Epstein Hebrew Academy announces new head of school

Rabbi Yaakov Green

Rabbi Yaakov Green will be the new Head of School at H.F. Epstein Hebrew Academy (EHA), its board recently announced. Green joins EHA after serving as Principal of Judaic Studies at the Rosenblatt High School of the Donna Klein Jewish Academy in Boca Raton, Fla. Prior to his tenure at Rosenblatt High Green spent over a decade as an educator, known for his ability to inspire Jewish youth of all backgrounds.

EHA Board President Daniel Z. Lefton said, “Many among our Board of Trustees, and in our community, have already had the opportunity to meet Rabbi Green and experience his warmth and passion firsthand. We are confident in Rabbi Green’s ability to lead with charm, humility and conviction. We know that with his commitment to excellence and to our children, Rabbi Green will energize both Epstein Hebrew Academy and the greater St. Louis Jewish community. We are extremely proud that he has joined our EHA family.”

The Search Committee unanimously recommended Green based on both his commitment to educational excellence and his passion for relationship and community building. “Building bridges is a true life’s-calling,” said Green in a news release. “Those bridges form the relationships between teacher and student, between information and understanding, as well as between what happens within the walls of the school and the world outside.”

In his role as Principal of Judaic Studies, Green oversaw faculty training, instructional methodology, curriculum development and experiential learning opportunities for a diverse student body. 

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Green, his wife Elisheva, and their four children Emunah, Adira, Elnatan and Calev, will be relocating to St. Louis. He has already begun to transition into his new role as head of school and, effective immediately, will be actively involved in all decisions and school planning. 

The EHA board, led by Lefton and Immediate Past President Andy Koshner, and the search committee, chaired by Mickey Ariel, worked with Jane Taubenfeld Cohen and Dina Rabhan of Yeshiva University’s Institute for University-School Partnership during the search. For more information about EHA, call 314-994-7856 or email [email protected].