Rodoph Sholom School Leadership & Board

Leadership

Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Eve Andrias

Head of Middle School

Started at Rodeph Sholom School in:
2018

Began career in Education in:
September of 1999

Educational Background:
MS in Early Adolescent Education and MS in Educational Leadership, both from Bank Street College of Education/Bachelors in Religion from Wesleyan University

Favorite thing about Rodeph Sholom School:
Rodeph Sholom is a warm, inviting community filled with students who ask good questions, think critically and care deeply.

Other things to know about me:
I grew up on the Upper West Side and attended Middle School two blocks away from Rodeph Sholom School.

Janet Barzilay

Director of Enrollment

Started at Rodeph Sholom School in:

2022

Began career in Education in:

2004

Educational Background:

BA in Political Science from Brown University; NYU Law School, JD

Favorite thing about Rodeph Sholom School:

My favorite thing about Rodeph Sholom is the commitment of the school to superb academics and joy in learning, combined with the focus on developing socially responsible and moral citizens of the world.

Other things to know about me:

My husband and I raised our daughters in Los Angeles, but have maintained a long and deep relationship with the fabulous Rodeph Sholom community. I am honored to be a part of the Rodeph team.

Marc Fried

Chief Financial Officer

Started at Rodeph Sholom School in:
2003

Years in Education:
18 years

Educational Background:
Bachelors of Science from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University

Favorite thing about Rodeph Sholom School:
My favorite thing about Rodeph Sholom is the community.

Other things to know about me:
I am a long suffering fan of the New York Islanders and the New York Jets. There’s always next year!

Ira Glasser

Director of Jewish Life and Learning

Started at Rodeph Sholom School:
2010

Years in Education:
14 (20 including informal education)

Education:
MA – Israel Education, George Washington University; MA – Adolescent Education, Hunter College; BA – History and Judaic Studies, SUNY-Binghamton (Go Bearcats!)

Favorite thing about Rodeph Sholom School:
My favorite thing about Rodeph Sholom is my relationships with colleagues, students, and families.

Other things to know about me:
I have lead over 25 trips to Israel, including 10 with Rodeph Sholom School.

Rebecca Hammerman

Head of Elementary Divison

Started at Rodeph Sholom School in:

2020

Began career in Education in:

2000

Educational Background:

BA in Modern Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary, BA in Anthropology from Columbia University, MEd in Independent School Leadership from Teachers College, & MS in Education from Bank Street College.

Favorite thing about Rodeph Sholom School:

My favorite thing about Rodeph Sholom is the students! They come to school each day with enthusiasm and care. They care deeply about their peers and teachers. It is a joy to spend my days with them.

Other things to know about me:

I love to hike, read, and cook, but not bake!

Danny Karpf

Head of School

Started at Rodeph Sholom School:
2016

Years in Education:
30

Educational Background:
B.A. in Psychology, Haverford College; M.S. in Education, The Johns Hopkins University

Favorite thing about Rodeph Sholom School:
My favorite thing about Rodeph Sholom is the passionate and joyful people.

Other things to know about me:
I am a huge Baltimore Orioles fan.

Jackie Meyer

Chief of Staff and Operations Coordinator

Started at Rodeph Sholom School in:
2013

Began Career in Education in:
2013 when I made the transition from corporate public relations

Educational Background:
BS from Ithaca College; Major in Marketing and Communications with a minor in Culture and Communications

Favorite thing about Rodeph Sholom School:
My favorite thing about Rodeph Sholom School is the culture and warm community, radiating from our students and parents to our faculty and staff.

Other things to know about me:
Similar to our 8th graders, I finished my senior year in High School with a trip to Israel (for 3 months). I am also a mom to two boys.

Susan Newman

Head of Early Childhood

Started at Rodeph Sholom School in:
1991

Years in Education:
40

Educational Background:
BA/MA Wesleyan University 1978, MS in Ed, Bank Street College of Education 1992

Favorite thing about Rodeph Sholom School:
My favorite thing about Rodeph Sholom is watching the children learn and grow together.

Other things to know about me:
I am the mom of three grown men and the grandmother of one baby boy. I love to knit and spin and do so frequently in my spare time.

Keren Schuller

Director of Academics

Started at Rodeph Sholom School in:

2006

Began career in Education in:

1995

Educational Background:

BS in Psychology; M.Ed. in Special Education.

Favorite thing about Rodeph Sholom School:

Out students’ enthusiasm for learning, discovery and for our community. 

Other things to know about me:

I love to cook, even more so with friends or when listening to a good podcast. 

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The fundamental responsibility of the Board of Directors is to protect and advance the interests of the school and its various constituencies in ways that are consistent with Rodeph Sholom School’s mission. The Board of Directors is responsible for the appointment of the Head of School, for the overall policies of the institution, for the safekeeping and management of its assets, for fundraising and development, and for the approval of its budget. The Board is not involved in responsibilities within the Head of School’s domain, which include, but are not limited to admissions, curriculum, and discipline.

The Rodeph Sholom School Board of Directors has up to 25 members who serve as directors for the entire school community. The majority of the Board is appointed by its Nominating Committee with additional members appointed by Congregation Rodeph Sholom (CRS). Directors include current and past parents of RSS students, and educators from other academic institutions. Since most board members are also current parents, they are familiar faces within the community and can successfully steward Rodeph Sholom resources to help the school reach its strategic goals and live its mission.

Board of Directors 2022-2023

Kara Aborn
Tina Deutsch
William Friedland
Michael Hirschberg
Stacy Kanter
Gheña Korn
David Resnick
Gara Schwartz, Parent Association Representative

Karen Bank
Sarah Eisenman
Cindy Gavin
Eliot Horowitz
Phil Kassen
Marcelo Messer
Michael Sand, Chair
Suzanne Waltman

Talia Day
Martha Epstein ’10, Alumni Association Representative
Erica Gerson
Roni Jacobson
Eileen Kleiman
Eric Mogelof
Brady Schneider ’10
Rachel Zweighaft

Parents Association

Parents Association

At the core of any strong school community is an active Parents Association who compliments the school’s program with meaningful moments. We are lucky to have an exceptional Rodeph Sholom School Parents Association led by an outstanding Executive Board.

Our mission: The PA supports the school through community building. We aim to do this through a variety of events throughout the school year including the Book Fair, the All School Ice Skating Party, divisional Shabbat experiences, and Family Service Day, to name just a few.

On behalf of the Parents Association Executive Board, we hope to see our families and friends at the various PA events throughout the year, and we encourage volunteering, with whatever time you have, no matter how limited. The more you get involved, the more you will feel connected to the school and your children’s experiences. 

If you would like to learn more about the different ways you can get involved, please feel free to reach out to pa@rssnyc.org.

Parents Association Executive Board 2022-2023

Gara Schwartz, President
Jaime Horowitz, Vice President
Nikki Fisher, Co-Treasurer
Matt Mezvinsky, Co-Treasurer
Jessica Politis, Communications
Elyse Cromer, Secretary
Tracey Amdur, Member-at-Large
Allison Blick, Member-at-Large
Samantha Feinberg, Member-at-Large
Erica Fishbein, Member-at-Large
Beth Solomon, Member-at-Large