Meet the Head of School Candidates

Dr. David A. Portnoy
Dr. David Portnoy grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, where he graduated from Gilman School, a boys independent college preparatory K-12 school. David graduated Cum Laudefrom Yale University in 1983, where he majored in Economics and Political Science.  At Yale, he completed the Yale Teacher Preparation Program; played soccer and lacrosse; and sang in a close-harmony a cappella singing group. 
He has taught at Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles; worked in Undergraduate Admissions at The University of Pennsylvania; served as Upper School Head and Associate Head of School at Beth Tfiloh Community School in Baltimore; and as Head of School at Emery Weiner School in Houston and Yavneh Academy of Dallas, where he is in his seventh year as Head of School.  
David has also practiced law and managed a family business. He holds a J.D. from UCLA School of Law, an M.S.Ed. from Johns Hopkins University, and an Ed.D from Seton Hall University. An avid cyclist, singer and reader, he has been married for 33 years to Dr. Shira Lander, a Professor and Director of Jewish Studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. They are the proud parents of two married sons.
Rabbi Pinchos Hecht
Rabbi Pinchos and his wife, Rachel, currently live in Israel and are the parents of five adult children. As he shared, “I grew up in an ultra-Hasidic home, a child of survivors which has had great impact on me. I have moved through my life to the point where I am now—a committed Jew and observant. I think many of the terms that are used divide instead of define. I am very open.” 
Most recently Rabbi Pinchos served as Head of School at Atlanta Jewish Academy (2014-2016). He was hired to oversee and implement the merger of two Jewish day schools – Greenfield Hebrew Academy and Yeshiva High School. Previously he served as Head of School at three schools: Scheck Hillel Community Day School in Miami (2010-2014), Fuchs Mizrachi School in Cleveland (2000-2014), and Berman Hebrew Academy (1990-2000).
Rabbi Pinchos received his undergraduate degree from Adelphi University, a Masters in Religious Education from Hebrew Theological College and a Masters in Education from American University.