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Politz Day School Annual Gala celebrates 50 years of success

By DAVID PORTNOE Voice Editor


Rabbi Bernard E. Rothman was the recipient of the Visionary Leader Award at Politz Day School’s 50th Anniversary Gala on May 8. Rabbi Bernard E. Rothman was the recipient of the Visionary Leader Award at Politz Day School’s 50th Anniversary Gala on May 8. In his 22 years at Politz Day School of Cherry Hill, Rabbi Avraham Glustein has seen education change from pencils to iPads. He has also seen profound changes in the students he has encountered as a teacher and as the current head of school. What has not changed, Glustein said prior to the 50th Anniversary Tribute Dinner on May 8th, is the sense of pride, accomplishment, and passion for Jewish education from the leadership, staff, and supporters of Politz Day School.

“When you are committed to the mission and the sacredness of the work, and you find like-minded people with a passion for Jewish education, then you make miracles happen,” said Glustein. He credited that passion for making Politz the “magnificent treasure for the Jewish community” that it has become.


Dr. Herbert Caskey, recipient of the Visionary Builder Award, with his nephew, Natan Geller. Dr. Herbert Caskey, recipient of the Visionary Builder Award, with his nephew, Natan Geller. Politz’s 50th Anniversary Tribute was the most successful gala in the school’s history, said Dr. Yaakov Bagley, 50th Anniversary Committee co-chair with Jamie Dollinger. He said that the event at the Merion in Cinnaminson attracted over 400 people.

At the Tribute Dinner, the Visionary Leader Award was presented to Rabbi Bernard E. Rothman, a Visionary Builder Award to Dr. Herbert Caskey, a Visionary Builder Award to Samuel and Faigy Konig, the Distinguished Shorashim Grandparent Award to Marilyn Mindel, and the Distinguished Visionary in Education Award to teacher Arlynne Sammons. The awards presented were crafted by Israeli metal artist Yaron Bar out of Kassam rocket and Israeli Iron Dome fragments that had fallen on Moshav Halutza near Gaza. The event also recognized the school board presidents, heads-of-school, teachers, supporters, and others from throughout Politz’s 50 years.


Marilyn Mindel (second from left), recipient of the Distinguished Shorashim Grandparent Award, is pictured with friends Leah Zarge, Andy Rauer, Sylvia Levine, and Sybil Bernstein. Marilyn Mindel (second from left), recipient of the Distinguished Shorashim Grandparent Award, is pictured with friends Leah Zarge, Andy Rauer, Sylvia Levine, and Sybil Bernstein. In accepting his award from Jerry and Shelly Abramson, Rabbi Rothman said it’s hard to imagine that it has been 50 years since the founding of the school in 1968. “It’s your simcha tonight. Rejoice in what we have accomplished,” he said to those in attendance. “It’s about all of us,” said Rothman. He added that the school needs “each of you” for the second half of its first century.

At the end of the evening, Politz President Sabrina Spector and Alise Panitch announced the formation of a 50th Anniversary Endowment Fund for the school and appealed for support for the fund. They spoke of the school’s commitment to excellence and the strength of the growing Jewish community in Southern New Jersey. They also spoke of the school’s bright future. “May we all be blessed to see great things happen,” said Spector.


Arlynne Sammons (second from left), recipient of the Distinguished Visionary in Education Award, is pictured with her family. Arlynne Sammons (second from left), recipient of the Distinguished Visionary in Education Award, is pictured with her family. In addition to the Gala Dinner, Politz will hold a Fun Run on Sunday, June 10 at Cooper River Park in Pennsauken and a Gala Lecture featuring Malcolm Hoenlein, CEO and executive vice president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. Hoenlein’s lecture will be held on Wednesday, June 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Cong. Beth El in Voorhees.

For more information, call the school at (856) 667- 1013.

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