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Our Administrative Team

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Rav & Dean, JEC

Rav Elazar Mayer Teitz received Yoreh Yoreh Yadin Yadin smicha from Rav Isaac Halevi Herzog, the Chief Rabbi of Israel. He earned a Masters Degree in Education from Loyola University in Baltimore, and an MS and PhD in mathematics from the Belfer Graduate School of Science at Yeshiva University.
Rav Teitz has been an integral part of the rabbinate of Elizabeth and the administration of the Jewish Educational Center schools, with the Yeshiva of Elizabeth and Rav Teitz Mesivta Academy since 1958, and with Bruriah High School since it was founded in 1963. His professional record includes serving as a mathematics instructor and lecturer at Rutgers University from 1964 - 1985. He also produced a weekly radio program broadcasting the Daf Hashavuah in English. He has written and published divrei Torah and has been in the forefront of the advocacy movement for agunot.  Despite the difficulty of committing to a regular school schedule when communal obligations impinge on the Rav’s time, he still made himself available to teach Advanced Placement Calculus classes at Bruriah and at RTMA when called upon to assist us. It is Rav Teitz who is the spiritual leader and arbiter in all matters of hashkafa at the JEC.

Executive Vice President

A proud parent of third generation JEC students, the son of Jewish educators, and the scion of illustrious rabbinic dynasties, Pinchas is a respected leader in the business and communal worlds who prior to being named executive vice president of the JEC contributed to the school’s development, communications, and operations as a parent volunteer.

Before a successful business career, Pinchas worked at the World Jewish Congress where he held progressively advanced roles, ultimately serving as the organization’s Deputy Secretary General.  He directed the WJC’s Headquarters office, managed the organization’s global affairs, and specialized in directing Security, Counterterrorism and Mid-east Policy; Inter-religious Affairs; and supervised global communications and US fundraising content.  He was the principal professional tasked with restructuring the governance, administration and operations of the WJC, and participated in and organized international meetings with government, religious and military leaders, including presidents, prime ministers, and popes.

A lifelong student, Pinchas received a Master’s Degree in Jewish Studies with a concentration in Medieval Jewish History from Touro’s Graduate Division; studied Organizational Behavior at the Eisenberg School of Business at the University of Massachusetts; Political Management at the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management; Political Science at Yeshiva University, and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. Pinchas learned at Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh in Israel, and received Semicha from    רב זלמן נחמי'ה גולדברג אב"ד בית ההוראה הישר והטוב חבר בית דין הרבני הגדול  

Executive Director (COO)

Steve M. Karp earned his Bachelor of Science CUM LAUDE, in Business Administration with high departmental honors at the State University of New York at Buffalo, a Certificate from Columbia University Graduate School of Business, Institute for Non-Profit Management as well as a Certificate from Brandeis University, Fisher Bernstein Institute for Jewish Philanthropy and Leadership.  Mr. Karp began his work as a Research Analyst for the Office of the NYC Comptroller and then as the Associate Director for the United Jewish Council of the Lower East Side. He continued his professional career as the Associate Director of Nation Development at the Orthodox Union and joined the Administrative staff of the JEC in 2000. His four children are all JEC graduates and the next generation is now enrolled for the 2012-13 year.

Principal

Rabbi Uzi Beer is Principal of the Yeshiva of Elizabeth and a proud JEC parent.

Rabbi Beer recognizes that each student is the focus, heart and soul of a school. To provide the best education and total experience possible, Rabbi Beer lauds each child for all of their strengths and warmly motivates them to achieve their potential. By partnering with parents, Rabbi Beer completes the educational circle ensuring that students are supported in their learning and development while the faculty and school are reinforcing parental values and goals. Rabbi Beer focuses on positive modeling, recognizing that students often learn more by observing and imitating behaviors of teachers than they do from a given lesson plan. For Rabbi Beer, menchlachkite, middos, and ahavas HaTorah are conveyed in every interaction. Understanding that engaged and dedicated teachers are the key to delivering quality education, Rabbi Beer values, supports and invests in faculty development. Encouraging initiative, valuing enrichment and celebrating teamwork, Rabbi Beer collaborates with faculty to achieve and exceed educational goals.

