individuals together into a cohesive, positive team. She has worked closely with faculty on professional development and effective instructional programming, and has received national recognition for her previous school’s character education program. Well-acquainted with developing and executing meaningful systems and procedures, she promises to help lead our school with care and a gentle listening spirit that will guide us as we strive for our ever-stretching high personal and academic standards. She also brings to the role a special knowledge of the needs of our youngest students, as she served as Director of the Early Childhood Center for the Meramec Valley School District before becoming Principal there.
Mrs. Pahl obtained both her Masters Degree in Educational Administration and Education Specialist Degree in Superintendency from Southwest Baptist University. She completed her undergraduate work in Cape Girardeau, Missouri at Southeast Missouri State University. Linda and Larry Pahl, parents of Brett, Brian, and Sarah will soon be celebrating their 28th wedding anniversary.
David Friedman, Business Manager
David Friedman received his BA in Politics from Brandeis University and his MS in Accountancy from Bentley University. Prior to his arrival at Epstein Hebrew Academy, David worked in the corporate sector; positions included Manager of Financial Reporting at Schlotzsky’s, Inc., General Ledger and Accounts Receivable Supervisor at Computer Sciences Corporation, and SEC Accountant at DJO, Inc. He has also been active in the nonprofit sector, serving as President of Congregation Beth El and Chaplain for Cub Scout Pack 36. In 2008, David moved to St. Louis and became the Business Manager at Epstein. David and his wife Debbie are the proud parents of three sons.
Erin Walsh, Director of Admissions, Marketing & Communications
Erin brings ten years of independent day school admissions and marketing experience to the EHA team. Previously, she had the privilege of being a member of admissions teams at Chiaravalle Montessori School and Francis W. Parker School in Chicago, and most recently served as the Director of Admissions and Marketing at British International School of Chicago. Her broad-based admissions experience has afforded her a comprehensive understanding of educational philosophy and pedagogy. Erin believes admissions is the practice of finding a fit, or a second home, for your family and has thoughtfully designed an admissions process that values inquiry and transparency.
Erin grew up in St. Louis and has a Master’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. After a decade in Chicago she is excited to return to her hometown with her husband, Zach, and her one year old daughter, Harper. Now that they can rely on family (free babysitters!) Erin and her husband look forward to evenings out and reacquainting themselves with all St. Louis has to offer.
Iliana Dahl, Director of Student Support Services
Iliana Dahl brings nearly ten years of education experience to the team. With her knowledge of the resources necessary for success, she promises to be an enthusiastic and kind partner for our children, parents, and teaching staff. With an incredible level of sincere caring for each and every child and each child’s path to success, her knowledge and expertise in school administration and school counseling makes her a vital resource in the EHA educational journey. Iliana comes to us from Seattle, where she served as Head Counselor at Interagency Academy for Seattle Public Schools. Iliana has formerly served as Assistant Principal and Learning Specialist for Sanger Unified School District, in California.
Iliana holds a Masters Degree in Counseling and Student Services, as well as two school credentials in Administrative Services, and Pupil Personnel Services. Additionally, she earned an undergraduate degree in Mass Communications & Journalism, from California State University, Fresno. Iliana along with her husband, Aaron, and daughter Penny, are new to St. Louis and are looking forward to settling into the new community and explore their new surroundings.