Rabbi Hirshfeld told Matzav.com, “Even though I have known him only for a few months, I sense in Rabbi Schoonmaker a kindred spirit who is in tune with our culture and our educational goals. I foresee a new era of innovation and expansion as Shapell’s carries on with its traditions of excellence in Torah education.”
Rabbi Schoonmaker told Matzav.com, “I am honored and humbled to accept the position of Rosh Yeshiva at Shapell’s. The chance to work together with such dedicated and accomplished rebbeim to help the Yeshiva thrive is one that I so look forward to. I hope to further develop the program to meet the needs of the new generation of students, to help each and every student to learn and to grow and – of course – to build on the incredibly rich Shapell’s tradition. My wife and I look forward to hosting students and alumni in our home, and to becoming part of the Shapell’s family.”
Shapell’s/Darché Noam, which will begin its 40th year this Elul, has over 4,000 alumni of its men’s yeshiva and women’s seminary.