Administration

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Rabbi Shmuel Miller

Head of School   |   smiller@eha.org

Rabbi Miller has over three decades of experience in Jewish communal work, always with the aim of empowering Jews from all walks of life to embrace the timeless truths of Torah and engender a love of learning and living. As a Regional Director for NCSY, he revitalized the region through clarifying its purpose, resulting in an increase in appeal, participation, community embrace and partnership.

Rabbi Miller holds a B.A. in psychology from UCLA and post-graduate degree in Adolescent Mental Health from the Tavistock Clinic in the UK. He received Smicha from Tiferet Yerushalayim in Israel and Kabbalah in shechita in South Africa. 

He has also served as Rabbi for Congregation Ohr Somayach in South Africa, established the Mid-Atlantic Chai Lifeline office, and has served in administrative roles in Jewish day and high schools in the UK, and on the West Coast. Rabbi Miller engages with families, children and partners with genuine positive regard and interest. His joys include learning, photography, public speaking, performing music, and freshly brewed-coffee. 

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Mrs. Itta Boyko

Academic Principal   |   iboyko@eha.org

Mrs. Boyko, an EHA alumnus, joined Epstein Hebrew Academy as Director of Student Support Services two years ago. In her very short time at The Academy, she strengthened the Brain Cave by advancing necessary strategic processes to ensure student success.  Additionally, she was instrumental in enhancing the English Language Arts program from K-8th grades -with an emphasis on Middle School curriculum. 

Mrs. Boyko has been a critical team player during curriculum changes in both math and science and is a constant source of support and encouragement for teachers and students alike. Mrs. Boyko has a passion for facilitating individualized instruction to help each child meet high academic standards and experience personal growth.

 

Mrs. Boyko holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science and English, as well as a certification in elementary education.  She holds a Master of Arts in Teaching, as well as a master’s degree in K-12 Reading. 

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Rabbi Daniel Freund

Principal, High School   | dfreund@eha.org

Rabbi Daniel Freund has been with Yeshivat Kadimah (high school division of EHA)  since its inception in 2013. In his years at YKHS, Rabbi Freund  has built many positive and lasting relationships with students. In addition to teaching a wide range of Judaic subjects, he has provided guidance, counsel, and encouragement.

Before joining YKHS, Rabbi Freund had many years of experience working with high school students as a teacher and Dormitory Supervisor at the Fasman Yeshiva High School in Skokie, IL. Rabbi Freund received his Rabbinic Ordination from Lander College and earned his BA in economics from Yeshiva University. He also holds in MA in Educational Leadership from Bellevue University, and is an adjunct faculty member of Bellevue University’s Business School.

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Dr. Brad Heger

Education Director, High School   |   bheger@eha.org

Dr. Brad Heger is a native St. Louisan with over 42 years of experience in the  classroom and in educational administration. In his years at YKHS, Dr. Heger has used his vast network to assemble a stellar team of General Studies educators year after year. His years of experience are invaluable to students seeking guidance, encouragement, and advice.

Dr. Heger has an undergraduate teaching degree in English from St. Louis University. He also earned a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Doctorate in Educational Administration. He has served in both the Ladue Public School System and in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, as teacher and administrator, before joining Yeshivat Kadimah as General Studies Education Director.

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Rabbi Jonathan Fruchter

Programming Director   |   jfruchter@eha.org

Rabbi Jonathan Fruchter joined the EHA staff in 2018 after moving here with his wife (a native St. Louisan) and family. Rabbi Fruchter serves as the Programming Director, is a member of the Judaic studies faculty for both the middle school and high school, and has served on the General studies faculty for a number of years. He believes strongly in catering to the individual needs of each student, as well as the synthesis of formal and informal education as a way of helping students develop their skills and maximize their potential.  

 

Rabbi Fruchter received his rabbinic ordination from RIETS (YU), as well as his master’s degree from the Azrieli Graduate School in Jewish Education & Administration (YU). He also holds a BS in accounting from the Sy Syms School of Business (YU). In addition to his roles at EHA, Rabbi Fruchter serves as the Education & Engagement Coordinator at the Young Israel of St. Louis where he is passionately involved in both adult and youth education.