Susan and Howard Green have made what is termed the largest donation to the Jewish Community Day School (JCDS) in 15 years, according to an announcement released earlier today. The gift will be administered through the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana (JEF), which serves as a repository of funds for the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans and other constituent and affiliated agencies.
The Metairie school had recently named its early childhood program in honor of the Greens. The Susan and Howard Green Preschool at JCDS will promote Reggio Emilia-inspired learning at their pre-K. School officials have indicated that all of the creativity and child-centered learning contained within that program will also go hand in hand with establishing a very strong set of Jewish values
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According to the Greens, they learned of the importance of having children attend a Jewish day school when their grandchildren began attending school in New York. .
“We have seen the impact on our whole family,” Susan said. “We are constantly awed by the joy and knowledge exhibited by our children and grandchildren.”
The Greens expressed admiration for JCDs and describe themselves as “wowed” by the Children’s Annual Chanukah Extravaganza.
“We were impressed with the beauty of the children’s singing and the astounding confidence they displayed. I just knew that this education would lay the groundwork for their connection to Judaism for a lifetime.
“Howard and I want to make sure that the same high-quality Jewish education our grandchildren are receiving in New York is available for the children and families in the Greater New Orleans Area,” Susan Green said.
Susan Green has been named to the school’s Board of Trustees and she and her husband continue to be active supporters of the program there. She and her husband began to discuss the concept of helping to fund the early childhood program during the tenure of former head of school Sharon Pollin, Ph.D.
Newly-installed Oscar J. Tolmas Head of School Bard Philpson expressed admiration for the Green’s gift. “Before I had even officially become head of school in July, I got to know Susan and Howard as this brilliant, charming couple who cared deeply about the school,” he said. “This gift is a tremendous vote of confidence in the future of JCDS, and it further builds our foundation in a way that will impact generations of future students. Whatever the story of JCDS is from here forward, the love and support of the Greens will forever be a part of it.”
The JEF will hold one half of the Greens’ gift to the school under their newly established Howard and Susan Green Jewish Community Day School Operating Support Charitable Fund. They will also combine the money they are holding in trust with the Legacy Heritage Fund Challenge grants program, which hopes to add more funding to the preschool.
“JEF’s Board of Directors and I are honored that Susan and Howard entrusted us to administer this magnanimous gift,” stated JEF executive director Bobby Garon. “We hope for other similar collaborative opportunities like the Greens’ in order to support and preserve the future needs of our Jewish community.”
Both of the Greens will honored on Sunday, December 8 at the JCDS “Green Carpet” gala to be held at the Goldring-Woldenberg Jewish Community Campus, 3747 West Esplanade Avenue in Metairie, at 6:00 p.m.
To purchase tickets for the gala, click here or call call 504 -887.4091.