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    About Teach New Jersey

    Teach NJ, a division of Teach Coalition, was founded in 2015 to advocate for equitable government funding for New Jersey’s nonpublic schools.

    Since the inception of Teach NJ, we have secured an additional $135 million for nonpublic school students in New Jersey. This year, nonpublic schools will be receiving over $135 million in state funding, a 48% increase since Teach NJ began its advocacy efforts. Our activists and staff lobby for state funding for nonpublic schools across a range of areas that include security, nursing, special education services, technology, and most revolutionary, funding for the STEM program, which brings public school teachers who teach STEM subjects in nonpublic schools at no cost to the schools.

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    Leadership Circle

    Leadership Circle

    • Emanuel and Helen Adler
    • Yale and Ann Baron
    • Samuel Benzaquen
    • Benjamin and Blimi Berger
    • Steven and Danielle Bleier
    • Yehuda and Roni Blinder
    • Benjamin and Tamar
    • Blumenthal
    • David Braka
    • Daniel and Aimee Ciment
    • Daniel and Tzipora Cohen
    • Eric and Nancy Fremed
    • Joseph and Anne Gontownik
    • Yonatan Gontownik
    • Ari Gross
    • Shimmie and Alissa Horn
    • Davidi and Natalie Jonas
    • David and Michal Kahan
    • Yitzi and Terri Karasick
    • Avraham and Rebecca Katz
    • Bradford and Robin Klatt
    • Jonathan and Mindy Kolatch
    • Nathan  and Shari
    • Lindenbaum
    • Maury and Elinor Litwack
    • Joseph and Meryl Mark
    • Joseph   and Sophia Mizrahi
    • Uri and Tamar Moche
    • Samuel  and Debbie Moed
    • Joshua   and Leslie Ostrin
    • Shai and Sarit Perry
    • Daniel and Leyla Posner
    • Sammy and Margie Saka
    • David and Margi Saks
    • Adam Sasouness
    • Jonathan and Lisa Schechter
    • Joshua and Aliza Schwalbe
    • Rachel Schwartz
    • Barry and Joy Sklar
    • Alex and Sandy  Solomon
    • David and Daniella Spier
    • Henry and Sherry Stein
    • Daniel and Joyce Straus
    • Moshael and Zahava Straus
    • Steven  and Ilan Tennenbaum
    Executive Committee

    Executive Committee

    • Sam Moed, Chair
    • Yehuda Blinder
    • Eric Fremed
    • Ralph Hanan
    • Nathan Lindenbaum
    • Leslie Ostrin
    • Barry Sklar
    • Daniel Jacob
    Member Schools

    Member Schools

    • Ben Porat Yosef
    • Heichal Hatorah
    • Hillel Yeshiva
    • Ilan High School
    • Jewish Education Center
    • Kellman Brown Academy
    • Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School
    • Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy
    • Naaleh High School for Girls
    • Politz Day School
    • Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva
    • Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey
    • Solomon Schechter Day
      School of Bergen County
    • Tenafly Chabad Academy
    • The Frisch School
    • The Hebrew Academy
    • The IDEA School
    • The Moriah School
    • Torah Academy of Bergen County
    • Yavneh Academy
    • YBH of Passaic
    • Yeshivat He’Atid
    • Yeshivat Netivot Montessori
    • Yeshivat Noam

    Our Team

    Dan Mitzner

    COO & Director of Government Affairs, Teach Coalition

    Katie Katz

    Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships, Teach Coalition


    Executive Director, Teach NJ

    Katie Katz

    Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships, Teach Coalition


    Executive Director, Teach NJ

    As Teach NJ’s executive director, Katz oversees Teach NJ’s annual campaign, community engagement and mobilization efforts across the state. She joined Teach NJ from the Englewood Health Foundation where, as a major gifts officer, she managed a portfolio of major donors and cultivated philanthropic partnerships between donors, physicians, and Englewood Health. Prior to her time at Englewood Health, Katz worked at The New Jewish Home in Manhattan as associate director of capital campaigns. A third-generation New Jersey resident and Jewish day school alumna, Katz holds an MBA from Brandeis University in nonprofit management as well as a master’s degree in Jewish professional leadership. She lives in Teaneck with her husband Ezra and their three children.
    Adam Katz

    Associate Director of Government Programs, Teach Coalition

    Adam Katz

    Associate Director of Government Programs, Teach Coalition

    Adam Katz serves as the Associate Director of Government Programs for Teach Coalition. Working with schools throughout the country, he helps them navigate government programs and ensure they take maximum advantage of all available funding sources. Adam brings a wide range of skills and experience to the organization. He has worked at the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center Think Tank for Urban and Regional Policy as well as the US Navy, started his own real estate advisory firm, served on the board of directors of a nonprofit, and is an author. Adam earned a master's degree in Public Policy from Northeastern University and a bachelors degree in Economics from University of Massachusetts Amherst. Adam lives in Passaic with his wife and three children.
    Benjamin Hutt

    Regional Field Director, Teach NJ

    Benjamin Hutt

    Regional Field Director, Teach NJ

    Benjamin Hutt joined Teach NJ in February 2020 and serves as regional field director, focusing grassroots efforts primarily on portions of Bergen County. Prior to regional field director, Benjamin served as campaign manager, successfully increasing Jewish voter turnout in general and municipal elections across Teach Coalition states. Benjamin joined the Teach team from New Jersey Yachad. Benjamin graduated cum laude from Rutgers University in 2016 where he received his BS in Evolutionary Anthropology. Benjamin lives in Teaneck with his wife and son and in his free time tends to his bee hives, volunteers with the Teaneck Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and plays tennis.
    Mackenzie Frand

    Grassroots GOTV and Operations Manager, Teach Coalition

    Mackenzie Frand

    Grassroots GOTV and Operations Manager, Teach Coalition

    Mackenzie Frand serves as the Grassroots GOTV and Operations Director at Teach Coalition. Previously, Mackenzie served as the Associate Grassroots Director at Teach NYS. She graduated cum laude from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2015 with a BA in Sociology. When not working, Mackenzie enjoys spending time with her dogs.
    Maya Joyandeh

    Regional Field Director, Teach NJ

    Maya Joyandeh

    Regional Field Director, Teach NJ

    Maya Joyandeh serves as Regional Field Director, having joined Teach Coalition in July 2021. For the last 10 years, Maya has worked as a Medical Social Worker, providing counseling and services to those suffering from life-limiting illnesses in NY and NJ. Maya has a passion for serving her community, specifically recruiting and assisting new families in the Welcoming Committee, chairing the annual dinner, and serving as the Events and Programming Committee Director at her shul. Maya also kickstarted and moderates the "Neighborhood" groups on Facebook, which assists residents of Bergen County (and nearby communities) in locating household items, food and clothing for free from other families that no longer need it.

    Maya received her undergraduate degree from Stern College for Women in 2006, and a Masters in Social Work at NYU. Maya lives in Teaneck with her husband and three children. In her free time, Maya enjoys experimenting in the kitchen and hiking with her family.