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"We are in the business of developing human beings."

Dr. Susie Tanchel, JCDS Head of School

Board of Trustees

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The members of the Board of Trustees are committed to ensuring that JCDS continues to provide a superior and affordable education.

The Board of Trustees has the responsibility and authority to govern the School's affairs, including:

  • Establishing and fulfilling the School's mission and policies
  • Selecting and retaining the Head of School
  • Protecting and strengthening the School's current and long-term programmatic assets
  • Providing for the School's current and long-term financial integrity, including principal responsibility for setting annual budgets, fundraising and establishing investment policies
  • Maintaining sound relationships with all constituencies of the School

The Board of Trustees is comprised of a wide cross-section of the school and community that is appropriate for the pluralistic nature of JCDS.

Board of Trustees 2019-2020

Name Other organizations you are involved with: Why do you support JCDS?
Yaniv Bejerano, P '13, '17
Marci Borenstein, P '18, '20, '22I support JCDS because it is a school where children thrive academically, socially and emotionally, knowing they are truly loved and seen for who they are.
Claudia Davidoff CJP, Harvard Hillel, MIT Hillel, Cambridge Health Alliance, Rabin Medical Center, Israel MuseumI believe that JCDS helps kids develop a love of learning and character. Being in a non-judgmental but value-rich environment, they learn respect for diversity.
Galit Div, P '25, '27JCDS is a special place. I appreciate the way JCDS instills values and habits of heart and mind in their children and the way these values play out explicitly in all studies, becoming part of the natural language of their kids.
Gary Elovitz, P '06, '13
Fiona Epstein, Clerk JCC, TBZ BrooklineJCDS integrates 21st century learning across all intelligences, Jewish and secular areas preparing the leaders and citizens of the future.
Robert Fein, GP '25 Co-founder and former VP of Development, Gann Academy. Former Board Member, VP of Finance and VP of Development, Gateways.I stand on the shoulders of a giant, my father-in-law, Mervin Gray (z'l). He taught me the importance of respect, inclusion and concern for Klal Yisrael - a core part of the JCDS mission. I also serve in memory of our m'chutenet, Yaffa Korinow (z'l), who loved JCDS with her heart and soul.
Rachel Fish, P '23, '27, '28 Next Gen Board (Grinspoon Foundation), Board member of Association for Israel Studies, Youth Sports in Waltham One of the many strengths of JCDS is its emphasis on, and investment in, the learning process. Teaching our children to learn and appreciate the growth and process of learning—and not only focus on the outcome—is essential at JCDS. Our children experience the educational journey in a profound way with the support and aid of talented educators at JCDS.
Joshua Gann, P '16, '19, '24
Sophie Gildesgame '06 Women's Lunch Place, Youth Enrichment Services As an alumna, serving on the Board of Trustees has given me the opportunity to gain perspective on the immense amount of work that goes into building and sustaining the community that I grew up in. I'm excited to find new ways for our graduates to stay involved in the community and to continue to integrate JCDS values into our lives.
Nathan Hayman, Treasurer, P '20, '22, '25 n/aJCDS teaches students how to think, not what to think. That helps them develop their own Jewish and academic identities in ways that will benefit them throughout their lifetime.
Sari Korman, P '11, '21 CJP, Beacon AcademyGrowth mindset in a warm, pluralistic Jewish school is a winning combination. This is a school that serves diverse families and brings together a wonderful community of learners!
Devra Lasden Founding co-chair of Haifa-Boston partnership; former board positions with CJP, JCRC, & JCCI have a deep belief that Jewish education at a young age has the single-most influence on shaping Jewish values, traditions and beliefs for a lifetime. The pluralistic culture, the high standard of excellence and the joy of learning at JCDS are inspirational!
Sharon Levin, P '15, '18, '21
Abe Menzin, P '18, '20,'22, '25 Urban Land Institute, CJP JCDS is not in the mold of the classic Jewish Day School framework. It's more innovative and more pluralistic than other schools—it can be more independent.
Howie Rodenstein Israel Ride, Friends of the Arava Institute, HazonToday's Jewish day school students are tomorrow's Jewish Community leaders.
Carey Schwartz Summer Ink and the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis UniversityI love the child-centered approach to education.
Shiri Segev, P '11, '22JCDS is more than a Jewish School, it is a warm environment for children to grow and learn to think, it is a community for diverse families, and it is a safe place to explore your Jewish beliefs and values. Most importantly, JCDS produces graduates who are mensches and life long learners.
Adam Shyevitch, P '15, '18 New Israel Fund, Keshet, J-Street, Partners in Health, Planned Parenthood. I support JCDS because a pluralistic Jewish education is a great way to cultivate a strong personal identity and a values-driven, open-hearted life.
Elizabeth Waksman, President, P '19, '26 Camp Ramah in New England, Newton Centre Minyan, Gann AcademyJCDS' intentional pluralism prepares students for positive engagement with all branches of Judaism and for the diversity of the community at large.
Arnee R. Winshall, Founding Chair Hebrew at the Center, RAVSAK, PJ Library, The Grinspoon Foundation, JEDLAB, Foundation for Jewish Camp, Temple Aliyah, Yiddish Book Center, MISTI, Hebrew College I continue to be inspired every day by the staff, the families, the students, and the leadership's living out the school's mission engaging intentionally in being a warm, welcoming pluralist, joyful and learning community.