Board of Directors

Officers

Azi Mandel

President

Azi Mandel serves as the president of Yeshivat Shalshelet. Azi has many years of lay leadership experience with Bergen County Yeshiva day schools.

Azi has served as past President of Torah Academy of Bergen County and the Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey. He currently serves as a National Vice President of the Orthodox Union and has served on a number of executive boards including SINAI Schools.

Professionally, Azi is a Managing Member of The Treetop Companies, a national real estate syndicate which Azi co-founded in 2005.

Azi and his wife, Rachel, live in Bergenfield, NJ, and have four children Coby (and his wife, Yakira Keiser), Arielle, Kayla and AJ.

 

Menachem Schechter

VP, Development

Menachem Schechter serves as the Vice President of Yeshivat Shalshelet. Menachem has significant experience in lay leadership, serving in both local institutions and abroad. Menachem has served as Vice President of RYNJ and has served on a number of executive boards, including Yeshiva Shaarei Mevaseret Zion. Menachem has spent many years successfully fundraising for Jewish causes, raising millions of dollars for RYNJ and The Teaneck Mikvah, among others.

Menachem is a Senior Executive at TD Bank with extensive strategic, operational, and financial experience.

Menachem and his wife, Rachel, live in Bergenfield, NJ and have five children, Ita, Ezra, Netanel, Chaya, and Yael.

Glenn Pfeiffer

 Treasurer

Glenn Pfeiffer serves as Yeshivat Shalshelet’s Treasurer.  Glenn has considerable leadership experience with communal non-profit organizations as well as in his professional career. Glenn has served on both the Board and the Executive Board of RYNJ for the past 15 years, including terms as Treasurer and President, and is currently the Executive Vice President.  RYNJ has benefited immeasurably from his visionary leadership, sensitivity and superior financial and organizational expertise. Glenn has also served on the Board of Congregation Beth Abraham in Bergenfield, including multiple stints as Secretary, and in his current capacity as Treasurer.  Glenn draws on his extensive professional talents and experience as Senior International Tax Counsel for GE to provide strategic planning for the future of all the institutions with which he is involved, while focusing on broadening and strengthening the involvement and inclusion of all constituents.  He is excited and proud to be involved and associated with Yeshivat Shalshelet.

Glenn and his wife, Debby, live in Bergenfield, NJ, and have five children - Gila Garber (and her husband Baruch), Zahava Wexler (and her husband Jeremy), Ayelet, Miri and Yehuda. 

Directors

Rhonda Avner

Rhonda Avner RN, BSN, is the school nurse for the Abraham Joshua Heschel School for the past 22 years, and is a nurse at Camp Moshava  I.O. for the last 15 years. In her role as a school and sleep away camp nurse, Rhonda sees the emotional and physical impact on children who struggle with learning, and is very passionate about the mission of Yeshivat Shalshelet. She feels strongly that children need a school that fits their individual educational and religious needs to become confident, successful learners, which in turn will promote physically and emotionally healthy children.

Rhonda has been involved in many organizations, since moving to Teaneck 30 years ago. She is on the Executive Board of Emunah of America and was the Teaneck chapter president and treasurer, served on the board of TABC, was on the committee and chaired the Project S.A.R.A.H. breakfast.  Additionally, Rhonda has served in many roles at Congregation Bnai Yeshurun, specifically, past president and treasurer of the sisterhood, chair of the welcome committee, a member of the Board, 3rd vice president of the Executive Board, past and current co-chair of the Gala Kiddush, a member of the Chevra kadish and most recently was on the Rabbinic search committee.

Rhonda and her husband, Jeff, are the proud parents of Arly & Ari Klein, Seth & Tova Avner, Deena & Ari Bardash and Yehuda & Tamar Avner, and a bunch of adorable grandchildren.

