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A Message from the Search Committee Co-Chairs:

Dear SDJA Community,

As you are all aware, our Head of School Chaim Heller has announced his intention to retire at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.   While we are very sorry to see Chaim go, we are deeply grateful for his extraordinary contributions and the fact that he is leaving our school in an excellent position to attract the best possible candidates for his replacement.

We are committed to making this effort as transparent as possible, and to engage you, our school community in this important undertaking. Therefore we will send updates when we have reached important milestones in the search process.

As a group, we are extremely motivated to find a top educator to serve as the Head for our school – one who will have the leadership necessary to take us “from strength to strength” while remaining true to the Jewish values and superior academic standards that define us as a world class Jewish day school.

One of our first and most important steps was to assemble a Head of School Search Committee. Our committee is a representation of our school constituents and includes members with connections to the Early Childhood Center, Lower and Upper school, past and current leaders, and members of our esteemed faculty.   In addition, the various members of our Search Committee were chosen based on a distinct set of skills, backgrounds and perspectives that they will bring to the search process. Click here to view the members of our Search Committee.

We look forward to keeping you well-informed through the various stages of our search.  We welcome your thoughts, ideas or concerns, so please feel free to reach out to either Jessica or Theresa at any time. SDJA is fortunate to have a strong, active and supportive community.  Together we will find a proven educator and visionary leader who will guide us through the exciting chapters ahead.

Thank you for your support,

Jessica Fink
HOS Search Committee Co-Chair
Phone: (312) 498-8088
Email: jkbenenso@gmail.com



Theresa Dupuis
HOS Search Committee Co-Chair
Phone: (619) 277-2732
Email: tmd7425@cox.net




Chaim Heller’s Retirement Announcement



Board of Trustees’ Announcement



Search Committee Updates