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.

Head of School

Emily Cook  856-679-2929 ext.1702

Emily Cook 

856-679-2929 ext.1702

With her strong credentials and deep experience in the fields of both secular and Judaic education, Emily brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to KBA.   She holds a B.A. in Architecture from Washington University, a Master's in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently completing doctoral work in Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS). She has been an adjunct faculty member at both the Jewish Theological Seminary and the University of Pennsylvania, teaching and mentoring pre-service teachers. As a Wexner Graduate Fellow, Emily is a member of a prestigious and highly selective national program which promotes excellence in Jewish professional leadership.

Prior to joining KBA in 2012, Emily started her doctoral work in New York at JTS. During this time, she wrote curricula for various programs, including public schools, Hebrew schools, and Camp Ramah.  Emily ran a supplemental Hebrew school in Tribecca, and she has designed and implemented staff training for both early childhood educators and camp staff.  Emily continued to work at Ramah Darom in Georgia for three summers overseeing parent communication, camper care, and staff training.

As KBA’s Principal for several years, Emily was responsible for ensuring the academic excellence that is the hallmark of a KBA education. In keeping with the school’s commitment to 21st Century education for all students, Emily spearheaded efforts to introduce new and innovative programming to KBA. Under her leadership KBA rolled out 1-to-1 iPad-based learning for 5th through 8th graders,  and launched the area’s first Maker’s Lab, giving students hands-on experience with 21st Century technologies as well as countless opportunities to strengthen their problem solving and critical thinking skills. One need only walk down the halls of the school, talk to the students, or chat with faculty members to see how Emily’s commitment to creating a caring student body, steeped in Jewish values, and excited about Jewish learning has positively impacted daily life at KBA.

As Head of School, Emily is now responsible for all financial and operational matters, and oversees the academic program. In addition, she works closely with the members of our talented leadership team in curriculum, recruitment, development, marketing, and community outreach efforts.

When not at KBA, Emily enjoys baking babke, spending time with her six nieces and nephews, and reading the old-fashioned way (by turning the pages herself).

"I look forward to working with our Jewish community and all of its stakeholders as we continue to shape a school where academic excellence, vibrant Jewish life, and a caring student body are the rule, not the exception.  At KBA, we take pride in nurturing every student and setting them on the path to success."

CEO

Steve Cohen 856-679-2929 ext.1714

Steve Cohen

856-679-2929 ext.1714

Steve was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in a home where his parents stressed the importance of a quality education, and the need to embrace your Jewish heritage. Steve was educated in New York City public schools before earning a B.S. degree in Health and Physical Education at Brooklyn College. He was awarded a graduate assistantship at the University of Kentucky, and received a M.S. degree in Recreation Administration from that institution. Steve has also completed all coursework for an Ed.D degree in Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education at Rutgers University.

Steve began his professional career at Kean University, where he was Director of Intramural-Recreational Sports. Several years later, Steve assumed a similar position at East Carolina University, which was one of the largest programs in the country. Steve then became the Dean of Student Life at North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. In his roles at Kean, East Carolina and NC Wesleyan Steve developed and reported on the annual budget of the department/division for which he was responsible.

Steve has authored articles for several textbooks and journals, held numerous leadership positions in professional organizations, and received academic and service-related awards. Steve followed his entrepreneurial spirit and left higher education to pursue an opportunity as an equities trader/investor. His business acumen led him to later form PresCo Partners, a company that trained and capitalized equities traders. After several successful years in this business, Steve followed a new opportunity in the field of real estate development. Steve founded and developed CoMax Partners, a real estate development company that acquired and developed residential properties in Southern California and Northern New Jersey. Steve raised millions of dollars of capital from multiple investors to support the endeavors of both companies.

As his avocation, Steve is a highly accomplished NCAA Women’s Basketball Official who has been on the officiating staff in a variety of Division I Conferences. Steve has been selected to officiate NCAA Division I and III national and regional tournaments. He has officiated the NCAA Division I Final Four and the NCAA Division III National Championship Game. Steve served for six years as an elected member of the Montville Township Board of Education, and helped to institute many measures that improved the caliber of education in the district, but also saved the taxpayers significant sums of money.

Steve has been an active member of the Pine Brook Jewish Center in Montville, New Jersey. He  was the Chairperson of the Finance Committee of the Synagogue Revitalization Team, served on the search committee for the Nursery School Director, and for several years has been the Director of the PBJC Men’s Club Tennis League. Throughout his career, Steve has always enjoyed working with children and young adults. He has been a Camp Director for Jewish day and overnight camps, a coach for multiple sports in AAU, Maccabi and community youth programs, teen tour leader, and a certified wheelchair basketball official.

Steve is married to Janet and they have two boys: Matthew who is a senior at Rutgers University, and Jared who is a freshman at the University of Maryland.

Faculty & Staff

Staff

Emily Cook Head of School (856) 679-2929 ext.1702

Emily Cook

Head of School (856) 679-2929 ext.1702

Steve Cohen CEO ext. 1714

Steve Cohen

CEO ext. 1714

Susan Blain Administrative Assistant ext.1708

Susan Blain

Administrative Assistant ext.1708

Rabbi Micah Liben Director of Jewish Life and Learning ext.1704

Rabbi Micah Liben

Director of Jewish Life and Learning ext.1704

Rachel Zivic Director of Curriculum and Instruction ext.1515

Rachel Zivic

Director of Curriculum and Instruction ext.1515

Jennifer Sholder Director of Enrollment ext.1209

Jennifer Sholder

Director of Enrollment ext.1209

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

Jennie Rotman  Reception ext.0

Jennie Rotman 

Reception ext.0

Not Pictured

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

Patty Green – Bookkeeper ext.1707

Bill Josephouitch – Facilities Maintenance ext.1217 

Jessica Weinberg - Marketing & Communications

Head of School Emeritus - Rabbi Isaac Furman

 

Faculty

Preschool  Faculty                                     

 

Lower School Faculty, Grades K-5

KINDERGARTEN

FIRST GRADE

SECOND GRADE

THIRD GRADE

FOURTH GRADE

FIFTH GRADE

Specialists

 

 

Middle School Faculty, Grades 6-8

OFFICERS

  • PRESIDENT: Susan J. Levine
  • VICE-PRESIDENT/TREASURER: Michael Bass
  • SECRETARY: Abby Belafsky
  • VICE-PRESIDENT: Scott Greenberg**
  • VICE-PRESIDENT: Michael Landsburg
  • VICE-PRESIDENT: Mark Lazaroff
  • IMMEDIATE PAST-PRESIDENT: Cindi Hasit

BOARD MEMBERS

  • Jodi Berman**
  • Heidi Chhabria**
  • Neal Cupersmith
  • Randy Friedman**
  • Rebecca Herzberg
  • Alexis Kushner
  • David Leibowitz**
  • Bernie Platt
  • Rena Platt-Goldstein
  • Naomi Schimmer
  • Alicia Schwartz**
  • Jackie Shulman
  • Sam Sukoneck**
  • Leah Wolf
  • Vicki Zell, Federation Representative
  • Robert Benedon*, Advisor
  • Sandy Brown*, Advisor
  • Judi London*, Advisor
  • Frani Rebhun*, Advisor
  • Marvin Sellers*, Advisor
  • Elana Shaw**, PTG Co-Chair
  • Adina Tayar**, PTG Co-Chair
  • Helene Sterling, Faculty Representative

* = Past President ** = Current Parent


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