Meet the Administration
Rabbi Shlomo Stochel (Associate Dean) joined the faculty of Ramaz in 1992. He taught Talmud, Tanakh and Halakhah as a full-time teacher before serving in other capacities such as Chair of the Talmud Department, Coordinator of the Israel Guidance Office, and later as Assistant Dean. In his current position, in addition to his broad administrative responsibilities, Rabbi Stochel oversees the Judaic studies departments of the Upper School. He loves his work at Ramaz for the professionalism and passion of the Ramaz faculty and the enthusiasm and engagement Ramaz students bring to their experience of learning Torah and general studies. He especially enjoys mentoring teachers and students in cultivating the habits of mind and character that foster meaningful interaction essential to a successful learning community.
Rabbi Stochel earned his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Yale, then went on to receive semikha from Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and a master’s degree in Jewish history from YU’s Bernard Revel Graduate School. Rabbi Stochel studied in Israel for two years, first at Yeshivat Har Etzion and later at YU’s Gruss Institute in Jerusalem. In 2004-05 he spent a sabbatical year from Ramaz with his family in Israel as a Jerusalem Fellow at the Mandel Leadership Institute. In 2009-10 Rabbi Stochel earned a certificate in Jewish school leadership at the Institute for Day School Management, a joint program of the Columbia Graduate School of Business and the UJA Federation of NY. He lives with his wife, Chani, and their four children in Teaneck, NJ.