Meet the Administration
Head of Middle School
Ms. Jennifer Bernstein (Head of Middle School) devotes her attention to re-imagining and restructuring the Middle School by pursuing more targeted professional development, increasing chesed opportunities for our students, and working with faculty to ensure that the Ramaz mission comes alive for all of our students, educating them to be kind, respectful, responsible, well-adjusted and well-rounded individuals.
A dynamic, thoughtful, and compassionate educator, Ms. Bernstein has been working in the Middle School for seventeen years as a teacher, department chair, director of several major cross-divisional initiatives, and now as Head of Middle School. She is a dedicated and engaging teacher who has passed on a love of learning to countless students during her career, and she espouses a Whole Child educational philosophy, which fosters each child's social, emotional, spiritual, and academic well-being.
Before her tenure at Ramaz, Ms. Bernstein worked at the Hebrew Day School of Ann Arbor, served as an officer of Columbia University in their Urban Policy Center, and as a case manager at the law firm Cravath, Swaine and Moore. She graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her master's degree in education is from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Director of Curriculum and Faculty Supervision
Rabbi M. Mendel Lewitin, M.Ed. (Director of Curriculum and Faculty Supervision) received Rabbinic Ordination and a Doctorate in Jewish Jurisprudence and holds a Masters in Educational Administration. He has been an administrator of general studies at Jewish day schools for close to three decades. Before joining Ramaz, he was Head of School at the Striar Hebrew Academy of Sharon, MA. He helped lead the growth of the school and the goal was realized with the graduation of its first Grade Six class in 2004.
Rabbi Lewitin was raised in New York City, and soon after he was married, he and his wife moved to the South to bring Jewish education into the small towns.
Early in his career, Rabbi Lewitin applied to NASA for the Teacher in Space Program and was accepted on the National and State levels. Fortuitously, he did not advance in the process to ride the ill-fated Challenger.
He is an avid collector of classic Judaic texts and enjoys hiking and biking through National Parks.