The Rashi School Annual Dinner 2024

Celebrating the Launch of RISE: Our Campaign for Rashi

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Cocktails 6:00 PM | Dinner Program 7:00 PM
Seaport Hotel Boston
Cocktail Attire

Honoring RISE Campaign Co-Chairs

Cindy and Andrew Janower P’12, P’15, P’18
Jessica and Chuck Myers P’20, P’21, P’24
 Recognizing the 2024 Tikkun Alum Award Recipient
Jonathan “Jonny” Zackman ’11

Dietary laws observed

For more information, email or call 781-355-7312.

Meet the 2024 Honorees

Cindy and Andrew Janower P’12, P’15, P’18

Cindy and Andrew Janower are co-chairing the RISE campaign with Chuck and Jessica Myers. They have three daughters, Mikki ’12, Samantha ’15, and Alexandra ’18, who are thriving graduates of Rashi.

Cindy Janower is an independent strategy consultant and angel investor in early stage companies as well as a dedicated leader in Boston’s Jewish community. She chaired Rashi’s Board of Trustees from 2006-2010, during a period of profound transformation helping to implement the innovations funded by the Peerless Excellence Grant and leading the immense collective effort to fund, build, and move to our permanent home. In addition, over the past 20 years, she co-led the school’s strategic plans of 2005 and 2014 and has served on numerous board committees. She served as chair of Combined Jewish Philanthropies’ Board of Directors in 2019-2020 and has chaired several CJP committees, including the 2015 Boston Community Study and the 2017 CJP Strategic Plan. She currently serves on the Board of the Jewish Federations of North America and served on the North American board of the Union for Reform Judaism from 2011-2015. On a personal level, Cindy was born in Haifa (until age 3) and–like Chuck–raised in Cleveland, but now considers herself a true Bostonian, having moved here in 1991. Cindy earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School, her B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania, and her B.S.E. from its Wharton School. In her free time, Cindy reads widely and loves travel, fitness and healthy cooking.

Andrew Janower (AJ) is a Managing Director at Charlesbank Capital Partners, a private equity firm where he focuses on the consumer and business services sectors. AJ currently serves on the boards of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Facing History and Ourselves, and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF), where he is the immediate past chair. He also serves on CJP’s Board of Managers, which invests the Jewish Community Endowment Pool. AJ co-founded the Pediatric Low Grade Astrocytoma Foundation, which has since merged into the PBTF, which is catalyzing breakthrough treatments for pediatric brain tumors. AJ has also been instrumental in founding the nonprofits iTrek, which brings non-Jewish influential graduate students to Israel, and College Affordable, which helps high school students and their families across Massachusetts select the right school and solve the riddle of financial aid to ensure college affordability for all. AJ earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and his B.S.E. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. In his free time, AJ is an avid biker and skier.

Jessica and Chuck Myers P’20, P’21, P’24

Jessica and Chuck are Co-Chairs of Rashi’s RISE Campaign along with Cindy and AJ Janower. They live in Weston, MA and are the proud parents of two Rashi alumni, Sam ’20 and Ben ’21, and current eighth grader, Josh ’24.

Jessica Myers is a dedicated leader in the Greater Boston Jewish community and beyond. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), where she is also the Chair of the Committee on Development. Jessica is a past CJP Annual Campaign Chair and an alumna of CJP’s Cynthia and Leon Shulman Acharai Leadership Program. Jessica is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and is currently Co-Chairing their Annual Board Fund. Jessica is also involved with Brothers for Life (BFL) and is a member of the BFL New England Advisory Board. At Rashi, Jessica is a member of the Board of Trustees and has had a leadership role in Rashi’s Parent Committee, Yachad, for the last 6 years, currently serving as Co-Chair. She is also the past Co-Chair of the Admissions Parent Ambassador program. Jessica retired from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston in 2023 after working as an art librarian for 18 years. She has an MA in Library Science from Simmons University, an MA in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, and a BA in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania with a minor in Spanish. Jessica enjoys traveling, reading, yoga, cooking, and tries to do the New York Times Crossword every day.

