School Partnership Launches YU Lead

New Program from YU School Partnership to Develop and Advance Emerging Leaders in the Field of Jewish Education

Yeshiva University’s Institute for University-School Partnership (YU School Partnership) is pleased to announce the launch of YU Lead, a unique and highly experiential leadership development program for aspiring leaders in Jewish education.

Twenty-four participants were selected from a competitive applicant pool of teachers, division principals, student support faculty, curriculum coordinators and student activity directors. They will spend nine months immersing themselves in the study of leadership as they learn with experts in the field of education and a cohort of their peers. The learning will take place online—synchronously and asynchronously—and at two in-person conferences. Sessions will address topics on leadership, mission, vision, philosophy, budgeting and finance, instructional supervision, development, governance, distributive leadership, 21st-century education, parents and communication, and enrollment management. YU Lead will challenge participants to think deeply about their practice and to exercise their reflective, interpersonal and educational skills to maximize their leadership potential.

YU Lead was the product of several months of planning and consultation with leaders in the day school field. “YU Lead is a direct result of the expressed needs of the field as we have heard from leaders in our Jewish day schools,” said Jane Taubenfeld Cohen, director of capacity building at YU School Partnership. “We are excited to meet those needs by connecting well-respected leaders to new and aspiring professionals.”

“YU Lead will afford all the participants extraordinary opportunities to network with other educators and experts to share ideas, receive feedback, discuss challenges, and perhaps most importantly, think creatively about the future of Jewish leadership in the 21st-century,” said Dr. Scott Goldberg, director of the YU School Partnership

Participants are also looking forward to the professional networking opportunities that YU Lead will provide. Although they hail from different backgrounds, they all have something in common: their energy and commitment to Jewish education, learning and growing in their practice.

Rabbi Avi Bossewitch, dean of academic affairs at the Rabbi Alexander S. Gross Hebrew Academy in Miami Beach, Florida and a participant in YU Lead, is particularly excited about the program.

“YU Lead is an opportunity to enhance and improve my skills, to meet and collaborate with other school leaders, and to learn best practices in so many areas of Jewish education,” said Bossewitch.

The following schools will be represented in the first cohort of YU Lead:

Akiva Hebrew Day School/Yeshivat Akiva – Southfield, Michigan

Bnei Akiva Schools – Ontario, Canada

Columbus Torah Academy – Columbus, Ohio

Davis Renov Stahler Yeshiva High School for Boys (DRS/HALB) – Woodmere, New York

Hebrew High school of New England – West Hartford, CT

Manhattan Day School – New York, New York

Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy – Rockville, Maryland

Rabbi Alexander S. Gross Hebrew Academy – Miami Beach, Florida

Rav Teitz Mesivta Academy (JEC) – Elizabeth, New Jersey

Robert M. Beren Academy – Houston, Texas

Shalhevet High School – Los Angeles, California

The Binah School – Sharon, Massachusetts

The Frisch School – Paramus, New Jersey

Weinbaum Yeshiva High School – Boca Raton, Florida

Yeshivat Noam – Paramus, New Jersey

Yeshiva University High School for Boys/Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy (MTA) – New York, New York

Yeshiva University of Los Angeles Boys High School (YULA) – Los Angeles, California

To learn more about YU Lead and other YU School Partnership programs, please visit

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