Our Administration

Rabbi Yitzchak Charner

Founder and Headmaster
rycharner@tsgw.org 301-962-8003 ext 2307
Rabbi Yitzchak Charner, Headmaster of the Torah School of Greater Washington, has a national reputation for excellence in Jewish education. With the coveted yoreh yoreh yadin yadin smicha (advanced rabbinic ordination) from the Rabbinical Seminary of America in 1977 and a degree in Economics from Queens College in New York, Rabbi Charner has led a distinguished career in Jewish education and communal leadership. He has served as a rebbe for beis medrash students in Israel and as an elementary and high school principal in New Orleans and Dallas. Rabbi Charner came to the Washington, D.C. area in 1986 as principal of the Hebrew Day School of Montgomery County. In addition, Rabbi Charner has been an instructor in Torah Umesorah’s teacher training program. In 1994, Rabbi Charner and a corps of committed community leaders launched the Torah School of Greater Washington with the hope of creating a school that would embody his educational philosophy. His focus on each child’s strengths and his ability to provide a strong Torah education with a special emphasis on molding character is in large part the reason for the Torah School’s rapid growth. Since its inception, the school has grown from 82 to more than 250 students, and the Torah School’s middos and extra learning programs have become the model for other schools throughout the country.Rabbi Charner and his wife, Rochel, affectionately known as “Morah Rochel” by her many kindergarten students, have six children, many adorable grandchildren, and live in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Julie Malka

SECULAR STUDIES PRINCIPAL
jmalka@tsgw.org 301-962-8003 ext 2320
Mrs. Julie Malka, secular studies principal at the Torah School of Greater Washington, brings nearly four decades of experience in the field of education to her role as principal. Having worked in schools across the country – from Norwich, CT to Savannah to Minneapolis to Dallas – before arriving in Silver Spring, Maryland, she has taught every grade from four-year nursery through sixth. Before coming to the Torah School, Mrs. Malka taught for 22 years at the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy, where she also coordinated the elementary school middos program.Years of learning and experience, as well as her lifelong commitment to Jewish day school education, have developed Mrs. Malka’s views and goals at the Torah School. “At the Torah School, we work diligently and lovingly to create an environment in which good middos are valued and in which we can offer an excellent Jewish and secular education. As a devoted team of educators, we work to meet the individual needs of our students by understanding them socially and emotionally, as well as academically. We strive to bring out their potentials, build on their strengths, and work on their areas of weakness.”Mrs. Malka and her husband, Rabbi Raphael Malka, well-known mohel and sofer, live in Silver Spring. Rabbi Malka comes in weekly as a volunteer to help tutor student(s). They are grateful to Hashem to be blessed with children and grandchildren.

Zev Teichman

Executive Director
zteichman@tsgw.org 301-962-8003 ext 2311
Zev Teichman, Executive Director of the Torah School of Greater Washington was raised in the greater Washington area. A product of our Jewish Day schools and of the University of Maryland, Zev has always been closely in touch with the local Jewish community. Professionally, he served as a staffer for three United States Senators for nearly thirty years. Most recently, from 1981 to 2005, he was the IT Director for Senator Don Nickles of Oklahoma. From 1996 to 2000, Zev also served in Senator Nickles’ Majority Whip Office in the United States Capitol. During his time in the Senate, he interfaced successfully with (sometimes) irate people from all walks of life. He was well-versed in the legislative process and was persuasive in getting Senator Nickles to become a reliable supporter of legislation that was beneficial to American Jewry and to the State of Israel. Zev has also been heavily involved in community service. As part of over twenty years of service to his Shul, he was President of Southeast Hebrew Congregation from 2000 to 2002 and currently serves as its Treasurer. Additionally, from 2004 to 2009, Zev served on the Executive Board of the Yeshiva of Greater Washington. Zev and Marlene Teichman, very proud parents of two Torah School alumni, reside in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Rabbi Yosef Charner

Director of Development
ryrcharner@tsgw.org 301-962-8003 ext 2049
Rabbi Yosef Charner joined the Torah School administration in August 2012 as its Director of Development. In this position, Rabbi Charner is responsible, among his many functions, for creating new programs, expanding community outreach, and directing and strengthening all of the school’s major fundraising events. As Director of Development, his portfolio also includes planning and implementing capital campaigns, dedication opportunities, media events, planned giving, donor engagement, grant development solicitations and enduring endowment programs. With the Torah School’s ever growing student population, Rabbi Charner plays a critical role in ensuring the school’s gold standard of education for our next generation of Jewish leadership envoys. Rabbi Charner comes to the Torah School from St. Louis where he, not surprisingly, also served in numerous roles, such as development officer, fifth grade Rebbe, and teacher in the community’s Kollel. He is married to Bracha Pessi Charner (nee Rappaport), whom he met in Baltimore, and is blessed with four children, three of whom are students in the Torah School. Rabbi Charner, a graduate of the Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore, had previously learned at Yeshivas Mir in Yerushalayim for eight years. He possesses a teaching degree, and has amassed much professional training, experience and success in fundraising and program development.The Torah School is proud of his accomplishments as its inaugural Director of Development, and wishes him and his family much success in all their future endeavors.