This is Weber: 2018-2019 Annual Report

Message from the Head of School

In one of his last televised interviews in 1968,  Israel’s first Prime Minister David Ben Gurion reflected on the great challenge that the new state of Israel faced after the conclusion of the War of Independence in 1948. While ensuring Israel’s continued security, Ben Gurion believed Israel required a grand mission to guide its development as a modern Jewish democratic state. For Ben Gurion,  our renewed, modern State of Israel must provide a setting for Jews to fulfill God’s promise from the Book of Exodus—to be an Am Segulah, a people with a singular purpose that would offer a unique contribution to the community of nations and exemplify core Jewish values to the broader world. As Jews, we have always relied upon our schools to prepare our students for college and careers.  However, to ensure that they merit membership within that Am Segulah, Jewish schools assume an additional charge—empathy to leverage the skills and knowledge gleaned from their education to become ethically informed individuals driven to serve causes greater than their own self-interest.

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Message from the Board President

After three meaningful years, my term as the President of the Board of the Weber School has come to an end. Serving as President of Weber was one of the most gratifying experiences of my professional and communal life. My job was made easy by an exceptionally dedicated, passionate, and wise professional and lay leadership team. Although it may sound cliché, I truly believe that my biggest job was to simply stay out of their way and allow them to do what they do so well. I also benefited during my term from an incredibly supportive and gracious parent body and generous and visionary donors. I look back over the past three years with an immense sense of gratitude for all we accomplished. We tackled some very difficult challenges that the school had been facing for some time and launched some significant aspirational initiatives that will help transform the school for decades to come.

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2018-2019 Report of Private Giving

Giving Category Total Giving
Unrestricted $533,049
Temporarily Restricted $44,150
Permanently Restricted $6,386
   
Total Gifts $583,585
ALEF Fund (state taxes - v. charitable gifts - redirected to benefit Weber) $963,915
   
TOTAL GIVING $1,547,500
   
Weber School Endowment Market Values  
The Carol Nemo Endowed Tuition Assistance Fund $264,811
The Edward Silver Endowed Memorial Tribute Fund $74,551
The Friedman Family Endowment to Support the Entrepreneurship Program $72,959
The Friends of Felicia Weber Endowed Unrestricted Fund $184,273
The Joseph Soriano Scholarship Fund $1,146,900
   
TOTAL ENDOWMENT MARKET VALUE $1,743,494

Temporarily Restricted Giving

Sheryl Cook
Lynn and Ron Goldman
Rennette and Byron Kopman
Stanley M. Lefco
Laura and Jeffrey Marcus
Carol and Robert Nemo Philanthropic Fund
Sharon and Mark Reich
Barbara and Ish Rosenblit

Permanently Restricted Giving

THE FRIENDS OF FELICIA WEBER ENDOWED UNRESTRICTED FUND
Anonymous

THE CAROL NEMO ENDOWED TUITION ASSISTANCE FUND
Gail Gregory
Randy Hyman
Deborah and Louis Jacobs

THE EDWARD SILVER ENDOWED MEMORIAL TRIBUTE FUND

THE FRIEDMAN FAMILY ENDOWMENT TO SUPPORT THE ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM AT THE WEBER SCHOOL

THE JOSEPH SORIANO SCHOLARSHIP
Martha and Barry Berlin
Susan and Jeff Brickman
Alicia Ellenburg
Kelli Ellis
Nancy and Wayne Freedman
Naomi and Christopher Gargano
Laurie and David Ginburg
Michele and Jeffrey Howard
Avi and Robert Killip
Jeffrey and Stephanie Knauer
Deborah Maron
Barbara and Sanford Orkin
Janet and Michael Seligson
Merrill Shemaria

Unrestricted Giving