Bright Futures Gala

Save the Date:

Bright Futures Gala

April 30, 2020 | 5:30 p.m.
Saint Kate - The Arts Hotel


Susan Lubar Solvang


MJDS is a vibrant, pluralistic learning community committed to 21st century learning. We inspire students to cultivate their Jewish identity through a multidisciplinary curriculum where they are free to explore, debate and embrace Jewish life and learning.

The Bright Futures Gala celebrates our mission and raises critical funds that support integral programs. At this year’s event, MJDS is proud to honor long-time supporter and alumni parent, Susan A. Lubar, for her deep commitment to Milwaukee children and to making an MJDS education accessible to even more families. In Susan’s honor, funds raised at the Gala will support our Affordable Customized Tuition (ACT) program.

Please join MJDS supporters, current and alumni families and staff for an illuminating evening of dinner, cocktails and community as we recognize Susan Lubar Solvang for her incredible dedication and shine a light on the MJDS Class of 2000.


We look forward to presenting the Tikkun Olam Award to Susan A. Lubar, president and founder of Growing Minds. Susan works to share her keen sense of awareness and mindfulness with school-age children in a safe and trusting environment.

Not only has she improved the lives of countless educators through Growing Minds, Susan gives back to the Milwaukee community as a highly respected and active member of many boards of directors. Susan is a truly remarkable woman in our Milwaukee community as an entrepreneur, innovator and nonprofit leader.

Susan is a proud mother of three adult children who all attended MJDS – Simen, Isabelle and Sonja.

MJDS Bright Futures Gala Honoree: Susan Lubar Solvang


The Bright Futures Gala will be held at Saint Kate — The Arts Hotel, a Marcus hotel, located at 139 E Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202 (Google Map location).

Tickets for the MJDS Bright Futures Gala will be available beginning in March 2020.

Explore sponsorship and underwriting opportunities as we prepare for this illuminating event!

Thank you to our sponsors:


2020 Gala Committee

  • Honoree
  • Susan Lubar Solvang

  • Co-Chairs
  • Jane and Stephen Chernof
  • Jaynie Skadron and Howard Frankenthal

  • Committee Members
  • Rachel Adams*
  • Karen and Elliot Berman
  • Deborah and Aaron Bernstein
  • Shannon and Nathan Bernstein
  • Cheryl and Mark Brickman
  • Susan and Allan Carneol
  • Lori Craig
  • Joan Lubar and John Crouch
  • Linda and David Deskalo
  • Nina and Rich Edelman
  • Karen and Jason Gottlieb
  • Shelly and Michael Hart
  • Sara and Mark Hermanoff
  • Gail Hoffman and Rick Meyer
  • Bunny and Joel Honigman
  • Lori and Marc Jacobson
  • Moshe and Debra Katz
  • Debra and Steven Koenig
  • Anne and Stephen Kravit
  • Alyson and Aaron Lippman
  • Diane Loeb
  • Madeleine and David Lubar
  • Melina and David Marcus
  • Felicia and Jamie Miller
  • Elizabeth and James Neubauer
  • Mindy and David Palay
  • Cathy and Arnie Peltz
  • Sheryl and Michael Primakow
  • Susan and Todd Richheimer
  • Julie and Daniel Rosenfeld
  • Rick Ross
  • Jodi Habush Sinykin and Daniel Sinykin
  • Jodi and Peter Sprinkmann
  • Sami Stein Avner*
  • Bonnie Klein-Tasman and Marc Tasman
  • Lisa and Craig Zetley
  • Yoni and Julie Zvi

*Class of 2000


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