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RABBI DR. GIL S. PERL

Head of School

Rabbi Perl joined Kohelet Yeshiva as the Head of School and the Kohelet Foundation as the Chief Academic Officer in July 2014. Rabbi Perl moved from Memphis with his family where he served for seven years as the Dean of the Margolin Hebrew Academy/Feinstone Yeshiva of the South, a PreK-12 Modern Orthodox day school. Prior to his move to Memphis, Rabbi Perl served as an instructor of Modern Jewish History at Yeshiva University and as the Associate Head of School at Yeshiva University’s High School for Boys. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, his Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University, and rabbinical ordination from Yeshiva University. As a Teaching Fellow at Harvard, Rabbi Perl was twice awarded Harvard’s prestigious Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, and in the spring of 2006, he was named Yeshiva University’s Lillian F. and William L. Silber Professor of the Year. He writes and lectures widely on topics relating to the history of Modern Jewry and contemporary Jewish education. He is the author of the book The Pillar of Volozhin: Rabbi Naftali Zvi Yehuda Berlin and the World of Nineteenth-Century Lithuanian Torah Scholarship, published by Academic Studies Press. Rabbi Perl is married to Melissa Perl, who serves as the Director of Judaic Studies at Kohelet; they have four children, including two Kohelet students in ninth and eleventh grade.


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RABBI TZVI SINENSKY

Rosh Beit Midrash

Rabbi Sinensky joined Kohelet as the school’s first Rosh Beit Midrash in 2012, teaching an advanced Gemara shiur and Tikvah class, serving as the school's in-house halakhic authority and supervising learning and inspirational programming for students. Prior to his appointment at Kohelet, Rabbi Sinensky was the rabbi of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Synagogue in New York. He has broad experience in education at all levels, having served as a community scholar-in-residence at Congregation Ahavath Torah in Englewood, New Jersey, a founding sho’el u-meishiv and instructor of the Nishmat U.S. Women’s Yoetzet Halacha program, and a high school educator. Rabbi Sinensky received both semicha and his undergraduate degree from Yeshiva University and was a scholar in the prestigious Beren Kollel Elyon. He holds a certificate from YU and Machon Puah in Halacha and Fertility and completed his Master’s Degree in Secondary Jewish Education at the Azrieli Graduate School.




MELISSA PERL

DIRECTOR OF JUDAIC STUDIES

TANACH CHAIR

Melissa Perl joined us in 2014 from Memphis, bringing an extensive background in classroom teaching and administration. She has been teaching high school Limudei Kodesh for 14 years, first at Maimonides High School in Boston, then at the Frisch Yeshiva High School in New Jersey, and then at Margolin Hebrew Academy/Feinstone Yeshiva of the South. She held the position of Director of Girls Israel Guidance at Maimonides and Director of Religious Guidance, Religious Programming, and Girls Israel Guidance at Frisch. In Memphis, Mrs. Perl was Assistant Principal for Student Support and Professional Development for PreK-12, while also chairing the MHA/FYOS Tanach department, heading the teacher mentoring program, directing Israel Guidance for girls, and teaching Honors Tanach and AP Psychology. Her undergraduate degrees were in Judaic Studies and Psychology from Stern College. She holds a Master’s Degree in Bible from Yeshiva University and has completed all but her dissertation for her Ed.D. Mrs. Perl has completed certificate programs in Teacher Mentoring, Student Support, Differentiated Instruction, and Educational Technology.




TAMAR KRIEGER

Director of GENERAL STUDIES

Tamar Krieger comes to Kohelet with a background rich in education, including student programming, curriculum design, staff management, marketing, and technology integration. Ms. Krieger earned her Bachelor's Degree from Yeshiva University, Stern College for Women, a Certificate Program in Interior Design from New York School of Interior Design, and a Master's in Secondary School Science Education from University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education. As a student teacher at Northeast High School, Ms. Krieger taught biology and chemistry. She went on to become a teacher and Student Activities Coordinator at Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls, teaching chemistry, geometry, and architecture/ interior design. In 2008, Ms. Krieger took a teaching position at SAR High School, instructing biology and chemistry and designing curriculum. While at SAR, Ms. Krieger expanded her role by becoming Director of Student Activities, designed and managed their website, and served as Grade Level Coordinator for 9th grade.




RABBI AARON HORN

DEAN OF STUDENTS

GEMARA AND HALACHA CHAIR

Rabbi Horn joined the Kohelet faculty in 2011 as a Gemara and Biology teacher and a Beit Midrash fellow, and became the Director of Student Activities in 2012. He earned his B.A. in Biology from Yeshiva University and received both semicha and an M.A. in Education from YU. Through the YU Center for the Jewish Future, Rabbi Horn developed and implemented educational programs in many North American communities and taught classes to adults and children in Gemara and Tanach. He also served as a rabbinic intern at the Herzlia Adas - Yeshurun Synagogue in Winnipeg, Canada, and Director of Junior NCSY for New Jersey. In 2015 Rabbi Horn assumed the position of Dean of Students. In addition to his administrative responsibilities at Kohelet, Rabbi Horn continues to teach Gemara.


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STUART GASNER

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Stuart Gasner joined Kohelet Yeshiva High School in July of 2016 bringing extensive work experience from Jewish nonprofits and day schools. Prior to working at KYHS, Stuart was the Director of Development, Marketing and Communications at Torah Academy of Greater Philadelphia. Before his move to the Philadelphia area, Stuart resided in Harrisburg, PA and served as the Director of Development for the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg and The Silver Academy, a K-8 Jewish Day School. He has also held administrative and teaching positions at Westchester Day School, Yeshiva University High School for Boys and the New York City Teaching Fellows program. Stuart received his Bachelor of Science from Sy Syms School of Business with a concentration in Business Management (Yeshiva University), a Master of Science from The Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration (Yeshiva University) and a Master in Public Administration from Penn State University with concentrations in Nonprofit Management and Human Resources.




