Rabbi Shmuel Jablon, a community minded Orthodox Rabbi and educator, has served as the Menahel (Principal) of the Torah Academy of Greater Philadelphia since the Summer of 5768/2008. Using the theme, "T.A.: Not Just a School, A Kehilla!", he is excited to be working with Torah Academy's diverse community (that is built upon Ahavat Yisrael and academic excellence) to help build one of the finest Jewish Day Schools in North America. He has helped institute curricular improvements, built an administrative team, upgraded parent-school communications (including a YouTube channel), created a faculty evaluation system based on best practices, and enhanced the school's ability to meet the needs of all its students. He also also deepened the school's connection to Israel. The school- for the first time in 46 years- earned full accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Along with the school's president, he secured a multi million dollar grant from the Kohelet Foundation for school improvement and tuition affordability.
He also was the lead writer that resulted in a multi million dollar grant request that resulted in the Kohelet Foundation funding a 1:1 iPad program in the nine Philadelphia area Jewish Day School. With all of this excitement, it's not surprising that school enrollment has gone from 250 to 320 in just 4 years. You can read all about the school in its "view book" by clicking here. You can also visit www.torahacademy.co .
Prior to his move to Philadelphia he served for 8 years as Head of Lower School at Fuchs Mizrachi School in Cleveland.
Rabbi Jablon's smicha is from Hebrew Theological College-Beit haMidrash La'Torah. His Masters Degree in Education is from the University of Judaism. He holds a certificate in non-profit management from Columbia University School of Business' Institute for Day School Management.
Rabbi Jablon is a member of the Rabbinical Council of America (serving on its Executive Committee), Chicago Rabbinical Council and ASCD. He is particularly inspired by his meaningful relationship with HaRav Shlomo Aviner shlit"a.
He is married to Rebecca. They are blessed with four children. A devoted Religious Zionist, Rabbi Jablon speaks to his children almost exclusively in Ivrit. "My goal for my children is the same as the goal for my students," he said. "I pray that they should grow up to be Torah scholars filled with love of Hashem and the entire Jewish People, and to merit to make aliya and do this in Israel!"
RABBI SHMUEL JABLON
הרב שמואל יבלון
VISIONARY EDUCATIONAL LEADER