July 23, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
H. F. Epstein Hebrew Academy Announces New Head of School
St. Louis, MO – The Board of Trustees of the H.F. Epstein Hebrew Academy is excited to announce that it has hired Rabbi Yaakov Green, MSE, as Head of School. Rabbi Green joins EHA after serving as Principal of Judaic Studies at the Rosenblatt High School of the Donna Klein Jewish Academy in Boca Raton, FL. Prior to his tenure at Rosenblatt High School, Rabbi Green spent over a decade as an accomplished informal educator, known for his ability to educate and inspire Jewish youth of all backgrounds.
Board President Daniel Z. Lefton said, “Many among our Board of Trustees, and in our community, have already had the opportunity to meet Rabbi Green and experience his warmth and passion firsthand. We are confident in Rabbi Green’s ability to lead with charm, humility and conviction. We know that with his commitment to excellence and to our children, Rabbi Green will energize both Epstein Hebrew Academy and the greater St. Louis Jewish community. We are extremely proud that he has joined our EHA family.”
The Search Committee unanimously recommended Rabbi Green based on both his commitment to educational excellence and his passion for relationship and community building. “Building bridges is a true life’s-calling,” shared Rabbi Green. “Those bridges form the relationships between teacher and student, between information and understanding, as well as between what happens within the walls of the school and the world outside.”
In his role as Principal of Judaic Studies, Rabbi Green oversaw faculty training, instructional methodology, curriculum development, as well as all experiential learning opportunities for a diverse student body. Rabbi Green explained, “I believe that true educational excellence is the nexus of the formal and the experiential, tradition and modernity. We want to teach our students not simply on a ‘what do they know’ level; rather we want our students to engage in questioning ‘what do they feel.’ We want our students to seek out that which inspires them as Jewish leaders within the world. How can we inspire and harness our students’ curiosity? That is my goal as educator and precisely why I am truly excited to be joining an institution that has for so long been such a driving force of proud Orthodox observance in the St. Louis Jewish community. This is a school that truly understands what is needed to inspire the next generation of passionate and committed young men and women. I feel humbled and eager to lead EHA as it grows into this next chapter of strength.”
Rabbi Green, his wife Elisheva, and their four children Emunah, Adira, Elnatan and Calev, will be relocating to St. Louis in just a few short weeks. Rabbi Green has already begun to transition into his new role as Head of School and, effective immediately, will be actively involved in all decisions and school planning.
The Board and the Search Committee extend a tremendous hakarat hatov to Jane Taubenfeld Cohen and Dina Rabhan of Yeshiva University’s Institute for University-School Partnership, both of whom served as extraordinary partners throughout the entire search process. Yeshiva University’s expertise has been, and continues to be, an invaluable resource to our school. Their extensive experience with Jewish Day Schools and thorough understanding of the global job market enabled us to develop an appropriate and accurate job description, attract top-notch applicants, and ultimately hire the best candidate in the field. We are grateful to the entire Yeshiva University staff and to President Joel for his vision in ensuring that YU’s impact and resources reach well beyond their campuses.
This process would not have been a success without immediate past President Andy Koshner, Search Committee Chair Mickey Ariel and the members of the Search Committee – Keren Douek, Daniel Lefton, Rachel Lubchansky, Sima Oberlander, Dalia Oppenheimer, Stephen Wertman, and Stuart Zimbalist. Special thanks to them for the extraordinary dedication, insight and community spirit they brought to the search process over the past year.