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As an NAIS member and ISAS-accredited independent school, BYDS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization governed by an independent, self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. Trustees determine the BYDS vision and strategic goals, and act as fiduciaries for future generations of BYDS students—exercising oversight of the school’s financial health, approving the school’s annual budget, and overseeing the school’s physical assets and fundraising efforts. Importantly, the Board selects, evaluates, and supports the Head of School, who is responsible for the day-to-day affairs of the school, including curriculum, admissions, disciplinary, and personnel decisions to name a few. The trustees act as stewards of the school while serving as ambassadors of the BYDS mission. Our board committees are a great way to become involved in our school, and those interested in doing so should email the Chair of the Board of Trustees at boardchair@byds.org for more information.

Ron Brounes

Ron Brounes

BYDS Board Chair
















    2021-2022 Board of Trustees
    Board Chair Ron Brounes
    Edward Berzin
    Barbara Bratter
    Michelle Chan
    Jason Feldman
    Esther Freedman
    Courtney Haas
    Michele Hayes
    Shay Kuperman
    Cathryn Mellon
    Jordana Roteman
    Stacey Shidler
    Patti Steiner
    Lisa Strauss
    Michele Tesciuba
    Evan Weinberger




    Ex-Officio (Voting Trustees)
    Past Chair Jennifer Block Deutsch
    Past Chair Carolyn Plessner
    Past Chair Stewart Rosenthal
    Past Chair Gary Swartz









    Ex-Officio (Non-Voting Trustees)
    Head of School Jennifer LeVine
    CBY Board President Designee Emily Blechman
    CBY Board President David Stein
    Cantor Hazzan Meier Finkelstein
    Assistant Rabbi Rabbi Sarah Fort
    PTO President Katherine Trakhtenbroit
    Associate Rabbi Rabbi Steve Morgen
    Rabbi Emeritus Rabbi David Rosen
    Rabbi Emeritus Rabbi Jack Segal
    Senior Rabbi Rabbi Brian Strauss



    Principles of Good Practice INFO
    The Board adheres to the "Principles of Good Practice" established by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). The Principles provide guidelines for the Board to use in carrying out its responsibilities.
    Beth Yeshurun not only provided me with an excellent early education, but I was also exposed to teachers who taught...
    Beth Yeshurun Day School - Houston, TX
    2017-03-13T11:54:16-05:00
    Beth Yeshurun not only provided me with an excellent early education, but I was also exposed to teachers who taught and reinforced fundamental Jewish values...
    Throughout my education at BYDS, I was surrounded by a warm and nurturing environment that fostered a love of learning...
    Beth Yeshurun Day School - Houston, TX
    2018-07-03T03:12:44-05:00
    Throughout my education at BYDS, I was surrounded by a warm and nurturing environment that fostered a love of learning in a wide variety of Jewish and secular areas.
    My favorite subject is Judaic Studies. Look – I’ve got friends at every school around this area, but the way...
    Beth Yeshurun Day School - Houston, TX
    2018-07-03T03:17:50-05:00
    My favorite subject is Judaic Studies. Look – I’ve got friends at every school around this area, but the way we do Judaics makes Beth Yeshurun perfect for me.
    The teachers I’ve had have all made learning fun…They simplify the more complicated concepts and make them easier to understand.
    Beth Yeshurun Day School - Houston, TX
    2018-07-03T03:19:20-05:00
    The teachers I’ve had have all made learning fun…They simplify the more complicated concepts and make them easier to understand.
    BYDS more than educated me, it helped shape my character. Jewish day school’s influence reaches far beyond the years we...
    Beth Yeshurun Day School - Houston, TX
    2018-07-03T03:20:29-05:00
    BYDS more than educated me, it helped shape my character. Jewish day school’s influence reaches far beyond the years we spend at school.
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    Beth Yeshurun Day School - Houston, TX