About HJPS


Judy Greenberg – Chair of Governors

I became Chair of Governors in March 2020.  My career has been in primary education, teaching at Rosh Pinah for 20 years, where I was Deputy Head as well as serving on the Governing Body. I also taught and was a governor at Mathilda Marks-Kennedy.  I retired in July 2020 to help with childcare for my grandchildren, and to pursue my interests.

I remain passionate about children’s education and am keen to participate more actively in helping to guide the strategic direction of the school in order to achieve the best outcomes for pupils, staff and the wider community.

Rita Alak-Levi – Headteacher

I have held senior management posts for 30 years, after being given Excellent and Senior Teacher status in only my second year of teaching. I have been an Acting Headteacher on three separate occasions and the experiences were extremely rewarding. I was honoured to be one of the first Advanced Skills Teachers in the Borough of Barnet for nearly 10 years. My experience includes teaching every class in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 in 6 different but all amazing, schools.

I am delighted to be the Headteacher of Hertsmere Jewish Primary School.

Joanne Curtis – Parent Governor

I was proud to be appointed as Parent Governor in June 2020. With two children at HJPS, and as a teacher with experience of working in the state and private sector, I wanted to take the opportunity to work in partnership with schools and give something back. I serve as the link governor for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). I am a qualified dyslexia specialist and have spent many years studying and researching teaching practices and looking at educational outcomes. I am a member of Bushey United synagogue and former Chair of the PTA at the Synagogue’s nursery.

Rabbi Feldman – Rabbinic Principal

I am honoured to represent the Chief Rabbi as Rabbinic Principal at HJPS as part of the school joining JCAT. My role at HJPS is to help develop and challenge our students to learn and grow academically and religiously. Further, as a Rabbi of a Hertsmere community, I have a direct interest specifically in helping the school which looks after our children achieve its highest potential. When HJPS succeeds our Hertsmere families succeed and when Hertsmere families succeed our communities succeed.

How I will try to help achieve that is, first and foremost, being part of the team, with the Headteacher, Head of Jewish Studies and the Jewish Studies staff. I try to take part in the conversation with both formal and informal Jewish studies, the school’s Jewish and religious messaging as well as the communication and pastoral support to staff and families. I try to be approachable and I am very passionate about a tailor-made approach for each student and family towards enhancing their Jewish learning, experience and journey.

Richard Kafton – Foundation Governor

I practised as a Chartered Financial Planner and following my retirement we moved to Finchley to be nearer our grandchildren.  Until recently, my wife and I lived in Borehamwood & Elstree for nearly 40 years, and witnessed the development of HJPS.

After retiring, I applied to become a US Foundation Governor at HJPS where I will be responsible for finance.  I was a previously a member of the Board at Borehamwood & Elstree Synagogue, and Chair of the Eruv Committee and the founding committee of Hatzola Herts. I have also been a JFS Trustee for 20 years.

My wife and I spend a lot of time on “grandparent duty”, we like travelling, and I am a season ticket holder at Arsenal.  My other passion is Holocaust education, having completed a Masters in Holocaust Studies in 2016.

Laurie Kay – Foundation Governor

My career covered post-16 education and skills, lifelong learning, economic development and regeneration. I held senior positions in both public and private sector organisations and it still excites me to see how education and skills impacts on people’s lives. I have seen through skills attainment, employment progression and business births how lives and communities can improve.

My family have lived in Borehamwood for 35 years and since retiring I have undertaken a range of voluntary roles including with Jewish Care, Willesden Jewish Cemetery, Hatzola Herts and as a trustee of a Jewish charity, all of which keep me busy.
In addition to grandparenting 6 children, I am also a magistrate sitting in St. Albans which enables me to engage further with the local community.

Daniella Ross – Staff Governor

I have been at HJPS since 2010, where I started as a Nursery teacher after completing a PGCE. I was a child carer before this time.  My own childhood and degree specialism led me into teaching.  I have remained teaching in Early Years, in both Nursery and Reception.

I am an early years specialist teacher, passionately committed to the education and care of our youngest children.  I am delighted to be a staff governor and hope to continue to contribute to our school to the best of my ability.

Tony Ruffman – Foundation Governor

My business background is in fashion, manufacturing, importing and exporting. I ran my own business for over 30 years. For the past 12 years I have been acting as a consultant for two independent fashion companies.  For many years I was part of a Synagogue committee helping Israeli charities.  I also took part in two bike rides in Israel raising money for Norwood.

I am very involved with Edgware United Synagogue and I run my own minyan on a Shabbat morning. My two grandsons attend Rosh Pinah School and I take great interest in their learning, both secular and Jewish Studies. I am very proud of the excellent Jewish education provision in all the Jewish schools.



To download a PDF of Governors Register of Interests, please click here.

To download a PDF of Governor Attendance for Committee Meetings 2017/18 & 2018/19 please click here.

To download a PDF of Governor Attendance for FGB Meetings  2017 /18 & 2018/19, please click here.

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