Raising two sets of twins comes with a number of challenges, and for Jeannie, a single mother, an excellent education was one of the most important ones to navigate for her family. Both sets of twins ultimately attended the Tehiyah Day School in El Cerrito.
Their curriculum there focused on math, science, English, social studies, and all the usual subjects – it also put an emphasis on building community, respect, and acceptance. Those were lessons that both sets of twins learned well alongside their peers.
The older twins, Emma and Asher, had a class that had a group tzedakah project – charitable giving, grounded in the idea of justice and righteousness that is seen as an ethical obligation to do what is right and just. They were appreciative of the scholarships they and their family received and proposed The BASIC Fund as the organization of choice for the class, ultimately raising hundreds of dollars to support future BASIC Scholars.
The older pair are now off to college, with Emma attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where she is majoring in Biology and aspiring to become a physician. Asher is attending Columbia College Chicago, where he is earning a Bachelor’s in Music and releasing albums as well as performing in the city.
The younger pair of twins, Rena and Ezra, are currently exploring their next steps for the 2019-20 academic year as they’ll enter high school, but Jeannie is sure of one thing: they’ll do just fine with the strong foundation they worked to build at Tehiyah Day School.
“I can't begin to share how much all of my children gained from this experience, both academically, and in terms of getting a strong foundation for their Jewish identities.”
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