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Our New Vice-Principal of Curriculum and Learning

Friday, March 2, 2018

It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Rabbi Shlomo Gemara to the position of Vice-Principal of Curriculum and Learning, beginning in the fall of 2018.  Rabbi Gemara brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, a love of students and learning and is well respected by parents, students and colleagues. Rabbi Gemara will assist with numerous aspects of the school, with an emphasis on curriculum development and, in particular, our Jewish Studies program.

Led by our Principal Mrs. Renee Cohen and consisting of Vice-Principals Rabbi Eli Mandel and Rabbi Shlomo Gemara, and our Director of Educational Technology Avital Aharon, our Educational leadership team is well equipped to continue to provide an outstanding program to our students. Like our other administrators, Rabbi Gemara will have a ‘Whole School’ approach, and work with all staff, students, and parents.

Rabbi Gemara was introduced to teaching as a Grade 9 student during the Yom Kippur War of 1973. Due to a shortage of teachers, he and some friends were asked to teach Grade 3 and 4 children. The interaction with students and the feeling that he was making a difference were more compelling than he expected. "I actually fell in love with teaching, and it was quite clear to me that this is what I would like to do in the future."  Shlomo has been a Judaic studies teacher, mathematics teacher and educational administrator for more than 30 years.

A native of Petach Tikva, Rabbi Gemara served in the parachute unit, Gedud 50, as a soldier in a Yeshivat Hesder. In this unit he served as a combat soldier in the First Lebanon War. He received his teaching qualifications as a high school teacher and a B.Ed in education from “Moreshet Yaakov” college in Rechovot, Israel. He was also very involved in the Bnei Akiva movement in Israel.

Through a unique and experiential program for High school students run by Bar-Ilan University, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, and he taught Math for few years in the High school of Kibutz Yavneh. Rabbi Gemara received his rabbinic ordination at Kerem B’Yavneh, a Hesder yeshiva that combines Torah study with army service.  He holds a Master's degree of education from York University.