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RAV ELAZAR MAYER TEITZ received Yoreh Yoreh Yadin Yadin smicha from Rav Isaac Halevi Herzog, the Chief Rabbi of Israel. He earned a master's degree in Education from Loyola University in Baltimore, and an MS and PhD in mathematics from the Belfer Graduate School of Science at Yeshiva University. Rav Teitz has been an integral part of the rabbinate of Elizabeth and the administration of the Jewish Educational Center schools, with the Yeshiva of Elizabeth and Rav Teitz Mesivta Academy since 1958, and with Bruriah High School since it was founded in 1963. His professional record includes serving as a mathematics instructor and lecturer at Rutgers University from 1964 - 1985. He also produced a weekly radio program broadcasting the Daf Hashavuah in English. He has written and published divrei Torah and has been in the forefront of the advocacy movement for agunot. Despite the difficulty of committing to a regular school schedule when communal obligations impinge on the Rav’s time, he still made himself available to teach Advanced Placement Calculus classes at Bruriah and at RTMA when called upon to assist us. It is Rav Teitz who is the spiritual leader and arbiter in all matters of hashkafa at the Mesivta.

Executive Vice President

A proud parent of third generation JEC students, the son of Jewish educators, and the scion of illustrious rabbinic dynasties, Pinchas is a respected leader in the business and communal worlds who prior to being named executive vice president of the JEC contributed to the school’s development, communications, and operations as a parent volunteer.

Before a successful business career, Pinchas worked at the World Jewish Congress where he held progressively advanced roles, ultimately serving as the organization’s Deputy Secretary General.  He directed the WJC’s Headquarters office, managed the organization’s global affairs, and specialized in directing Security, Counterterrorism and Mid-east Policy; Inter-religious Affairs; and supervised global communications and US fundraising content.  He was the principal professional tasked with restructuring the governance, administration and operations of the WJC, and participated in and organized international meetings with government, religious and military leaders, including presidents, prime ministers, and popes.

A lifelong student, Pinchas received a Master’s Degree in Jewish Studies with a concentration in Medieval Jewish History from Touro’s Graduate Division; studied Organizational Behavior at the Eisenberg School of Business at the University of Massachusetts; Political Management at the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management; Political Science at Yeshiva University, and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. Pinchas learned at Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh in Israel, and received Semicha from    רב זלמן נחמי'ה גולדברג אב"ד בית ההוראה הישר והטוב חבר בית דין הרבני הגדול  


RABBI AMI NEUMAN joined the faculty at RTMA in 2004. Just one year after coming on board as Rebbe and Varsity Hockey Coach, he became the Director of Student Activities, and became Assistant Principal in 2013. Rabbi Neuman has also served as the Coordinator of Limudei Kodesh Curriculum, working very closely with the Head of Limudei Kodesh, towards framing and organizing the subjects of study for grades 9-12. It is his passion for teaching that has made Rabbi Neuman so beloved in the classroom, and his energy and understanding of the students that ensure the success of his programs. He earned his BS in Information Systems from the Sy Syms School of Business at Yeshiva University before completing coursework towards a master's in Jewish Education and Administration from Azrieli, while receiving Semicha in RIETS. Currently, Rabbi Neuman has completed all coursework towards a Doctorate in the same field there as well. For the past number of summers, Rabbi Neuman has been at Camps Mesorah and Lavi where he served as the Boys' Head Counselor. This past year, he was selected to be a member of YULead, a leadership training cohort, run by the Y.U. Institute for University-School Partnership. Rabbi Neuman, his wife, and four daughters live in Passaic, NJ.

Assistant Principal, Limudei Kodesh

As Assistant Principal, RABBI NOACH SAUBER leads our Limudei Kodesh program. He oversees its curriculum and mentors and advises its faculty members. Rabbi Sauber’s preparation for a career in chinuch began with the years he devoted to augmenting his own learning at the Mirer Yeshiva and at the Kollel in Edison, followed by professional preparation at the Mercaz Center for Teacher Training. He may have been taught methods of instruction and classroom management techniques, but his ability to reach students on an emotional level is an innate gift. On his own, and without compensation, he initiated an alumni shiur that was regularly attended by former talmidim, to whom he will always be “Rebbe.” As RTMA’s Mashgiach Ruchani, he earned the confidence of students, parents, and faculty alike. In addition to his position at RTMA, he served as the Assistant Principal for General Studies at the RJJ Mesivta in Edison, New Jersey.

