Alisa Boymelgreen, one of Luria’s founding members, dreamed with her husband Sam, of creating an innovative Jewish school over a decade ago. Her vision of a warm inclusive environment where Jewish education is taught in creative and holistic ways to children of various backgrounds has made her experience as a parent and board member deeply rewarding. Her work in clinical psychotherapy with families and children has informed Luria’s approach of teaching to, and learning from children. “I think children are magical and often misunderstood; their schooling should be filled with magic and understanding.” Alisa graduated Wurzweiler school of Social Work, where she obtained her Master’s degree. She is the mother of 3 children, Mila (8), Lev (5), and Manu (3), all of whom attend Luria.
Sam Boymelgreen co-founded Boymelgreen Developers, a family business and full-service real estate development & construction company, where he served as Chief Operating Officer from 1997 through 2011. In a single decade, the company developed & built more than 4,000 units over 36 residential and mixed-use projects. In 2009, Sam co-founded Greendel Energy, which specializes in the design, procurement, installation, and financing of large-scale solar-powered energy systems. Sam has entered a new professional chapter as he pursues today’s real estate opportunities. When Sam and his wife, Alisa, were pondering the education of their children they found there was a dearth of quality options in the Brooklyn neighborhood they had grown to love. Rather than uprooting their family, Sam and Alisa, along with Moshe Banin and Jacob Septimus, co-founded the Luria Academy of Brooklyn in 2006.
Revital Gazal joined the Luria family a year after its inception. She was drawn to its holistic, progressive views on education and religion and its creative child-centered focus, values that are in perfect synch with her own personal passions. Revital graduated with a BA from NYU. In her constant pursuit of projects that align with her deepest passions, Revital began her career in the entertainment industry. Next, having always been a connoisseur of gourmet healthy eating, she attended the Natural Gourmet Cooking School in NYC and opened a vegetarian café and juice bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Then came Revital’s most significant passion project, her family. Following the premature birth of her son, she dedicated herself fully to her family. Now with her sons, Isaac and Micah, attending Luria Elementary, Revital is conceptualizing a plan for her next adventure.
Ronen Glimer is an experienced marketer, business-builder and community “creator.” Together with his wife, he built a weekend artist market in Williamsburg Brooklyn to provide local artists and entrepreneurs with a community gathering place in which to sell and market their creations. He spent several years building and marketing consumer brands and developing a national marketing organization to support those products. He recently joined a Denmark-based innovation consulting firm in their expansion into the US market. Ronen enjoys the challenge of creating and growing entities that bring people together. He is the proud father of Ruby (4) and Noa (2) and lives in the neighborhood.
Rachel Goldstein is the Vice President of Finance & Operations at Random House Publisher Services a business entity within Random House that she helped to build. Rachel is experienced in guiding companies through periods of growth and industry change utilizing strategic thinking and financial analysis to develop sound forward looking plans. Rachel holds an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the NYU Stern School. She and her husband Craig have two children one of whom attends Luria (the other is still too young).
Jacob Septimus is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law and is an attorney admitted to the New York Bar. After a short stint practicing intellectual property law, he left to found MIC Media, an entertainment company with music, television, film and Internet properties. Since leaving MIC in 2004 he has worked as a film and television director and producer and as the Creative Director for Berlin Cameron United (WPP). He currently works as Creative Director of Code and Theory in NY. He is the proud father of Ella (7) and Leonel (3) both Lurians, and baby Kol who has plans to attend someday.
Shannon Frank Green is a senior Associate at the firm of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, where she practices in commercial litigation, intellectual property and bankruptcy. She enjoys helping her clients solve problems large and small, with an emphasis on risk management and dispute resolution. She has JD and LLM degrees from Duke University School of Law. Shannon and her husband Isaac are proud parents of Luria students Rosemary and Solomon.
Daniel Septimus is the CEO of MyJewishLearning, Inc., publisher of MyJewishLearning.com, TheJewniverse.com, and Kveller.com. Daniel was, for several years, the Books columnist for the Jerusalem Post and the host of the 92nd Street Y’s “Jewish Literary Exchange.” He was a co-founder of Altshul, an independent minyan in Brooklyn, and is a Board member at Encounter, an organization that cultivates informed Jewish leadership on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Daniel has studied at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Manchester, and Yeshivat Har Etzion. He and his wife, Becky Porath, have two children, (current Luria student) Lev and (future Luria student) Eva.
Founders of Luria Academy