Dear Parents and Friends,
It is with great pleasure and excitement that we introduce you to Mr. Naty Katz, New England Jewish Academy’s new Head of School.
Mr. Katz impressed the Search Committee, Board of Directors and parents during his visit to the area. His energy, his relentless pursuit of institutional improvement, his vision for elevating the role of the school in the community, his personable manner and his lifelong commitment to the ideals of Modern Orthodox Judaism were clear drivers of his past success and motivations for the future.
“We believe that Naty is exactly the right person to lead us at this time,” says Dr. Sid Ulreich, chair of the Search Committee. “With his background as a successful businessman, as an accomplished Head of School and as a day school veteran, Naty brings the kind of expertise that we need to take NEJA forward in this complicated period.”
During ten years leading Maimonides School in Brookline, Mass., Naty oversaw a full curriculum review and overhaul and transformed the process of hiring and developing teachers. He added an ECC division to the school and guided an administrative team of ten leaders, while also increasing the school’s fundraising capacity. During this past year, Mr. Katz has served as the interim Head of School of Hillel Day School of Detroit.
Prior to joining Maimonides in a professional capacity, Mr. Katz founded two successful startup companies (H2O Furnishings and Dana Lighting) while also becoming an active member of the Maimonides School Board of Directors, with a focus on fundraising and marketing for the school. When Maimonides was in need of renewed professional leadership, Mr. Katz’s passion for Jewish education led him to take on the role of Executive Director in 2008 before transitioning into the Head of School role.
With his long-time connection to Maimonides, Mr. Katz is a lifelong devotee of Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, z”l, considered the founder and spiritual pillar of Modern Orthodox Judaism in the 20th century.
We find ourselves in very challenging times, when the present seems so uncertain and confusing. At the same time, we believe that successful organizations keep looking towards the future and we are thrilled that Mr. Naty Katz will help guide us towards an exciting and promising future for Jewish education in the Western Mass., Hartford and New Haven areas.
Please stay safe and healthy,
Dr. Yitz and Juanita Moss, co-Presidents
Dr. Sid Ulreich, Chair, Head of School Search Committee