Rav Stechler received his B.A from Yeshiva College and Semicha at Yeshivas Rabbeinu Yitzchok Elchanan (RIETS, YU) where he learned under the guidance of HaRav Herschel Schachter, shlit”a, and HaRav Michael Rosensweig, shlit”a. He served as a community Rav and as a high school rebbe for many years. Rav Stechler also served as the Executive Vice President of the Rabbinical Council of Bergen County. He lives with his wife and children in Teaneck, NJ.
As our Academic Dean and Principal of General Studies, Rabbi Macabee Avishur works with our outstanding faculty and staff to deepen our commitment to educational excellence, best practices in teaching and learning, building strong relationships with students, and strengthening the school-home partnership.
Rabbi Avishur joins us from Prizmah Center for Jewish Day Schools and the YU School Partnership, where he has served, and will continue to consult for the last six years as a senior consultant and leadership coach to schools and school leaders across North America. In this role, he has gained both experience in the field as well as a deep understanding of what works and what doesn’t work in Jewish schools.
Rabbi Avishur began his career as a high school math and science teacher in the Mesivta of Greater Los Angeles. He then served as a school administrator at schools in Texas and Michigan. Rabbi Avishur led a variety of school improvement initiatives, including revising assessment practices to enhance student learning, creating a teacher mentoring program, improving both instruction and learning and enhancing school culture.
In all of his positions, Rabbi Avishur was known for the deep connections he formed with students, the care with which he included parents in their children’s education, and for setting high expectations and helping students and teachers achieve them.
This year, Heichal launced a robust STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) department under the auspices of Dr. Joel Berman, who most recently chaired TABC’s science department. A former IDF officer, Dr. Berman received his PhD from Rutgers University in chemical physics and today is Heichal’s Assistant Principal of STEM, teaching numerous advanced courses in mathematics and physics and overseeing the math and science curricula and faculty for all grades in the yeshiva.
Under Dr. Berman’s guidance, Heichal now offers SAT 2 reviews for all math, biology, chemistry and physics courses as well as a new engineering elective, “An Introduction to Electrical Engineering—Programming Robotics.” He is responsible for a series of exciting upgrades to Heichal’s state-of-the-art STEM laboratory, including the installation of a 3D printer, tesla coil, vacuum chamber, optics bench and spectrophotometer.
Dr. Berman will also supervise Heichal students who will be entering Touro University’s annual Science Olympiad, the National Math League exams and the Jerusalem Science Contest, an international competition coordinated by the Machon Lev School of Technology in Israel.
Rabbi Avi Epstein is known as an energetic and dynamic mechanech with the ability to connect with and motivate students to truly excel and attain their full potential. Avi grew up in Monsey, New York and studied in Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim for 6 years. At the Mesivta of Waterbury, Rabbi Epstein served as a mentor and role model for hundreds of boys. He created and implemented both in-school and extra-curricular programs and activities, which empowered the boys to increase their self-esteem and helped facilitate their success in and out of the classroom. At RYNJ, he was a popular middle school rebbe and assistant program director. This past summer, Rabbi Epstein served as director of Shoresh Day Camp.