Tamim Academies is a national school network and movement dedicated to transforming Jewish elementary education in North America.


We provide critical support from concept and design to curricular materials, technology tools, and ongoing professional learning and development. The Tamim network makes it possible for communities of all sizes to build a high quality new school.

Tamim’s ultimate goal lies beyond the walls of our schools. By creating the Jewish Day Schools of the future, today, we’re revolutionizing the way Jewish children learn and we want to share it nationwide. Our schools prepare the next generation of Jews to take on the world.

The Tamim Academy Story: A Meeting of Minds and Hearts

During its ten years of operation, the Kohelet Foundation operated in the Jewish day school field by championing Jewish day school education among families and funders as well as spearheading programs and initiatives that empowered educators. The Kohelet Foundation’s targeted grants empowered schools and educators nationwide to experiment with new educational ideas and approaches to interdisciplinary integration, learning environments, differentiated instruction and development of critical and creative thinking. In all of its projects, the Foundation prioritized the importance of making its work accessible and replicable nationally.

Tamim Academies was born out of this work and will carry out its next chapters.

Education Advisory Committee

Mrs. Vivi Deren

Founding Director, Gan Yeladim of Stamford

Rabbi Dr. Jay Goldmintz

Teacher, Author, Winner of the 2014 National Jewish Book Award

Rabbi Simon Jacobson

Author, Scholar and Spiritual Life Coach

Rebecca Rohr Ritter

Head of Academics, The Shefa School; MA, Bank Street

Miriam Esther Wilhelm

Head of School, Knoxville Jewish Academy; Certified Montessori Educator