DANIELLA WEPRIN

Director of ADMISSIONS

Daniella Weprin graduated from Yeshiva University’s Stern College with a major in English Communications and a minor in Education. After graduation, she served as Yeshiva University’s Eisenberg Presidential Fellow in University and Community Leadership and Adjunct Professor of Institutional Advancement. Mrs. Weprin is a former member of the board of the Moore Eye Foundation. She also headed Communications and Education at the Moore Eye Institute, creating the first interdisciplinary symposium for ophthalmology and optometry at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has coordinated events for AIPAC and the Elie Wiesel Foundation and is the founder of a nonprofit community service organization. Mrs. Weprin joined Kohelet in 2013, working in both the Development and Student Activities offices. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Business Administration from Saint Joseph's University’s Erivan K. Haub School of Business.




TAMMIE NEUMAN

DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE
TANACH

Tammie Neuman joined Kohelet Yeshiva High School as the Development Associate in 2015. Mrs. Neuman attended Bernard Revel Graduate School as a joint Bachelor's and Master's student from 2012-2013, acquired her Bachelor's Degree from Stern College for Women, S. Daniel Abraham Honors Program in 2013, and received her Master's from Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration in 2014. In 2013, Mrs. Neuman took on an assistant teaching position at SAR Academy, instructing 6th and 7th grade Chumash classes. She went on to teach social studies and Jewish history and design programming at the Yeshivat Noam middle school in 2014. Mrs. Neuman also spent many summers working as part of the educational leadership at Camp Stone. In addition to her development work, Mrs. Neuman is excited to be teaching Chumash and working on some programming for our high school students.




NORA DUNNE

BUSINESS OFFICE MANAGER

Nora Dunne joined Kohelet in 2014, bringing deep expertise in business office administration. Prior to joining Kohelet, Mrs. Dunne served as the administrator of the Healthcare Clinics division of Walgreen for six years, where she oversaw much of the business operation. Mrs Dunne also ran the business operations of Munro Heating and Air, handling all bookkeeping, HR, payroll, benefits, marketing, and vendor relations. Mrs. Dunne graduated from Drexel University with a degree in Computer Engineering. She is a Certified Cisco Network Engineer and a Notary Public. 




SUSAN EARP

BUSINESS ASSISTANT

Susan Earp joined Kohelet in May 2016. She has an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Montgomery County Community College. In 2010 she took courses in Business and Accounting. Mrs. Earp has previously worked in banking and as a bookkeeper for a CPA.




MACHLA SHAFFER

COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE

Machla Shaffer joined Kohelet in July 2016 following her move to Cherry Hill, NJ from Northern NJ. Mrs. Shaffer has strong experience in different work environments, including six years working for the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey where she was the Partnership 2000 Coordinator, a joint program between the Jewish Federation and the Jewish Agency of Israel. This project’s goal was to build social and professional partnerships between the Jewish community of northern New Jersey and Nahariya, a town in northern Israel. Mrs. Shaffer and her family relocated from the UK in 1998 where she worked as a dental assistant before training to become a midwife.





EXECUTIVE STAFF



MARY BLACK

CO-Registrar & Academic TESTING Coordinator

Mary Black joined Kohelet in 2013. She graduated summa cum laude from St. Joseph’s University, with a major in English and minors in Classical Studies and Gender Studies, and went on to receive an M.A. in Writing Studies at St. Joseph’s. She has five years of experience as a literacy mentor, having tutored adults and students in composition and reading comprehension at the St. Joseph's University Writing Center, the Center for Literacy, and Kenderton Elementary School in Philadelphia. She also served as an editor for Running Press and for Progressive Business Publications in Malvern, Pennsylvania, and contributed to multiple university and student publications, including the English Department Newsletter at St. Joseph’s.




ELENA DOLITSKY

Office Manager

Elena Dolitsky joined Kohelet Yeshiva High School in the fall of 2007 as the office manager. A graduate of Temple University with a degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education, Ms. Dolitsky taught nursery school and ran a family business. She is a the proud parent of three sons, two Kohelet graduates and one current Kohelet student.




JUDITH SERENI

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Executive Assistant to Head of School

Judith Sereni joined Kohelet in 2013, bringing decades of experience in office management, administrative assistance, and IT support. After fifteen years as the bookkeeper of a family business, Mrs. Sereni served as office manager and assistant to the managing partner of Capital Health Group of Media, Pennsylvania. Prior to this, she administered the offices of Prudential Fox and Roach Realtors in Bryn Mawr. She also worked as a legal and medical secretary and as a software evaluator. Mrs. Sereni studied Liberal Arts and Executive Secretarial Studies at the Community College of Philadelphia, and is a licensed notary public.




TERRY SUTTON-KRAVITZ

Administrative Assistant

Terry Sutton-Kravitz came to Kohelet in 2013. A graduate of the University of Denver, with a B.A. in Mass Communications, she also has a certificate in Arts Management from Adelphi University of New York. Mrs. Sutton-Kravitz's career as an arts administrator took her to New York, Baltimore and Dallas. After settling in Philadelphia, Mrs. Sutton-Kravitz worked as newsletter editor for the National Havurah Committee and a fact checker for Rodale Press in Emmaus, Pennsylvania. For many years, she was a classroom assistant at Perelman Jewish Day School, where she directed the school plays. She also coordinated transportation for Ramah Day Camp in Melrose Park.

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