Larry Kligman

Larry Kligman

Head of School
Year Honored: 2022

Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School
Northridge, CA


Biographical Information:


Larry Kligman has been an integral part of Heschel Day School for decades. A 1985 Heschel graduate, Mr. Kligman returned after college to begin his career in education and served as dean of students, middle school director and associate head of school before being named head of school in 2013. He inspires those around him to engage in the community and make a difference in the world, embodying the school’s core values: integrity, justice, intellectual curiosity, empathy, and individual and communal responsibility. At the middle school, Mr. Kligman strengthened academic programs, created new leadership roles for students and expanded extracurricular activities, growing enrollment from 130 to 175 students at a time when most non-Orthodox Jewish middle schools were shrinking. He chaired BJE’s Heads of School Council and is active in the California Association of Independent Schools and Los Angeles School Heads Network. Mr. Kligman led successful fundraising campaigns for capital projects and endowment tied to the school’s recent 50th anniversary celebration.

Note: This biography was current at the time this educator received the Award