Yoni Fein is in his second year as Head of School of Brauser Maimonides Academy. Rabbi Fein has established himself as a rising star in the field of Jewish education. He received the 2017 Kohelet Prize for Excellence in Differentiated Instruction for his innovative work in bringing personalized learning to Judaic Studies. Rabbi Fein has a BA in Psychology and a Master’s in Jewish Education and Administration from Yeshiva University. Rabbi Fein is a leader in utilizing technology and innovative educational models to improve student learning. Most of all, Rabbi Fein enjoys spending time with his wife Rachel and his two daughters Ayelet & Leba.
Olivia Friedman is a creative thinker with a penchant for literary analysis, pop culture and Tanakh. She currently teaches Tanakh, Jewish Law and Oral Thought and serves as an Instructional Technology Coordinator at Ida Crown Jewish Academy. Previously, she taught at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockland, MD. Olivia earned her M.A. in Bible from Yeshiva University’s Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, M.Ed with a concentration in Gifted Education from Northwestern University, and B.A. in English Literature from YU’s Stern College for Women. She has presented and spoken at numerous venues, and her articles have been published in Tablet Magazine, The Forward, The Times of Israel, Jewish Action and Hypable.
Allan Houben is the High School Judaic Studies Principal at the Atlanta Jewish Academy, an Early childhood – 12th grade Modern Orthodox Yeshiva Day School. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from Yeshiva College, an M.S. in Education from Azrieli, and Smicha from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS). He participated in the inaugural YU Lead (now YOU Lead) leadership training program and has since served as a cohort mentor and unit facilitator. Rabbi Houben is an Eagle Scout, a passionate Boston sports fan, and has completed two ING Miami Half-Marathons. He lives in Toco Hills with his wife Lisa and their four beautiful daughters Leah, Zehava, Talya, and Avigail.
Natan Kapustin was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, moved to the United States to attend Yeshiva University where he earned his semicha and graduate degrees. He has been working as a Limudei Kodesh teacher and administrator at the Abraham Joshua Heschel School in Manhattan for the past 17 years. Natan received the 2017 Kohelet Prize for Jewish education. Natan lives with his wife, Melissa, and seven children in Passaic, NJ.
Amanda Pogany is in her eighth year as the Head of School at Luria Academy of Brooklyn. She has worked in the field of Jewish education as a teacher, consultant, mentor and coach. Amanda is a graduate of the Pardes Educators Program, has a Masters in Jewish Education from Hebrew University and a BA from Barnard College. Amanda was the recipient of the Covenant Award in 2020. She co-founded Altshul, an independent egalitarian minyan in Brooklyn, in 2005. She lives in Prospect Heights with her husband Aaron Bisman and their three children.
Bruce Powell is a consultant on Jewish school management. His illustrious career includes serving as the founding General Studies Principal at Yeshiva University of Los Angeles High Schools, the first Headmaster of the Milken Community High School, and the founding Head of School at de Toledo High School (formerly New Community Jewish High School in Los Angeles). In addition to building three Jewish high schools in Los Angeles, Dr. Powell served for five years as the summer director of the Brandeis Collegiate Institute in Simi Valley, California, creating educational programs for Jewish youth from around the world.
Tamar Rabinowitz is originally from Cape Town, South Africa. She attended Hebrew University where she earned her BA in Jewish History while studying Tanach at Matan. She earned an MA in Jewish education from Hebrew U and a diploma in Jewish Studies from Pardes. She has taught Tanach for 19 years in various locations, schools and institutions. Currently, she teaches Tanach at the Jewish Community High School of the Bay and is Dean of Jewish Studies and Hebrew . She completed MTEI, a two year program aimed at nurturing Jewish leadership. She lives in San Francisco with her partner and three children, Judah, Noa and Avital.
Fayge Safran Novogroder is Senior Program Director at Jewish New Teacher Project. She was previously Assistant Principal at Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls, served as the founding editor of Ten Da’at, was adjunct instructor at Yeshiva University’s Stern College, taught in day schools for over thirty years, and has lectured across North America on a variety of Judaic topics.