Hillel Broder is the Head of School at the Berman Hebrew Academy. He previously served as Principal of DRS Yeshiva High School for Boys of the Hebrew Academy of Long Beach, and he has taught at SAR High School, Yeshiva University High School for Boys, and Fordham University. He holds a PhD in English from the CUNY Graduate Center and Semikha from Rabbi Ari Enkin. He is currently completing an MA in Jewish Philosophy at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies of Yeshiva University.
  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.
  Jay Goldmintz teaches Tanakh and Jewish philosophy at Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School. Previously he was a Jerusalem Fellow and also served in various capacities including Headmaster at Ramaz Upper School for over 30 years. Rabbi Dr. Jay Goldmintz is the author of the National Jewish Book Award-winning Koren Ani Tefillah Siddur and has published widely on curriculum, tefillah education, adolescent religious development and religious parenting. His most recent book is The Rav on Tefillah.
Natan Kapustin was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, moved to the United States to attend Yeshiva University where he earned his semikha 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.
  Jon Mitzmacher is in his seventh year as the Head of the Ottawa Jewish Community School. Dr. Mitzmacher is studying to be a rabbi at the Academy for Jewish Religion and is on the faculty of the Day School Leadership Training Institute (DSLTI) as a mentor. Jon served as the VP of Innovation for Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools and as the Executive Director of the Schechter Day School Network, and was head of the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School (Jacksonville, FL) and was the founding head of the Solomon Schechter Day School of Las Vegas. Jon has worked in all aspects of Jewish Education from camping to congregations and everything in between.
  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 Interim Dean of the School of Jewish Education and Leadership at the AJU and 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.
  Yonatan Rosner is the Jewish Studies and Hebrew Principal at Pressman Academy. He earned his B.A. in Jewish Philosophy and Cognitive Science from Hebrew University, an M.A. in Jewish Education from Hebrew University, and MBA from California State University in Northridge. In 2013, Yonatan was awarded the Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Prize.
Shira Schiowitz teaches Tanakh and Jewish Identity at SAR High School. She currently serves as Co-Director of Professional Development and mentors teachers. She teaches widely across Jewish educational venues, including the OU’s Women’s Initiative and the Tikvah Program. Shira has a Masters in Bible from Bernard Revel Graduate School.