Dr. Darin Katz of Philadelphia will start his tenure as the next Head of School for Hillel Day School in July 2020.

Featured photo courtesy of Hillel Day School’s Instagram

After an eight-month search process, Hillel Day School announced today that Dr. Darin Katz will be the next Head of School, replacing Interim Head of School, Naty Katz (no direct relation) in July 2020.

Katz is in his eighth year at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy in Philadelphia. He started in 2012 as the school’s Academic Dean before becoming the Director of the Upper School in 2016.

In his current role, he has supervised 60 teachers and led Barrack Hebrew Academy’s self-study and accreditation processes. He also plans the school’s 11th-grade trimester abroad trip to the Alexander Muss High School in Israel.

Katz has also taught science for two decades and continue to teach in his current role.

“Darin has demonstrated for years that he is a mensch with respect to colleagues, parents, students, and in the community,” Ellen Folbe, President of the Board of Trustees for Hillel, said in a statement. “Darin’s references from the Barrack community confirm his reputation as a consummate professional who is fully dedicated to the mission of Jewish day schools, to academic excellence, and to Jewish literacy and leadership.”

Katz attended Penn State University and received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He was a member of the Prizman YOU Lead Program and the Harvard University/AVI Chai Principals’ Center.

Katz is a long-time member of Congregation Beth Shalom in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania and has been an active volunteer at Friendship Circle for 18 years.

Katz was selected out of a pool of 50 potential candidates who met with Hillel faculty and staff, Trustees and leaders in the Detroit Jewish community Scott Kaufman, Jeffrey Lasday, Nancy Newman Adler were among the search committee team.

The Metro Detroit community will have the opportunity to meet Dr. Katz at their upcoming open house in January.

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