Tali Zelkowicz – Head of School
Dr. Tali Zelkowicz graduated on the Dean’s List with a BA in Sociology from the University of British Columbia (1995) and also studied sociology at Hebrew University in Jerusalem (1993-94). She holds a Master’s in Education (Rhea Hirsch School of Education at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, 2000) where she also earned an MA in Jewish Studies (1999). Tali received rabbinical ordination from HUC-JIR (2002), and went on to earn her doctorate at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development (2008) as a Wexner Graduate Fellow, specializing in the sociology of Jewish education.
She received the 2006 Young Scholar’s Award from the Network for Research in Jewish Education and was awarded a Writing Dissertation Fellowship for the 2006-2007 year from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, for her research on “Jungle Gyms and China Shops: Dissonance Between Jewish and American Identity Formation.” Tali has been a consultant to various Jewish day schools, summer camps, congregational religious schools, and Jewish organizations around the country, about their visions and practice for Jewish identity building. From 2007-2016, she served as a professor of education at HUC-JIR in Los Angeles, teaching graduate students studying to become educators, rabbis, and Jewish non-profit management professionals. While at HUC, she also served as the Director of Jewish Programming for the innovative Day School Leadership through Teaching (DeLeT) program, which prepares day school teachers to integrate Jewish and General Studies. At CJDS, she is thrilled to be able to integrate her work as a sociologist, educator, and rabbi. Tali is married to Benny Zelkowicz, an animator and Disney-published children’s book author. They live in Bexley with their two children, Gavriel (CJDS ’23), and Asher (CJDS ’26).
Rachel Arcus-Goldberg – Principal
Ms. Arcus-Goldberg, or “Ms. AG,” as the students know her, holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Brandeis University, a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia University and a Master's Degree in Jewish Studies and Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary. She is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Rachel worked as an educational leader and administrator at Gann Academy in Boston for ten years, where she held positions as the Director of Experiential Education, Associate Dean of Students and Freshman Class Dean. Before Gann, she was the Director of TriBeCa Hebrew, an after-school-Hebrew-school program in lower Manhattan. Rachel is deeply invested in growing as a Jewish Educational leader and participated in the NAIS School Leader Institute, the Deans Roundtable Conference, Chanoch L’Na’ar – a midah (value) based character development program, Faculty Rounds and the Teen Safe Task Force through Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Boston, and the CAJE conference for Jewish Educators. In addition to leadership positions, Rachel has taught Psychology, Health, Israeli Dance, and Jewish Literacy classes at Gann Academy and its partner institutions. Significantly, she also wrote an anti-bullying curriculum for the high school -- focused on creating a school culture in which everyone makes thoughtful choices -- that she has brought to CJDS.
Rachel is extremely excited to be helping to write the next chapter in the story of CJDS, and is so proud to be at a school that is truly living up to its mission of intellectual sophistication, social responsibility, and personal authenticity by teaching kids how to think critically, do good for other people, and understand themselves. She lives with her two children and husband, Jeremy, also a Jewish educator, who currently teaches first grade - general studies at CJDS.
Julie Tilson-Stanley – Director of Institutional Advancement
As a Columbus native, Julie is honored to come home to join the CJDS team as the school’s Director of Institutional Advancement. In addition to revenue generation, Julie’s areas of expertise include donor cultivation and stewardship, board development, collaboration and partnerships, mentorship and management, and event planning. Julie received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Business from The University of Arizona and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service with a focus in nonprofit management. From 2006-2009, she received the Professional Leaders Project Academic Fellowship at NYU. For over fifteen years, Julie has worked in senior development positions at American Jewish World Service and the Birthright Israel Foundation on multi-million dollar fundraising campaigns. Julie also worked as a publicist at 20th Century Fox Studios in their domestic feature film marketing department in Los Angeles. In addition to being a brilliant and deeply strategic thinker, Julie brings us her immense joy, compassion, creativity, innovation, and truly wonderful sense of humor. Her positive energy makes it impossible not to dream with her.
Jenny Glick – Director of Admissions and Marketing
Ms. Jenny Glick has been affiliated with CJDS for almost two decades and brings tremendous professional talent and passion to this school that she loves so dearly. An alumna of Columbus College of Art and Design, she brings her imagination, expertise, and endless energy to CJDS. Jenny has dedicated many years to building and enriching CJDS and, since 2016, has been engaged in growing the school through strategic planning, visioning, communications, and so much more as its Director of Admissions and Marketing. A lifelong resident of Columbus, Ohio, Jenny has long been committed to strengthening her community, as an active communal leader and as a Wexner Heritage Alumna (member of Columbus 11 cohort). Her volunteer leadership initiatives include 22 years of ongoing service to her synagogue, Temple Israel, where she is an Executive Board Member. Jenny’s commitment to and deep belief in the power of an immersive Jewish education to help young Jews build their identities in meaningful and anchored ways has led to her involvement with Columbus Jewish Day School since 2000: as a parent (2001-2012), as a Board member (2001-2007), and as Board President 2010-2012. Off campus, you will find Jenny enjoying her many interests and hobbies, including painting, sculpting, reading, watching movies, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends. Jenny lives in New Albany, Ohio with her husband, Brad and their two sons, Max (CJDS ‘07) and Sam (CJDS ‘13).
Mark Mitzman – Business Manager
Mr. Mark Mitzman moved to Columbus recently to be close to family. He has been a corporate tax executive for over 40 years, primarily with publicly traded multinational firms. In those roles, he has provided extensive business counsel in areas such as taxes, accounting, treasury, legal, IT, and strategic planning. Most recently, he was the Vice President - Tax at Gibson Brands (formerly known as Gibson Guitar) in Nashville, Tennessee. Mark earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a J.D. from DePaul University. In addition, he holds an Illinois CPA certificate. Throughout his career, Mark has also actively supported many not-for-profit organizations, serving on their boards and/or as an officer. During his years in Dayton, he led the start-up of the Dayton Jewish School and served as president of Beth Jacob Congregation. Moving from corporate America to Columbus Jewish Day School was a no-brainer career change given Mark’s life-long commitment to family, Yiddishkeit, and education. Off campus, when not with children and grandchildren, you might find Mark helping to lead Shabbat and Yom Tov services at his synagogue, playing golf, or participating in his Masonic Lodge activities.