We want to express our sincere gratitude and deep support for Jerry Isaak-Shapiro as he begins his final year at the Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day School. As one of the first students of the fledgling school, I recall many skeptics. I remember regularly moving between synagogues prior to our final home in Beachwood. As a parent, trustee and vice president, I recall a variety of directors through the years. There were many ups and downs. Yet, here we are 50 years later thriving.
Isaak-Shapiro is a major reason for this success. Over the last 16 years, with passion and dedication, he led our school community to widespread recognition in educational excellence.
Attending from age 2 through eighth grade, our son received a superior education in secular and Judaic studies integrated with pluralistic and humanist Jewish values. Jerry and the dedicated faculty guided our son’s education at Agnon (the previous name) preparing him to excel in a competitive high school and college environment.
Jerry came to Agnon 16 years ago and has lead Mandel JDS to become a national model for Jewish day school education. Jerry and his wife Debbie brought integrity and full commitment to our community which has continuously reaped the rewards.
We have been truly blessed and are forever grateful for everything they have done. It is with sadness that we will bid the Isaak-Shapiros farewell as they leave a legacy that will never be forgotten. May the Isaak-Shapiros and Mandel JDS continue to go from strength to strength.
Shari Loveman Goldberg and Michael Goldberg