Director of Education – David Monblatt
David Monblatt is a Philadelphia native and has been a Jewish educator for twenty years, specializing in experiential religious school education and teen leadership development.
In 2004, David became a founding member of the first full-time teaching team in the United States for supplementary school education at Central Synagogue in New York City, where Hebrew University described his program as “a bold new archetype for 21st century supplementary schools.”
In 2006, David left New York for San Francisco to serve as Director of Education for the Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation (JPEF) where he produced curricula about the stories and life lessons of the Jewish partisans of World War II. While there, Slingshot Magazine ranked JPEF as one of the 50 most innovative Jewish organizations in the nation. His curriculum on the Jewish partisans is used by schools and museums across the country, including the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City.
David went on to direct a multi-million dollar synagogue school enhancement project in San Francisco called the NESS Initiative (Nurturing Excellence in Synagogue Schools). Through NESS, David produced a customized school-intervention program designed to strengthen five Bay Area synagogue schools through onsite consultation with teams of experts.
Most recently, David served as Director of Education for Congregation Kol Ami in Elkins Park. In addition to his career as a Jewish educator, David is an accomplished actor and singer with numerous stage, television, and film credits. David is the grandson of Holocaust survivors; his grandmother lives in Northeast Philadelphia—she is 96, and a survivor of Dachau.