YOU Lead 2022 - 2023 Mentors

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Tamar Appel
Tamar Appel

Tamar is the Associate Principal of Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls in Teaneck, NJ, having served as a teacher and department chair before assuming her current position ten years ago.  She has undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.  Tamar was a member of the 2015-2016 YOU Lead (then YU Lead) cohort and then served on the editorial board of the Prizmah journal HaYidion.  She also participated in the 2018 Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Summer Institute for principals. Tamar enjoys pursuing opportunities for professional growth and finds that facilitating the professional development of other teachers and administrators is a hugely gratifying part of her own leadership.  She is excited to join YOU Lead as a mentor.  Tamar lives with her husband and sons in Englewood, NJ.

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Maccabee Avishur
Rabbi Maccabee Avishur

Rabbi Maccabee Avishur is academic dean and principal of general studies at Heichal HaTorah in Teaneck, New Jersey. He also serves as a consultant for Prizmah, with a focus on leadership development. Previously, Rabbi Avishur served as both a senior school leader and classroom teacher in California, Texas and Michigan. Maccabee is a graduate of Brandeis University and the University of Cambridge; he received semichah from Dayan Ephraim Greenblatt, zt”l. He did postgraduate work in Near Eastern languages and cultures at UCLA and is currently in the dissertation phase of the doctoral program in educational leadership at Yeshiva University. Maccabee serves as a mentor in Prizmah’s YOU Lead program.

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Ilisa Cappell
Ilisa Cappell

Ilisa believes that inspired, informed, and supported Jewish day school leaders are the key to healthy schools. At Prizmah, she directs YOU Lead, Prizmah's signature leadership development program, and works to help sustain and advance Jewish day school leadership through coaching. Ilisa engages closely with schools' lay and professional leaders and is devoted to supporting their whole selves and overall wellness. She believes that everyone can unleash curiosity, harness self-awareness, and be a leader who helps develop cultures of compassion, joy, and trust. Ilisa is a former Head of School and sought after leadership coach with over 18 years of experience in Jewish education. She is a graduate of Barnard College of Columbia University and holds a master’s in Jewish education from the Jewish Theological Seminary. She is a member of Cohort 4 of DSLTI (Day School Leadership Training Institute). Ilisa earned her certificate of non-profit board consulting from BoardSource and consults regularly with schools on governance. She is also certified in The Leadership Circle ProfileTM.

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Dov Emerson
Rabbi Dov Emerson

Rabbi Emerson is the Director of Teaching and Learning at the Yeshiva University High School for Boys (MTA) in Manhattan, NY, where his focus is on fostering teacher growth and educational innovation. Dov was the Assistant Principal at DRS HALB Yeshiva High School and  Head of School at YULA Boys High School prior to coming to MTA. Dov holds Master’s Degrees in Education and Social Work, and is a Doctoral Student at the Azrieli Graduate School of Education. Dov has benefited from a wide array of professional growth opportunities, including at Harvard’s Graduate School for Education, the Day School Leadership Training Institute (DSLTI) Cohort 10, as well as the 2013 cohort of YOULead (formerly YULead). Dov and his wife Rina reside in Bergenfield, NJ and have five children.

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Peg Sandel
Dr. Peg Sandel

Dr. Peg Sandel is the head of school at Brandeis Marin, a K-8 Jewish day school in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to arriving at Brandeis Marin in 2014, Peg served as the dean of Jewish studies and Hebrew at the Jewish Community High School of the Bay, where she also taught Jewish thought and philosophy for 10 years. She was a lecturer in Jewish studies at San Francisco State University and has taught adult education around the Bay Area for more than 25 years. Peg earned her PhD in Jewish studies from UC Berkeley in 2002. Peg is a mentor in Prizmah’s YOU Lead program.

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Jane Taubenfeld Cohen
Jane Taubenfeld Cohen

Jane is a leadership coach who works primarily with leaders in Jewish day schools to leverage their unique talents and skills. Whether working with heads of school, board chairs, principals, or teachers, Jane believes that each successful leader has his or her own authentic style that is often tied to the culture and beauty of the school. Leadership to Jane involves commitment to reflective practice, focus on values, care and nurturing of a strong team, and clear sense of vision. Previously, Jane was the executive director at YU School Partnership, and before that, she served as head of school at the South Area Solomon Schechter outside Boston for 22 years. Jane is a mentor and senior faculty member of YOU Lead, senior advisor for Prizmah’s Coaching Institute, and the senior mentor for the Day School Leadership Training Institute.

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