"MazaI tov to all of my students, colleagues, and dear friends for being the pioneers for 36 exemplary, innovative, and inspirational years!" - Sandi Morgan Dunn - Anne & Steve Kravit
My MJDS Story: Sari Edber (Pelc)
My MJDS Story: Sari Edber (Pelc)

Dear MJDS Friends,

Like all of you, MJDS holds a very special place in my heart. I credit my time there with the ways in which Judaism, learning, teaching, children, and being a part of a special school community all play a role in my adult life. Jewish education is very much a central part of who I am - as a life-long learner, as a mother, and as a professional.

When I switched elementary schools in third grade, from public school to MJDS, our family was immediately welcomed and embraced by the warm environment, nurturing staff, and loving community. As a child, it not only showed me what a school should feel like for all students, but my positive experiences there have guided many of my choices as I grew up.

I have always wanted to be a teacher, but, MJDS further narrowed my career path towards Jewish education. My love for Judaism, learning, and education since then have been woven into my life, from attending Jewish summer camps to majoring in Jewish Education at UW-Madison. After graduating, I taught Hebrew & Jewish Studies at a Jewish day school for many years. My memories from MJDS only increased my dedication to creating meaningful, engaging, and creative lessons for those students. After staying home to raise our two young children, I have returned to the field of Jewish education as a child development and parenting specialist in a Jewish nursery school program. I love that I am able to share my passion for teaching, Judaism, and children with our Parent & Me families. I have been selected to be a part of a wonderful pilot program called the First 36 Project; a neuro-science research program for early childhood educators in Jewish parenting centers. Not only do I enjoy expanding my own knowledge, but I love sharing it with my classes and community as well. I thank MJDS for instilling in me the idea that one never stops learning.

As a mother, I can only hope that our children grow up appreciating the amazing Jewish values, lessons, and character strengths that they are receiving from their own Jewish day school experience. I will always be grateful to MJDS for the family-like community to which I belonged, the strong Jewish identity that I developed, and my passion for Jewish education that I will always cherish.

Mazel tov, MJDS, on this meaningful double chai milestone... and to many more years to come.

With love and gratitude,
Sari Edber (Pelc)
MJDS alumna, Class of '93
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MJDS Stories

In celebration of the 36th anniversary of MJDS, we are excited to present MJDS Stories, a series of narratives told in first person by different voices of our MJDS community. Parents, teachers, alumni, alumni-parents, students and friends share how MJDS has made an impact on their children, their Jewish identity and their lives. MJDS Stories deepens the meaning of our mission and amplifies the excitement of our 36 milestone.

More MJDS Stories

My MJDS Story: Sophia Edelstein
My MJDS Story: Sophia Edelstein
"MJDS has taught me to not take my Judaism for granted, but to be proud of it."
- Sophia Edelstein
My MJDS Story: Rona Wolfe
My MJDS Story: Rona Wolfe
"Thank you to the community that is Milwaukee Jewish Day School. You have taught us, first hand, everything we need to know."
- Rona Wolfe
My MJDS Story: Merzy Eisenberg
My MJDS Story: Merzy Eisenberg
"I am filled with great appreciation and awe that I was able to help build a school in which Jewish children continue to thrive, grow, learn and love."
- Merzy Eisenberg
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