Dr. Nancy Block

Dr. Nancy Block’s mission statement throughout her professional life and communal involvement is that the hope for a better tomorrow lies with the younger generation. As a clinical psychologist, she has worked for over 30 years in administrative roles in Yeshiva Day Schools. Nancy has spearheaded numerous community initiatives for Chai Lifeline, Yachad, Friends of the IDF, Yad Vashem, Emunah and Yeshiva University. Nancy was a former board member of several local Yeshivot and continues to sit on the board and be involved in several non-profit organizations that serve the Jewish community.

In her role as the Senior Grade Dean at the Ramaz Upper School, she views community involvement as the vehicle to inspire students to be the face of change and to appreciate that what they do matters.

Nancy is excited to be a part of Shalshelet and to help build a place where all students can feel inspired to be successful learners and be active participants in Klal Yisrael.

Nancy and her husband, Charles, are long-time Teaneck residents and members of Rinat Yisrael.They are the proud parents of 5 children and 15 grandchildren.

Daniel Krausz

Daniel has served as a board member at various non-profits including Masbia (a kosher soup kitchen) and is currently a board member at Jewish Family Services in Elizabeth NJ and Congregation Israel of Springfield .Daniel is a founding partner and Macro Portfolio Manager at Blue Door Asset Management, an Equity Hedge Fund based in Stamford, CT and SixK Capital a macro consultancy. Prior to Blue Door, Daniel served as a Macro Strategist and Portfolio Manager at Omega Advisors, a $10bn NYC Hedge Fund. Daniel has a B.A. in accounting from Yeshiva University and an MBA in Finance and Strategic Decision Processes from The Wharton School.

Daniel and his wife Lani live in Springfield, NJ and have four children - Avigayil, Joey, Kivi and Ariel.  

Rabbi Andrew Markowitz

Rabbi Markowitz is privileged to serve as the Rabbi of Congregation Shomrei Torah in Fair Lawn, NJ.  Shomrei Torah has been his home since he began there as the assistant rabbi in 2010.  Rabbi Markowitz also teaches at Naaleh High School for Girls, and is passionate about learning and engaging with students to make Torah relevant and accessible to everyone.  He is a member of the Rabbinical Council of America and the Rabbinical Council of Bergen County.  Rabbi Markowitz received his rabbinic ordination (semicha) from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, during which time he was a fellow of the Gruss Kollel in Jerusalem and continued to learn in the Beren Kollel Elyon at Yeshiva University.  He is proud and excited to be a founding board member of Yeshivat Shalshelet.

Rabbi Markowitz and his wife, Dr. Sara, are the proud parents of 5 daughters; Avigayil, Mimi, Ella, Nili, and Noa. 

Adam Reich

Adam Reich has had multiple leadership roles in non-profit organizations. Adam has served in various  roles at Congregation Israel of Springfield, NJ, including on the Executive Board and as Chairman of the Youth Committee, and as a Board member for the past 5 years. Adam is Vice President of Business Initiatives & Alliances at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a Harvard-affiliated center of excellence hospital  focused on providing expert care for children and adults with cancer, while also advancing the latest research to discover new cancer treatments.  In this role, Adam is responsible for strategies and collaborations to expand the impact of Dana-Farber’s clinical expertise on a global scale.  Prior to joining Dana-Farber, Adam was a management consultant at PwC for over 10 years, where he worked primarily with non-profit organizations on growth and partnership strategies. 

Adam and his wife, Ariana, live in Springfield, NJ, and are the proud parents of Eli, Ayelet, Tamar, Dovi and Ezra.

Nomi Rotblat

Nomi Rotblat has served in lay leadership capacities in various communal institutions, locally and nationally. She currently serves as President of the Teaneck Mikvah, Co-Chair of the Orthodox Union’s Women’s Initiative, and Board member of the OU. She has been involved in local educational institutions, serving on the Executive Board and Board of Directors of RYNJ for many years and serving on multiple committees at TABC, including the recruitment and administrative search committees.

An attorney in private practice, Nomi and her husband, Yechiel, live in Teaneck and are the proud parents of Tzvi and Arielle, Ezra and Malka, Benzion, Sariel, and Tova. They are also adoring grandparents.