New York, NY, September 6, 2012 – Dr. Steven C. Lorch has been elected President of the Board of Directors of the Schechter Day School Network, effective September 1. He succeeds Rabbi Jim Rogozen, who served as President for the past three years and was recently appointed Chief Learning Officer of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.
Dr. Lorch is the founding Head of School of the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan and previously headed Jewish day schools in Pennsylvania, Israel, and Australia. His election comes at a time when the Schechter Network is engaged in a strategic planning process, supported by a grant from the Avi Chai Foundation, to design a dynamic future for the organization in service to its affiliated schools and the wider Jewish day school world.
“Dr. Lorch has been intimately involved in every major initiative of the Schechter Network since he joined its governance structure 14 years ago,” commented Rogozen. “His election as President will strengthen the Network’s capacity to build upon its 60-year track record of growing the Jewish day school movement and promoting excellence. Under his leadership the Network will continue to provide cutting-edge programs and services for its community of schools, and redouble its commitment to core Jewish values, religious purposefulness, and rigorous Jewish and general educational standards.”
Dr. Elaine Cohen added, “When Dr. Lorch’s father, Joseph Lorch z”l, was President of the Schechter Association Board in the 1970s, his leadership coincided with a period of great thriving and expansion for its schools. In this era of rapid turnover in Jewish board leadership, the continuity provided by a second generation of leadership in a national Jewish educational organization is perhaps unprecedented, and it positions the Schechter Network to continue to lead the field as a future-forward 21st-century learning organization.”
About the Schechter Day School Network
The Schechter Network is a collaborative community of Jewish day schools that nurture the passionate center of Judaism. The Network promotes the learning and expertise of professional leaders, teachers, and volunteer leaders within its community of schools by facilitating inspiring and enriching connections to people, programs, and resources. The Network is committed to excellence and innovation and to assisting schools in achieving their missions, thereby strengthening the Jewish people.
The first Schechter day schools were founded in the early 1950s and held their first conference in 1965. This led to the founding of the Solomon Schechter Day School Association in 1967. Building upon a branding initiative in 2011 funded by UJA-Federation of New York, the Schechter Day School Network works closely with its member schools to prepare students to engage the world.
Dr. Steven C. Lorch is available for interviews at 212-427-9500, firstname.lastname@example.org.