Building community and bettering the future, one child at a time

Attracted to the warmth and vibrancy of the SHAS community, Rabbi Yehudah Potok joined Striar Hebrew Academy as the Head of School in the summer of 2012. A major priority for Rabbi Potok is furthering the academic excellence and Modern Orthodox mission of the school, while also building on the school's commitment to a culture of compassion and moral sensitivity. He strives to grow Striar Hebrew Academy as a community of learners where students can engage with and explore, in developmentally appropriate ways, Judaism and our world.

Rabbi Potok came to SHAS from Oakland, CA, where he was the Head of School of Oakland Hebrew Day School, a K-8 Modern Orthodox day school. Prior to OHDS, he was the Director of Academics and Dean of Faculty at the Prozdor Hebrew High School of Hebrew College, a school of over 750 students. While at Hebrew College, he was also the Associate Director of Ha'Merkaz, The Center for Jewish Education for Teens, and he taught at the Shoolman Graduate School of Education. Rabbi Potok served as Assistant Director of Camp Yavneh, where he has spent over 18 summers. He completed his Masters degree in Education and Administration at the Azrieli School at Yeshiva University and received his Rabbinic Ordination from Yeshivat Hamivtar in Israel and from Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. He holds a BA in Sociology of Health and Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania. Rabbi Potok, his wife Shira, and their four children, are delighted to be part of the Sharon Jewish community.

Dina Saks is our Director of Teaching and Learning. In this role, she works as a support to classroom teachers and plans professional development necessary for whole-school and individual teacher growth. She joined Striar Hebrew Academy eight years ago as a classroom teacher and has been a member of the Educational Leadership Team for the past two years. With her training and background as a classroom teacher, Dina has a strong sense of what the true experience is for a SHAS teacher and helps guide the staff in curricular improvement and implementation. She has a BS in Elementary Education and an MS in Reading Education. Before coming to Striar Hebrew Academy, she taught at the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville, MD. Dina lives in Sharon with her husband and three children, Joshua (SHAS ‘16), Gabriella, and Julia.

Batya Foreman is beginning her 4th year at SHAS  in her role as Director of Educational Resources and Student Support. In this role, Batya ensures that our school provides a challenging and appropriate educational experience for our diverse learners. Batya received her BA in Elementary Education from Boston University and her M.Ed in Special Education from Lesley University. She first began her teaching career over 20 years ago at Solomon Schechter Day School, where she held numerous roles including teaching, coaching and student support. Batya lives in Sharon with her three children, two dogs and seven chickens.

 

Randy Bergel has been an administrator at SHAS for the past six years. This year, she transitions into a new role as our Admissions and Marketing Director after previously managing our early learning program as its director. She brings over 25 years of educational experience and connections within the Boston and Sharon communities to her job. Randy is looking forward to continuing to work with our current families and to meeting new families through this position. She has a BS in Psychology from the University of Florida and a master's from the Hornstein Program at Brandeis. Randy and her husband Steven live in Sharon. Their three children and son-in-law thankfully come back and forth “home” to Sharon throughout the year.

Susan Lagos, Business Manager, handles all business and accounting functions at SHAS. Parents can contact Susan with any issues or questions related to tuition, financial aid, FACTS payments or tuition contracts. She is also responsible for managing employee benefits and the payroll. Susan comes to SHAS with extensive experience with Business Office bookkeeping, policies, and procedures in both public and private schools. Susan graduated with a degree from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York. She started her financial career by training municipal and school employees in payroll  and bookkeeping financial software. Susan and her husband have two sons and live in Wrentham.