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.
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.
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.
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 all HDSAA alumni.
Greg Gafni-Pappas is the immediate past President of the Board of Trustees. He 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, she is a parent of an HDSAA alumna and a current student, and is Math Olympiad Chug leader at HDSAA.
Terri Ginsburg is the parent of three HDS alumni. She was the Director of Education at Temple Beth Emeth for 21 years and retired in 2017. Before that she taught and was a Reading Specialist in public and private schools. Terri served on the HDS board and was chair of the Education Committee in the late 1990’s.
Samantha Hendren is the Secretary of the Board of Trustees and 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 and alumni HDSAA parent.
Jennifer Lewis is a professor of mathematics education at Wayne State University, and serves on the faculty of the Mandel Foundation for Jewish Education. Prior to her graduate studies, Jenny taught in public schools for ten years. She is the proud mom of four HDSAA graduates.
Paul Metler is the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees and co-president of Senior Planning Advisors, an independent financial advisory firm that specializes in retirement planning. Prior to being a financial advisor, Paul was a Clinical Psychologist who practiced both as a clinician and Chief Clinical Officer for a Medicaid Prepaid Inpatient Health Plan. Paul is also a very proud parent of two HDS alumni.
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 the President of the Board of Trustees and 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: one is currently enrolled at HDS and two are alumni of the school.
David Eduardo Schteingart z”l
Muriel Cohen z”l