Dear Friends of Shlenker,
It is with much pride that I share this article with you. Meredith Diskin, Anne Diskin’s daughter, was a student at Shlenker through fifth grade, graduating in 2001. It is a story that could be told over and over at The Shlenker School, a story of frustration, concern, support, hard work, and success of a child. It is a story of one teacher of many in Meredith’s educational career who helped her become who she is today, a doctoral student in Marine Biology!
This article was published in the first Prizmah magazine, HaYidion. Prizmah is the new organization representing all Jewish Day Schools, and Shlenker was asked to provide an article for this first issue! It is a momentous occasion for us to be represented here. Congratulations to Meredith, her mom Anne, Judy Zainfeld, and the many teachers coming after Judy who gave Meredith the opportunity to go for her dream!
If you are a Shlenker graduate or know of a Shlenker graduate making news, we'd love to hear from you!
The Shlenker School 30th Anniversary Soiree
Honoring Rabbi Samuel E. Karff with the 2017 Spark Award
Saturday April 1, 2017
Congregation Beth Israel
Sherrie and Alan Eisenman
Roslyn and Ricky Haikin
Sabria and Kevin Lewis
Beth and Craig Lieberman
Rosalyn and Barry Margolis
Rock with The Spazmatics
Attire: Rock your 80's or cocktail attire
For more information or to reserve your table, please email or call Judy Danziger: firstname.lastname@example.org 713-270-6127 x619
I am delighted to announce that David Cohen will be joining our Shlenker Administrative Team as the Director of Jewish Learning for the 2017-2018 school year. David will be on the Shlenker staff beginning July 1, 2017! Mr. Cohen is currently the Director of Congregational Learning at Temple Sinai Congregation in Toronto, Ontario. He is a native Bostonian and is looking forward to coming to our warm climate and great city, synagogue, and school. David has been involved in directing all aspects of Pre-K -12 programming as well as adult education programming in his current position at Temple Sinai. He is currently supervising a full time pre-school director, full time education office manager, part-time program coordinator, part-time Hebrew coordinator, an assistant pre-school director and over twenty part-time teachers. David currently manages a half-million dollar budget that includes securing grants and direct gifts. Additionally, Mr. Cohen collaborates with the local federation, the local Reform Educators Council, and partners with numerous agencies and synagogues to create community programming and strategic initiatives. He also engages with non- Jewish organizations on inter-faith, inter-cultural, and social justice related issues. Additional work experiences for David include work with the Jewish Federation of Philadelphia where he directed Israel Advocacy initiatives. David also served as a public school teacher for eight years, was an Associate Director for the Anti-Defamation League of Boston MA, and has served as a non-profit consultant, helping to guide many boards and agency leaders in strategic planning, communications, and community outreach. We look forward to having Mr. Cohen interfacing with the Beth Israel clergy for services, learning opportunities, and collaboration across the campus We are fortunate to have David Cohen join the Shlenker staff for next year and look forward to some new, exciting opportunities in our Hebrew and Jewish Learning classes and offerings!
Dear Parents and Friends,
Once again we find ourselves in the wake of an all too familiar crisis. Many of you have just found your way out of the difficult situation of renovating your home from last year’s Memorial Day flood, purchasing new cars, and stabilizing your families.
Please know that The Shlenker School is here for you. In partnership with Congregation Beth Israel, the Houston Jewish Federation, and private individuals, we are here and ready to help you start again. The teachers, staff, Board of Trustees, SPA, and even Student Senate are ready to help as well.
At this time we have identified many families who will need assistance, but if you have experienced damage to your home, need assistance with tuition, or help with anything flood-related, please contact Nancy Pryzant Picus or Karen Miller at the school. We will make sure your name is added to the lists currently being created by Shlenker and the agencies who are available to help.
We wish you a safe and happy Passover.
Head of School