How Schools Enact Their Jewish Missions

20 Case Studies of Jewish Day Schools

A Project of The AVI CHAI Foundation


Michael S. Berger is Associate Professor of Jewish Law and Ethics in Emory University’s Department of Religion. He published Rabbinic Authority (1998), edited Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s Emergence of Ethical Man (2006) and has authored articles in medieval and modern Jewish thought. Before arriving at Emory, Berger taught at the Joseph H. Lookstein Ramaz Upper School, and since 2000, he has also worked as a program officer for the AVI CHAI Foundation. He has served on the boards or committees of two local Atlanta day schools, has offered professional development for local teachers, and in 2004-6, Berger took a leave of absence from his academic post to lead Yeshiva Atlanta, a Modern Orthodox co-ed high school.

Josh Elkin is an executive and leadership coach, dedicated to supporting and strengthening professional and volunteer leaders. Ordained as a rabbi at the Jewish Theological Seminary and with an Ed.D. from Columbia University’s Teacher College, Josh brings to his coaching well over 30 years of executive leadership experience, both as the Head of School for 20 years at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston, and as the founding Executive Director at the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE) – a position he held for 14 years. His writing and speaking have focused on the professional-board partnership, the improvement of board performance and the centrality of vision for organizational excellence.

Rabbi Reuven Greenvald is currently Director of Strategic Outreach–North America for the Jewish Agency for Israel. He has over 25 years of experience in Jewish day school education, most significantly as Head of School at Kehillah Jewish High School (Palo Alto), and Upper School Principal at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (Rockville, MD). He continues to consult with and study Jewish day schools, particularly around thinking more strategically about Israel education, leadership and professional development and defining their Jewish studies vision.

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