Parents teach by example what it means to be philanthropic, kind, and generous.
In this spirit, Mona Friedman Kolko’s four grown children, Jill, Marty, Jed and Danielle, all of whom live in various parts of the country, contacted Hillel Community Day School to make a gift in honor of a special birthday of hers. Jill and Marty were students at Hillel Community Day School. They each have their own memories of the school and knew how involved their mother was back then, and still is to this day. Mona is a member of the Hillel School board of trustees and has been an advocate and supporter of the school for over 40 years. This is only one of her many involvements in the Rochester community. Mona is also an active board member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester. She is also involved with the Lane Dworkin Jewish Book Festival; the Women’s Council of the Jewish Senior Life Foundation and the Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery. Most recently she is helping to bring the profound national exhibit, “Fabric of Survival: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz” to the Memorial Art Gallery from Aug. 17 to Dec. 2.
Knowing Mona’s love of books and of HCDS, the children decided to make a donation to the newly renovated library and media center. A plaque has been mounted to the school’s library book return in recognition of this gift and in honor of Mona. Hillel School invited her in for a visit and surprised her with a birthday celebration with students and the official reveal of the new plaque. She was stunned honored by this gesture, in the school that has been an important part of her life.
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