Rabbi Dan Rodkin

Executive Director

Dan for web small icon reduced.jpgRabbi Dan Rodkin was born in Moscow, Russia in a family of educators. He attended a school for gifted children with advanced Math and Science curricula and won numerous city-wide and national competitions in Math and Chess. At the age of 15 he became interested and started studying Jewish thought and tradition, while attending high school and college. In 1991 he decided to pursue Jewish studies on a full-time basis. Having learned at the most esteemed seminaries in Russia, Israel and US, Rabbi Rodkin earned his Master of Arts degree in Theology from the Rabbinical College of America in Morristown, NJ and his rabbinical ordination from Yeshiva 770 in New York (Central Lubavitch Yeshiva). He also completed an internship at the Rabbinical Institute of New England in New Haven, CT. Over the years, he has published several articles in Hebrew and English on Jewish thought and education.

Rabbi Rodkin began his career in education at the age of 17 as a camp counselor. Since then, he has held both administrative and teaching positions in various settings in Israel, Russia, New York, Connecticut, and Boston.  Head Counselor at an overnight camp, Judaic studies teacher, Director of Jewish Educational Programs – are just a few of the titles he has held.

Since his appointment as the Head of the Shaloh School in May, 2000, Rabbi Rodkin has led the design and implementation of a new curriculum approach. Bringing together his educational experiences from different countries, he created an engaging, challenging, and well-rounded academic program in both Judaic and secular subjects.

Rabbi Rodkin is known to be a strong and dynamic leader, a great communicator, and an impassioned advocate for children. At Shaloh House School he has initiated an environment reflective of a true professional learning community. He engages faculty members in the school’s decision making and has created a community at Shaloh House where everyone embraces the belief that “all students can learn and should be challenged.”  At the same time, convinced that parents play a vital role in the education of their children, Rabbi Rodkin has established meaningful ways to involve families in the educational process both within the school and community settings.

Consistent with his belief that learning is a lifelong process, Rabbi Rodkin is active in a number of professional associations and regularly attends educational conferences and seminars.

“I believe that school should be a place where children feel comfortable and secure and are taught lifelong lessons. Children are naturally curious and have a built-in desire to learn about the world around them. The role of school is to help students retain this enthusiasm and love of learning. Our philosophy is to challenge students to reach their potential through an exciting curriculum that continuously sparks their intellectual interests, develops their skills, and builds their self-confidence.”