SCY High Board Officers and Members
Karen Aron, President
Eva Eiseman, Secretary
Mendy Rezmovitch, Treasurer
Alison Breskin Ferry
Karen Aron, President – Karen is originally from South Africa, where she graduated as a Physical Therapist. She left South Africa in 1989 and has lived and worked in a few different countries due to her husband’s career. She has been living in San Diego with her husband Mike and their four sons, Liam, Joey, Elie and Nadav since 2008 and is currently working as a full time Mom. Karen has always taken an active role in the various Jewish communities she has lived in and has served on various school committees. Wanting to ensure that her sons and other boys in her community have the opportunity to receive a Torah education without leaving home, means that Karen has a vested interest in helping SCY High thrive for many years to come.
Eva Eiseman, Secretary
Mendy Rezmovitch, Treasurer – Mendy was born in Israel and after serving in the IDF, he moved to New York where he lived with his grandparents. While in New York he attended college and also met his wonderful wife Elana, a San Diego native. A year after they married, they moved to San Diego. Mendy graduated from SDSU and currently works as an accountant for NASSCO. He also has a small business also known as Mendy’s Hummus, a delicious product that can be found on many Shabbat and Yom Tov tables. Mendy and Elana have twin boys, Jordan and David who play baseball on a local league. Mendy sits on the board of directors for the league to ensure that Jewish boys can play baseball on a Shabbat-friendly team. Mendy, Elana, Jordan and David have been living in La Jolla from August 2008 and are members of Adat Yeshurun.
Alison Breskin Ferry – Alison is a San Diego native and has a passion for growing and connecting our Jewish community. An SDJA and Soille Hebrew Day Alumna, her experience includes serving on the Hillel San Diego Board, Hillel International Board, Beth Jacob San Diego Board, and most recently, the SCY High Board. Alison has her degree from San Diego State University in Sociology and English. At SDSU, she served as the College of Arts and Letters President, Jewish Student Union President, and held the Jewish Student Union seat on Associated Students Council for two years.
Alison has experience as an English and Science teacher, having taught in Los Angeles until her move back to San Diego in 2012. She is thrilled to be back in San Diego with her husband and children, and is eager to continue being an active member of the Jewish community.
Danny Kaplan – Danny grew up in an Orthodox Jewish Home in Toronto, Canada. He attended Eitz Chaim Schools and Ner Israel Yeshiva in Toronto for High School. Danny spent 2 years in Yeshiva in Israel and returned to receive his BA in International Relations from York University in Toronto. In his final year of College Danny participated in YUSSR, a Ronald Lauder Project that sent US Orthodox College students to The Ukraine for 2 weeks, to turn a camp with the goal to teach Jewish Children about the Jewish Faith (1995). It was on this trip that Danny met Yonina. Their relationship began engaged in Outreach and it continues to drive their focus years later. Danny spent 16 years working for McCann Erickson on the Sony Account. It was for his Sony Client that the Kaplans moved out West in 2006. Since 2014 Danny has been focused on his consulting firm, 24/6 which works with Agencies and Brands sourcing relevant startups in Israel. Danny is the founder of Guns & Moses, San Diego’s only Jewish Shooting Club. Recently Danny started a new Group called Jews4LE, which provides people the opportunity to show appreciation, support and admiration for the men and women of Law Enforcement. It also allows a channel of communication from the Senior levels of the many LE Agencies we have here in San Diego.
Danny’s son, Moshe graduated from SCY High and began his post high school learning at Torat Shraga in Jerusalem. Tamar is at Torah High, Yosef and Dovi attend SSDHDS. Danny is excited to be once again contributing to the crafting and melding of this Great School.
