The 2019 Rashi Annual Dinner

Honoring Dena and Michael Rashes

Sunday, May 19, 2019

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Cocktails Reception
6:00 - 8:00 PM - Dinner and Program

Seaport Hotel Boston

Co-Chairs: Michelle & Darren Black, Rachel & Larry Chafetz, Jessica & Chuck Myers, and Lisa & Neil Wallack

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  • About the Rashes

    Dena Boronkay Rashes is a dedicated leader in the Greater Boston Jewish community. Prior to leaving the workforce to care for her growing family, she worked as an investment banker.
     
    Dena serves on the Board, Executive Committee, and is the Vice Chair of the Europe Committee of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). She is currently serving her third year as the Chair of the Committee on Development for Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston (CJP), where she is also on the Board of Directors and the Israel and Overseas Commission. In addition, she is a member of Jewish Federations of North America’s (JFNA) Board of Trustees and Israel and Overseas Committee, and an alumni of JFNA’s National Young Leadership Cabinet.  Dena is the Clerk of the Board of Trustees of The Rashi School, where she is a former Development Committee chair and co-chair of the $30 million campaign to build the school’s permanent home.  A committed alumna volunteer, Dena serves as the Chair of Wellesley College’s Durant Society and on the President’s Advisory Council.
     
    Michael Rashes is a Principal at Bracebridge Capital, a fixed income hedge fund based in Boston.  He joined the firm in 1996 and currently oversees the firm’s sovereign credit and rates trading strategies in addition to managing the development and implementation of the firm's proprietary asset pricing and risk-management models.  Michael is a graduate of Stanford University, where he earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a B.A. in Economics, both with distinction.  He earned his M.A. and Ph.D., both in Economics, from Harvard University. Michael sits on the board of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and the advisory board of Lives in the Balance, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide vital, accessible resources and programs to caregivers of behaviorally challenging children. 
     
    Dena and Michael live in Newton, MA and are the proud parents of four children Emma '13, Lily '16, Daniel '18, and Hailey '22.

Our 2019 Tikkun Alum Honoree

We are proud to honor Zoe Jick (Rashi '02) with the 2019 Tikkun Alum Award.

Zoe is the Associate Director of Jewish Content at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto, CA. Her work at the JCC allows her to strengthen all things "Jewish" that the JCC does -- which to Zoe means: richer Jewish text study, deeper engagement with Israel, more sustainable efforts for social justice.

In 2016, after three years of full-time Torah study at various institutions, Zoe made aliyah (immigrated to Israel) and began her work at BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change. There, she founded Beit Midrash TLV - the first ever full time program for secular Jewish learning in English. Zoe understands that Israeli Secular Judaism has a lot to teach the American Jewish community about how to be a learned and identified Jew while also not being traditionally observant. She also believes that exposure to Israel and the Hebrew language are essential for strengthening Jewish identity in the Diaspora. Her work demonstrates her commitment to expanding access for other American Jews to experience these ways of being Jewish.

After three years at BINA, she decided to come back to America in order to translate these experiences to her home turf. The OFJCC and BINA teamed up to create Zoe's position. Eventually, her plan is to establish a BINA-style secular yeshiva in America-- a place where all Jews, of all backgrounds, can learn Torah and the whole Jewish canon.

Zoe studied religion at Wesleyan University, and earned a Masters in Theological Studies at Harvard Divinity School. She is a Wexner Graduate Fellow, and a member of the Schusterman Foundation's ROI community. She is an alumna of many immersive Israel and Jewish learning programs, including NFTY's EIE, Kivunim, Pardes, and Yeshivat Hadar. Zoe is proud to teach for BBYO, HillelU, and the Wexner Service Corps.

Celebrating Rashi

At this festive annual event, we come together as a community to celebrate our wonderful school, to honor two oustanding individuals for their ongoing leadership and commitment to Rashi, and to recognize a Rashi alum for her dedication to social justice and tikkun olam (repairing the world).
 
We encourage all parents, grandparents, alumni, alumni parents, and friends to join us for this annual Rashi tradition, which is our largest and most important fundraiser of the year.

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