Welcome from Gary Weisserman

Dear Bernard Zell Community,

I am thrilled and humbled to have been selected to serve as Bernard Zell's Head of School. I have known of Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School for many years and have always held the school in incredibly high regard. Over the course of the search process, that impression proved completely accurate, and I quickly fell in love—both with the school and the community.  

It is a joy to come to a school that is so much more than an institution. Bernard Zell is a place that treasures young people for who they are, while cultivating the remarkable adults they will soon become; a place where scholarship and action meet to foster a style of learning that is exciting, relevant, and compassionate; a place where the traditional values of our people shape a progressive vision of a very modern world; and a place that is—as so many students, parents, and faculty have told me—their Jewish home, the very center of their community. As someone whose own life was profoundly shaped by a Jewish day school, I understand how incredibly impactful a place like Bernard Zell can be. This is indeed a special place, and I consider myself truly fortunate to have the opportunity to lead it.

On my visits to Bernard Zell, what has been most evident to me is the faculty's incredible passion for outstanding teaching and learning in a warm, caring environment. I wholeheartedly believe in teaching the whole child, in encouraging curiosity and excellence, and in cultivating educational innovation. I share and support the school's values, including the premium it places on being a true community Jewish day school. I also share its desire to offer its students not only the best Jewish education, but the best education—full stop.  

My goal is for Bernard Zell to become known as the place where teaching and learning are so incredibly robust that educators come from around the world to learn how to "do" school the "right" way: in a joyful manner that treats each young person as a unique and distinct individual, b'tzelem elohim, capable of achieving great things.

Although I won't formally assume my role until July 1, in the months to come I'll be spending time on campus.  Beginning in December, I intend to meet with each member of our faculty and staff, as well as with groups of parents, students, and alumni, and to begin planning with Dr. Horwitz and our outstanding administrative team. I see this as a rare and valuable opportunity to get to know not only the school, but also the people who make it so exceptional.

My wife Dolly, our sons Drew and Simon, and I are thrilled about our upcoming move to Chicago. We look forward to joining the community, and to working together to provide our children the very best education anywhere.

I look forward to meeting with you soon!


Gary Weisserman