Educator to speak on ‘transformative power of community’

Sarah Shulkind, Ph.D., will speak at the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Women’s Philanthropy Annual Welcome on Oct. 4.

Sarah Shulkind, Ph.D., head of the Alice and Nahum Lainer School in Los Angeles, will be the guest speaker at the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Women’s Philanthropy Annual Welcome next month. Entitled “Many Voices Impacting as One,” the event will celebrate 10 years of the Mitzvah Magic program and include recognition of outgoing board members and installation of the new board.

As head of the Alice and Nahum Lainer School for three years, Shulkind has overseen endowment growth of 43 percent, renovation of kindergarten preschool classrooms and grounds, the visioning and implementation of the school’s J-STEAM program and a merger with the Douglas Family Early Childhood Center.

Shulkind will discuss the responsibility and privilege of improving the world, and the difference between the quest for meaning and the quest for happiness.

“I will also talk about the transformative power of community, and how leadership gives sacred opportunities for mitzvot that create a life of meaning and set the bar for future generations of leaders,” she told the AJP.

Shulkind graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where she received the Harry S. Truman scholarship, a national award for her work in educational reform and research. She completed her master’s of education in teaching and curriculum at Harvard University and her doctorate in educational leadership at the University of California, Los Angeles, for which she earned the National Association of Secondary Schools Dissertation Award for her research on Middle Level Advisory Programs. She has published articles in educational journals and The Jewish Journal. In 2015, Shulkind was named a Wexner Field Fellow.

Rachel Green and Melissa Landau are chairing the event. Tickets, $36, include a light supper, wine, and dessert. The event will be held Thursday, Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Harvey and Deanna Evenchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy, 3718 E. River Road. Participants may bring a $10 gift card for Mitzvah Magic’s holiday charity project. RSVP by Sept. 27 at www.jfsa.org/WPAnnualWelcome2018. For further information, contact Jane Scott at jscott@jfsa.org.