Rabbi Beer joins the JEC family from Yeshivat Noam where he has served as the Assistant Principal since 2011. Rabbi Beer, while at Noam, oversaw all Judaic Studies curriculum, supervised and supported faculty development, created and facilitated programming and effectively partnered with parents to help create a safe, nurturing and academically excellent environment for all students. Prior to serving at Yeshivat Noam, Rabbi Beer taught at the Joseph Kushner Middle School and the Ramaz Upper School where he also was the Assistant Student Activities Coordinator. For eight years, Rabbi Beer was the Program Director at Camp Stone. Rabbi Beer served as the Assistant Rabbi in Congregation Israel of Springfield, NJ. Rabbi Beer earned his Master of Arts in Jewish Education from the Azrieli Graduate School, received semicha from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, and received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Yeshiva University. Prior to attending Yeshiva University, Rabbi Beer studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion in Israel for two years. Rabbi Beer also served as a Private in the Israeli Army’s Nachshon Battalion where he received commendation for his service. Rabbi Beer takes pride in continuing his own professional education with programs that advance Jewish education and leadership.

Assistant Principal

A veteran of over a decade's worth as a teacher and administrator of General Studies, Dr. Grossman holds an Ed.D in Educational Supervision and Administration from Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate School of Education. Dr. Grossman has spent the last five years as the Director of the Educational Support Team at Hillel Yeshiva of Ocean, N.J. (Deal), and spent the seven years prior as a teacher, SEIT, and tutor in various public school and Yeshiva settings in New York. Dr. Grossman’s wide-ranging experience informs her expertise in the areas of differentiated instruction, curriculum, and special education; she has worked with a broad range of students, from early childhood through high school. Dr. Grossman also serves as a differentiated instruction coach and project coordinator for Yeshiva University’s Institute for University-School Partnership. Dr. Grossman lives with her husband and family in Highland Park, N.J., where she enjoys her roles as a mother and community member. Dr. Grossman has a passion for broadening and deepening the sequence of skills that make up the most fundamental components of all effective curricula. Her primary goal is to “unpack the curriculum” for each subject area, using effective instruction and constant evaluation and assessment to ensure that the results of our educational endeavors meet and exceed our stated expectations. We are confident that Dr. Grossman will collaboratively and skillfully engage our wonderful faculty as we jointly continue our pursuit of academic excellence for our children.

Coordinator, Early Childhood

Morah Rivkah Isaacs is the Director of Early Childhood Education for the Yeshiva of Elizabeth.

With the goal of preparing our youngest students to embrace all that life has to offer, Morah Isaacs draws on the leadership and educational experience she has developed in over three decades of teaching in diverse communities. A veteran educator and administrator with abundant energy, a warm heart and outstanding skill, Morah Isaacs joins the JEC family after leading the Clifton Cheder’s early childhood department for nearly ten years. Morah Isaacs focuses on invigorating young minds while facilitating a seamless transition to elementary school. Morah Isaacs achieves this by implementing a unified curriculum that provides each child with the foundation necessary to advance to the next stage of education. Recognizing that every child learns differently, Morah Isaacs ensures that curriculum is delivered in a differentiated and specified manner.

Beginning her career in education in Israel, Morah Isaacs taught in a school near Efrat and later spent five years teaching at the Hebrew Academy of Vancouver. Morah Isaacs then served as the preschool director at the Sigel Hebrew Academy in Bloomfield, CT where she doubled the program’s enrollment and led enhancements in curriculum design and programming. Along with her educational and professional experience, Morah Isaacs brings a deep love for Yahadut and Eretz Yisrael.

Morah Isaacs earned her Masters of Arts in Educational Administration from Loyola University, and her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from SUNY. Morah Isaacs has developed curricular materials for Torah U’Mesorah and has served as a mentor for the Graduate Teacher’s Program at the University of Hartford.

Director of Student Services

Mrs. Sora Leah Mirsky prior to her arrival at the Yeshiva of Elizabeth was the Director of General Studies Support at Yeshivat Noam (Paramus, NJ) for the last 5 years.  She has 17 years of experience as a special educator, and has mastery of a wide variety of specialized learning techniques in both Limudei Kodesh and General Studies.  In her role at Yeshivat Noam, Mrs. Mirsky led a team effort of classroom teachers, in-house learning lab personnel, district providers, and parents with an eye toward formulating and implementing cohesive, consistent learning plans tailored to the specific needs of each individual student under her care.  We benefit from the proactive communication with faculty and parents that is her hallmark.  Mrs. Mirsky’s professionalism and diligence are second-to-none.  We are honored to have Mrs. Mirsky join our team.

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