A JK-12 pluralistic school that engages students in an exemplary and inspiring general and Jewish education.

CESJDS Board of Directors

This year is a special year in the history of CESJDS as we celebrate and mark our 50th anniversary. Throughout this school year we will reflect on the past, think about our future and engage our community as we celebrate our accomplishments. We hope you will join us in many of the events taking place throughout the year.

If you are new to our community, we are delighted to have you explore and learn more about our school. We have grown to be the largest Jewish day school in the United States. While much has changed, over the past 50 years, the one thing has not changed is our commitment to ensuring our students are confident, compassionate thinkers who engage the world through Jewish values.

Our faculty and staff are committed to delivering an exemplary and inspiring general and Jewish education. As the proud parent of a recent graduate and a current high school student, I can attest that CESJDS is an incredible institution.

The more than 20 members of the Board of Directors are committed to ensuring that CESJDS continues to provide a superior and accessible education to our children and to their children. The Board of Directors 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, guiding our development efforts, and establishing investment policies;
  • maintaining sound relationships with all constituencies of the School.

The Board of Directors is comprised of a wide cross-section of the school and community that is appropriate for the pluralistic nature of CESJDS. Board members have children in every grade of the school, have children that have graduated from the school, have been students at the school, and attend more than a dozen different synagogues and are involved in numerous other organizations in our community.

Our Board, along with members of the faculty and staff, community members, and parents have completed a strategic plan which was launched in 2014. We are in the second year of the plan. Read more about our plans.

Our website is just one way to learn about our school. I encourage you to set up a time for a personal visit as nothing can take the place of seeing our students, teachers, and faculty members in action. I look forward to celebrating and learning with you during our 50th anniversary year.

Rich Handloff
Board President

2017-2018 Board Roster

Dan Mendelson '82

Vice Presidents
Yael Septee Kane
Dan Simpkins

Stuart Bassin

Melanie Lubin

Livia Bardin*
Paul Berger*
Melissa Goldman Davidson
Adam Ducker
Helene Drobenare-Horwitz
Douglas Feith*
Annette Forseter*
Orit Frenkel
Norman Goldstein*
Amy Kaufman Goott*
Rob Granader
Nancy Hamburger*
Joyce Kammerman, co-president Parent Association
Ayala Nuriely Kimel
Robert P. Kogod
Danny Krifcher*
Jocelyn Krifcher
Julius S. Levine*
Michael R. Levy*
Brian Liss
Elana Mendelson, co-president Parent Association
Stacy Mensch Schlactus '87
Marcy Schwab
Jennifer Schwartz
David Topol* '84
Howard M. Wilchins*

* Past Presidents

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