Parents’ Corner

Michelle Feinberg and Renee Greller, RBO Co-chairs

As the school year draws to a close and summer is fast approaching, we look forward to a year unfolding! We are fortunate to end summer and kick off each school year with the Annual Kosher Rib Burn Off. As Co-chairs of the the 24th Annual Totally Kosher Rib Burn Off (RBO), this will be our ninth (Renee’s) and fifth (Michelle’s) year involved with the RBO and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Summers are filled with vacations, summer camp and fun in the sun! The RBO helps to bring families back together again on campus. Perhaps we are being a tad sentimental, but there is truly something to be said about the pride and joy we feel for our Schechter family when more than 3,000 community members come to our school to participate in the RBO, to be held this year on Labor Day, Monday, September 5. There are so many wonderful things about the RBO:

  • A wide array of delicious kosher food which allows people of all levels of observance to participate
  • An afternoon of family-friendly attractions and games
  • The community feeling that is created at the RBO as one of the largest events in the Cleveland Jewish community

When do we ever get almost all of the area Synagogues, day schools, organizations, kosher restaurants and other local vendors and establishments all to come together in support of one event? It is truly remarkable and something to take pride in.

We must not forgot that this event is also an important fundraising opportunity for Gross Schechter Day school. It helps the school to continue to thrive and provide the best possible education for our students. Proceeds from the RBO allow Gross Schechter Day School to:

  • Offer financial assistance to families that need aid
  • Subsidize tuition to keep rates low for all families
  • Pay for exciting technology and other resources that keep Gross Schechter’s curriculum innovative and constantly evolving.

As parents and volunteers at Schechter, we choose to be involved for many reasons. This is our chance to give back. Volunteering provides a valuable service so resources can be spent in other needed areas. Volunteering brings people together and fosters teamwork. We love working with the other parents and teachers at the school. Often times, parents only have the chance to meet or get together with students in their own child’s class. The Rib Burn Off spans all grades creating a stronger and more cohesive community. Most importantly, volunteering strengthens the entire Gross Schechter community to improve our school, ensuring we give our children an experience like no other.

On a personal note, we choose to be involved with this event in particular because this event speaks to everyone in the community. This event is hosted by Schechter at Schechter and allow us to showcase our school, our community and our family to the Jewish community. So, too, the RBO supports and promotes other Jewish organizations, synagogues and establishments that support us. On this day, we all come together: all ages, all schools, an entire Jewish community to enjoy the festivities together. It’s important for our children to see their parents giving back and having fun doing it.

Being a part of the Schechter community has meant so much to our families. Our children think of Schechter as their second home and their teachers as part of the family.They are learning and growing as people and as learners.  They come home happy every day. Above all, they are learning what it means to be good people, to be menches. For us parents, being involved in the school only makes our connection stronger.

We look forward to volunteering with you, eating tasty treats with you and sharing our Schechter pride with you. Have a wonderful summer, and we will see you all on Labor Day, Monday, September 5!

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