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Rabbi Micah Lapidus, the Davis Academy’s Director of Jewish and Hebrew Studies, has been installed as president of Pardes: Day Schools of Reform Judaism. In this position, Rabbi Lapidus will work with Reform day schools throughout the United States and Canada to collaborate with the Union for Reform Judaism.
Prior to becoming the organization’s president, Rabbi Lapidus served on the Pardes Board for three years.
“The work of Pardes is really twofold: relationship-building and advocacy,” he said. “Pardes strives to strengthen ties between Jewish day schools and other Jewish community institutions, such as synagogues.
“Additionally, Pardes advocates for Reform Jewish day schools as vital organizations on the landscape of Jewish educational life. We work to increase the number of Reform Jewish families that are served by our day schools as well as to ensure that we maintain the highest standards of excellence in all areas.”
The Davis Academy, which is the largest Reform day school in the U.S., has a history of leadership in the Reform day school movement. Davis lay leaders and past presidents Carol Nemo, Jan Epstein and Harriet Zoller have also served in Pardes.
Editor’s note: For more information about The Davis Academy, visit davisacademy.org.