Jerry Isaak-Shapiro, Executive Director

Before joining the American Friends of Kidum as Executive Director, Jerry Isaak-Shapiro, a renowned teacher, educational leader and Jewish scholar, was Head of School at the highly regarded Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day School in Cleveland, OH, for the past 17 years.

During his tenure at Mandel Jerry significantly increased enrollment, more than tripled annual campaign support, strengthened the teaching staff and introduced an integrative educational approach that encourages students to study questions in different ways.

Earlier in his career Jerry served as Jewish Education Director at the San Francisco Jewish Community Center, as Northern California Regional Director for Hillel, and as Associate Director for the Jewish Community Relations Committee for the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, where he was the community’s media spokesperson and Middle East specialist. During this time Jerry was also the Executive Producer and Host/Moderator of A Jewish Perspective, a talk show seen on San Francisco’s NBC-affiliate channel four.

Jerry has been a teacher, prominent lecturer and scholar-in-residence for over twenty years, specializing in the areas of non-formal education, learning differentiation, Zionist thought and history and Jewish identity.

He was one of five national mentor/master teachers in SuLaM, a program of Study, Leadership and Mentoring for current Heads of School, sponsored by RAVSAK (the national community day school organization) and has served as a mentor in the Jewish Theological Seminary-sponsored Day School Leadership Training Institute. He is currently on the editorial board of HaYidion, RAVSAK’s highly respected educational journal.

Jerry earned a BA in Political Science from California State University – Northridge and a MA in International Affairs from The George Washington University, specializing in Middle East history and foreign policy. In 2003 Jerry graduated from the prestigious two-year Mandel Jerusalem Fellowship program which offers senior Jewish educators an opportunity to learn with colleagues from North America, Latin America, Europe and Israel, while conducting post-doctoral level research in Jewish education in Jerusalem, Israel.

Larry Geiger, Associate Director

Larry has held leadership positions with the American Friends of Open University of Israel and the American Society of the University of Haifa. He spent more than 20 years developing marketing strategies for consumer products and high tech clients at Grey Advertising, and has led marketing, communications and membership teams at the American Management Association, the American Red Cross in Greater New York and the National Kidney Foundation.  Larry earned a BA in History from Dartmouth College and an MBA in Marketing from Harvard University.