The Governance Committee of the Jewish Community Day School of Rhode Island’s Board of Directors proposes the following slate of Officers and Directors for the 2018-19 Board:
President Mara Ostro
Vice President Shoshana Jacob
Treasurer Dan Gamm
Secretary Tom Doyle
One year term to 2019: Stephen Gamm, Kenny Hersh
Three year term to 2021: Sally Rotenberg, Robert Landau, Ruth (Duffy) Page
Parent-appointed representative to 2019: Rachel Mersky-Woda
Completing terms in 2019: Ian Gonsher, Rashmi Licht, Rochelle Rosen,
Justin Schleiffer, Penny Stein
Completing terms in 2020: Rabbi Barry Dolinger, Baruch Sachs
Rabbi Dolinger is the Rabbi of Congregation Beth Sholom. He served on the JCDSRI Head of School Search Committee 2012-2013, and serves as a member of the Board of Rabbis of Greater Rhode Island and as a practicing attorney. He attended the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, affiliated with Yeshiva University, where he received Semicha in 2011. Term ends 2018.
Tom is the parent of two JCDSRI alumni who now attend Classical High School and Nathan Bishop Middle School. He is a physician affiliated with Southcoast Health in New Bedford, MA. Term ends 2019.
Dan is the parent of three JCDSRI alumni, one at Nathan Bishop Middle School and two at Classical High School. He is a private wealth advisor with Mariner Private Wealth Management. Term ends 2019.
Steve is retired from having both practiced and taught orthodontics for almost 40 years. His wife, Celia, was one of the founders of our day school. Together, they have six alumni grandchildren. Steve also serves on the boards of a repertory theatre and a homeowners association. Term ends 2017.
Ian is an artist, designer, and educator. He is on the faculty in the School of Engineering at Brown University, where his teaching and research focus on design process and creative practice. He is also the co-founder of the Brown Design Workshop, Brown STEAM/STEAMstudio, the Creative Scholars Project, the Brown Creative Mind Initiative, and Critical Design/Critical Futures. Term ends 2018.
Aaron is the co-founder and CEO of Sproutel, a company that creates interactive games for children with a chronic illness. He is a National Board Advisor for Design for America (DFA), an award-winning nationwide network of interdisciplinary student teams and community members using design to create local and social impact. Term ends 2018.
Bob’s daughters are JCDSRI alumnae; both are now successful adults, and one was recently ordained as a Rabbi. Bob has previously served on the Board of JCDSRI, on the Board of the Jewish Alliance of Greater RI, and for other Jewish organizations. He is the co-leader of the Healthcare Group at Roberts, Carroll, Feldstein and Peirce Attorneys At Law. Term ends 2018.
Rashmi has three children at JCDSRI. She is Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery (Urology) at Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She served as the Co-Chair of the 2015-2016 Annual Campaign. Term ends 2018.
Rachel Mersky Woda , Parent Association Representative to the Board
Rachel and her husband, Craig Woda, are the current chairs of the PA, and Rachel will be the board representative of the PA. Rachel is a non-profit management consultant focusing on areas of leadership development, fundraising, strategic planning, executive search and experiential Jewish education. Her newest client is Temple Beth-El here in Providence where she will be a part of a team of educators running the Rabbi Leslie Yale Gutterman Religious School as they transition to a new model and begin a new strategic plan. Term ends 2018. Rachel’s son, Jordan, is a JCDSRI alum and Eli is a current 4th grader.
Shosh is a current parent of a 2nd grader and a Kindergartner. Shosh and her husband Josh recently moved to Providence to be closer to the JCDSRI community. She grew up in Providence and attended the Alperin Schecter Day School (now JCDSRI) for 9 years. Shosh loved this school and attributes her love of Judaism and fondness for Jewish day schools to JCDSRI. She is thrilled that her children get to attend the same school (albeit more innovative) that she attended. Shosh is a Jewish Communal Professional and has worked at many synagogues doing various things from teaching in religious schools, to being a youth director, and even a young family outreach coordinator. She is currently the Interim Youth and Family Program Director at Temple Emanu-El in Providence.
Mara Ostro, President
Mara’s oldest daughter graduated from JCDSRI in 2015 and is now at Hamilton/Wheeler School, and her two younger children are currently students at JCDSRI. She is a speech pathologist and a graduate of Jewish day school herself. She previously served as the Chair of the Head of School Support Committee. Term ends 2019.
Rochelle Rosen – Vice President
Rochelle is a medical anthropologist and an Assistant Professor (research) at the Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine at The Miriam Hospital and in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences of the Warren Alpert Medical School. She is also affiliated faculty at the International Health Institute of Brown University. She has two boys who graduated from JCDSRI and who now attend Classical High School. Term ends 2018.
Sally is the parent of three JCDSRI alumni. She is an independent accounting professional and Treasurer of Sherwin Properties. She served as the Co-Chair of the 2015-2016 Annual Campaign. Term ends 2018.
Baruch is the proud father of Zemer, currently a second Grader and Ziva who is in Kindergarten. He and his wife have lived in Rhode Island since 2005. Neither one can believe they have been here that long. Baruch is a management consultant for Pegasystems where he specializes in customer experience and strategic digital transformation for large enterprises and in general tries to ensure his customers are successful. He travels globally for his work and enjoys gaining the perspective this brings to his life. In the free time he is able to wrestle away he enjoys spending time with his family, cooking and reading.
Yitz (AKA Justin) Schleifer
Yitz is the parent of two current JCDSRI students, a third grader and one in pre-k, with two future JCDSers who can’t wait to be old enough to attend. He and his wife Talya moved to Providence for medical residency and have stayed, as they couldn’t imagine living anywhere as perfect for raising their family. Justin is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Bradley Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University.
Deborah Skolnick Einhorn, Past President
Deb is the Assistant Dean for Academic Development and Advising, Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education at Hebrew College, where she teaches. In addition, she has taught at Brandeis and Tufts Universities. Deb was President of the Board in 2015-2016. Term ends 2018.
Penney was the Head of School from 1999 – 2006, when JCDSRI was the Alperin Schechter Day School. She also served as a teacher and Admissions Director for many years before becoming Head of School. Penney began her long history with our school as a founding parent; her son was a member of the first graduating class.