Extensive management support is provided for this thriving school.
Management advisory services and operational assistance are provided by Bright Horizons to ensure that the needs of our program and its families are always met. The resources available to us through this partnership are extensive.
The Kehillah School is run by a full administrative staff that is led by Director Roslyn Conroy with the help of Assistant Director Laurie Thomas. Each has an extensive background in early childhood education, bringing warmth and expertise to her work with Kehillah. Both promote the joy of learning and community and serve as an inspiration to our families and staff.
Abra Goldemberg, Director of Early Childhood Jewish Education, manages the Jewish programming that is woven throughout both the Kehillah curriculum and everyday experience of our students, families, and staff.
In 2016, Temple Israel’s Board of Trustees established a Kehillah Executive Board (KEB) to oversee and help steer the program. Serving this committee on an ex-officio basis are Senior Rabbi Scott Weiner, Rabbi Beth Nichols (who also oversees the Kehillah School as the Temple’s Director of Congregational Learning), our Temple President, TINR’s Executive Director, as well as the Kehillah School Director and our Director of Early Childhood Jewish Education. There are two co-founders of the School, TINR trustees, and community leaders with experience in education and a significant history of PTA involvement.
The Kehillah Council is a supporting committee, consisting of the Executive Board co-chairs, School administrators, and parents serving as grade reps or fulfilling specific needs. Its multiple purposes are to improve the flow of information between parents, administrators, and the KEB; to make the Kehillah community connect more closely with the Temple community; and to fulfill specific tasks, including the arrangement of special events.
The KEB co-chairs are able to maintain contact with the Kehillah School staff through attendance at faculty meetings.
There is solid backing for this community by trusted people in a partnership that includes some who have worked with it over the longterm and others who reside within it in a variety of capacities. Structures are in place for diverse expertise and perspectives to be shared. Co-founders of the program, who continue to be heavily involved in the management of the School, are committed to maintaining the unique proposition and very special identity of our program. Kehillah (which means “community”) is indeed supported by a community of dedicated leaders.
To learn more about Kehillah, please contact the Kehillah School office at (914) 637-3808 or Kehillah@TINR.org.