Dear Academies at GBDS Families,

We are excited to welcome Whitney Blom to the Academies at GBDS as our new Director of Recruitment and Admissions. During the hiring process, Whitney met with several members of the Board and Administration and impressed us as an individual with the skills, commitment and experience to help grow and strengthen our school. We are delighted that Whitney has accepted this important leadership role and welcome her into our community. We are excited for this win-win for GBDS and Whitney!

Most recently, Whitney has worked at Jewish Family Concierge strengthening Judaism in the Montclair Jewish community. She has been a consultant for the Jewish Federations of North America and Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. She has also been the Director of Community Outreach at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. She has her Masters in Social Work from Yeshiva University in New York City where she was the recipient of the Deans Award for academic achievement and leadership.

Please join me in welcoming Whitney and working with her to make the Academies at GBDS even stronger. Whitney’s office will be on the second floor adjacent to the library and she can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 201-337-1111 ext 208. Don’t hesitate to say hello and introduce yourself. Together, we will grow more leaders with strong character and a lifelong passion for learning.

Bob Smolen