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A Shabbat Message

Dear IRDS Community,

It has been a difficult week for our IRDS/Heschel West community with another tragic loss.  David Rifkind was a caring, committed and dedicated force in our school and in the larger Jewish Community for almost two decades. At his funeral, it was said over and over that "in his 51 years, David lived the life of ten men." There are no truer words, as David gave of himself passionately and fully to every cause he took on. His loss is felt by many, but the impact that he had and the footprint that he has left on our school and the wider Jewish community is even greater.

As is often the case for me, out of sadness comes reflection and attempts to look for the sun hidden behind the clouds. The sun for me is our school, that has nurtured a fellowship that is worthy of celebration, one created out of shared attitudes, interests, goals, and determination to strengthen our school. 

We are the building blocks of Ilan Ramon Day School. Like the many that came before us, we have the privilege and responsibility to enhance and sustain our community. Each generation of leaders looks to the next group and wonders:

Where are the next group of leaders?

Will they "care" for the school in the same way I did, or as people did before, and for me?

What can I do to find and engage new people who will continue putting shared values into action?

Ilan Ramon Day School has never had a shortage of committed individuals who give of themselves in a variety of ways. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for being a building block in our community. The example that we set for our children, when we give back to our school, creates a legacy that helps shape who they will become. 

Thank you for giving your heart to Ilan Ramon Day School.  While there is always work to be done, we have a lot to be proud of and it is important to count our blessings.

As Margaret Mead once said, "Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have."

With that in mind, I wish you all a Shabbat Shalom!


Kim Freund

Board Chair

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