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Jerry D. Isaak-Shapiro, Head of School

Jerry D. Isaak-Shapiro is a graduate of the prestigious two-year Mandel Jerusalem Fellowship (2001-03), which offers senior Jewish educators an opportunity to learn with colleagues from North America, Latin America, Europe and Israel, while conducting post-doctoral level research in Jewish education in Jerusalem, Israel.

Prior to moving to Jerusalem, Jerry served as Jewish Education Director at the San Francisco Jewish Community Center; as Northern California Regional Director for Hillel, supervising fifteen Northern California campuses; and as Associate Director for the Jewish Community Relations Committee for the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, during which time he was the community’s media spokesperson and Middle East specialist. During this time he was also the Executive Producer and Host/Moderator of A Jewish Perspective, a talk show seen on San Francisco’s NBC-affiliate channel four.

Jerry received his Masters in International Affairs from The George Washington University and specialized in Middle East history and foreign policy. While in Washington, he also served as Program Director for the U.S.-Japan Economic Agenda, a D.C.-based think tank, and as Chief Researcher for the Washington Bureau of The Chicago Tribune on Israel and the Middle East.

Jerry has been a teacher, prominent lecturer and scholar-in-residence for over twenty years, specializing in the areas of non-formal education, learning differentiation, Zionist thought and history and Jewish identity. He was one of five national mentor/master teachers in SuLaM, a program of Study, Leadership and Mentoring for current Heads of School, sponsored by RAVSAK (the national community day school organization) and has served as a mentor in the JTS-sponsored DSLTI (Day School Leadership Training Institute). He is currently on the editorial board of HaYidion, RAVSAK’s highly respected educational journal. Jerry has been Head of School of Joseph & Florence Mandel Jewish Day School since 2003.