Administration

 

Rabbi Moshe Shulman, Interim Head of School

Rabbi Shulman is the leader of Young Israel of St. Louis and the Founding Dean of Yeshivat Kadima High School. He is a graduate of the Sha’alvim Rabbinic Kollel with Rabbinic Ordination from the Jerusalem Chief Rabbinate, and a graduate of Sha’alvim’s Sha’al Institute for Rabbinic and Educational Training.  He has special interests in Tanach, Judaism and Science, and Medicine and Halacha, and has a deep and passionate love for Israel.

He served as the spiritual leader of Congregation House of Jacob-Mikveh Israel in Calgary for five years and of Shaarei Shomayim Congregation in Toronto for ten years before coming to St. Louis.

He holds a Teacher’s Degree from the Sha’alvim Teacher’s College and a B.Sc. in Computer Software Engineering from the Jerusalem College of Technology. He is also certified as a Rabbinic advisor to the organ donor community by the New York Organ Donation Network and the Halachic Organ Donation Society. 

Rabbi Daniel Freund, High School Principal 

Rabbi Daniel Freund has been with Yeshivat Kadimah 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.

Itta Boyko, Academic Principal

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. 

Dr. Brad Heger, Director of Education

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.

Shanee Kay, Director of Development

Shanee is the newest member of our administrative team. She grew up in South Florida and recently completed her political science degree at Yeshiva University. She was named one of Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36” in 2018 for her efforts to promote mental health awareness and is the former Vice President of Refuat Hanefesh.

Prior to joining the Epstein Hebrew Academy, Shanee served as the Junior Facilitator and Fellowship Coordinator at the Organization for the Resolution of Agunot as well as the Campaign Manager for the organization during their 2019 annual fundraising campaign. 

 

Administrative Support

Shiffy Landa, Judaic Studies Curriculum Coordinator

Morah Shiffy has been a part of the faculty at EHA for over 25 years, where she currently teaches Tanach to middle school students and oversees the Judaic curriculum. Shiffy’s seven children all attended Epstein Hebrew Academy. Shiffy is fascinated with the different learning styles students use to process information and believes students at EHA should have many opportunities to use multiple pathways to demonstrate their mastery of Tanach. She is often called upon to consult for Jewish Day Schools throughout the country.

Shiffy was a coach for Harvard University Graduate School of Education, WIDE World online course in the Multiple Intelligence Theory and completed training in the Schools Attuned Program, which approaches education from a neurodevelopmental perspective. She also uses Project Based Learning to guide the many projects and activities she designs for her students to engage them in their studies through meaningful and fun learning experiences, which includes integrating the arts into the Judaic curriculum, and she uses technology as a tool to engage her students in their textual study of Tanach.

Rabbi Jonathan Fruchter, Programming Coordinator

Rabbi Fruchter joined the EHA staff in 2018 after moving here with his wife (a native St. Louisan) and family. He serves as the Programming Coordinator, 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 the past two years as the 7th and 8th grade mathematics teacher. 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 (Yeshiva University), as well as his master’s degree from the Azrieli Graduate School in Jewish Education & Administration. He also holds a BS in accounting from Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business. 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.