Meet the Administration
Head of Upper School
Rabbi Shlomo Stochel (Head of Upper School) 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.
Dean of Faculty
Ms. Miriam Krupka (Dean of Faculty) began teaching Judaic Studies at the Ramaz Upper School in September 2006. For the last five years, Ms. Krupka has chaired the Tanakh Department, shaping and building curriculum and identifying new and creative resources to help ensure that Torah learning at Ramaz is continuously expanding in depth, sophistication, and richness. Ms. Krupka also teaches in the Jewish Law and Thought (JLT) Department and has taught interdisciplinary seminars and courses on Taharat haMishpacha and Jewish intimacy and family life.
In her new role as Dean of Faculty, she serves both as an advocate for faculty welfare as well as an energetic champion of furthering the professional development of teachers as lifelong learners. Ms. Krupka works closely with the department chairs to personalize the professional development of Ramaz’s dedicated faculty. She also leads the Department of Israel Guidance and makes it a priority to have thoughtful, guided conversations with all students about their post high school spiritual lives and plans.
Ms. Krupka completed a Masters in Jewish Philosophy from Columbia University where her thesis work focused on the messianic writings of Isaac Abarbanel. She has lectured widely to adult audiences in a variety of synagogues and community venues and is a sought-after lecturer on topics related to Tanakh, philosophy, and education. Ms. Krupka lives in Teaneck, NJ, with her husband, Dr. Ari Berger, and their sons, Etai and Gavriel.
Dean of Student Life
Rabbi Eli Slomnicki (Dean of Student Life) works with administrators, faculty, and students to develop and enhance the student experience at Ramaz. With a passion for student growth and development, Rabbi Slomnicki aspires to embody the Biblical maxim of “חנוך לנער על פי דרכו - educate a child according to their way.” He is a beloved teacher who has developed meaningful relationships with his students.
Rabbi Slomnicki began teaching at the Ramaz Upper School in 2008, and since that time has held several positions, including directing the Ramaz Israel Guidance office, supervising co-curricular offerings and student programming, overseeing the student government office, and serving as a Grade Coordinator. Before joining Ramaz, Rabbi Slomnicki was Associate Dean of Westchester Hebrew High School and Assistant Principal of Yeshiva University High School for Girls. Additionally, Rabbi Slomnicki is the Youth Rabbi at Young Israel of Great Neck and has held leadership positions in several Jewish summer camps.
Rabbi Slomnicki earned his BA in Philosophy from Yeshiva College, his MA in Jewish Secondary Education from Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and administration and his Rabbinic ordination from Beit Medrash L’Talmud in Queens, NY. He resides in Great Neck, NY with his wife Elissa and their 5 children, Rivka, Tova, Shayna, Talia, and Izzy.