When I met my husband David, we were both destined for Jewish community involvement. We were set up through a connection my husband made with my uncle on a Cincinnati solidarity mission to Israel, and both of our families had a long history of leadership in our respective communities of Atlanta and Cincinnati.
Upon moving to Cincinnati, the Jewish Federation reached out to me to get involved, and I immediately expressed an interest in the local Jewish community day school, Yavneh, now called Rockwern Academy. I joined the Yavneh board before I had children and was immediately tapped for the finance committee, which was happy to welcome a CPA from a public accounting firm. My passion for Jewish education grew with my involvement and through the rewarding experience each of my four children have had at Yavneh.
My dedication to day school education grew from my own background. I am the product of Jewish day school, and I often say that it was the best gift my parents ever gave me. I grew up in a nurturing environment that gave me a strong Jewish identity, and I have carried that knowledge and sense of self throughout my life. While I was fortunate enough to also attend Jewish summer camp and enjoy multiple Israel experiences, I believe that my years at Jewish day school contributed the most to my identity and desire to give back to the Jewish community.
Qualities I bring to the RAVSAK board are passion, enthusiasm and commitment. Having gone through strategic planning and substantial fundraising on the local level, I am excited to continue that work on a national scale. I have developed an ability to tackle challenging situations and navigate politically difficult waters, while retaining the big picture. It is always invigorating to be around lay leaders and professionals who share my commitment and dedication to a cause, and the people involved in RAVSAK are some of the best and brightest I have ever been around. RAVSAK and Marc Kramer played such an important role to me in my role as board president that I feel indebted to pay that forward. I believe we are all doing holy work in the time we spend strengthening our Jewish day schools.
I love to involve myself in Jewish study. I can't say that I have one favorite Jewish teaching; however, I do love the quote from Anne Frank: “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” We are all making a difference today, and I sincerely hope and believe that we will move from strength to strength.♦
Each fall, the seventh grade students in my Jewish social studies class begin the year by participating in the Jewish Court of All Time online simulation. JCAT is an innovative learning adventure that is a joint venture between the University of Cincinnati’s...[More]
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