Kehillah Announces New Head of School

Dear Kehillah Jewish High School Community,

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, it gives me great pleasure to announce the selection of Darren Kleinberg as Kehillah Jewish High School’s next Head of School.

Among the candidates for the Head of School position, Darren best demonstrated the qualities crucial for success. Currently the founder and Executive Director of Valley Beit Midrash in Phoenix, Darren also served as a teacher and Department Chair at Jess Schwartz College Prep School in Phoenix, was Visiting Scholar at the Osher Marin JCC, and has vast experience and success in building relationships in a diverse Jewish community as well as a lifelong commitment to teaching and learning.

An ordained Rabbi, Darren possesses a deep understanding of the value of pluralism. His is currently completing his doctorate with a research interest relating to the role of pluralism in American Jewish life during the second half of the twentieth century. Darren’s passion and vision for academics and his strengths in organizational leadership will help ensure a smooth transition as we enter into the next phase of Kehillah’s growth. Beyond the core competencies of academics and organizational understanding, Darren will be a role model for the pluralism that is at the very heart of Kehillah’s mission. The Board of Trustees is fully committed to the current mission of the school and is confident we have chosen a leader who understands and supports that mission.

As excited as we are to welcome Darren into the Kehillah community, it is difficult to bid farewell to Lillian Howard who has done so much to make Kehillah the excellent independent school it is today. We owe Lillian a debt of gratitude for her leadership and I know there will be many opportunities in the coming months to thank her and say good-bye. Everyone who has been touched by Lillian recognizes her drive and vision. We will miss her and wish her great success in her future endeavors.

The Board of Trustees also thanks Cindy Schlesinger and Zvi Weiss and the members of the Head of School Search Committee for their hard work and dedication. The make-up of this committee reflected the diversity within the Kehillah community. I would also like to express appreciation to those of you who participated in the process by attending focus groups and offering your feedback. Your opinions were very important to the process.

Darren will begin his tenure at Kehillah on July 1, 2013 although there will be opportunities to meet him over the next few months. I know you will welcome Darren, his wife and their two daughters into our Kehillah family and be assured that we have placed the oversight of our school into very capable hands.

Warmest regards,

Phyllis Tankel
Chair, Board of Trustees

About Kehillah

Kehillah is a contemporary independent, college preparatory high school for students in grades 9-12. We feature strong academics, performing and visual arts, experiential activities, competitive athletics, and life-changing class trips, all in a vibrant community that celebrates Jewish study, identity and values
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