Etz Haim Endowment Program


“Schechter is developing our children to become scholars and also the leaders who will sustain and fortify our Jewish community for years to come. By supporting the Schechter endowment, not only are we are making an investment in the future of our own children, but in the future of our entire community.”

Sarah and David Nanus
Current Parents, Grades 1, 4 and 6


Making a planned gift is a meaningful way to ensure the continuity of future generations of Jewish students at SSDS. Your gift to the endowment campaign may be funded through a real-time gift or pledge, as well as  through a bequest and other planned gift vehicle. Your generosity will be recognized on our Etz Haim donor wall outside our Head of School’s office, in our annual Community Celebration dinner journal and at all Etz Haim donor society events. Customized naming opportunities are available for real-time gifts of $100,000+ and major estate gifts.

A Named Fund provides the opportunity to make a gift that will have a lasting impact while recognizing your family, a teacher or honoring or memorializing a loved one. Groups or businesses can establish a Named Fund which publicizes their commitment to Solomon Schechter Day School and the future of Jewish Education.

Opportunities include Named Funds in these areas:

  • Student Scholarship to fund awards for academic excellence or financial need
  • Israel Experience Scholarships for students with financial need
  • Lower School Enrichment
  • Middle School Enrichment
  • Professional Development
  • Judaic Studies
  • Library Fund to help purchase books, subscriptions or special collections
  • Alumni Engagement Programs
  • Visiting Lecture Programs to fund visits by noted scholars or public figures
  • Campus Beautification to maintain and improve the internal and external campus environment

Thank you to our inaugural leadership donors
who have partnered with Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County
by investing today in our Endowment Fund.

(as of 8/7/18)


Amy and Phil Cushmaro
Deborah and Gerald Davis
Ellen and Robert Kapito
Beth and Freddie Kotek
Tannenbaum Family
In Memory of William Schumer z”l 


In Memory of Mona Leventhal z”l
Jackie and Avi Oz
Jody and David Perla
Popkin Family
Trudy and Sy Sadinoff


Brown Family
Dachille Family
Suzette and Harold Diamond
Nina and Gary Glaser
Dina and Andrew Goldberg
Nitza and Steven Hockstein
Litt Family
Sarah and David Nanus
Marlene and Philip Rhodes
Arielle and Yoni Saposh


Ronni and Michael Brenner
Sharon and Neil Danzger
Edwards/Brenner Family
Dori and David-Seth Kirshner
Bev and Brynn Levy
Susan and Geroge Freed
Sylvia z”l and Seymour z”l Fried
Joyce z”l and Arthur z”l Joseph
Diane and Reuben Romirowsky
Carolyn and Mark Shapiro  


Rachel and Charles Berkowitz
Rochel and Leonard David
In Memory of Yigal Gafni z”l
Rhonda and Richard Kahn
In Memory of Jane Maier z”l
Oster Family Foundation
Annette Tauber Stern
Sherri and Craig Tendler

Thank you to our Legacy Donors who have made endowment commitments through bequests,
life insurance or other planned giving vehicles to help sustain our endowment in the future.

Amy and Phil Cushmaro
Ruth Gafni
Elana and Ray Goldberg
Rebecca Gordon
Adina and Harman Grossman
June and Barry Kaplan
Shari Leventhal and Steve Kauderer
Beth and Freddie Kotek
Lori and Kevin Lemmer
Burton Leventhal
Carolyn and Richard Lieblich
Elissa and Bruce Maier
Shlomit and Gil Makleff
Heather and Adi Rabinowitz
Renah and Mayer Rabinowitz
Trudy and Sy Sadinoff
Harley and Eli Ungar
Amy Winiker
Leah and Ira Zaretsky


For more information, please contact Michelle Weinraub, Director of Institutional Advancement, at 201.262.9898 x277.