Chuck Myers retired from Fidelity Investments in 2018 after almost 19 years as a small cap analyst and portfolio manager (Fidelity Small Cap Discovery Fund). While in his role at Fidelity, Chuck was named the 2012 Boston Globe Fund Manager of the Year and listed on the 2013 Fortune magazine 40 under 40 list. He now manages the “Myers Family Office” working on a variety of public and direct private investments, philanthropic endeavors, and personal interests. Chuck’s interest in investing started at the age of 12 when his father introduced him to the stock market. This eventually led him to The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he earned both a BS and MBA in Finance. He is very involved in the local Boston Jewish community on various Boards and committees, and has served on the Board of Trustees, Finance and Investment Committees at Rashi and at University School in Cleveland. He is also a member of the Board of Managers of the Beth Israel Lahey Health/Jewish Community Endowment Pool Investment Office. From 2011 to 2019 he served on the Board of Trustees of Combined Jewish Philanthropy (CJP). Chuck is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, reading, and playing poker.

Jonny Zackman ’11

Jonny Zackman is a mover and shaker with an ever present passion for supporting community through fostering meaningful connections, creating scalable programs, and being a mentor for local youth and peers.

In 2023, he co-founded Roundtable with local chef Tracy Chang to convene top chefs, entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and community organizers for food driven events that center on a specific social justice cause. As a part of his love of food and education, he launched a pilot program with the Moses Youth Center to educate youth on cooking skills and grocery budgeting, gaining exposure to job opportunities in the food industry, and empowering youth to express their culture through food. With a recent appointment to the Board of Directors of Project Restore Us, he will lead a new initiative to pair the mission of the culinary program with that of Project Restore US; “Restoring food security to Greater Boston with accessible, culturally appropriate, affordable groceries.”

After experiencing the death of his dad, Michael, in 2017, Jonny honors him through their shared love of camp. As a regional advisor and volunteer for Experience Camps, Jonny spreads the mission of ExCamps around the Northeast throughout the year and spends 1 week each summer in rural PA, transforming the lives of grieving children through mentorship, shared experience, and most importantly, fun.

He is a full-time Product Manager at PlatformQ Health, a digital health company focused on empowering patients and providers to further clinical outcomes through education.

In his free time, you will find him cycling, writing (kid’s book coming soon!), playing for Temple Beth Elohim in the local synagogue softball league, and continuing his search for the best fish tacos in the Boston area.

Save the Date for Generations Day 2024 – Friday, November 1, 2024 

Past Events

Generations Day 2023

On Friday, October 27, we welcomed over 300+ grandparents and special friends to Rashi. For all that could attend, we hope you enjoyed being part of our experience at The Rashi School through educational lessons and joining us in meaningful Shabbat blessings with your child(ren).

A special thanks to…

Event Co-Chairs – Dina and Sam Zoob P’29, Barbara and Rabbi Henry Zoob

Generations Day Parent Volunteers – Helene Gelber, Lindsay Jabbawy, Debbie Jacobs, Jessica Lasser, Maya Mindlin, Alison Moll, Jessica Myers, Jamie Perelman, Liat Rosen, Jeff Rosenspan, Steve Sheinkopf, Pam Sherman, Alyson Smith, Talia Valkin, Gail Williams, Amy Winston, and Matt Zisow

For those that attended, we invite you to complete this survey to provide feedback for future Generations Day events.

If you have any questions please contact the Development Team at 781-355-7312 or email

Welcome Back and Limud (Learning) Celebration

Over 225 guests from the Rashi community gathered on September 5 to welcome everyone back to the new school year and celebrate our core value of Limud (learning). Our goal is for every student to become a lifelong learner, and be motivated to reach their highest potential. The Rashi School provides students with the confidence and trust they need to be curious, probing, and intellectually driven.

The evening celebrated and honored Director of Student Support and PK-1 Coordinator Beth Brown with the Limud Award, and also recognized the wonderful work of all of our educators. We heard warm and inspiring remarks from Yachad Co-Chairs Jessica Myers, Jamie Perelman, and Alyson Smith, Head of School Adam W. Fischer, Dean of Jewish Learning Rabbi Sharon Clevenger, Head of Jewish Life and Partnerships Rabbi Marcia Plumb, and Board President David Grossman. Todah Rabah (Thank You) to all who were able to attend!