About the Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees charts the long-term future of the Hebrew Day School. It is responsible to ensure that the School is healthy and vibrant not just this year or next year but five, ten, and twenty years from now. Within Jewish tradition, the Board follows the model of Honi Ha-Ma’agel, who legendarily planted trees whose fruit he knew he would not eat himself but which would feed a later generation. The Board’s official name—the Board of Trustees—reflects this orientation. The School is held in trust for Jewish children yet unborn.

As a legal matter, the Board of Trustees is vested with full authority to govern the School. In keeping with its mission, the Board exercises those powers sparingly. After all, the Trustees are not the members of the School community best equipped to make most of the decisions that the life of the School requires.

Instead, the Trustees focus on three core responsibilities.

  • First, the Board hires, supports, evaluates, and if necessary discharges the Head of School.
  • Second, the Board equips the School’s professionals with the resources, financial and otherwise, that they need to pursue their mission today and keep the School healthy into the future.
  • Third, the Board represents and seeks opportunities for the School in the wider community. Trustees are ambassadors for HDS wherever they go.

The Board must attend to these responsibilities with its eye constantly on the long term. If the Trustees commit the School’s operations to the right professional leader, manage the big-picture finances responsibly, and diligently pursue opportunities for the School in the wider world, HDS should be healthy and vibrant when today’s Gansters have Gansters of their own.

2016-2017 Board

Levana Aronson is a former social worker who is a Hebrew lecturer at the University of Michigan.  She is a past HDSAA parent and previously served on the Board.

Harriet Bakalar has worked as a social worker since 1971 and has been at the University of Michigan since 1981. During this time she has worked in many different areas and has developed multiple areas of expertise. For the last ten years she has worked at the UMHS Senior Housing Bureau. There she has developed a program for working with and remediating hoarding issues for people with “too much stuff”.  Since moving to Ann Arbor in 1988 Harriet has been active in the Jewish Community. She is actively involved with Beth Israel Synagogue, has twice been on the JCC Board of Directors and has served as president of the Board of the Hebrew Day School.

Julia Berman is a Franchise Development Director at Franworth in Ann Arbor. She was the co-founder of the Jewish Young Professionals group in Ann Arbor under the Federation’s umbrella and held leadership roles on the American Movement for Israel board at the University of Michigan Hillel. Julia is a HDSAA alumna.

Evan Caminker  is a professor at the University of Michigan Law School. He completed a 10-year term as Dean of the Law School in 2013.  As Dean, he oversaw the expansion of the Law School’s physical infrastructure and the reshaping of the curriculum. He spent a year on leave as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Department of Justice.  He is the parent of a current HDSAA student and an HDSAA alumna.

Louise Fligiel is a former HDSAA parent and previously served in several Board positions at HDSAA.  She worked for many years as an organization development consultant and human resource planning and assessment specialist.

Eileen Freed has lived in Ann Arbor for 18 years. She and her husband Gary are proud parents of three fantastic HDS alumni. Eileen has served previously on the HDS board, including a stint as acting co-president. Prior to her arrival in Ann Arbor, she was founding president of the Lerner Jewish Community Day School of Durham/Chapel Hill. Professionally, Eileen worked for seven years at the Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor, most recently as Director of Israel/Overseas & Community Relations. For the past three years she developed and implemented Israel-related programs and events at Zionism Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. Eileen earned her BA in Psychology and History at the University of Texas at Austin and her MBA at the University of Houston.

Michael Fried Retired as Chief of Administration of the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.  Currently, he is an active mediator through the Dispute Resolution Center, is Treasurer of the board of Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County, and is a board member of the Michigan Israel Business Bridge.  His daughter was in the the second graduating class of HDSAA and his four grandchildren are current or former students at HDSAA. 

Greg Gafni-Pappas is an emergency physician in Ann Arbor and core faculty for the combined University of Michigan/St. Joseph Mercy Hospital emergency medicine residency.  He is a current HDSAA parent.

Rachel Goldman is a Professor of Materials Science, Physics, and Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan.  She currently serves on the Executive Committees of the College of Engineering and the Sweetland Center for Writing at UM.  She is a former President of the Northern Federation of Temple Youth, has served on the Strategic Planning Committee for Temple Beth Emeth, and is a current parent and Math Olympiad Chug leader at HDSAA.

Samantha Hendren is a colorectal surgeon at the University of Michigan, where she cares for patients, teaches, and does research on the quality of healthcare for colorectal cancer.  She is the parent of two HDSAA alumni, classes of 2014 and 2016.

Lauren Katz is a founding partner at the Literacy, Language, and Learning Institute in Ann Arbor and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Bowling Green State University.  She has served on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor and on the Board of Directors of Beth Israel Congregation.  Lauren is a current HDSAA parent.

Barbara Kramer is President of the Board of Trustees.  She is a lawyer with Kramer & Kramer, LLP.  Barbara is a former HDSAA parent.

Elaine Moffat  is a Spanish teacher at Greenhills School in Ann Arbor.  She previously served on the Board and is a former HDSAA parent.

Gil Seinfeld is a professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School.  He has served on the Leadership Council for the University of Michigan’s Center for the Education of Women.  He has three children: two are currently enrolled at HDS and one is an alumnus of the school.

Past Presidents

Richard Primus

Aaron Fried

Pamela Ramseyer

David Hamermesh

Kathleen Savit

Cindy Saper

Harriet Bakalar

Prudence Rosenthal

Caren Srolovitz

Susan Gross

Bob Honeyman

Robert Savit

Lisbeth Fried

David Eduardo Schteingart z”l

Barbara Bergman

Muriel Cohen z”l

Phil Bloch

Paul Blumberg

George Siegel