Rabbi Tomer Ronen
Head of School
Head of AJE's Startup School Network
Rav Ronen comes to us through a joint initiative with Affordable Jewish Education Project (AJE), where he will be serving as Head of AJE’s Startup School Network and spearheading the efforts to explore ways for AJE schools to collaborate and share resources. As the first step in this joint venture, Rav Ronen will be focusing his time on strengthening and growing Yeshivat He’Atid as our Head of School. He will augment his time with Yeshivat He’Atid by developing innovative ways for schools to share resources, and over the coming years, he will play an integral role in implementing his vision in AJE’s startup schools.
A highly respected leader in Jewish education both locally and nationally, Rav Ronen has almost 20 years of experience in Jewish education. Originally from Rechovot, Israel, Rav Ronen began his career in the US as a teacher and Junior High School Coordinator at SAR Academy in Riverdale. He also served as the rabbi and chazzan of the Sephardic Congregation Beit Aharon of Riverdale. For the past 10 years, Rav Ronen served as Rosh HaYeshiva of Ben Porat Yosef. His passion for Jewish education is contagious, and he is well-known for his ability to form authentic, lasting relationships with students and parents.
As Head of School, Rav Ronen will be responsible for all facets of our school organization, including management of Yeshivat He’Atid’s administration, and overseeing our Judaic curriculum. Rav Ronen will bring his signature warmth and dynamism to He’Atid’s students and families, and is particularly looking forward to forming a special bond with our 5th graders as their Chumash teacher.
Dr. Tani Foger
Dr. Tani Foger has worked in the field of education, both in Israel and in the US, for over 35 years. She is an experienced educator and psychologist, with particular expertise in special education, second language acquisition, student learning styles, teacher consultation and parenting.
Dr. Foger worked as a special-education school psychologist with the NYC Department of Education for 26 years, and has taught courses in special education at Daemen College. Dr. Foger helped create and design the Hebrew Immersion program at Ben Porat Yosef, and for the past three years has been the middle school psychologist at North Shore Hebrew Academy. In addition to her professional activities she has been the Chair of the Judaic Department at the JCC on the Palisades since 2006.
Dr. Foger earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from NYU, her master’s degree in Education and her master’s degree in Psychological Counseling from Columbia University. She completed course work for the doctoral program in Child Psychology at NYU and she earned her doctoral degree in Jewish Education and Administration from Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate School of Education.
Dr. Foger is a Jewish day school graduate herself, as well as the mother and grandmother of day school students. After working for many years in secular education, she is delighted to return to Jewish education where her true passion and commitment resides.
Assistant Principal & Mashgiach Ruchani
Always growing as a teacher and leader, Rav Daar continues to build an excellent reputation both in and out of the school building. As an educator, he is viewed as a sincere and understanding role-model who pushes students to work hard, no matter their skill level. Parents appreciate his honest and insightful communication, often remarking as to how being in Rav Daar's class has changed their children's appreciation for Torah learning. Fellow teachers look to him for guidance, both through his official capacities as a teacher-mentor and as a source for innovative and meaningful classroom practices.
Rav Daar is an active writer, authoring a number of thoughtful articles on Jewish education many of which have been published in local publications. We encourage you to click here to access links to the articles.
Rav Daar brings a sense of collaboration and community to Yeshivat He'Atid, creating a true partnership between school and home. His leadership style encourages the participation of many voices and aims to empower all stakeholders to take on stronger roles in the personal and educational growth of our students. As a teacher who has embraced innovation and technology, Rav Daar looks to help meet the varying needs of the He'Atid student body utilizing forward-thinking methods.
When not involved in or thinking about Jewish education (or working towards his doctorate at the Azrieli School of Jewish Education and Administration), he loves to spend time with his wife, Mindy, and their four beautiful daughters. As a Bergenfield resident, Rav Daar looks forward to the impact Yeshivat He'Atid will have throughout the local community.
Director of Business and Operations
Ora Kornbluth is Yeshivat He’Atid’s Director of Business and Operations, handling all the day-to-day operations of the school. Ora brings to Yeshivat He’Atid nearly two decades of experience working in Jewish day schools. She worked for many years as the Director of Student Activities at Bat Torah Flatow Yeshiva High School in Paramus, N.J., where she had administrative responsibilities. She has also served as the COO of Sensation NY, a pediatric OT and sensory gym located on the Upper West Side in Manhattan. For several summers, she has worked as an Assistant Head Counselor for Camp Regesh. A sports lover at heart, Ora is an Official Statistician for CBS SPORTS and is part of the game day support staff for the National Football League. She currently serves as a Councilwoman representing the borough of Bergenfield, N.J. She holds a bachelor of arts in economics from Yeshiva University.
Early Childhood Director
Curriculum Coordinator- First Grade
Morah Janice Jacobs joins Yeshivat He’Atid as our new Director of the Early Childhood Department and Curriculum Coordinator of general studies for first grade. Morah Janice has been working in the Early Childhood field for the past 18 years. She brings considerable skills and experience in classroom teaching, with a commitment to the growth of each child and is highly proficient in designing and implementing individual programs for all learners. Most importantly, Morah Janice brings a passion for education and a love of and advocacy for children. Prior to joining Yeshivat He’Atid, she worked at Yeshivat Noam as a Kindergarten teacher and later on as the Kindergarten Reading Specialist.
Morah Janice earned her bachelor’s degree from Stern College, and has a master’s degree in Education. Morah Janice was awarded a Legacy Heritage Teacher Leadership Fellowship and is currently pursuing her second master’s degree in Teacher Leadership from Brandeis University. Morah Janice and her husband Steven live in Bergenfield with their four children.
Marjorie Hirsch is a veteran educator with over thirty years of experience in the classroom and as an educational leader. She has taught most recently at Torah Academy of Bergen County in Teaneck and at SAR Academy in Riverdale.
She received her Bachelor's degree in Education from Touro College and her Master's degree in School Building Leadership from Manhattan College. Mrs. Hirsch's thesis was focused on the integration of technology in private school settings. Her further research projects examined the effect of poverty on learning. At SAR Academy, she pioneered the integration of education technology into the school's curricula by being one of the first to utilize SMARTBoard technology and project-based learning into her teaching.
Mrs. Hirsch has developed curricula integrating General and Judaic studies, a personal passion of hers. She brings a natural energy to her classroom that engenders curiosity and love of learning in each of her students. She takes her relationships with her students incredibly seriously by supporting them personally and academically, forging bonds that last far beyond their time in her classroom. She is excited to work with the fifth-grade students, teachers, leadership team, and parents at Yeshivat He'Atid, and looks forward to creating bonds that will last a lifetime with each student.
Mrs. Hirsch lives in Teaneck with her husband and three children.