About Us

Mission and History

For over 50 years, Kellman Brown Academy (KBA) has brought out the best in its students. From early childhood through 8th grade, KBA’s blend of General Studies and Jewish Studies inspires young minds to aim high, think creatively, and embrace Jewish valuesBut exceptional academics are just the beginning.  Our stellar art and music programs, engaging after school activities, sports-for-life pursuits, and theater performances are just a few of the many ways KBA educates the “whole” child – intellectually, emotionally, and socially.  Our welcoming community embraces families from across the spectrum of Jewish commitment and observance, making for a diverse, stimulating environment.

Our Community

KBA welcomes students from diverse Jewish backgrounds and embraces families with a broad spectrum of observance.  We are enhanced by a population whose varied experiences and perspectives enrich the school community. Many of our families and staff attend Conservative, Reform and Orthodox synagogues, and some choose to remain unaffiliated. We maintain a kosher facility which allows all children to feel comfortable eating in our building. KBA offers an egalitarian environment in every aspect of the school.  Boys and girls are offered the same opportunities and responsibilities during services and religious ceremonies, as with all other classroom, athletic, and leadership roles.  Whether experiencing the warmth of a Kabbalat Shabbat service, receiving a first Siddur, or celebrating B'nai Mitzvah with classmates and family, KBA students embrace Jewish values and take pride in their heritage.

Kids (and their families!) thrive here. Stop by and see why.

Faculty & Staff


Deena Sherman Executive Director ext. 1714

Deena Sherman

Executive Director ext. 1714

Rachel Zivic Principal ext.1515

Rachel Zivic

Principal ext.1515

Jennifer Sholder Director of Enrollment ext.1209

Jennifer Sholder

Director of Enrollment ext.1209

Jennie Rotman  Operations Coordinator ext.0

Jennie Rotman 

Operations Coordinator ext.0

Susan Blain Administrative Assistant ext.1708

Susan Blain

Administrative Assistant ext.1708

Shira Weinstein Coordinator of Student Services ext.1711

Shira Weinstein

Coordinator of Student Services ext.1711

Jill Miller School Counselor ext.1611

Jill Miller

School Counselor ext.1611

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School Nurses: Andy Moak, Allison Balmer and Danelle Gandy -  ext.1216

Patty Green – Business Manager ext.1707

Bill Josephouitch – Facilities Maintenance ext.1217 

Head of School Emeritus - Rabbi Isaac Furman



Preschool  Faculty                                     


Lower School Faculty, Grades K-5










Middle School Faculty, Grades 6-8

Susan J. Levine

President, Board of Trustees

Susan’s connection to Kellman Brown Academy began in 1993 when she and her husband, Howard, enrolled their daughter, Melissa, in first grade.  Nearly twenty years later, it’s clear that the knowledge, Jewish values, critical thinking skills, and lifelong friendships that Melissa gained while at KBA have created a sound foundation for a wonderful, productive, responsible life.

Susan’s interest in KBA is both personal and professional.  As Vice President of The Melior Group, a Philadelphia-based marketing research and consulting firm, much of her work focuses on strategic community assessment programs.  These programs provide mission-focused organizations with a heightened understanding of specific community needs and goals, and a path on which to determine, and appropriately plan, future programming.  Within this context, she often works with Jewish Day Schools, Jewish Federations, and various non-profit organizations including foundations, museums, and other cultural institutions.  

Susan is also a recognized expert in the financial services industry, where she focuses on research for the institutional, wealth management, and insurance sectors.  She is skilled in measuring and identifying the factors that drive client satisfaction, and is the author of more than a dozen articles that have appeared in leading trade and industry publications.

In addition to her involvement in KBA, Susan is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Samost Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Southern New Jersey, where she chairs the Special Needs Committee.  

Susan holds an M.B.A. from Temple University. She is a summa cum laude graduate from the University of Pennsylvania where she earned both M.Sc.Ed. and B.A. degrees, and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.

To me, Jewish Day Schools are a marker of a healthy Jewish Community. They connect us to our past and direct us towards our future. They help to strengthen the fabric of Jewish communities by attracting topnotch religious leaders and educators. They serve as role models for how to happily live “Jewishly,” and develop individuals who are committed to making a difference – in our local community and in the larger world beyond our doorstep. A community without a vibrant Jewish Day School culture is one that will struggle to reach its full potential.
— Susan J. Levine