Legacy Giving and Beyond


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Each and every family touched by OHDS – parents, grandparents, relatives, and community leadership – has seen our school’s impact. OHDS’ presence in the community has helped grow local synagogues, support local Jewish support services and has even brought many families who had left Judaism back to the larger community.

Bequests and all planned gifts provide an opportunity to ensure that OHDS remains a fixture in the community, not just for our children but for generations to come.

A planned gift to OHDS will help the school by:

  • Endowing financial aid for families experiencing financial hardship
  • Supporting on-going education and professional development programs for faculty
  • Creating a culture of long term investment in a valuable community institution

Your planned gift to OHDS will provide you with:

  • A lasting mark and powerful statement, about your commitment to educating future generations of Jewish Youth.
  • Recognition during your lifetime and participation in on-going events where Legacy donors will be honored for their commitment.
  • The knowledge that your planned gift, when combined with others, will help secure the future of Jewish education in our community.

The OHDS Legacy Fund is managed by the Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay and is over seen by stewards from both the Foundation and the OHDS Board of Directors to ensure your gift has the impact you desire.

Current OHDS Legacy Society Members

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Hilda and Yitz Applbaum
Leslie and Ray Edelman
Jerry Yanowitz and Suzanne D’Arcy
Rachel and Alan Engel
Aimee Fisher and Dan Cohen
Terry and Stephen Friedkin
Diane and David Gould
Brian R. Kaye and Fran Tannenbaum Kaye
Elissa and Alan Kittner
JB Leibovitch and Judy Chun
Marlee and Neil Taxy

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What People Say

  • The essence of the education OHDS provides is brilliantly reflected in the character and values of its students and graduates. I can't imagine a better foundation from which to grow and succeed.

    Rochelle Shapell, Parent of two OHDS graduates and OHDS Founding Board Member

  • The OHDS dream unfolds daily through the lives of the school's students and teachers. Every moment at the school is an opportunity to connect, learn, and grow.

    Rabbi Yonatan Cohen, OHDS parent and Spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Israel

  • OHDS has become more than a school, it’s our community and neighborhood. The focus on educating the whole child carries over to an investment in the health and welfare of each child, family and staff member.

    Catherine Shachat, OHDS alumni parent and former OHDS Board of Directors President

  • I love the fact that my children begin each day with prayer, engage in deep Torah study, speak Hebrew like an Israeli, and receive an excellent secular education. We appreciate how OHDS embraces every child.

    Elissa Kittner, OHDS parent and President of the Board

  • More than just a school, OHDS is a family, where each student is seen as our crown jewel - each cultivating a personal, passionate and serious Jewish identity and a commitment to join the Jewish journey as life long learners.

    Rabbi Yonatan Cohen, OHDS parent and Spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Israel

  • Our children are learning their Judaism from the ground up. There is no ambivalence.

    Judy Chun, OHDS Parent

  • OHDS has already given my children a strong sense of themselves as Jews living Jewish lives. This is no small thing in the modern world.

    Jodi Tharan, former OHDS Parent

  • OHDS students are constantly exposed to the new ways of approaching a variety of subject matters. They are encouraged to think critically and really explore and understand the material that they are learning and the world around them.

    Leslie Edelman, Past President and current Board Member, OHDS parent

  • It's not just about love of Israel and learning Hebrew. Our Kindergartner now sings "G-d bless America" with the same enthusiasm as she does songs about "Apples and Honey" and is recognizing letters and words in both languages.

    Dan Cohen, Former President of the Board of Directors and parent of two OHDS students

  • OHDS is more than a school and more than a community to me. It is really a family. The teachers are so loving and caring. They want each child to succeed with a deep thought of benefiting the whole Jewish community.

    Adi Yaron Schaker, former OHDS Parent

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