When Rabbi Baruch Kupfer was recruited as executive director of Maimonides Academy in 1984, the school had 184 pupils. Today, Maimonides is at capacity with 520 students, from pre-K through eighth grade. Under Rabbi Kupfer’s leadership, the school strives to be at the forefront of innovation in both Judaic and general studies, with a consistent focus on pride, commitment and dedication. The culture of excellence is characterized by highly qualified educators who continually improve, thanks to professional development opportunities, ongoing refinements to the instructional program, and an array of arts and enrichment programs. Of special note is the Middot Tovot—a focus on character and growth for young Jewish Americans. Rabbi Kupfer’s team endeavors to teach the individual child, regardless of where each is on the learning spectrum. Understanding the influence of home and family on students, he personally conducts adult education seminars for parents on Jewish texts.
Note: This biography was current at the time this educator received the Award