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Rabbi Steven Finkelstein

Since his arrival at TABC over a dozen years ago, Rabbi Finkelstein has dedicated himself to developing a proactive guidance department that fosters a strong connection with students, parents, teachers and the administration. Under his direction the guidance department plays a valuable role in the school by addressing the students’ individual needs and concerns. These include a full spectrum of academic, social and emotional issues. Over the years, Rabbi Finkelstein has presented a variety of programs for students, parents and the community on topics including interpersonal relationships, building self-esteem, parenting strategies, coping with stress, positive decision making, ethical dilemmas, creating a system of positive values, and social skills. Rabbi Finkelstein initiated TABC's Hadracha Program, an advisory program led by selected members of the faculty, which provides freshmen and sophomores with the opportunity to meet in small heterogeneous group settings to discuss social, emotional, health and academic issues that can impact their lives. Rabbi Finkelstein also plays an active role in our extra-curricular activities including the Student–Faculty Forum, the Senior Mentoring Program, retreats, and Chessed and school–wide programs. He recently completed extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapy at the Beck Institute in Philadelphia and an Inner Child Therapy seminar in New Jersey.