Rabbi Simon is a self motivated innovator, who acts when he sees a need in the Jewish community. He has initiated numerous projects, among them a successful loan G’Mach in Baltimore which still operates to this day, and a very large and popular Hebrew and English library in Har Nof that has been running for over twenty years.
Rabbi Simon was inspired to start Magen Avos upon moving to Beit Shemesh in 1995. He saw the need for a school that would service the many families that were moving to Ramat Beit Shemesh, offering an uncompromising Torah education along with a quality secular education and the chinuch approach that is familiar to Jews coming from English speaking countries. He soon found that this combination appealed to families from all backgrounds and has since welcomed native Israelis along with children from many countries throughout the world.
Rabbi Daniel Simon was raised and educated in Far Rockaway, New York. He attended Yeshiva of Far Rockaway and later learned in Beis Medrash and Kollel of Ner Yisrael Yeshiva headed by Rav Ruderman zt”l and Rav Yakov Wienberg zt”l in Baltimore where he received semicha. Rabbi Simon moved with his wife and family to Eretz Yisrael in 1989 and learned in Kollel Nishmas Yisrael in Bayit Vegan and Kollel HaRan in Ramot eventually receiving several semichas from Israeli Rabbanim.
Rabbi Simon worked for many years in a variety of camps such as Magen Av and administrative positions in Camp Munk, Ma Navu and Romemu. He coordinated numerous summers of Israel Torah Trip tours to Israel.
He holds a BA and a Masters in Business Administration from University of Baltimore and a Israeli certified degree in Education.
Rabbi Simon’s thorough grounding in Torah learning, organizational knowledge, experience, enthusiasm, creativity and camp “know how” have enabled him to create and flourish, with Hashem’s help, the pre schools, Yeshiva and Bais Yaakov classes that have educated a generation of children to love of Torah, fear of Heaven and love of the Jewish people.