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RTA kicks off search for New Head of School


By Daniel Roth

President, Rudlin Torah Academy

This past summer the Board of Directors of Rudlin Torah Academy voted to seek a new Head of School beginning with the 2022-2023 school year.

In October, the school partnered with Scott Goldberg Consulting, LLC, led by Dr. Scott Goldberg –(https://www.yu.edu/faculty/pages/goldberg-scott), to thoroughly assist the school community throughout this search process.

The first step of the search was to engage a series of focus groups. These sessions, held the second and third weeks in November, brought together small groups of parents, faculty/staff, or community supporters to share with each other, and with Dr. Goldberg, our collective hopes and expectations for the future of RTA.

The feedback from the focus groups, as well as input from a survey also conducted in mid-November, will be synthesized by the consultants to develop, in conjunction with our Search Committee and Teacher Panel, an opportunity statement for the school and a job description for the Head of School position. The opportunity statement will illuminate the special place RTA holds as the only K-8 day school in the greater Richmond area dedicated to serving all Jewish families and the incredible impact the right candidate will have on the future of Jewish Richmond.

Search Committee

The Search Committee is composed of the following members: Shlomo Skaist (chair), Rabbi Meir Aronowitz, Samantha Lefkowitz, Sheri Prupis, Rabbi Menachem Sherman and Nannette Shor. The Teacher Panel is composed of the following members: Devorah Aronowitz, Marlena Cantor, Sorah Plotnick, Susan Schaefer, Rabbi Baruch Sherman and Rabbi Yosef Skaist. The school thanks all of them in advance for their hard work in ensuring a successful outcome to our search.

The entire school community expresses our appreciation to our current Head of School, Rabbi Yosef Bart, for his tremendous contributions to the school and our Jewish community throughout his dedicated years of service and his ongoing commitment to lead RTA through this transition year.

We recognize and appreciate that we must not take for granted what many have experienced as the magic of RTA in “teaching the mind; touching the heart” under his leadership.

The entire school community also expresses appreciation for the ongoing financial support received from its many donors, whether through direct donations, participation in Richmond Jewish Foundation’s Education Tax Credit Scholarship Fund, or support of the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond. We couldn’t achieve our vision of providing a stellar education for every Jewish child without you.

For more information, to ask questions, or to share comments about the search process, email the Search Committee at search.rta@gmail.com.

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