Dear friends and supporters,
On behalf of the Board of Trustees of Los Angeles Hebrew High School (LAHHS), I am honored to introduce to our community Dr. Amittai Benami.
Dr. Benami is a highly skilled educational professional and I could not be more pleased that he accepted LAHHS’s offer to lead our school. I have no doubt that his appointment will ensure a strong future for our institution so that it will continue to educate and enhance the lives of our Jewish teens far into their futures.
Dr. Benami has a wealth of experience in formal and informal Jewish education, both in the United States and in Israel. At Harvard University and Brandeis University, he studied Jewish education and Hebrew literature. The son of a Conservative Rabbi and himself an alumnus of Boston’s Prozdor High School, Dr. Benami is a product of a supplemental Jewish high school education. At Harvard and Brandeis, he studied Jewish education and Hebrew literature. He subsequently received his Ed.D. in curriculum and supervision from Wayne State University, where he focused on spiritual education. In addition, he studied educational administration and psychology at the Hebrew University, Bar Ilan University and University of Pittsburgh. During his distinguished career, he has served as school principal, advisor/educational consultant and teacher at day schools, synagogue schools, youth groups and prestigious experimental elementary schools in Israel and the United States. He comes to LAHHS from his position as Judaic Studies Director of the Solomon Schechter School in Queens, New York. Having lived and worked for 10 years as a teacher and principal in the Israeli school system, he is a fluent Hebrew speaker. Dr. Benami’s passion for Jewish education is further reflected by his keen interest in the teaching of spirituality, his love of storytelling and, on the lighter side, his immense enjoyment and participation in guitar sing-alongs.
But Dr. Benami’s proudest achievement by far has been raising his three children: Oz, who studies engineering at Columbia University, Ilan, who is in a specialized medical school Army program at the Hadassah School of Medicine, and Noga, who is completing her second year of community service in Israel working with children at a shelter for battered religious women.
On a personal note, Dr. Benami is married to Lilly who grew up in Leningrad and immigrated to the United States in 1990. She has a degree in architecture and urban planning and works as an information technology business analyst, primarily in the insurance industry. We are so pleased and look forward with great anticipation to welcoming Dr. and Mrs. Benami into our community and are elated that they have chosen to move west from New York to share in our California sunshine!
In addition, Dr. Benami has expressed that, in partnership with our students, parents and the Board of Trustees, he is delighted to embark on this newest chapter of his life: namely that of inspiring, guiding and leading LAHHS with creativity and vision as it continues to implement 21st century state-of-the-art educational practices. We are all eagerly awaiting his arrival and look forward to greeting him personally at that time.
Thank you for your support of and interest in LAHHS. We are grateful to be able to include you in our community as we move into this new phase for our school.
Board of Trustees