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Message from outgoing CJDS Board President Anat S. Geva
Jen Minkus

Dear CJDS Community,

As I approach the end of my fourth and final year (of what was intended to be a two-year term) as President of the Chicago Jewish Day School Board of Trustees, I am struck

by how satisfying my time in this position has been. Seeing CJDS in action every day has bolstered my already strong conviction of the value of a Jewish day school education, especially one that takes place in a multi-denominational, progressive school. In partnership with parents and caregivers, CJDS clearly fulfills its mission of creating for its students a standard of excellence in both Judaic and General Studies and providing them with the knowledge and desire to lead meaningful Jewish lives as adults and to identify strongly as Jewish.

Indeed, CJDS is an incredible place, and I am so thankful that over the years, I have been able to work with and learn from Judy Finkelstein-Taff, our Head of School, the Operations and Education Leadership Teams, the incredibly dedicated teachers and staff, our grade 8 students down to our JK students, our small but growing alumni network, the community of amazing and committed parents who are invested in their children's education, our charitable donors, the Chicago community at-large that believes in the CJDS product, the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago, and the tireless Board of Trustees. (Yes, the list is very long!) From top to bottom and from inside out, this school is special. The Chicago area’s Jewish community is both active and robust, and with CJDS graduates in its midst, we are poised to shape the next generation of American Jewry in terms of building and sustaining community, political activism, caring for the future of Israel, commitment to Judaism, and engaging in tikkun olam.

During my tenure as President, we moved into the beautiful, joy-filled campus that we currently inhabit. Although the capital campaign is not yet complete, and we are not done with Phase 2 of the Project, the move has already had a profound impact on the CJDS experience. We all know that the magic of CJDS is generated by its community of parents and students, along with the elixir of the school’s curriculum, teachers, and staff (all of which depend on a robust annual campaign!), but, we must admit that having air conditioned classrooms and an on-site gym for Rams games are a nice touch. 

It has been an honor to serve on the CJDS Board and to work and interact with so many of the school’s constituents and stakeholders. Alas, all good things must come to an end – and so, in my capacity as Board President, I say “shalom.” Of course, that word means more than just “goodbye” (and “hello”). It also carries a root significance of harmony, completeness, and contentment. These are all concepts I associate with CJDS, and I hope the school evokes similar notions for you.

Last but not least, I hope you all join me in wishing Stacy Raviv, incoming Board president, “shalom” as she succeeds me on July 1.

Shabbat Shalom to everyone.

With thanks and great appreciation,

Anat S. Geva