Administration

 Rabbi Ron-Ami Meyers

Phone: 206-232-5272 x

Email: rmeyers@nyhs.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of Winnipeg and ordination from Rav Yitzchak Kolitz and Dayan Avraham Kopschitz

Rabbi Ron-Ami Meyers

Interim Head of School

Talmud/Rabbinics

Rabbi Meyers has spent three decades in Jewish education and outreach, both as a teacher and as a day school administrator. He has a degree in Political Science from the University of Winnipeg and ordination from Rav Yitzchak Kolitz and Dayan Avraham Kopschitz.

Rabbi Meyers' love of Jewish communal work began in his youth, when he served as the Regional President of BBYO and then as the Jewish Student Union representative on his college campus, the University of Winnipeg.

Rabbi and Mrs. Miriam Meyers also spent seventeen years in Israel where Rabbi Meyers lectured and taught Judaics in the framework of both day schools and men's and women's post-college education. Rabbi Meyers taught this year at SHA and has served as Rav Beit Sefer. He served on the faculty of NYHS in 2013-14. In 2010, Rabbi Meyers founded Torahtutors.org, an online learning program for children and adults.

 Malka Popper

Phone: 206-232-5272 x516

Email: mpopper@nyhs.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts from Stern College; Masters in Bible and Talmud from Yeshiva University; Senior Fellowship at the Graduate Program for Advanced Talmudic Studies.

Malka Popper

Assistant Head of School

Talmud/Rabbinics

Mrs. Malka Popper is the Assistant Head of School and a Talmud instructor. A Seattle native and graduate of SHA and NYHS, Mrs. Popper attended Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim from 2001-2003 and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Stern College in 2005. After college, she studied Talmud at The Graduate Program for Advanced Talmudic Studies at YU, was awarded a Senior Fellowship and received a Master’s in Bible and Talmud. In addition to her academic studies, Malka was the Educational Fellow at the Jewish Center of Manhattan from 2006-2009, Visiting Scholar at Congregation Ohev Shalom - The National Synagogue in Washington DC in 2009-2010, and served as the Development of Operations for The Organization for the Resolution of Agunot from 2008-2010.

 Bob Court

Phone: 206-232-5272 x524

Email: bcourt@nyhs.org

Degrees and Certifications:

B.S. in biology from Illinois State UniversityM.S. from the University of WashingtonPursued his doctoral studies in human physiology at the University of Oregon

Bob Court

Dean of Academics

Mr. Court received a B.S. in biology from Illinois State University, a M.S. from the University of Washington and pursued his doctoral studies in human physiology at the University of Oregon.  He completed a 40 year career in public school teaching and administration on the high school and university levels and has been Academic Dean at NYHS since 2008.   Mr. Court believes in the strong tradition of challenge and academic excellence that drives instruction at NYHS and looks forward to watching the school grow in its college prep mission.  He is a writer, a horseman, and an avid reader. Mr. Court lives in Issaquah and has four children.

Ms. Melissa Rivkin

Phone: 206-232-5272 x515

Email: mrivkin@nyhs.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor's degree in History from Barnard College

Ms. Melissa Rivkin

Director of Advancement and Admissions

Melissa Rivkin came to NYHS in the spring of 2008. Melissa spent seven years as a lay leader on the board of the Seattle Hebrew Academy and the chair of their Development Committee.  She decided to make her passion for Jewish education a new career at NYHS.  Melissa believes that Jewish education is the key to our Jewish future and that investing in Jewish education is a wonderful way to ensure the future!

Prior to joining NYHS, Melissa earned a bachelor's degree from Barnard College and spent 3 years teaching overseas at the Leysin American School in Switzerland and the American International School in Israel.  After returning to Seattle, Melissa opened the American School of English, an ESL school in Seattle's University District which she owned and operated for 17 years.

Melissa enjoys traveling, reading and practicing hot yoga.  She lives near Greenlake with her husband, David and their two sons, Mathias and Ezra.

Mr. Patrick Young

Phone: 206-232-5272 x517

Email: pyoung@nyhs.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, with a writing emphasis, University of Washington

Mr. Patrick Young

Business and Facilities Manager

Mr. Young did Undergraduate study at the University of Southern California, emphasizing economics and cinema.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, with a writing emphasis, University of Washington, as well as study of financial accounting, managerial accounting, and accounting principles.  Patrick was formerly, a staff accountant for the C.P.A. firm of CC Young & Associates. He held auditing, bookkeeping, and managerial responsibilities at Executive Court Suites. Patrick joined the Yeshiva office staff in 1995, and became Business Manager and Coordinator of Technology in 2000.

Mr. Edison Leonen

Phone: 206-232-5272 x510

Email: eleonen@nyhs.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Edison Leonen

Office & Graphics Manager/Assistant to Head of School/Registrar

Mr. Leonen joined NYHS in 2008. He brings a solid background in administration management, graphics and marketing to the NYHS Team. He attended University of Washington and has worked for corporate firms such as Hart Crowser, LMN Architects and KPFF. A mix of Filipino, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian, he was born in Manila, Philippines, moved to Guam at the age of four, and then off to Bellevue, WA in 1986. While NYHS keeps Edison quite busy, he manages to stay sane by spending time with family, friends and his favorite pets, Pika and Pumi.  Edison also enjoys traveling, fine arts, photography, music, sports and volunteer work.