Director of Counseling Services

A graduate of Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University, DR. AKIVA PERLMAN spent several years working in the field before returning to school to receive a specialty degree in advanced clinical studies from Molloy College. His experience includes several years of working with Jewish kids at-risk, and he is the Assistant Director of “The Living Room”, a drop in center for Jewish teens recovering from addiction. Mr. Perlman is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Clinical Services at Capella University. Mr. Perlman came to JEC after working at Ohel Children’s Home in their clinical department where he developed social skills programs, as well as prevention and intervention programs, for Jewish day schools. He has implemented these programs, as well as presented their fundamentals, to educators, professionals and parents in many tri-state area schools.

Director of Student Life

RABBI YISROEL RICH has experience working with high school students, having served as a Chaburah leader, mentor and tutor at the Hebrew Academy of Long Beach. He has the ability to create fun, yet challenging methods of learning Chumash and Gemara. He has also served as Assistant Youth Director at a shul in West Orange, where he was responsible for organizing and maintaining an enlightening and enjoyable youth program. After studying at Yeshivat Shalavim in Eretz Yisrael, Rabbi Rich earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from Yeshiva University and a Master of Science degree in Jewish Education and Administration from the Azrieli Graduate School. He has received a master's degree in mental health counseling and is presently working toward licensing in this field.

Israel Guidance Coordinator, Rebbe, 12 Honors

Honored as Educator of the Year in 2002 at the JEC dinner, RABBI MICHAEL PARNES, who is in his twenty-ninth year at RTMA, served as the Mesivta’s Bochain/Talmud Evaluator and is the rebbe of the twelfth-grade Honors shiur. His talmidim emerge highly skilled and sought after by prestigious yeshivot here and in Israel. Rabbi Parnes is recognized as a talmid chochom and ethical exemplar who commands great respect from his students and inspires them to live up to the high standards he sets. His relationship with talmidim extends far beyond the limits of school. Long after graduation, they turn to him for advice and direction, and he lets them know they are welcome to do so at any time. Ordained at the Mirrer Yeshiva Central Institute, Rabbi Parnes also studied under the venerable Rabbi Dr. Joseph Ber Solevechik. He served as guidance counselor at Yeshiva Ateret Torah, Rabbi of the 16th Avenue Shul in Brooklyn, and as director of a SEED program for Torah U’Mesorah. An articulate and eloquent speaker, Rabbi Parnes is often in demand as a guest lecturer at various institutes of higher learning.

College Guidance

Mr. JEFFREY FRANK brings high school and college teaching experience, as well as a successful business career to his second year at the RTMA. He holds a BA in American History from Franklin & Marshall College and an MA from Pennsylvania State University. His goals for his students are to ignite their intellectual curiosity, actively engage them in the study of the content, and have them become accountable for their learning. In the 2011-2012 academic year he is excited about teaching AP American History, Marketing, and Global Studies. In addition to the secular subjects he teaches, he will be the moderator of the Mock Trial Club and hopes to build on the RTMA Intramural Football league. He is also obtaining his New Jersey Teacher Certification through the Jersey City University Pathways to Teaching Program.

Executive Director (COO)

Steve M. Karp earned his Bachelor of Science CUM LAUDE, in Business Administration with high departmental honors at the State University of New York at Buffalo, a Certificate from Columbia University Graduate School of Business, Institute for Non-Profit Management as well as a Certificate from Brandeis University, Fisher Bernstein Institute for Jewish Philanthropy and Leadership.  Mr. Karp began his work as a Research Analyst for the Office of the NYC Comptroller and then as the Associate Director for the United Jewish Council of the Lower East Side. He continued his professional career as the Associate Director of Nation Development at the Orthodox Union and joined the Administrative staff of the JEC in 2000. His four children are all JEC graduates and the next generation is now enrolled for the 2012-13 year.

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