YST Boys

YST Boys2023-02-21T16:45:35-05:00

About the Boys School

The Yeshiva Shaarei Tzion Boy School provides a top-tier limudei kodesh and superior general studies education for boys in grades Pre-1A through 8. The school building, dedicated in 2004, houses a beautiful shul and bais midrash, modern science and computer labs, large classrooms, a full-court gymnasium, and a baseball field for outdoor activities.

Foremost, YST imbues in the boys a lifelong commitment to Avodas Hashem. They gain a love of learning that extends beyond the walls of the school and an understanding of the value Torah study adds to their daily lives. Rebbeim and teachers also emphasize high school/mesivta preparedness and character development by nurturing each student’s personal strengths and middos, as well as key study skills, including critical thinking and the ability to work independently.

Rabbi Shragi Herskowitz, Menahel

Rabbi Shragi Herskowitz, a visionary mechanech and sought-after mentor to Jewish educators throughout the United States, joined the YST faculty in 2015 as menahel of the Boys School. He came to YST after serving as the assistant English principal of Bais Avrohom in Lakewood and the leading 6th grade rebbe in the Lakewood Cheder. Since 2010, he has directed the learning program at Camp Ruach Chaim, where his strategic initiatives – frequently replicated at other camps – enable campers with unique challenges to achieve success. After learning in Eretz Yisroel, Rabbi Herskowitz studied for six years in the Bais Medrash Govoha Kollel. He is a graduate of both the Mercaz Teachers’ Training Program and the Aish Dos Teacher’s Training Program, and regularly participates in Torah U’mesorah principal workshops. Rabbi Herskowitz brings to YST a contagious enthusiasm for learning. He has a proven track record as an engaging administrator who elicits the very best from his rebbeim and teachers, and as a warm, effective educator who nurtures his talmidim to realize their potential, both as students and members of the community.

Rabbi Adam Hertzberg, General Studies Principal

An impassioned and experienced educator and administrator, Rabbi Adam Hertzberg joined the Yeshiva Shaarei Tzion family in 2020 as the General Studies Principal of the boys division. He previously worked as the Assistant Principal for grades 1-8 at Westchester Day School in Mamaroneck, NY and as the Director of Educational Programming at the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy in Livingston, NJ. He has taught at both SAR High School and Ramaz Middle School in New York and was a member of the senior staff of various summer camps including Camp Morasha and Ruach Day Camp. Rabbi Hertzberg is a graduate of Yeshiva University with a BA and MA in Jewish Philosophy and received smicha from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He has completed doctoral coursework at the Azrieli Graduate School for Jewish Education and Administration and participated in the YU LEAD leadership training program. Rabbi Hertzberg trained as a mentor with the Jewish New Teachers Project and has mentored a number of new teachers over the years. His passion for facilitating a positive learning environment for students, as well as his strong desire and ability to support teachers is sure to enhance our General Studies Department and continue to build on YST’s solid foundations.