CESJDS Board of Directors
Our vision is to nurture confident, compassionate thinkers who engage the world through Jewish values. While aspirational, this is truly what engages our faculty, motivates our parents to dedicate time and energy to the school, and produces the outstanding graduates who emerge from the CESJDS experience – bright, inquisitive, and productive. Everything we do at the board level is intended to further the vision and values of the school – and over time we have grown to be largest pluralistic Jewish day school in the nation, and also a vibrant and connected part of the Greater Washington Jewish community.
On a personal level, my wife Jen and I have a deep appreciation for the faculty and staff of CESJDS because of the nurturing and rigorous education that our three daughters have received over the years. I had the privilege of attending the School in its early years; my great uncle Joseph Mendelson was among the founders of the institution, and my parents Sandy and Adina Mendelson worked tirelessly to help develop the institution as it was growing. Jen and I see CESJDS as a vital part of ensuring that our family continues to embrace Jewish values – so it’s critical to our lives and our destiny as Jews in America.
The Board is responsible for the governance of the school. The more than 20 members of the Board of Directors are committed to ensuring that CESJDS provides a superior and accessible education to all of our students The Board has the responsibility to govern the School's affairs, including:
- Establishing a strategic vision for the school;
- Selecting and retaining the Head of School;
- Ensuring the School’s current and long term financial integrity;
- Guiding our development efforts – which are key to the accessibility of our institution;
- Growing strong relationships with the broader Jewish community.
This year, the Board will be focusing on strategic planning. We start with an excellent base – the prior strategic plan was completed in 2014 and is presently effectively used to guide our efforts. However, the school exists in a dynamic environment and it’s important to re-think, revise, and refresh this plan. Our efforts will involve all board members, our outstanding faculty and staff, our students, the parents of our students, as well as the general Jewish community that we serve.
The Board is also very focused on the affordability of a CESJDS education. We know that providing an outstanding education is dependent on attracting and retaining the best faculty. We seek to ensure that we have sufficient resources to subsidize the cost of this education to ensure that the School is achieving its mission and accessible to a diverse range of students through our strong tuition assistance program.
There are so many ways to be involved as a parent at CESJDS. Being active is the best way to get the most out of the CESJDS community – we welcome you.
And for those of you who are considering a CESJDS education for your children, the website is just one way to learn about our school. Please set up a time for a personal visit, as nothing can replace seeing our students, teachers, and faculty members in action. Our community is special because we believe so deeply in the vision of the school – and because of the engagement of so many caring volunteers.
Wishing all a productive and fulfilling year.
Dan Mendelson '82
Dan Mendelson '82
Yael Septee Kane
Melissa Goldman Davidson
Joyce Kammerman, co-president Parent Association
Ayala Nuriely Kimel
Robert P. Kogod
Elana Mendelson, co-president Parent Association
Stacy Mensch Schlactus '87
Amy Kaufman Goott
Julius S. Levine
Michael R. Levy
David Topol '84
Howard M. Wilchins