Ms. Alexandra Zelle Rettman

Phone: 206-232-5272 x521

Email: arettman@nyhs.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Film, Television and Interactive Media, graduated Cum Laude from Brandeis University

Ms. Alexandra Zelle Rettman

Director of Student Life

Alexandara Zelle Rettman joins the NYHS staff as the Director of Student Life. In her new capacity she will work closely with our students to help create and implement innovative and inspiring programming on and off campus. A Seattleite born and bred, she attended SJCS, SHA and NYHS 2010. After high school, Zelle attended Rothberg International School at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, during the fall of 2010. She then graduated Cum Laude from Brandeis University in 2014 having received the Brandeis National Committee Presidential Award for academic merit and campus leadership.

 

At Brandeis, Zelle majored in Sociology and Film, Television and Interactive Media, and acquired two minors in Creative Writing and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. After college Zelle returned to her beloved hometown and for the past year has been working for local organizations including the U District Partnership, King County Crisis Clinic and Stroum Jewish Community Center.

Mr. Ian Weiner

Phone: 206-232-5272 x519

Email: iweiner@nyhs.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, University of Witwaterstrand, Johannesburg; Master of Arts Degree in Psychology, Antioch University, Seattle

Mr. Ian Weiner

Director of Student Services

Mr. Weiner has been an essential part of our NYHS administration for over 20 years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Witwaterstrand, Johannesburg and a Master of Arts Degree in Psychology, Antioch University, Seattle. In addition to his role at NYHS, he has worked in crisis intervention and outpatient therapy (especially adolescent psychotherapy), Eastside Mental Health, Bellevue. Throughout the 1990’s, Mr. Weiner was a clinical psychotherapist Jewish Family Services, Seattle. In 2000, he expanded his Yeshiva role, becoming Director of Student Services.

 Rabbi Chaim Weiss

Phone: 206-232-5272 x548

Email: rweiss@nyhs.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva B’nei Torah, Long Island, New York; Masters of Science Degree in Special Education from Adelphi University

Rabbi Chaim Weiss

Director of Learning Resources

Tanach (Bible) and Talmud (Rabbinics)

Rabbi Weiss is an Alumnus of Northwest Yeshiva High School, Class of 1990. He undertook Rabbinical studies at, and Rabbinate from, Yeshiva B’nei Torah, Long Island, New York. He has a Master of Science Degree in Special Education from Adelphi University.  Most recently, a Judaic Studies teacher, student affairs coordinator, and Honor Society Advisor at Yeshivat Rambam in Baltimore, Maryland. Previously, a special education teacher and director of vocational education for Mesivta Chaim Shlomo, Far Rockaway, New York, and administrator for Masoret: Institute of Advanced Judaic Studies, Inwood, New York.  He Has worked as a rebbe, head counselor, and director at various Jewish summer camps. Rabbi Weiss joined the Yeshiva faculty in 2003 as Torah Studies instructor and Director of Learning Resources.

Dr. Jed Davis

Phone: 206-232-5272 x544

Email: jdavis@nyhs.org

Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. University of Wisconsin (cum laude)M.Ed. Kent State UniversityPh.D University of Michigan

Dr. Jed Davis

Athletics Director

Dr. Davis came to NYHS in 1999. At that time, Northwest Yeshiva lacked an interscholastic athletic program. He offered the school a proposal to create the much needed program. In addition, he is the first and only head girls basketball coach the school has ever had. As Athletic Director, Dr. Davis offered basketball the first year. Through the years, NYHS has offered additional sports -- cross country, golf, volleyball and track.

Northwest Yeshiva is somewhat unique. It is the only Jewish High School in Washington State. But it also offers a consistently rigorous curriculum that helps prepare students for the next level. This may seem unrelated to interscholastic athletics but, in fact, the two are inextricably intertwined. In the early years, the athletic focus was on fun.  Involvement in athletics should be fun. But as the years went on, he saw that athletic programs were only successful and meaningful if the same rigorous standards are used in both athletics and academia. As administrators discovered more than 100 years ago, good academics and good athletics always feed off each other in a positive way. The result of this realization is that NYHS makes sure our students are having fun -- but never at the expense of achieving the highest level of excellence. The result is that our programs are both successful and popular.

Our girls basketball team is the first Jewish girls team (2010) in any sport that has made it to a state championship. But we have also had multiple athletes make it to "state" in golf and track. Volleyball is the next challenge.

All three of Dr. Davis’ children attended NYHS with two graduating. The education that all three received at NYHS gave them a huge advantage in their future academic careers.

He holds the following degrees: B.A. University of Wisconsin (cum laude); M.Ed. Kent State University; Ph.D University of Michigan. in addition to his responsibilities at NYHS, he is a published author and magazine writer in the sport fishing arena. Other interests include investing, politics and filmmaking.

A sign, sent by the University of Michigan, is posted on his office wall:

"Ignorance. The only thing more expensive than education."

That is why Dr. Davis is here. It is a principle that guides his whole outlook on life.

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