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Teachers play a crucial role in helping children develop their identities and grow their minds, shaping their lives both inside and outside the classroom. Research shows that teachers and school administrators are the two most important school-based factors that impact student learning.

JNTP transforms Jewish day schools by supporting novice teachers and administrators – a valuable and vulnerable group within the school ecosystem – enabling them to gain the skills necessary to create institutions grounded in instructional excellence and, thus, optimal learning environments for their students.

Your gift to JNTP is an investment in excellent Jewish day school education.

Please join us in building day schools where all students can thrive and be inspired to become active members of the Jewish communities of tomorrow.


New administrator in JNTP’s Administrator Support Program for an academic year


New Teacher for an academic year


 One New Teacher Professional Development webinar


Mentor and New Teacher materials and resources


To Pay by Check

Payment by check should be sent to:

New Teacher Center
Attn: for JNTP
1205 Pacific Avenue, Suite 301
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Checks should be made out to New Teacher Center with a note that the gift is designated for JNTP.

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“I’m fairly certain that I wouldn’t be serving in Jewish education had I not had those first years of JNTP support and training.”

Rabbi Dr. Hillel Broder

Principal, DRS Yeshiva High School for Boys
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“All roads led to New Teacher Center”

Dr. Michael Berger

JNTP Former Program Officer at the AVI CHAI Foundation
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“I have gained so much from participating in the Administrator Support Program. Most importantly, it provided me with a professional community. It is really helpful to vent, share ideas and hear about other people’s challenges. One strategy, in particular, that has made an impact is the “Quick Visits” tool. It’s very difficult to leave my classroom, so I wasn’t doing enough classroom observations. Being taught how to do “Quick Visits” liberated me and enabled me to get into every single classroom in my department. It helped me understand what’s really happening in the classroom and what the students are experiencing. I believe it has helped me change the culture of the department.”

Lynn Kraft

Chair of the Bible Department, Ida Crown Jewish Academy
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“I have been part of many professional development courses and initiatives during my years as a Jewish educator. My experience with JNTP’s Administrator Support Program has had the most significant, direct impact on my effectiveness in school.”

Batsheva Atlas

Middle School Dean of Students, Berman Hebrew Academy
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“Jewish New Teacher Project has elevated the entire field of Jewish education through their expert support of new day school educators and leaders during formative early career years. JNTP’s track record of success is impeccable, and their vital efforts ensure that more learners engage with talented, well trained and inspired teachers in the field. We continue to be grateful to the entire JNTP team for all they do for Jewish education.”

The Jim Joseph Foundation

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“With full conviction I can say that I would not have stayed in teaching if not for the mentoring I received through JNTP. It established me as a teacher and made me feel at home in the profession.”

Tamar Appel

Associate Principal, Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls
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“I feel indebted to Milton Gottesman Day School of the Nation’s Capital and my JNTP mentor, who provided me with a solid foundation so early in my career. I found strength and confidence in knowing that I always had a sounding board and someone in my corner… I feel privileged to work at a school that recognizes and values this professional development.”

Laura Cohen

Teacher and Pedagogista, Milton Gottesman Day School of the Nation’s Capital
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“The experience of working with JNTP instructors and networking with talented educators was transformative for me. It deeply impacted my work as a teacher, mentor and now principal, and has helped me appreciate that the most effective way of meeting students’ needs is by supporting their teachers.”

Yael Cortell

General Studies Principal, Yeshiva of Greater Washington, Girls Division
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“I can say with 100% confidence that the teacher I supported felt strengthened emotionally by our time together. In our first meeting together she said that she felt ‘more heard in the one hour of our meeting than she felt since she began teaching.’ And despite the emotion and tears that she often expressed / demonstrated in each of our meeting sessions, each session evolved as we moved from the simple expression of hardships to also how to address, what was the significance or impact of and how to find the entry points to understand the true trigger.”

Sara Edelson

JNTP VIrtual Mentor
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“I have to admit that when I started training as a JNTP mentor, I had no idea what I didn’t know. I thought that we would learn how to offer some words of comfort to a new teacher struggling to make it through their first parent teacher conference sessions, or how to check the boxes on a lesson plan. I did not appreciate the depth and power of mentorship, and the different mental muscles I would need to exercise to be effective in this capacity.”

Rabbi Dov Emerson

Director of Teaching and Learning, Yeshiva University High School for Boys
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As more teachers were trained, both as mentors and as beginning teachers…the schools themselves, as a whole, were lifted and transformed into more thoughtful, collaborative, purposeful, and ethical workplaces and learning institutions

Rabbi Dr. Steven Lorch,

Head of School, Kadima Day School; Los Angeles, CA
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I can’t say enough about how important the Administrator Support Program cohort is. I was able to do my job because of the support of JNTP.

