MetroWest Jewish Day School Announces Frim As New Head of School

FRAMINGHAM – The Board of Directors of MetroWest Jewish Day School (MWJDS) in Framingham announced the appointment of Ed Frim, as its 4th Head of School, effective July 1.

Frim, who brings both a deep knowledge of best practices in Jewish and secular education, as well as a passion for inclusion and meeting the needs of individual students, has spent more than 30 years in the world of Jewish education.

Frim has served as head of school, and supported day schools, early childhood and synagogue schools in consultation, professional development and programmatic intervention. While his career has focused on enriching the educational offerings in Jewish communities throughout the U.S. Midwest, MWJDS is excited to welcome him home to Massachusetts, close to his family and life-long ties to the Boston Jewish community. 

“The Board is delighted to bring on Ed Frim to lead MWJDS at this moment in our history,” said Hope Casey, President of the MWJDS Board. “With his strong, multi-tiered experiences in the world of inclusive, innovative and high quality Jewish education, Ed will build on our strengths and promote MWJDS to the next level.  Everything about Ed’s approach to education and leadership reflects MWJDS’s commitment to help each student to engage, inspire and excel.”

“MWJDS’ commitment to diversity and Kvod HaBriyot — an approach that so values the gifts, dignity and potential of each and every student, is what drew me to the school,” says Frim. “I am honored to have the opportunity to build on the amazing foundation that has been developed at MWJDS over the last 15 years. And I look forward to working with the dedicated and caring faculty and staff and to partnering with such exceptionally engaged parents and school leaders. Together, we will ensure MWJDS continues to grow and thrive to support future generations of Jewish learners.”  

Frim will apply his extensive background in both the educational and Jewish worlds into his new role. He earned joint bachelor’s degrees in history, Judaic studies and Jewish education at Brandeis University and Hebrew College. He later obtained a master’s degree in public policy analysis at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Career highlights include serving as the Executive Director of the Agency of Jewish Learning in Pittsburgh, PA and as Vice President for Jewish Education and Identity at the Jewish Federation of Columbus, OH. Most recently, Frim directed two major disabilities inclusion initiatives, the Ruderman Family Foundation Inclusion Project at the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and the Chicago Synagogue Inclusion Project at JUF/JCFS/Encompass and consulted for Jewish educational programs nationwide. 

MetroWest Jewish Day School, founded in 2002, is a rich and vibrant community school serving the greater Framingham/Natick area as well as drawing students from a wide range of communities, spanning from Newton to Worcester. MWJDS, the only Jewish day school in Greater Boston’s Metro West region, is a nurturing institution where children are highly engaged in their education and inspired to learn, so they can excel within our school and in the world beyond our doors. We deliver exceptional Jewish and secular education with an individualized level of attention to our students–whether they need advanced enrichment, extra support or both.

For over 15 years, the individualized education offered at MWJDS has provided students leveled curricula in a nurturing and collaborative K-8 learning community designed to help them to succeed and develop at their own pace. While many students start in kindergarten, every year families transfer to MWJDS seeking smaller class size, collaboration with proactive teachers, and a program where their child loves learning. Because of their solid foundation from MWJDS, graduates have gone on to earn honors in high school and attend top rated colleges across the country. In 2016, the Alfred and Gilda Slifka Foundation chose MWJDS to be the inaugural site of their comprehensive Slifka Inclusion Initiative, in recognition of our unique educational model. 

Frim succeeds Rav-Hazzan Scott Sokol, Ph.D., who became Director of Education in 2013 and then Head of School in 2014. 

Sokol has made exceptional contributions that have shaped MWJDS into the institution it is today. Sokol, who has also served as the Cantor of Temple Beth Sholom, will move to New York this summer to serve as the Head of School for The Schechter School of Long Island.   

MetroWest Jewish Day School is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year. To learn more, or register for our Kindergarten Open House on Monday June 3, please contact Leslie Bazer at 508-620-5554.

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