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

Dr. Susie Tanchel, JCDS Head of School

Board of Trustees

חבר הנאמנים

The 21 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.

Name Other organizations you are involved with: Why do you support JCDS?
Yaniv Bejerano, P '13, '17
Sara Riedner Brown Lincoln Library, Community Gardens, Middlesex Human Services Agency, & Newton Centre MinyanOne of the reasons I love JCDS is the feeling of community that you see everywhere. It's a place that embraces all families and inspires lifelong learning.
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.
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.
Nathan Hayman, Treasurer, P '20, '22 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.
Nicole Lieberman 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.
Alex Gurevich
Sari Korman, Board Chair, 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!
Nicole Lamberg, P '15, '18 Newton Centre Minyan, Newton North, various nonprofits (professionally)This is the community learning environment that I believe is best for nurturing my kids and my whole family. Pluralism is an extraordinary lens for understanding and insight. JCDS is the only place in Boston which will offer this perspective to my children from the earliest age. Dr. Susie Tanchel is a true visionary and wonderful human. Her leadership sets this school apart.
Devra Lasden Founding co-chair of Haifa-Boston partnership; former board positions with CJP, JCRC, & JCC.I 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

Adele Newman n/a JCDS is a joyful place that encourages students to reach their maximum potential within a nurturing, pluralistic Jewish environment.
Howie Rodenstein Israel Ride, Friends of the Arava Institute, HazonToday's Jewish day school students are tomorrow's Jewish Community leaders.
Alex Sagan, P '12, '15, '17 CJP, Boston-Haifa Connection, Harvard Hillel, Congregation Kehillath Israel, Leket Israel National Foodbank, United Hatzalah, FIDF, AIPAC. JCDS is wonderful place for our family and a model for what community can be. Values are lived, children are nurtured, and the pluralism makes everyone feel welcome.
Carey Schwartz Summer Ink and the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis UniversityI love the child-centered approach to education.
Tom Schwarz, P '05, '08 Harvard Medical School, Boston Children's Hospital, and Newton Centre MinyanWhen my kids were at JCDS I knew that they, and our Jewish future, were in good hands; I'm proud to help such a vibrant school.
Shiri Segev
Elizabeth Waksman, P '19 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.