Dr. Sarah Levy
Co-Founder / Head of School
Dr. Levy has been involved in the field of Jewish education since 2001, working, teaching, consulting, and writing in the areas of supplemental, day school, adult, and experiential education, most recently teaching and serving as an administrator at Denver Jewish Day School and working at Charles E Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, MD. She has an undergraduate degree in business and sociology and holds a Master of Jewish Education degree from Hebrew College, a doctorate in education from Northeastern University, and certificates in Advanced Jewish Studies, Day School Education, and Jewish Educational Leadership.
Co-Founder / Head of School
Mr. Parmet has been committed to education since 2002, having taught subjects such as reading, social studies, math, and science and serving in various school leadership roles, most recently teaching at Denver Academy and teaching and serving as an administrator at Denver Jewish Day School. He earned his Master of Education degree with an emphasis in School Leadership from the High Tech High Graduate School of Education. His areas of expertise include student-centered learning, project based learning, interdisciplinary education, experiential education, social-emotional education, and community engagement.
We have been fortunate to work with a team of experts from across the world during the creation of Einstein Academy, creating a huge body of collective wisdom in various areas from which to draw. We have worked especially closely with our advisory board members who have provided an added layer of support and guidance.
Dr. Tal Grinfas-David
Dr. Tal Grinfas-David is the Day School Education Specialist at CIE. In July 2011, she became the Elementary School Principal of the Epstein School in Atlanta, GA. She earned her doctorate from Capella University in 2011 in curriculum and instruction, an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Portland in 2006 with honors, a Bachelors of Education in the Advanced Teaching Certification Program focusing on English as second language at Beit Berl Teacher Education College, Kfar Saba, Israel from 1997-1999, and a B.A. from Boston University in 1995. In 2005, she came from the Portland Hebrew Academy to join the Emory Institute for the Study of Modern Israel as the senior curriculum designer. From 2005 to the present, she led and conducted the pedagogy portions of the ISMI/CIE one-week Israel Education Teacher Workshops.
Rabbi Dr. Yechiel Hoffman
Rabbi Dr. Yechiel Hoffman currently acts as the US Director for Jewish Interactive. He previously served as Director of Youth Learning and Engagement for Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles and, prior to that, as LimmudLA’s Executive Director. As an organizational leader, Hoffman employs his professional and academic experience to support innovation and growth for both start-up endeavors and legacy institutions. An educational innovator, Hoffman created the Teens@LimmudLA Presenters program, the Viral Judaism Project, and the High School Jewish Futures Project. He also co-founded JEDLAB, a field-wide Jewish education network. Hoffman serves on the board of Jumpstart, transforming the broader Jewish community through social entrepreneurship. As a community activist, he serves as a rabbinic adviser, activist and outreach expert for issues related to LGBT inclusion, Women's issues, and education. Hoffman holds a doctorate in education from Northeastern University.
Sharon Freundel, managing director of the Jewish Education Innovation Challenge, attended Jewish Day Schools followed by studying at Stern College for Women of Yeshiva University and earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Maryland. She completed graduate courses at Teacher’s College of Columbia University and earned a Master of Arts in Jewish Education at the Baltimore Hebrew University. She taught and was the department chair for TaNaKH (Bible) and Torah SheBa’al Peh (Rabbinics) and was the Mashgicha Ruchanit (Spiritual Guidance Counselor) of the Upper School at the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy. Most recently, she was the Director of Jewish Life at the Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital.
Dr. Bruce Powell
Dr. Bruce Powell founded de Toledo High School (dTHS), formerly New Community Jewish High School, in West Hills, California. In addition to founding dTHS, he has helped to found, develop, and lead two other Jewish high schools in the Los Angeles area. He has also consulted on the development of 23 Jewish high schools in cities throughout the United States. Dr. Powell holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Southern California and has won both the Milken Family Foundation Jewish Educator Award (2005) and the Covenant Award (2008) for his contributions to Jewish education.
We recognize that our teachers are our most valuable asset, and the best way to provide the optimal learning environment for our students is to recruit, hire, and support the strongest faculty possible. We are talking to potential teachers in different areas who are excited about our philosophy of education and epitomize a genuine love of kids. Additionally, we are putting together our framework for teaching so that we can clearly articulate the expectations of being part of our community and provide teachers with the coaching and support to excel.