Matt Bonder, Class of 1999
"Rashi taught me the importance of forming relationships with people, and I try to do that as much as I can."
The values and lessons Matt learned at Rashi have stood him in good stead as he progressed through high school and college into the business world. Rashi teachers instilled in him the confidence to advocate for himself as he transitioned from a class of 15 students to a much larger class at Framingham High School. For college, he chose a small school, Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY, where he studied finance and economics. He was an Associate in Transaction Services with KPMG before joining Dunkin' Brands.
Matt has fond memories of Rashi and its many "great teachers." He remembers how Jennifer Miller, Head of School at the time, "saw the potential in each individual student." Matt also recalls how the Jewish studies teacher was able to make the lessons of the Torah relevant to young adolescents.
On the lighter side, he recalls a pickup football game between Rashi and Schechter students. "Ask anyone in my class; they will remember it as if it happened yesterday. Coming together as a class, winning the football game and celebrating the victory is something we will never forget – even fourteen years later!"
Matt's strongest tie to Rashi remains his classmates. "It's cool to be in touch with people you went to school with many years ago," he states. Matt has attended Rashi galas and dinners as well as more informal reunions hosted by classmates. The members of his class are still connected to each other and to Rashi.