Long after the graduation of their children from Bi-Cultural, Linda and Leonard Russ have remained highly engaged in the school's leadership and continue to be strong supporters of BCDS, while also holding leadership positions in the larger Jewish community and in the professional world.
Currently serving as vice president of the Bi-Cultural Board of Directors, after many years on the board, Linda is also a past president of the Jewish Federation of Westport-Weston-Wilton-Norwalk, and recent past co-president of the Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County.
The Russes are active longtime members of The Conservative Synagogue in Westport and where Linda has held various board roles and is currently a trustee. As a couple, they are also active in AIPAC, as members of the Capital Club and Congressional Club.
Over a span of 45 years since arriving in Stamford in 1972, Larry, along with his wife, Linda, has been involved in the building and sustaining of many of the local institutions and agencies within our community and region and in Israel. His credo is that it takes “dreamers, donors, doers” to assure that the “kahal tzibor” (sense of community) will flourish.
Words to live by, indeed. But Larry, the recipient of the BCDS 2018 Community Service Award, doesn’t just talk the talk, he walks the walk…and then he walks some more.
Towards that end, Larry has contributed his resources and participated in soliciting the funds and volunteers to make this a reality. The time and energy he continues to devote to the community is limitless. Having served on many Boards and Committees, he has inspired dedicated partners in this quest and continues to work towards introducing quality Jewish education, culture and programming to the community. For Larry, it is about Jewish continuity and Jewish values.
In so doing, Larry inspires others to step up to the plate and do their part.
Linda and Larry care most about family values and take pride in their four children (Rachel, Josh, Jessica and Emily) who were raised and educated within Stamford (having attended BCDS from 1977 to 1997) and whom, along with their respective spouses and twelve grandchildren, continue to maintain the Jewish values they live by.
Craig L. Price
“Rising Star” is the perfect way to describe Craig Price, recipient of this year’s BCDS Young Leadership Award. That was the designation he was awarded by the New York Metro Edition of Super Lawyers in its 2011-2014 listings — and that is how the Stamford community has regarded him ever since he planted roots here.
Of course, Craig’s choice of Stamford as his home was hardly arbitrary: he became acquainted with the town and concluded it was a great place to raise a family when he married Stamford native Randi Leferman Price, a BCDS alum (class of 1986). Today, the couple are the proud parents of two Bi-Cultural students: Ruthie, age 14, and Zachary, age 12.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where he attended the Yeshiva of Flatbush Elementary School and High School, Craig earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1996, and his Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School in 1999. He joined the real estate law firm of Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP in 2004, becoming a partner in 2007.
When Pamela Schaffer Singer walked through the door on her first day of school at Bi-Cultural Day School, little did she realize that she was opening the door to what would become a family affair.
At first, it was only Pamela. Soon, though, BCDS welcomed her two younger siblings, Katie and Daniel. Then, Pamela’s mother, Toby Schaffer, got in on the act by joining the school’s PTA, eventually rising to become its president; and her father, Hyman, helped to raise funds for the school’s capital campaign.
Clearly, it was a good beginning and a successful experience for Pamela, who graduated from BCDS in 1994, and went on to attend Ramaz High School in New York and then Midreshet Lindenbaum Seminary in Jerusalem. She received her Bachelors degree from Barnard College, and earned her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, as well as a Masters in clinical research.
Today, Pamela is a pediatric nephrologist practicing at Cohen Children’s Medical Center (part of Long Island Jewish Medical Center), as well as medical director of its pediatric kidney transplant program, which she established.
Pia Walker was working in the office of a local company when a co-worker approached her with a job lead. His grandmother, the long-time office head of a Stamford school, was set to retire from her job and he thought Pia might be just the right person to fill her formidable shoes.
He was right.
Now, 28 years later, Pia is the recipient of the 2018 Jane Shoztik Memorial Award, presented annually to a member of the BCDS staff in recognition of his or her dedicated service to the school community. Fittingly, it was the much beloved Jane Shoztik z”l whose grandson Pia worked with and whom, in 1990, she succeeded as head of the Bi-Cultural office.
“I’ve worked at many companies in my career,” says Pia, “but none compare to BCDS. Everyone — staff, parents, students — is so warm and and friendly and really care about one another. It’s really a family. I’ve seen so many students pass through these doors and move on in life. When they come back to visit, as they often do, it feels so good to see them; to see how they’ve succeeded, how they’ve grown into such impressive young adults…and to know that they haven’t forgotten their roots. That’s what a family is all about and that’s how it feels to work here.”