Our Board of Trustees is comprised of current parents, grandparents and community members who are extremely dedicated and generous with their time and resources. The responsibilities of the Board include the following:
- creating and maintaining the mission and vision of the school
- establishing policies for the school to ensure that the mission of the institution is pursued and upheld
- developing and implementing a strategic plan
- financial oversight of the school, including the budget and fundraising efforts
Anat S. Geva
President (July 2015 to present)
B.Sc - University of Toronto, Ph.D. - University of Michigan, J.D. - Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
"CJDS is more than just a school; it is a place in which diversity is embraced, critical thinking skills are cultivated, Jewish identity and thought evolve, and emotional well-being is nourished. The school is a critical element in the development of our collective present and future."
Past President (July 2012-July 2015), New Campus Project Chair
B.S. - University of Pennsylvania, J.D. - University of Chicago
"It is a privilege to help CJDS as it helps develop the next generation, engaged throughout the entirety of the Jewish community, and fully engaged in broader society as well."
Past President (July 2009-July 2012), Founding Board Member, Vice Chair of
B.A. - Brandeis University, M.S. - Illinois Institute of Technology, J.D. - University of Chicago
"Knowing that CJDS educates our children not just to be amazing thinkers with a love of learning and Torah, but also to be compassionate members of our community with a true desire to help others in need. This commitment to help others is inspired by an amazing faculty and is evidenced by the countless mitzvah projects (good deeds) our students and graduates undertake each year."
Wendy Platt Newberger
Founding President (2002-2009), Capital Campaign Chair
B.A. - University of Pennsylvania, M.B.A - Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
"I am inspired by CJDS's commitment to its mission. From the children and the teachers to the parents and administration, everyone works toward the mission of creating a multi-denominational community where Jewish life is valued and excellence in education is realized."
|Board of Trustees|
B.A. cum laude - Brandeis University; J.D. - Georgetown University Law Center
"CJDS is an important part of our Jewish community and my family. I want to contribute to its continuing excellence, and motivate other Chicago families to commit themselves to Jewish and Zionist education."
B.S. Biology - University of Michigan; J.D. - Columbia Law School
"I am passionate about CJDS's mission to develop the next generation of leaders with strong Jewish identities and with deep respect and appreciation of diversity in the Jewish community, the city of Chicago and beyond."
Endowment Chair of Capital Campaign
B.A. Humanities - Johns Hopkins University, M.B.A. -The Stern School of Business - New York University
"What is more important than to teach our children the ways and thinking of Torah combined with the best overall education. This is the unending goal that I, as a board member of CJDS, seek to achieve."
B.A. - University of Pennsylvania; J.D. - University of Michigan
"I am inspired by the work of Chicago Jewish Day School because I believe that CJDS is laying the foundation for the next generation of the Jewish community, a generation that will be both respectful of different ways of living Jewishly and seriously grounded in our sacred texts and traditions."
Maxine "Max" Handelman
Founding Board Member
M.A. Jewish Education - Rhea Hirsch School of Education of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; M.A. Early Childhood Education - Pacific Oaks College; Reform Jewish Educator (RJE); Conservative Jewish Educator (CJE)
"I am honored to be a founding board member of Chicago Jewish Day School. I've had the great joy to witness the vision we dreamed so long ago come to fruition in my own children, and for so many other families who have found incredible community and a place where our children have grown to be insightful, thoughtful mensches."
B.A. - Brandeis University, M.B.A - Harvard University
"I am inspired by watching and learning from my fellow Board of Trustee colleagues who are so passionate about the school and who give so much of their time an energy to ensure the school's success."
B.S. Accounting - Indiana University; licensed Certified Public Accountant
"I believe in the Jewish and General studies mission of CJDS as well as its community values. I am honored to be a part of the CJDS Board of Trustees and help the school achieve continued success."
B.A. Political Science/International Affairs - Indiana University; J.D. - DePaul University College of Law
"I am inspired by the vision of the founders and longtime leaders of CJDS who, starting with a school of seven children just 15 years ago, dedicated time, talent and treasure to create our beautiful school. I hope to advance their goals because CJDS is a major force for good both within and beyond our new campus."
Committee on Trustees Chair, Founding Board Member
A.B. Sociology and Jewish & Near Eastern Studies - Washington University in St. Louis, M.S.W. - University of Southern California, M.A.J.C.S - Hebrew Union College Alumna of both the Wexner Graduate Fellowship Program and the Wexner Heritage Foundation, Honorary Degree, Doctor of Jewish Nonprofit Management, honoris causa - Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
"I am inspired to serve on the Board of Trustees of CJDS by our the passion, devotion, expertise and creativity of our incredible faculty and staff and the curiosity, thoughtfulness and engagement of our amazing students."
