Administration

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.
 

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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.

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Aliza Strassman, Director of Student Services, has a dual Masters degree in General and Special Education from Bank Street College, and she holds dual New Jersey State Certification in elementary education and in teaching students with learning challenges. Aliza has varied teaching experiences in general education, inclusion, and self contained classrooms. At BPY, Aliza taught Second Grade for seven years, developed curriculum, and led the school's Self Study team for NJAIS and Middlestates accreditation. Aliza is trained in the Tal'Am Ivrit program and multi-sensory reading, spelling, and assessments through the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education. Aliza enjoys collaborating with the amazing BPY teachers, parents, the Bergen County Special Services team, and outside professionals to help each and every student thrive in school. Aliza is the 2019 recipient of the Northern NJ Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. Aliza can be contacted at alizas@benporatyosef.org

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 over 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. Sharona lives in Teaneck and is the mother of four daughters. Please virtually visit over zoom and share with her what you love about BPY. Sharona can be contacted at sharonagrossberg@benporatyosef.org