On Sunday evening, June 1, 6 p.m., the Board of Friedel Jewish Academy will host a gala dinner at Beth Israel. Board member Bruce Potash, whose daughter Sarah attends Friedel, is spearheading the effort to pull it all together.
“We have a great group of dedicated parents and community members that have generously offered to put time and energy towards this. Jeff and Danielle Gordman, Aaron and Lise Sasson, Bob and Kim Goldberg, Jeff and Sherry Taxman, and my wife Linda and I are co-chairing the event. Phyllis Friedel is serving as honorary chairman,” Potash said.
He expressed excitement about the evening’s program, which will include a raffle, as well as Israeli-themed food in honor of Yom Yerushalaim, since the Gala falls on that day. Yom Yerushalaim commemorates the capture of Jerusalem during the Six-Day War.
“This is no ordinary raffle, where you bid on items and take them home,” he says. “Instead, we will be auctioning off various opportunities to sponsor the school, by adopting certain programs, such as swimming lessons, library expenses, or Shabbat in the classroom.”
Susan Fellman-Witkowski, parent of first grader Gabrielle, and co-President of the Friedel Board, says: “One doesn’t necessarily need to be a parent, or have children who are currently students at the school. We welcome everybody in the Jewish community to get involved, and become part of the Friedel family. We look forward to our future together, working and growing within the community.”
The Gala committee has an impressive list of honorees, who have, all in their own way, meant much to Friedel. “Donald Gerber’s children, Audrey and Ben, have graduated from Friedel,” Bruce Potash says, “but he has continued to support the school by serving on the Board and is extremely dedicated to education.”
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