This article originally appeared in The Jewish Week on August 14, 2013.
I spend hours in strategy meetings and conference calls, mediate between different people, plan events, review budgets and draft documents and spreadsheets. You might guess that I am a high-powered attorney; in reality, I am a parent leader at my children’s Jewish day school.
I gain tremendous satisfaction from volunteering for our day school. I believe in the importance of a quality Jewish day school education, and I also believe that parents are too often an untapped resource that can make a real impact in Jewish day school education.
It started for me in September 2008. As a stay-at-home mom, I walked into the elementary school at Schechter School of Long Island with two babies in tow, excited for my oldest child to begin kindergarten. My parents, who were Holocaust survivors, sent me to a Jewish girls high school, and I wanted to similarly instill a Jewish identity in my own children.
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