“I just wanted to tell you how much I have enjoyed the experiences over the last ten years with all three of my children in your program. The preschool was hands down the best around, and I know my kids were all well prepared for Kindergarten. Thanks so much for always being there for me through all of my dilemmas and decisions.”
“I just wanted to tell you how much Gary and I enjoyed watching the ‘Moving Up’ show. I’m sure the reason the kids do such an amazing job is because of the love they feel at CBI. I know it’s definitely the case with Sunny. There isn’t a day that goes by that she isn’t telling me something about one of her teachers. Miss Alison showed me...Miss Renee helped me...Miss Maca played with me. Thank you, thank you, for making this a ‘dream come true’ year for her. And honestly, I think every teacher and staff person has taken her on as their personal project! EVERYBODY knows Sunny! You, Linda Harris, run an amazing show.”
“When we moved here in 2002, Jonathan was 6 months old. I was pretty clueless about motherhood, as well as how to move forward in planning enrichment for him. Having been raised a secular Jew, I did not have any connection with any temple in my life, nor did I have plans to join one. I was not aware of the opportunities to become part of a community because of my lack of experience. How can I articulate my gratitude? I am so thankful for the wonderful experiences Jonathan and then Jeremy had at CBI-NCECE. The sense of family, of belonging, and the loving environment offered have all been remarkable. I, too for the first time in my life was able to feel like part of something grand.”
Dear Ms. Linda & Staff:
Each day I think about the people who have touched my heart and soul and I think about those people now more than ever before. Each of you are truly part of my thoughts. We never really expect the hard, sad, and disappointing pieces of our lives to be viewed so openly. It is difficult to describe how that feels, but being embraced by thoughtful and accepting people makes more of a difference than words can describe. What I am trying to say is thank you for your kindness and understanding, your supportive words and smiles, and your attention. It is those measures that helps make life normal, routine, and grounded. Having my son finish his last school year at B’nai Israel is probably the single most normal, routine part of his life. Although my son may not understand the significance of that today, please know that I do. When both of my kids are old enough to grasp the kindness bestowed upon us, they will be reminded that acts of kindness shape who we become. You all have made a difference in the life of a little boy, his sister and mother. It has shaped our lives in ways than cannot be said with words. One thing I can tell you is that you are accepting and compassionate women, and I am lucky that his days are nurtured by you. I guess you do not realize the importance of that until life becomes challenging. Thank you for all that you do each day, for hearing me, understanding us, and for making him happy and loved. Thank you on behalf of us. You embraced us in our time of need and for that I will be eternally grateful. Each of you will forever be in my thoughts, prayers and wishes. And as Simon the Just taught: "The world rests upon three things: Torah, service to God, and showing loving-kindness.” It is your kindness that has made a difference.
With love and friendship, Anonymous