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A Celebration of Leadership

Friday, June 23, 2017

To Ellen Chaikof ‘80, December 13, 2016 marked the end of her term as president of the TanenbaumCHAT Board of Directors. To the school community, it marked the end of an era comprised of 15 years full of dedicated service.

Ellen, a litigator and employment lawyer by trade, has been a board member since 2005. During that time, Ellen served as Chair of TanenbaumCHAT’s Personnel Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee before beginning her term as President in 2014. Ellen’s community involvement has not been limited to the school. She has also served on the Board of Beth Tzedec Synagogue, been involved with the Women’s Division of Israel Bonds and currently sits on the Board of Canadian Friends of Shalem College.

Ellen’s relationship to TanenbaumCHAT extends far beyond her work obligations, as she and her husband David are both CHAT alumni. Their three sons are also grads. Ellen is recognized by the Jewish community and her peers for her steadfast commitment to Jewish education and camping. Ellen’s tireless dedication to the Jewish education offered at TanenbaumCHAT will surely leave a lasting mark for years to come.

To mark the occasion, a “Celebration of Leadership” fundraising campaign was initiated to enable Ellen’s many friends and supporters to show in a tangible way their appreciation for the important work she has done for TanenbaumCHAT. The initiative, which was spearheaded by Leanne and David Matlow and Sari and Hal Springer, raised over $100,000. The results of the campaign were celebrated at a moving ceremony held prior to the annual meeting.

The proceeds of the campaign will be used to upgrade and enhance the Hennick Family Atrium, a popular central gathering space on the school’s campus. This project is our community’s way to thank Ellen for her extraordinary service, and will serve as a permanent inspiration to others to devote themselves to the causes they are passionate about.