Who We Are

Ami Petter-Lipstein
Executive Director

Ami spent fifteen years in the corporate world, mostly in professional services marketing, coaching attorneys on developing business, but she never went to work in the morning with the joyous abandon that her daughters now approach math or Hebrew.

From 2007-2010, Ami led numerous projects and initiatives for Yeshivat Netivot Montessori in Edison, NJ. She founded and leads the Jewish Montessori Society (JMS), with a vision of every Jewish child learning lishmah, for the pure joy and love of learning.

From 1996-1999, Ami lived in Jerusalem, first as a Dorot Fellow and then as an olah hadashah (new immigrant), working in marketing for Amdocs, the Israeli telecom giant. Although Ami expected to spend her life in Israel, her four-year old niece could not recognize Aunt Ami live and in person, as opposed to a picture, so Ami returned to the U.S.     

Ami grew up in Williamsport, PA, where the only other Jewish girl her age was also blonde and if you wanted something done Jewishly, you needed to do it yourself.  

Daniel Petter-Lipstein
Chief Love Officer

When Daniel was an undergraduate at Harvard, he had delusions of being a teacher as part of a lifelong fascination with teaching and learning. He quickly realized that a job where he needed to be inspiring and responsible every day at 9am for a class of young people would probably not work out well for him or his students.

Living in Israel as a Dorot Fellow from 1994-1995, Daniel worked at the Shalom Hartman Institute and developed a curriculum for the Israeli Ministry of Education on Jewish texts and perspectives for treating physically disabled people with dignity and respect.  

In spite of graduate coursework in education at Harvard and Columbia, Daniel could not tell you one coherent sentence about Montessori before his first child was toilet-trained. He walked into Yeshivat Netivot Montessori in Edison, NJ in Spring 2006 and his life has never been the same. 

Daniel is known as one of the most passionate and effective advocates for general and Jewish Montessori in the US. He created and produced the Montessori animated shorts,

which have been featured in the Wall Street Journal and Atlantic magazine.
A graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Law School, Daniel still finds satisfaction as in-house counsel for a Fortune 50 company. He just wishes he could take a month off and audit his daughter’s 4-6th grade Jewish Montessori upper elementary class where they are learning about the history of the Talmudic era by playing Mishnapoly and also creating their own marble games.

Unlike Ami, Daniel grew up in Queens and Brooklyn and attended and graduated from the Yeshivah of Flatbush, living in zip codes that have more Jews and kosher restaurants than most major American cities.  

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