Phil has led this agency in its various forms since 1993. He was the founding director of the Community Hebrew Schools, which, in 1997, became the Jewish Outreach Partnership, and, in 2009, merged to become, what is now, the Jewish Learning Venture. Phil received his B.A. at Brandeis University and M.A. and Ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is the recipient of the 2007 Covenant Award for Exceptional Jewish Educators.