A celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Jewish Community Day School drew 200 supporters to Temple Sinai Nov. 15.
The Homecoming 20! Gala had the theme “Looking Back, Moving Forward.”
Head of School Sharon Pollin highlighted the achievements of the JCDS academic year.
These included welcoming 17 new students to the school, reopening full prekindergarten and kindergarten classes and instituting the monthly Jewish Babies Club for young families.
In January, Pollin said, the school will launch a Young Baby Program, a full-time educational child care program for infants ages 3 to 15 months designed to support working Jewish parents.
Longtime supporters Bill Norman and Judy and David Fried were honored. Pearl Lerner Kane, president of New York City’s PLK Consulting Group LLC, recognized the contribution of Norman, founder of the New Orleans Jewish Day School, predecessor to the Jewish Community Day School. Rabbi Edward Cohn, Hugo Kahn and Heidi Vizelberg paid tribute to Judy and David Fried. Judy Fried is a teacher at the school, and David Fried served as JCDS treasurer for nearly 20 years.
The master of ceremonies was Michele Allen-Hart, co-president of the JCDS Parent Association. The Homecoming 20! Gala honorary chairwoman was Joan Berenson. Co-chairs were Lis and Hugo Kahn and Dashka Roth Lehmann and Larry Lehmann.
The featured entertainer was Atlanta singer and songwriter Rabbi Micah Lapidus, who, along with JCDS music teacher Lauren Gisclair, led a choir of JCDS students in arrangements of his original compositions as well as some well-known favorites.