by Deborah Bobrow, Current Schechter Parent and Alumni Schechter Parent

On the eve of my youngest child’s graduation from Gross Schechter, I feel tremendous fondness for the past 13 years that our children have attended the school. This spring we celebrate our youngest daughter Lindy’s eighth grade graduation, our middle son Daniel’s completion of tenth grade, and our oldest son Aidan’s graduation from high school. During this time of reflection and assessment, I find myself asking, did we do enough, did we impart our values on our children, are they prepared for the next step, do they have a sense of who they are and of their Jewish identity?

When I think back to when Aidan was finishing preschool, my parents highly encouraged us to consider Schechter. As Orange and Shaker graduates we favored public school and had planned to send our children to Solon schools. We decided to take a look at Schechter and I was immediately impressed by the warm welcome we received from the staff. There was a wonderful buzz in the new building. Enthusiastic teachers, curious students, all in a Jewish setting that felt so special.

And so, we thought we’d “try” Schechter. Take it one year at a time and see how it went. So one year passed, and another, and another. We soon realized that the experiences our children were having at Schechter were the perfect combination of challenging secular academics complemented with an instillment of Judaism that felt so natural. Seeing the kids come home with an enthusiasm about Judaism and their amazing creative projects like the origami haggadah were such a joy. I was so touched by the first grade siddur ceremony, when the kids received their Tanakh in fourth grade, and of course the culminating Israel experience which all of the children still talk about to this day.

Our three kids are very different from one another. They learn differently, have varied interests yet all three had wonderfully positive experiences at Schechter. They all developed a love of learning. They all grew and developed by successfully completing the wax museum, Science Fair, and publishing their special books of poems. Through these challenging experiences, all three developed a sense of confidence, pride and belief in themselves that will serve them well in whatever direction they choose.

I am so grateful to Schechter for setting the foundation for all three of our very different learners in both their secular and Jewish identities. As for those questions…did we do enough, did we impart our values on our children, are they prepared for the next step, do they have a sense of who they are and of their Jewish identity? Thanks to Gross Schechter, the answers are a resounding yes!

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