Elaine Lepow – Elaine Lepow has dedicated her entire adult life and professional career to education, with particular attention given to educating our Jewish elementary and high school youth. She holds a B.A. in English with a minor in elementary education, holds a Masters in Library Science, specializing in Children’s Librarianship, and holds a Master of Arts in Comparative Literature and Education with Life Credentials in elementary and secondary education, grades K – 14, Curriculum and Development Design, and a Reading Specialty with a special credential in teaching English as a Second Language. In addition, Elaine graduated from the seven-year program of the California School Leadership Academy, established by the CA Department of Education, designed specifically to advanced training of working public and selected private school principals and superintendents. Elaine was also privileged to attend the Harvard Graduate School of Education program in professional education’s Standards and Accountability: Their Impact on Teaching and Assessment, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education Principals’ Center Institute on Leadership: An Evolving Vision.
Elaine began her career working as a cataloguer in a public library in Springfield, New Jersey. Quickly realizing that her true passion was teaching, she taught third grade in a rural public school and then, when her older daughter was ready to enter Kindergarten, taught elementary science and reading to children experiencing difficulty with early reading readiness at a day school in New Jersey. When her husband, Fred, was moved to La Jolla, both their children were enrolled in the Soille San Diego Hebrew Day School, where Elaine, wanting to be with her children, was invited to teach third grade and then junior high school English. Five years later Elaine became the Director of the Junior High as well as the English teacher and then had the honor of becoming the Day School Principal. Elaine served as principal at the Day School for twenty years. Following her retirement in 2004, she was “drafted” to become the secular principal of Maimonides Academy in Los Angeles which she regards as a fantastic learning/growing experience. In 2006 Elaine and Fred returned home to San Diego. Within weeks of their return, Elaine became involved in the WASC accreditation process for SCY High. She was invited to join the SCY High Board in the spring of 2007 and has been totally committed to helping SCY High ever since.
Rand Levin – Rand grew up in Los Angeles, CA where he attended Hillel Hebrew Academy, Y.U.L.A., and went on to graduate from Beverly Hills High School. In 1989, Rand moved to San Diego to attend San Diego State University. He earned a bachelor’s degree, majoring in Journalism with a Radio/TV emphasis and minored in psychology. In 1993, he was named Outstanding Graduate of S.D.S.U.’s Journalism Department. Professionally, Rand was an Emmy Award winning television news photographer at NBC San Diego from 1994-2008 where he also co-produced, shot and edited “Ken Kramer’s About San Diego” program. He owned and operated Rand Video Productions from 2008-2013 doing work for such media entities as CBS News, ESPN, and 10News KGTV among others.
Rand has been the Synagogue Administrator at Beth Jacob Congregation San Diego since 2013 where he manages all of the business affairs of the shul including Beth Jacob’s rental properties. As a lay leader, he served as President of Beth Jacob for 4 years and prior to that, spent time as Gabbai, Vice-President, CFO and Trustee. Rand was one of the Founding Board Members of SCY High. He and his wife, Nomie, have 4 boys. Their oldest son, Josh, was a SCY High pioneer student who graduated in 2009. Their 2 middle sons are current SCY High students and their youngest boy will be entering SCY High in 2019.
Yvonne Venger – Yvonne Venger is a San Diego native. Her parents escaped the east coast only for Yvonne to return right back there for college. She graduated from Soille San Diego Hebrew Day School and then went to Yeshiva University of Los Angeles for high school. Yvonne graduated Barnard College with a BA in Cultural Anthropology and obtained a MA in Educational Technology from Teachers College, Columbia University. Yvonne worked in educational television in New York City (Reading Rainbow, anyone?)before obtaining her MSW from Yeshiva University. She has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for over 15 years. Yvonne and her husband Rick have three children. They moved from Los Angeles to San Diego several years ago to be closer to family. They are active members of Adat Yeshurun. Yvonne is joining the SCY High board just as her son is poised to join the school in the very near future. She is so thankful that SCY High exists as an institution of Judaic and Secular excellence for the boys of San Diego and neighboring areas. Yvonne still can’t believe she’s right back where she started.