School Principals

PRE-PRIMARY SCHOOL

Ruth Kirkel, Pre-Primary Principal

Ruth has been involved in education for over 30 years. She qualified at the University of the Witwatersrand with a BA majoring in English and History, followed by a postgraduate diploma in education. She has an advanced certificate in education, specialising in teaching children with special needs, literacy difficulties and dyslexia. 

Ruth began her career as an English High School teacher before beginning her journey in Early Childhood Education. Ruth ran a playschool from her home before moving to teach and be principal at the Yeshiva College playschool for nine years. She then became principal of the pre-primary school, where she oversees the playschool, nursery school and Grade R classes.    

Ruth is passionate about children, education and continues to participate in courses about her field. 

Ruth’s favourite quote: “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” -Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh (by A.A. Milne)

PRIMARY SCHOOL

Dinah Unterslak, Primary School Principal

Dinah is a proud alumnus of Yeshiva College. After spending a year learning at Midreshet Harova, she enrolled at WITS University and graduated with an Honours Degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology.  Dinah followed her passion in child language and operated a successful private practice in a Northern Suburbs Remedial school for 12 years. During this time, she attended many courses and gained incredible insight and knowledge in both child development and education.

Dinah opened the doors of the YES centre in 2018 with the vision and intention of making it a world class therapy and assessment facility. Through a multidisciplinary approach, and the knowledge that early intervention is key, she has been able to create a safe space that is sought after by many. 

In August 2019, with the backing of the YES centre, Dinah launched the Yavneh Remedial Stream, the very first of its kind for South African Jewry. The Yavneh Remedial Stream is a fully integrated remedial education within a Torah environment.

Dinah became principal of our primary school in January 2020, just before Covid hit Johannesburg.  She has proven to lead the school with passion, integrity, enthusiasm and direction.

Dinah is married with five beautiful children, and enjoys baking, reading and eating ice cream at every opportunity.

Dinah’s favourite quote: “tracht gut vet zein gut…Think good and it will be good.”

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL

Natalie Altman, Girls High School Principal, Director of Kodesh and Ethos

Natalie attended Torah Academy school. After which she studied at the seminary in Midreshet Moriah. She then went on to study an education degree at Wits University. After marrying, Natalie moved to Cape Town where she spent the next 18 years. She worked at Herzlia School in the informal department, where she was also the acting head of Jewish studies. She was also the Rebbetzin of the Beit Midrash Morasha. 

Natalie was principal of Phyllis Jowell pre-school and primary school in Camps Bay and chairman of Bnei Akiva from 2000 – 2001. 

Natalie has been warmly welcomed at Yeshiva College where she envisions a school that ensures its graduates are passionate Jews who love Torah and Israel, who can freely practice their Yiddishkite in a sophisticated way, and serve as role models in the Jewish and secular communities. Natalie hopes that each child who passes through the Yeshiva College system is a contributor to the world. 

Natalie has many passions, but her biggest obsession are her children. She loves doing her shlichut work, running, dancing and reading. 

Natalie recently celebrated her 21st wedding anniversary with her husband and six children. 

Natalie’s favourite quote: “We don’t see the world the way it is, we see the world the way we are.” 

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL

Rob Long, High School Principal, DIRECTOR OF ACADEMICS

Rob Long is a dedicated principal at Yeshiva College. He has many years of educational experience and is passionate about creating a school that produces true menchen who are confident, values-driven young men and women who will enter the world with a strong sense of self, while being grounded in Torah values, and who are well equipped to compete in the wider world. Rob hopes that all Yeshiva graduates will make a difference in the world. 

Rob Long has a Bachelor of Art Degree from University of Witwatersrand, and a higher diploma in education from University of Witwatersrand. He further studied to achieve a second diploma in education through CEFT, and has completed a leadership development course from Wits Business School. 

He was Second Master at St John’s College until July 2018, before joining Yeshiva College as the High School principal in August 2018. He was appointed the director of academics of Yeshiva College in 2020. 

Rob is passionate about the outdoors, bush and wildlife, and is a keen birder. He enjoys sports and jogging, gardening and fly fishing. But above all, he is a dedicated family man who is devoted to his wife, Margot and his two sons.  

Rob’s favourite quote: “The impossible we do immediately. Miracles may take a little time.”

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Switchboard: 011 640 9900
Pre-Primary school: 011 640 9907
Primary school: 011 640 9908
High School: 011 640 9900

e-mail: info@yeshivacollege.co.za

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