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Rav ELAZAR MAYER TEITZ received Yoreh Yoreh Yadin Yadin smicha from Rav Isaac Halevi Herzog, the Chief Rabbi of Israel. He earned a Masters degree in Education from Loyola University in Baltimore, and an MS and PhD in mathematics from the Belfer Graduate School of Science at Yeshiva University. Rav Teitz has been an integral part of the rabbinate of Elizabeth and the administration of the Jewish Educational Center schools, with the Yeshiva of Elizabeth and Rav Teitz Mesivta Academy since 1958, and with Bruriah High School since it was founded in 1963. His professional record includes serving as a mathematics instructor and lecturer at Rutgers University from 1964 to 1985. He also produced a weekly radio program broadcasting the Daf Hashavuah in English. He has written and published divrei Torah and has been in the forefront of the advocacy movement for agunot.  

Executive Vice President

A proud parent of third generation JEC students, the son of Jewish educators, and the scion of illustrious rabbinic dynasties, Pinchas is a respected leader in the business and communal worlds who prior to being named executive vice president of the JEC contributed to the school’s development, communications, and operations as a parent volunteer.

Before a successful business career, Pinchas worked at the World Jewish Congress where he held progressively advanced roles, ultimately serving as the organization’s Deputy Secretary General.  He directed the WJC’s Headquarters office, managed the organization’s global affairs, and specialized in directing Security, Counterterrorism and Mid-east Policy; Inter-religious Affairs; and supervised global communications and US fundraising content.  He was the principal professional tasked with restructuring the governance, administration and operations of the WJC, and participated in and organized international meetings with government, religious and military leaders, including presidents, prime ministers, and popes.

A lifelong student, Pinchas received a Master’s Degree in Jewish Studies with a concentration in Medieval Jewish History from Touro’s Graduate Division; studied Organizational Behavior at the Eisenberg School of Business at the University of Massachusetts; Political Management at the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management; Political Science at Yeshiva University, and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. Pinchas learned at Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh in Israel, and received Semicha from    רב זלמן נחמי'ה גולדברג אב"ד בית ההוראה הישר והטוב חבר בית דין הרבני הגדול  


Rabbi JOSEPH ORATZ has been involved in education for more than 35 years. In his years at Bruriah, the school has grown into an academic community in which girls from varied backgrounds and communities collaborate and learn from each other. “Bruriah provides a first-rate curriculum taught by an exceptional faculty. Equally important, our students teach each other. There is strength in our diversity,” says Rabbi Oratz. Learning with each other and from each other maximizes each girl’s individual achievement and sense of unity. Under the supervision of Rabbi Pinchas Teitz, z”l, Rabbi Oratz innovated the unique Torah Sh’B’al Peh curriculum for girls’ schools that has subsequently been copied by many schools around the country. Rabbi Oratz has a BA in Psychology from Yeshiva College, Smicha from Rabbi Isaac Elchanon Theological Seminary, an MSW from Wurzweiler School of Social Work, and an MEd in Educational Administration from Columbia Teachers College. This combination of educational backgrounds makes him a dynamic leader and tremendous resource for students, teachers, and parents.

Associate Principal

Mrs. SHLOMIS PEIKES is the Associate Principal for General Studies and the coordinator for the 11th and 12th grades. Her pre-med background and extensive computer training have helped her design, oversee, and continuously update our cutting-edge science program. She has conducted many study skills workshops in the tri-state area and has served as a teacher trainer for “Hands on Science” for the New York City Board of Education, offering workshops to teachers on the integration of science across other disciplines. Bruriah Town Hall, the Shakespeare Festival, and Language Arts Fair are among the many innovative and exciting programs Mrs. Peikes has brought to Bruriah. Mrs. Peikes has been a teacher and administrator for more than 30 years. Her hallmark is her care and concern for each student and the hours of time she devotes to their well-being. Mrs. Peikes believes that personal growth, as well as academic growth, are integral parts of the Bruriah student experience.

Assistant Principal

Mrs. SHERRY KRUPKA, our Assistant Principal, has taught Judaic Studies for more than 30 years. Responsible for the success of the 9th and 10th grades, she also oversees the admissions process. Mrs. Krupka completed three years at Michlalah Yerushalayim where she earned an Israeli teaching license. She later earned her BA from Stern College for Women. She completed Torah U’Mesorah’s two year fellowship program for female administrators. In keeping with Bruriah’s philosophy, Mrs. Krupka carries administrative responsibilities and teaches. One of Mrs. Krupka’s favorite assignments is teaching Mishlei to the freshman class. It enables her to get acquainted with her students and establish a close relationship with them that lasts throughout their Bruriah years. Her warmth, dedication, and expertise make her a natural go-to person for her students and the entire staff as well.

Junior High Coordinator

As the Junior High Coordinator, it is clear that Mrs. ZEHAVA GREENWALD values the abilities of her students and communicates a true belief in them at all times.  Due to the mutual respect between Mrs. Greenwald and her students, she is able to stretch them in directions that would have been thought to be out of reach. Furthermore, her strength in organization enables many aspects of school to run very smoothly. Mrs. Greenwald holds degrees in both Torah Umesorah and Excelsior College and has over twelve years of experience teaching Limudei Kodesh.  She has given workshops to various groups of educators regarding valuable techniques in the classroom as well as how to utilize SMART Board technology effectively. Mrs. Greenwald’s exceptionally positive nature, devotion to her students and teachers, and accessibility to the parents, have made us feel grateful that she is part of the Junior High.

Director of Educational Services

RHONDA WEINRAUB is the Director of Educational Services at Bruriah. Mrs. Weinraub brings with her more than 30 years of experience teaching Limudei Kodesh, world history, and Jewish history at Yeshiva Beit Hillel in Passaic, as well as in recent years, administering programs for students with special academic needs. She has a BA from Stern College, a Masters in Special Education from LIU, and post Masters certification as a Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant from Montclair State University. At Bruriah Mrs. Weinraub teaches several history classes and a senior elective in special education. Her primary responsibility, however, is helping her students access services which meet special academic needs and unlock educational opportunities for all of Bruriah’s students. She works with students and faculty to make the educational experience at Bruriah align with each individual student’s unique needs.

Director of Student Life

As Director of Student Life, Mrs. ALIZA BLUMENTHAL (Bruriah ’95) brings creativity, energy, and excitement to our students. She is well known for the innovative programs she created for NCSY when she was Assistant Director of Senior NCSY in New Jersey. Prior to joining the staff at Bruriah, Mrs. Blumenthal was the Assistant Director of Admissions at Yeshiva University. Mrs. Blumenthal has spoken to parents, educators, mental-health professionals, and teens across the United States and Israel on a variety of issues facing young adults. Mrs. Blumenthal’s charismatic personality draws students to her and the novel extracurricular programs she creates help our students develop their leadership skills. We are truly blessed to have Aliza here at Bruriah, her alma mater. In her own words, “Returning to Bruriah”.

Executive Director

Steve M. Karp earned his Bachelor of Science CUM LAUDE, in Business Administration with high departmental honors at the State University of New York at Buffalo, a Certificate from Columbia University Graduate School of Business, Institute for Non-Profit Management as well as a Certificate from Brandeis University, Fisher Bernstein Institute for Jewish Philanthropy and Leadership.  Mr. Karp began his work as a Research Analyst for the Office of the NYC Comptroller and then as the Associate Director for the United Jewish Council of the Lower East Side. He continued his professional career as the Associate Director of Nation Development at the Orthodox Union and joined the Administrative staff of the JEC in 2000. His four children are all JEC graduates and the next generation is now enrolled for the 2012-13 year.

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