Our leadership team at Ben Porat Yosef is guided by the mission and hashkafa of the school to provide an outstanding education within a warm and nurturing environment. It is our goal to instill in our children a love of Torah, mitzvot and Eretz Yisrael and to strengthen their minds and souls so that they may grow to become active members and contributors to klal Yisrael and broader society.
Rabbi Zucker
Rabbi Saul Zucker, Head of School, is an educational leader with over 25 years of experience and a history of advocating for progressive education in both Judaic and general studies. He most recently implemented this pedagogical approach – including active-learner methodology and inquiry-based learning – at Magen David Yeshivah High School in Brooklyn, New York, where he served as principal from 2011-2017. While at Magen David, Rabbi Zucker built, mentored, and led an award-winning educational leadership team that was recognized by leading educational institutions.

Dr. Chagit Hadar, Principal of Judaic Studies, was born and raised in Israel, and brings with her to Ben Porat Yosef a value system steeped in Zionism, Torah and chesed. Chagit received a B.Ed. in Elementary School Science from Talpiyot College, an M.S. in Professional Communication from Clark University, and a Ph.D. in Education (with a concentration in Relationship and Interactions) from Atlantic International University.

Naomi Maron, General Studies Principal, has been a professional in Jewish day schools for close to 20 years. Naomi graduated summa cum laude from Yeshiva University, where she was a Gruss Scholar and a Belkin Scholar, and earned her Master’s degree in reading education from Hunter College. She has done post-master’s work at the Bank Street Graduate School of Education and the Windward School.

Jessica Kohn, Early Childhood Director and Founding Educator, is a professional with two and a half decades of experience in early childhood programs at Jewish day schools. “Morah Jessica,” as she is affectionately known at BPY, is an active member of every teaching team and develops a personal relationship with every student and family in our early childhood program. She infuses her warmth, energy, limitless creativity, and commitment to the children of Ben Porat Yosef into each classroom. As a founding educator of BPY, Morah Jessica was instrumental in implementing her vision of a child-centered, individualized and differentiated education. A state-certified reading specialist, Morah Jessica has created an early childhood program rich with early literacy experiences. The children eagerly await her weekly storytime visits.

Elana Cohn, Director of Student Services, holds a Masters degree in Special Education and is trained in multi-sensory reading and reading assessments, and has over 15 years of experience in the field of special education. She has taught in kindergarten through eighth grade, in a variety of subjects, and in varied special education settings, including self-contained, inclusion model, and resource classes. At BPY, she has been leading the Learning Center and support services staff since 2007. Her main focus has been to ensure that each individual student’s needs are met, partnering with parents, the Bergen County Special Services Team, and outside professionals. She meets with all students who apply to the elementary grades as part of the admissions process. Morah Elana enjoys working with the wonderful BPY teachers as a mentor through the Jewish New Teacher Project, and as a supervisor, to help teachers provide the best experience for each of their students.

Sharona Grossberg is BPY's Director of Admissions and Public Relations. Sharona holds a BA from Brandeis University in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and an M.Ed in Guidance and Counseling from Boston University. Sharona has nearly 20 years of professional and volunteer experience in Jewish and Educational organizations including Sharsheret, Partners in Torah, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, Maimonides School and Matan, mother and daughter bat mitzvah program.