Jewish High School of Connecticut Announces new Head of School

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The Board of Trustees for the Jewish High School of Connecticut is very pleased to announce it has appointed Rabbi Yonatan Yussman, Ed.D., as the next Head of School, effective July 1, 2011.

“The Jewish High School of Connecticut already has a strong foundation for providing students and their families in Southern Connecticut with a superb education in both general and Judaic studies. It is truly an honor to be a part of such an extraordinary

The Board of Trustees for the Jewish High School of Connecticut is very pleased to announce it has appointed Rabbi Yonatan Yussman, Ed.D., as the next Head of School, effective July 1, 2011. Dr. Yussman comes to the Jewish High School of Connecticut (“JHSC”) from The Adelson Educational Campus in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he has served on the senior administrative team as Rabbi and Head of Jewish Studies of the PreK-12 Jewish independent school since 2007.

“Dr. Yussman is an inspiring, creative and thoughtful educator and leader,” says Maureen Dewan, President of the Board of Trustees. “His intelligence, hard work, and passion for education and Judaism will inspire the JHSC faculty, students and the community. He leads by example, with the highest integrity and respect for the school’s mission and JHSC’s philosophy of learning and responsible action as the foundation for achievement.”

“The Jewish High School of Connecticut already has a strong foundation for providing students and their families in Southern Connecticut with a superb education in both general and Judaic studies. It is truly an honor to be a part of such an extraordinary school that prepares its students for college and life. I look forward to implementing JHSC’s mission, upholding its philosophy and helping to guide JHSC to an outstanding future,” Dr. Yussman says.

Dr. Yussman received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Boston University and later went on to immigrate and study in Israel, receiving a Master’s degree in Jewish Education, magna cum laude, from Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Rabbinic Ordination from Rabbi Daniel Landes, Rosh Yeshiva of the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem. While in Israel, he also proudly served in the Israel Defense Forces. In addition to a rabbinic degree, he holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with high honors. His dissertation, on the topic of prayer in Jewish pluralistic schools, received two awards for most outstanding dissertation.

Dr. Yussman has an esteemed record of collaborating with top school leaders internationally, such as at Harvard University’s Principals’ Center, Bar Ilan University’s Principals’ Center, and the Hartman Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem.

He has enjoyed a dynamic career as a Rabbi, classroom teacher, administrator, mentor and educator. Over the course of his career, Dr. Yussman has been an active leader in education both internationally and in his local communities. In Las Vegas, he founded and directed the Florence Melton Adult Mini School. He continues to serve as teacher mentor for graduates of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. Dr. Yussman describes himself as a “consummate student” and has published extensively on leadership, ethics, prayer, Jewish identity and education.

“We are also very pleased to welcome Dr. Yussman’s wife and three daughters to JHSC,” adds Ms. Dewan. “We are enthusiastic and looking forward to a great partnership. The future at JHSC continues to shine!”

About JHSC:
The mission of the Jewish High School of Connecticut (JHSC), a new pluralistic Jewish day school community, is to educate Jewish youth for whom Jewish values and traditions shape and guide their lives and for whom learning and responsible action are the foundation for achievement. JHSC is the beneficiary of a leadership gift from Michael Steinhardt. JHSC receives funding from the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, the Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven, United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien, UJA/Federation of Westport -Weston-Wilton -Norwalk, UJA Federation of Greenwich and the Annual Campaign of the UJA/Federation of Eastern Fairfield County. JHSC is a School Subscriber of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), a member of RAVSAK: the Jewish Community Day School Network and received a New Schools Grant from the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE).

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