Orange Police Sgt. Mike Roberts received the Aliki and Peter Rzepka Leadership Award, May 21 at the Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day School 50th annual meeting.
“To the parents of Mandel JDS, your trust is the highest compliment I or any police officer can hope to achieve,” Roberts said, according to a June 4 release. “Occupying a place in my heart, the people of Mandel JDS feel my love and I feel theirs. After all, love is stronger than hate. It is stronger than fear and you deserve the right to learn, educate and worship without fear. Thank you for trusting me with the responsibility. It has truly been the most rewarding work of my 23-year law enforcement career.”
Adam Levin honored outgoing board president Jared Miller of Solon, who served for three years.
“Jared, under your leadership, Mandel JDS has strengthened its foundation, ensuring success for the next generation and beyond,” Levin said, according to the release.
Eliana LeVine of Shaker Heights became president. A parent at Mandel JDS since 2007, she graduated from the Agnon School (now Mandel JDS) in 1986 and is the second graduate to become president.
Two eighth-graders, Maya August and Hannah Plotkin, delivered the d’var Torah. Neil Waxman offered greetings from the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. Ilana Horowitz Ratner of Shaker Heights received the Honorary Life Director Award. Joan Horowitz of Solon received the Grandparent of the Year Award, and Juli and Chuck Herman of Solon, Kaleena Minor of Mayfield and Dave Page of Orange received the Gloria Abrams Parent Volunteer Award.
Head of School Jerry Isaak-Shapiro honored 14 staff members celebrating 20-plus years at the school and four celebrating 30-plus years. He wished art teacher Barbara Weiss a warm farewell. She is retiring after 42 years at the school.
Isaak-Shapiro announced in May that he will leave at the end of the 2019-20 school year. The school is undergoing a search to replace him.