Schechter Hires New Head of School

Krieger Schechter Day School has named Rabbi Moshe Schwartz as the new head of school for the 2015-2016 academic year, only the third person to hold the position in the school’s history.

For the past five years, Schwartz has served as head of school for the Kellman Brown Academy in Voorhees, N.J. He earned his undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and his master’s degree in Jewish education and rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York in 2007.

According to Michele Brill, KSDS board chair, Schwartz was selected for his “demonstrated skills and insights and innovations at [Kellman Brown] that he could bring to Krieger Schechter.”

“He really connected with our search committee, with our parents — we had parent forums where he spoke about his educational philosophy — and he really connected with our faculty who thought he would be a great asset to the school,” said Brill.

Added Chizuk Amuno Senior Rabbi Ronald Shulman, “We’re very excited that Rabbi Schwartz is coming. We think he will be a good fit for our community because of his passion for Jewish education and his track record of advancing school community.”

A 23-member search committee, comprised of faculty, current and alumni parents and Chizuk Amuno Congregation leadership, was formed in the fall to find a replacement for the outgoing head of school, Bil Zarch.

According to Brill, Zarch’s departure was a “family decision.” His future plans could not be ascertained, and he did not respond to requests for comment.

In his new leadership role, Schwartz will lead the lower and middle school administrative teams, serve as a fundraiser, work with faculty to facilitate innovation in the classroom and be a voice for the school in the community, Brill said.

Schwartz’s appointment will begin July 1. His wife, Aviva, and their three children, Elie, Liba and Rina, are reportedly excited by their upcoming move to Baltimore.

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