Board of Trustees

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. 

 

Mark Ramer

Mark Ramer has been in the real estate business in New York City since 1986. Before entering the real estate industry, Mr. Ramer practiced dentistry in Rego Park, Queens. He was the president of the Solomon Schechter Jewish Day School for 10 years as well as the Executive Vice president of the Jewish Center of Atlantic Beach.

Mr. Ramer also served on the Board of Jewish Education – New York, Hadassah, JEP Summer Camps and Mesivta Tifereth Jerusalem, a yeshiva on the Lower East Side.

Mr. Ramer was born in Poland and lived in Venice, Italy and Haifa, Israel before immigrating to the U.S. in 1966. He graduated from Queens College in 1972 and NYU Dental School in 1976. He resides in Woodmere, NY with his wife Naomi, an Oral Pathologist, and their children Yael, Ilana and Adi.

 

Patricia Luciani Rabinowitz

Founder and Director,Primary School Strategic Consulting and Mobley, Luciani Associates, Inc. 
 
Patricia Luciani Rabinowitz has provided strategic organization development and communications consulting to a wide range of educational institutions for more than 30 years. She has led strategic planning initiatives for secular and religious independent schools and universities including: West Side Montessori School, The Brownstone School, Renssselaer Polytechnic Institute, and New York University Dental School, and for professional and membership organizations such as The College Board and the American Montessori Association.  In addition, Patricia has supported numerous organization change efforts, helped to build school advancement functions and has provided executive mentoring to heads of organizations, schools and departments.  Patricia’s graduate work in psychology at the New School for Social Research focused on leading organization change, and she earned an executive MBA at Columbia University School of Business.
 
Her commitment to Montessori education is deeply rooted and her belief in the efficacy of Jewish Montessori to provide inspiring and life-changing education for the benefit of the Jewish people drives her volunteer work on behalf of JMS.
 
Lucy Tannen
 
Ms. Tannen received her BS in Elem. Ed. from the University of Colorado, her Master's in Educ. Psychology and Measurement from Cornell University and her Master's in Jewish Education from Brandeis University.  She was also the proud recipient of a Wexner Graduate Fellowship and completed numerous Montessori trainings.  
 
Professionally, Ms. Tannen has been the Head of the Eliot Montessori School in Natick, MA,  Lower School Director of the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston,  and Head of Middle School at JCDS, Boston's Jewish Community Day School in Watertown, MA and is now the Dean of Students at The Binah School in Sharon, MA.
 
Her investment in Jewish education is clear from the above information.  What is not clear is her commitment to Montessori values and principles.  "Montessori tenets should be at the core of Jewish educational practice as they lead to the development of the very values Judaism holds so dear.  Jewish Montessori schools should be nurtured, supported and expanded so that more families and communities can benefit from an extraordinary Jewish education that results through the incorporation of Montessori."

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