Faculty & Staff
Rachel Zivic, Principal. Rachel grew up in Chicago, attending Jewish Day School for elementary and high school. She graduated from Columbia University, with honors, majoring in religion. After, Rachel attended the Bank Street College of Education in New York City earning her Master in General and Special Education. Rachel taught in 1st, 2nd, and 6th grade prior to moving to Cherry Hill in 2007.
Rachel will be starting her 13th year at Kellman Brown Academy, where she had been the Director of Curriculum and Instruction prior to becoming Principal. She received a Jewish Educators Award from the JEA in 2011, was nominated for the NJAIS Leadership Institute in 2012, and was named to the NJAIS Professional Development Committee in 2013. Rachel served on an NJAIS Accreditation committee in 2016, as well as facilitated a workshop for a consortium of Jewish Day Schools on behalf of the Greater MetroWest Jewish Federation on building a curricular Scope and Sequence. Rachel has written articles for the NJAIS Independent School Magazine, as well as South Jersey Mom.
She loves KBA and looks forward to continuing the tradition of academic excellence in partnership with KBA's faculty and staff.
Rob Kiewe, Director of Operations. The Jewish Federation would like to welcome Rob Kiewe as Director of Operations. You may know Rob from our very own Katz JCC. After working as the Director of Health and Wellness for 22 years, he is being welcomed with open arms at the Federation.
Rob has worked with several JCCs, beginning with Baltimore in 1989, where in his hometown he instructed kids’ classes, summer camp, and organized adult sports leagues, before he advanced to Health and Fitness Program Director, overseeing many programs and staff. He then moved to the JCC in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he served as Health and Fitness Director, positively impacting programs, member engagement, and community outreach, before he finally settled at the Katz JCC in Southern New Jersey in 1996.
Here in South Jersey, as the Director of Health and Wellness, Rob opened the new campus in 1997, assisted with JCC Maccabi Games in 1999, coordinated a facility expansion project in 2007, and served as Games Director for JCC Maccabi Games in 2014, before deciding to move on to pursue an opportunity with the Jewish Federation earlier this month.
As Operations Director for the Federation, Rob will coordinate building and facilities planning, management, and vendor negotiations for the Federation as well as the “The Commons” 1721 project—an affordable housing for senior adults and adults over 21 with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.
“While I consider Baltimore home, I’ve lived in this community and have had the good fortune to work with many wonderful people over the years,” Rob said. “I’d like to help bridge the gap among JCC, Federation, and the community, and allow us to be one team, working towards the same common goals. I’m excited to see what we can accomplish together and how our community will benefit.”
Lower School Faculty, Grades K-5
Middle School Faculty, Grades 6-8
Marcus Bullock – Physical Education
Andy Friedman – Holocaust Teacher & Support
Avital Bar Huri – Hebrew Specialist
Gail Lipsky – Literacy Coordinator, Support & Enrichment
Brittany McIlhenny – Preschool, Lower School Science, Technology
Keli Sharkey – Art Teacher
Terry Silver – Music & Spanish Teacher