ABOUT RABBI YAKOV HOROWITZ
Rabbi Yakov Horowitz is the founding dean of Yeshiva Darchei Noam of Monsey, a Yeshiva noted for its positive child-centered learning environment. He is also the founder and director of The Center for Jewish Family Life/Project YES, a national parenting organization which conducts numerous programs designed to promote family stability in the Jewish community, including the Bnos One on One Big Sister Program, where 800 girls from seven states and Canada meet weekly throughout the school year.
Rabbi Horowitz is a recognized authority on raising children. He is the author of two books, Growing with the Parsha and Living and Parenting. As part of the Karasick Child Safety Initiative of Project YES, Rabbi Horowitz conducts child abuse-prevention workshops and teleconferences all around the world, and has published in conjunction with ArtScroll the landmark children’s personal safety picture book, Let’s Stay Safe! The book has been meticulously been adapted into the Yiddish children’s book, Zei Gezunt! and into the Hebrew book for the Chareidi community in Israel, Mah She’batuach – Batuach! which can be found in bookstores throughout Israel. The brand new adaptation for the Daati Leumi community, “Le’vetach!” has just been published.
Rabbi Horowitz has developed and published the first two volumes of The Bright Beginnings Chumash Workbooks which are designed to help children acquire Hebrew language skills in a fun-filled manner. The innovate Bright Beginnings Haschalas Gemara Workbook for Meseches Brachos for beginning Gemara learners is now an important, integral part of the curriculum in over 40 schools. Dozens of additional schools that begin teaching Gemara with other Mesechtos are now using the new Bright Beginnings Hachana L’Gemara handbook for use with any Mesechta. Rabbi Horowitz conducts parenting and educational seminars internationally, and is a regular contributor on Torah, educational, and parenting topics to Jewish periodicals and websites.
Rabbi Horowitz has received numerous awards including: The Rockland County Educator of the Year Award, the Grinspoon-Steinhart Award for Excellence in Jewish Education, and the prestigious Covenant Award, presented to outstanding Jewish educators in North America.