Mrs Helen Spirn


Dear YDE Family,

We are excited to announce that Mrs. Helen Spirn, a renowned educator of adolescent young women, will be joining the YDE family as Founding Principal of our new High School for Girls.

Mrs. Spirn is an outstanding educational leader and creative visionary who has served as Founding Principal and Head of School at the SKA High School for Girls for twenty-five years and educated and inspired close to 2,000 young Jewish women. Under her expert and thoughtful leadership, SKA is regarded as a premier Yeshiva High School for girls in the United States, where pursuit of academic excellence and spiritual growth are paramount in a uniquely warm atmosphere. 

Mrs. Spirn is a role model and embodies the character traits, warmth and Torah ideals which we value at YDE and strive to inculcate in our students. She is an involved and caring educator who is admired for knowing each student, her learning style and her strengths, as well as investing herself in each student’s emotional, educational, religious and personal development.

The Jewish educational community recognizes Helen Spirn as an innovator and many of her programs for students, teachers, parents and alumnae have been adopted by yeshiva high schools throughout the country. During her tenure at SKA, Mrs. Spirn directed the prestigious Middle States Self Study and Accreditation Visitation three times, where her leadership and the school’s many accomplishments were cited with accolades. She introduced a signature 9th Grade Electives Program which includes an Art Academy, a Graphic Design Program, Sign Language and an Engineering Institute which developed students’ talents and interests throughout high school and beyond. Mrs. Spirn created a work study internship program for seniors, a Career Day featuring Orthodox Women and a series of College Guidance workshops for parents and students.

Mrs. Spirn is grateful to Hashem for another opportunity to launch a new high school and looks forward to meeting 8th grade applicants and their parents at our upcoming Open House on Sunday morning, December 2nd. She can be reached by phone at 718-232-0100 ext. 6001, or via email at

Please join me in welcoming Mrs. Spirn to the YDE community. I am confident that her experience and creativity will empower our students to actualize their potential and realize their dreams. 


Rabbi Meyer Yedid
Rosh HaYeshiva