Rena Levovitz

Assistant Principal, General Studies Grades K-2, Joan Dachs Bais Yaakov
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The JNTP Virtual Mentors program [run during COVID] has literally been a godsend to our school. This year has been so difficult in terms of staffing, attendance, COVID policies, and student absences that I have not been able to give my full attention to new teachers. With this program, teachers are able to choose an area for growth and be coached by a person who is not their supervisor. We currently have three teachers working virtually with experienced mentors from out of state and I have heard great reports. I also love that, soon, we will be able to share a common language and culture. We have been building it on our own, but this just increased the speed and efficiency

Elissa Chanales,

Former Assistant Principal, Chaviva High School for Girls
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Many programs help Jewish educators, but only a few change a field… JNTP made supporting and inducting novice teachers an expectation in Jewish day schools. Its unique style of structured, data-driven mentoring helps new teachers succeed in the classroom and increases their — and the mentors’ — retention in the field. All this benefits the students and enhances their learning. The AVI CHAI Foundation couldn’t be prouder.

Dr. Michael Berger,

Former JNTP Program Officer, The AVI CHAI Foundation
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“Since 2014, JNTP has made a significant impact on Chicago Jewish day schools. JNTP’s New Teacher Induction and Administrator Support Programs have helped Chicago Jewish day schools retain dedicated, talented teachers and administrators who are committed to the craft of teaching and creating professional, student-centered learning environments.”

Rabbi Avrohom Moller,

Superintendent of Education at ATT
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I have been a Jewish day school parent and grandparent for over 40 years. I am working with JNTP to help it continue to grow and bring professionalism and excellence in teaching to Jewish day schools, for the ultimate good of our children and our communities.

Joanne Stein,

JNTP Leadership Council
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“My mentor helps me clarify my learning goals and offers space, time and someone to bounce ideas off of or offers suggestions of how to improve my teaching. Feeling “go, go, go” all of the time, it’s nice to get the opportunity to process and reflect. The biggest value of having a mentor is having someone constructively develop and improve my teaching with no judgment.”

Abby Kerbel,

Middle School Judaics Teacher, Gesher Jewish Day School
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“As more teachers were trained, both as mentors and as beginning teachers…the schools themselves, as a whole, were lifted and transformed into more thoughtful, collaborative, purposeful, and ethical workplaces and learning institutions.”

Rabbi Dr. Steven Lorch,

Head of School, Kadima Day School; Los Angeles, CA
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Evan Weiner

Associate Program Consultant

Evan Weiner is an Associate Program Consultant at JNTP, where he facilitates mentor training. He has been involved with Jewish Education for over 20 years. Evan began his connection with JNTP as a new teacher and eventually became a mentor himself, mentoring teachers in both General and Judaic Studies departments. He has been an educational leader in both formal and informal educational settings, and has brought his JNTP training to elicit the best in his staff partners. Most recently, Evan served as Judaic Studies Principal, Curriculum Coordinator, and Instructional Coach at Ohr Chadash Academy in Baltimore before joining the JNTP staff. Evan participated in the YOU Lead educational leadership Program and JETSIsrael Edtech Incubator Program and holds a Masters in Education from Azrieli School of Education.

Rachel R. Harari

Associate Program Consultant

Rachel Harari is an Associate Program Consultant at JNTP, where she co-facilitates new teacher training. She is also an Associate Lecturer at Columbia University and a middle school English Language Arts teacher at Yeshivah of Flatbush. Rachel is currently working on her PhD at Teachers College, Columbia University, within their Educational Leadership program. Through her work as a Department Chair for six years at Magen David Yeshivah High School in Brooklyn, New York, Rachel was inspired to study the role of the high school department chair in Modern Orthodox schools in New York City. Rachel received her M.S. in Special Education from Brooklyn College, and her B.S. in English Education from New York University, where she published her research on mathematics anxiety in elementary school students: “Mathematics Anxiety in Young Children: An Exploratory Study.” Rachel is a 2016 recipient of The Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Prize, which recognizes emerging leaders in the field of Jewish Education.

Lauren Katz

Director of Development

Lauren Katz is the Director of Development at JNTP. She has an extensive background in Jewish non-profit management with a specific focus on fundraising and development, most recently serving as the Director of Marketing & Communications and Alumni Relations at SAR High School for over four years and at the Ramaz School for seven years as the Director of Alumni Relations. In addition, Lauren worked at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit and UJA-Federation of MetroWest, NJ in the campaign and planning and allocations departments. Lauren holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan and attended the University of Michigan School of Social Work and Jewish Communal Leadership Program.