Rabbi Tomer Ronen
Head of School
Head of AJE's Startup School Network
A highly respected leader both locally and nationally, Rav Ronen has over 20 years of experience in Jewish education. Originally from Rechovot, Israel, Rav Ronen began his career in the United States as a teacher and Junior High School Coordinator at SAR Academy in Riverdale, NY. Following SAR, he held the position of Rosh HaYeshiva at Ben Porat Yosef in Paramus, N.J. for ten years.
In the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year, Rav Ronen joined Yeshivat He’Atid as Head of School. His devotion towards Jewish education shines through in all that he does and to all those around him. He continually looks for innovative and progressive ways to excite children in learning. His passion to infuse his students with Hebrew language immersion and to bring a love of Eretz Yisrael to the classroom is evident through the programming he develops and the Shlichim that join his school each year. He is well-known for his ability to form authentic, lasting relationships with students, parents and his staff.
As Head of School, Rav Ronen is responsible for all facets of the school organization, including management of Yeshivat He’Atid’s administration and overseeing the Judaic curriculum. He has been instrumental in the implementation and creation of the Middle School which began this year. Rav Ronen connects with all of the students on a daily basis and particularly enjoys teaching the advisory program in the Middle School.
With the success Yeshivat He’Atid is seeing through the academic growth of their students, Rav Ronen’s larger vision and goal is to bring Yeshivat He’Atid’s educational model to those communities across the United States who feel passionately about providing their children with a high-quality academic Jewish education in an affordable manner.
Morah Janice Jacobs joins Yeshivat He’Atid as our Assistant Principal for grades Pre-K through Second Grade. Morah Janice has been working in the Early Childhood field for the past 20 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 recently completed her second Master’s degree in Teacher Leadership from Brandeis University. Morah Janice and her husband Steven live in Bergenfield with their four children.
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.
Dr. Hope Blecher
General Studies Curriculum Coordinator- Middle School
Dr. Hope Blecher comes to Yeshivat He'Atid with 32 years of educational experiences. She is a teacher, an administrator, an author and professional development provider. Hope worked in K-post graduate classrooms. She holds three standard teaching certifications, an administrator certificate, a Bachelors of Arts degree, a Master's degree and a doctorate in Education. Over the years, Hope has written five published books, numerous articles for journals, newspapers and magazines, and appeared on television and radio interviews.
Dr. Blecher grew up in Bergen County, moved to various locations in the Garden State and recently returned to Bergen County with her husband, two children and two cats. Her son attends The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and her daughter is a recent graduate of Muhlenberg College. Hope is proud of the arts related accomplishments of her children and of the support they give each other.
As the General Studies Curriculum Coordinator for the Middle School, Hope is responsible for fostering the growth of the Middle School team and providing support to staff in grades three and above. She will work to bring the school's initiatives to fruition. Hope brings a broad and deep view of what is expected in public school to our organization; this will be an asset as Yeshivat He'Atid continues to grow and expand. Dr. Blecher looks forward to learning about, learning with, and engaging with the Yeshivat He'Atid community.
Ora Kornbluth is Yeshivat He’Atid’s Executive Director , 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.