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Arnee Winshall Named First Board Chair of RAVSAK

by RAVSAK Staff Issue: Parents
Arnee Winshall, the founding chair of JCDS, Boston’s Jewish Community Day School, and a nationally recognized leader in Jewish education, will assume the role of chair of the first RAVSAK Board of Directors at the upcoming annual meeting in January. Working with Executive Director Marc Kramer, Arnee will guide the transition from the original grassroots, Executive Committee structure made up solely of day school professionals to an international governing board of extraordinary lay and professional leadership committed to ensuring the future of RAVSAK.

“The AVI CHAI Foundation is inspired by the work RAVSAK does to nourish the Jewish soul of community day schools. We are delighted by the growth of RAVSAK over the past decade, and by the leadership of Dr. Marc Kramer and the Executive Committee that has worked closely with him. We are also pleased that RAVSAK is taking the next big step to build a national board of lay leaders to expand on its success to date. We applaud the chair-designate, Arnee Winshall, whose work in the Jewish community is a model for us all.”–Yossi Prager, Executive Director, AVI CHAI North America

Arnee R. Winshall has volunteered for the Jewish community in a wide variety of capacities. In her home state of Massachusetts, she is the Founding Chair of JCDS, Boston’s Jewish Community Day School, and sits on the Board of Overseers of Hebrew College. As a past member of the boards of The Harold Grinspoon Foundation and the JCCs of Greater Boston, she helped spearhead the launch of PJ Library in Boston. She was also a founding member of DAF, the Greater Boston day school advocacy forum initiative and Boston’s representative to the Continental Council for Jewish Day School Education. Nationally, Arnee currently serves on the Executive Committee of JESNA, as the lay chair of the Lippman Kanfer Institute, and on the board of the Foundation for Jewish Camp. In addition, she is the Founding Chair of Hebrew at the Center dedicated to advancing Hebrew teaching and learning.

Professionally, as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand, Arnee taught English as a second language to all ages and supervised a pilot K-2 English immersion project in six lab schools. Subsequently, she pursued studies in developmental psycholinguistics at the University of Chicago. In addition, she has worked in wholesale and retail sales, tradeshow information tools, owned and operated a residential real estate company and as Interim Head of JCDS, in Boston.

Arnee is married to Walter Winshall and is the proud mother of Sarah and Aaron, who have both benefited from day school educations and Jewish camping. She is a passionate advocate for consistent excellence in Jewish education, investing in the development of educational leadership, fostering lifelong teaching and learning and enabling each person to reach his or her potential. ♦

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