Nearly a decade ago, our then board president Shira Nadich Levin, was eager to create a sense of connection between two of our most important—but least interactive—constituencies of the school: our teachers and our trustees. Each group relied heavily upon the success of the other, yet they rarely interacted. Shira drew upon the experience of her esteemed father, Rabbi Judah Nadich, z’l, the late head rabbi of the Park Avenue Synagogue, who himself had organized lay-professional encounters that further strengthened the renowned sense of community of the shul. It was then that we established the annual Faculty-Trustee Dinner.
Initially focused on faculty and soon expanded to include all staff, the dinner brings together nearly a hundred people for an evening of conversation, collaboration, and celebration. Faculty and staff are seated together with trustees at a catered sit-down dinner. Following opening remarks from the board president and a dvar Torah, a member of the faculty addresses the gathering to speak on behalf of the entire faculty and staff. Head of school Roanna Shorofsky then presents ten-year and twenty-year service awards, noting the special contributions these long-time educators have made to our school.
Although the event ends early in the evening (it is a school night, after all!), the joyful spirit and sense of shared purpose last throughout the year. In joining together, we build community around our distinct purposes and common goals. Teachers, administrators, support staff and trustees alike say that the Faculty-Trustee Dinner is for them a highlight of the school year. ♦
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