Schechter has named Jeremy Blumenthal z”l ’83 and Teddy Fischer ’00 as recipients of the school’s second annual Arnold Zar-Kessler Outstanding Alumni Award. Created in 2014, the alumni award is given in honor of outgoing head of school, Arnold Zar-Kessler, and his 21 years of dedication to and leadership of Solomon Schechter Day School.
Jeremy Blumenthal z”l ’83 was selected for being an influential, thoughtful and engaging teacher, scholar and mentor. He was an assistant professor of law at Syracuse University College of Law. His life was cut short after a battle with cancer this past December. Blumenthal was nominated by classmate Charlie Savenor ’83. He wrote, “His love of the law stemmed from his strong Jewish identity. Judaism played a central role in his life demonstrated by his sending his children to the Jewish day school in Syracuse and his leadership in his local Conservative synagogue.”
Teddy Fischer ’00 was selected for his impact on Israel as an engineer and social entrepreneur. As as a project manager at the engineering firm, Telescope, Teddy is working on building train stations for the new light rail in Tel Aviv. He was nominated by his sisters Shira and Miriam Fischer, who shared that, “In all aspects of his life, Teddy exemplifies the ideals Schechter aims to impart into his students; with academic rigor and a Jewish and Zionist heart, he daily strengthens and builds our community and Israel.”
The awards were presented at the school’s eighth grade graduation on June 16 at Temple Aliyah in Needham. The Arnold Zar-Kessler Outstanding Alumni Award is presented annually to an alumna/us whose life embodies Schechter’s vision and mission. Nominations to the director of alumni relations are due each year by March 31. Previous awardees include Rabbi Ilana Garber ’91 and Dr. Mitchell Schwaber ’78.