Robert "Bob" Mednick
Founding Board Member
B.S.B.A - Roosevelt University with honorary Ph.D., C.P.A. - University of Illinois
"I was inspired to join the CJDS Board in the early years prior to the actual opening of the School because of a strong belief that the future of the Jewish religion in the United States is dependent to a significant degree on the growth and quality of Jewish day schools."
Katie Dealy Polansky
B.A. Government - Cornell University, M.A. - Family and Community Education and Health Education - Columbia University's Teacher College
"I am inspired by the mission of CJDS, and the degree to which CJDS students, faculty, staff, board members, parents, and supporters partner together to achieve that mission."
B.A. Judaic Studies - Brown University, M.D. - University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
"A quality Jewish and secular education should be available to every interested family in Chicago. My role, as a board member at CJDS, is to help make this possible."
Undergraduate - University of Michigan, M.D. - University of Illinois
“I am a firm believer in the value of Jewish education for academic, social, and religious enrichment."
Ritual Policy Chair
B.A. - Columbia University, M.A. - Jewish Theological Seminary, Ph.D. - University of Chicago
"I'm inspired by the multi-denominational educational vision of Chicago Jewish Day School, by the effort to bring families together from many walks of Jewish life for meaningful and nurturing Jewish education."
B.A. History - University of Michigan, M.B.A. - Kellogg School of Management - Northwestern University
"CJDS is an incredible mission-based school that prepares our children for the world through thoughtful and engaging experiential learning in both secular and Jewish studies. I am honored to be a part of this meaningful organization."
B.S.C. Electrical Engineering - University of Cape Town in South Africa
"The passion of the Board is impressive - the drive to do better - the drive to be the best for students, faculty and staff. The willingness to strive to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds to make the school community succeed. "
B.A. Public Policy - University of Chicago, J.D. - Northeastern University School of Law
"I'm inspired by the diversity of our student body, as well as our professional and lay leadership, and the steadfast commitment to tolerance and inclusiveness in the classroom, the sanctuary and our local community, as well as in our travels to Israel."
B.S. - University of Illinois, M.B.A. and Ph.D. - University of Chicago
"I believe that the future of American Jewry rests on the back of Junior Kindergarten through Grade Eight Jewish education."
B.S. - University of Massachusetts, J.D. - New York Law School, M.S. - New York University
"I am inspired by the enthusiasm for Judaism and learning that the CJDS community instills in our children. I am privileged to help advance those values."
|Rabbinic Advisory Group (Ex-Officio Members)|
Rabbi Shoshanah Conover
Associate Rabbi at Temple Sholom of Chicago
B.A. English - University of Wisconsin-Madison (with honors), Rabbinic Ordination - Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
"I am inspired to serve on the Rabbinic Advisory Group at CJDS with other brilliant rabbis who constantly ask the question, 'How can we help CJDS develop the growing hearts and minds of young people so that they learn the fine art of being a mensch?' I am proud to help guide this school who has built its reputation on inclusivity with its heart beating passionately with love of Torah."
Rabbi Edwin Goldberg
Senior Rabbi at Temple Sholom of Chicago
B.A. English (Honors) - University of Kansas, Ordination - Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Doctorate (Earned) in Hebrew Letters - Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion
"I am inspired to be on the Rabbinic Advisory Group (RAG) at CJDS because my own children in Miami had a fantastic education at a community Jewish day school and I want this generation of Chicago students to have no less an opportunity to become resilient, successful human adults through the medium of Jewish texts and tradition."
Rabbi Michael Siegel
Senior Rabbi at Anshe Emet Synagogue
B.A. - Hiram College, M.A. Hebrew letters - Jewish Theological Seminary, Ordination - Jewish Theological Seminary
"Serving on the Board of CJDS offers me the opportunity to celebrate the breadth of the Chicago Jewish community in an exemplary school setting. It is very gratifying to support the important work and the spirit of a very special place of learning."
Rabbi David Wolkenfeld
Rabbi at Anshe Sholom B'nai Israel
B.A. Intellectual History - Harvard University, Rabbinic Ordination (Yoreh Yoreh), Rabbi Zalman Nechemiah Goldberg, Rabbi She'ar Yashuv Cohen, and Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School
[Student for two years at Yeshiva University's Revel Graduate School and for two years at Yeshivat Hamivtar and for one year at Yeshivat Har Etzion)
"Chicago Jewish Day School and ASBI Congregation have had a symbiotic relationship since the first years of CJDS. The growth of CJDS, together with the other local day-schools, has enabled families to raise their children in Lakeview, confident that they will receive an excellent Jewish and general education. I feel an enduring sense of gratitude to CJDS for welcoming my family to Chicago with so much warmth and love. Thanks to CJDS our children enjoy an integrated life here, where teachers and friends from school show up at shul on Shabbat, and where the traditions and values they learn at home, are appreciated, respected, and reinforced at school."