Parent Association Activities – Get Involved!!

In-School Volunteer Opportunities

There are many ways to volunteer at Schechter, and catch a glimpse at your child’s school life at the same time! Check out these options:

Pizza Lunch at the Lower School

Our kids love having pizza lunch, and we need parent support to have it run smoothly! Help setup and pizza to our Lower School students every Friday. If you ever wanted to know what your kids are doing during lunch, this is your chance! Please contact Debra Shure ( and Sharon Mishkin ( for more information. 

Chinese Lunch at the Upper School

Help setup and serve Chinese lunch at the Upper School once a month. This is a great opportunity to see what your kids are doing during lunch, and have some Chinese lunch for yourself! Please contact Reva Winston ( for more information.

Volunteer in the Library at the Lower School

Parent volunteers help Lori the Librarian restock the shelves and check out books for our younger readers. This is also a great opportunity to take a peek at your kids, while listening our amazing resident storyteller (and librarian). Volunteer at often as you like!  Contact Lori Kahn at for more information.

Social Action with the Schechter PA

Engage in tikkun olam (repairing the world through acts of kindness) with Schecter’s PA and teach your children the importance of caring for others in our community. Volunteer at JC&FS Family Table and provide nutritious meals to families in need. Help us meet our commitment of 45 cans of tuna each month for Family Table. Cans should be left in the collection bins in the lobbies at the Shaller and Shoolman Campuses. Stay tuned for more family-friendly social action activities. Please contact Rachel Barbanel-Fried (, Jessica Resnick ( or Shirah Rosin ( for more information.

Hesed Community

The Hesed Community is a group of Schechter families that provides meals, rides and other support to members of the Schechter community in need. Whatever the need, we are there for you. If you would like to be added to the list of volunteers or know of a member of the community in need, please contact Suzanne Finder or Serena Madar at

Teacher Appreciation

One of the PA’s most important jobs is to show our appreciation for our teachers. We provide welcome back baskets, holiday baskets and baskets of goodies for our teachers throughout teacher appreciation week in the teachers’ lounges.  We also host and provide lunch for our annual Teacher Appreciation Luncheon at the end of the year. To help us show our appreciation, please contact Amanda Schouela ( or Rebecca Katsh Singer ( for more information.

Creative Arts and Sciences Program

In partnership with the Newton Public School's Creative Arts and Sciences Committee, Schechter is able to provide high-quality, educational enrichment programs in art, language arts, poetry, mathematics, music, science, social studies and Judaic studies which are organized through the PA. Schechter's Creative Arts and Sciences Committee selects programs that complement the academic curriculum for grades K through 8 throughout the school year. The programs have included Audubon Ark, Engineers Teaching Algebra, Wingmasters, Art Quest, Night Skies, Bay Colony Educators, the Science Discovery Museum, a political cartoonist, jazz musician, storytellers and numerous authors.  Parent volunteers are needed to help choose and greet our amazing presenters. For more information, please contact Alison Judd (

Outdoor Activity Club

Please join the PA Outdoor Activity Club for a variety of outdoor adventures throughout the year. Enjoy an afternoon outside in nature with other Schechter families while hiking in local woods, kayaking on the Charles River in Newton, or skiing at the Blue Hills Reservation. For more information, please contact Jen and Jason Skolnick ( for more information.


Social Events

Do you love to plan events? Help plan family and parent social events throughout the year. We can always use help planning our Annual Parent Social and new Havdallah and Family Fun Night.  New ideas are also welcome! Please contact Shira Lewin ( or Louis Mansdorf ( to help out!  

Schechter Community Listserv

Don't miss the conversation on the Schechter Community Listserv. We have more than 100 members - now it's your turn to join! Send an e-mail to the following address and ask to be added to the group: We look forward to connecting online soon.




"I am beyond pleased with the warmth of the Schechter community." - Schechter parent

Gan Shelanu
125 Wells Avenue, Newton, MA 02459
P: 617-630-4535
Shaller Campus - Lower School
Gosman Building
60 Stein Circle, Newton, MA 02459
P: 617-964-7765 F: 617-964-8693
Shoolman Campus – Upper School
Marcus Building
125 Wells Avenue, Newton, MA 02459
P: 617-928-9100 F: 617-928-9108

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