Learning from Global Leaders

Israel’s now-retired Supreme Court Justice Dorit Beinisch represents a host of leading experts, eyewitnesses, and role models who make up the fabric of Schechter’s educational philosophy throughout the school year: learning from those with primary experiences, igniting students’ curiosity, sparking essential questions, opening minds to the many ways individuals can impact our world, and inspiring students to think and act globally as they grow.

Our Gallery of Visitors

Amir Ofer

Amir Ofer the first of 200 elite Israeli commandos to breach the room where 100 Air France passengers were held hostage at Uganda’s Entebbe Airport on July 4, 1976.

Caitlin Alifirenka co-author of the New York Times best-selling memoir, I Will Always Write Back to You: How One Letter Changed Two Lives, chronicling a friendship between a Pennsylvania teen and her African pen-pal Martin Ganda.

A native of Petah Tikvah, Israel, Avram Grant has spent more than 30 years coaching internationally-known football (soccer!) teams in Israel, Serbia, Ghana, and the United Kingdom, winning a number of national league and cup victories with different teams.

Wab Kinew, rap artist, broadcaster, political activist, author, and member of Canada’s First Nation Onigaming aboriginal tribe, recounts his family’s story of survival and reconciliation with government-imposed assimilation through the Indian Residential School System.

Todd Clear, PhD, is a leading criminologist and expert on the nation’s prison system. He is the  former Provost at Rutgers University-Newark, and Dean of the School of Criminal Justice.

Tal Brody is an American-Israeli former basketball player who led the 1977 Maccabi Tel Aviv to the European Cup Basketball Championship defeating the heavily favored Soviet Red Army team CSKA Moscow. His legendary postgame words, “We are on the map and we will stay on the map, not only in sports but in everything” – became Israel’s clarion call and is the subject of a 2016 film documentary, “On the Map.” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed him Israel’s first Goodwill Ambassador.

Chief Justice Stuart Rabner of the New Jersey Supreme Court was named the most influential political personality in the state of New Jersey in 2007. He previously served as New Jersey Attorney General and as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey.

Dr. Sol Messinger, child passenger aboard the S.S. St Louis “Voyage of the Damned”

Carmen Agra DeedyNew York Times best-selling children’s book author of post 9/11 story, 14 Cows for America, and United Nations recipient of the Jane Addams Peace Association Book Award for The Yellow Star.

Doron Weber, Rhodes Scholar, author of the memoir, Immortal Bird, and philanthropy and currently serves as executive with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation supporting research and education in science, technology, and economics.

Jordan Gorfinkel is a nationally syndicated Jewish cartoonist (“Everything’s Relative”) and former DC Comics editor of the Batman franchise. His most notable additions to the Batman universe include Birds of Prey, which was adapted into a network television series of the same name and Batman: No Man’s Land.  76 Cartoonists Gather at Schechter

Patricia Polacco has written and illustrated more than 115 children’s books – including the award-winning story, The Keeping Quilt – which have been inspired by her childhood experiences and multicultural Irish, Russian, and Ukrainian Jewish roots.