Hershorin Schiff Day Schools of Tomorrow Inc dba Hershorin Schiff Community Day School
1050 South Tuttle Avenue
Bldg. 3
Sarasota FL 34237

The mission of the Hershorin Schiff Community Day School is to impact the world by creating a community where children of all faiths demonstrate integrity (Tzedek), academic excellence (Limud), and a desire to improve the world (Tikkun Olam).

CEO/Executive Director Mr. Daniel Ceaser
Board Chair Dr. Laura Hershorin
Board Chair Affiliation Sarasota Center for Family Health and Wellness
General Info
Organization DBA
Hershorin Schiff Community Day School
Community Day School
Former Names
Goldie Feldman Academy
Temple Beth Sholom Schools
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2015
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Dec 2018
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
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Impact Statement

Graduates of Community Day School


  • who they are and what they stand for

  • their unique gifts and how to use them

  • when to lead and when to follow

  • when to create and when to innovate

  • when to speak and when to listen

  • when to work independently and how to work collaboratively

Dare to:

  • pose questions and seek solutions

  • appreciate and demonstrate creative expression

  • live their faith and respect others

  • compromise and negotiate

  • be joyful and playful

  • think and reason for themselves

Needs Statement
1. Kol Yeled Scholarship Fund ($250,000)
2. Healthy Organic Kids- Agriculture Science Program, Kibbutz Garden, Organic Lunch Program, Service Learning Initiative)  ($11,000)
3. One Community Arts and Science Program -community partnerships based on science, technology, engineering, art, and math. ($50,000) 
4. Developmentally appropriate, inclusive and accessible, water enhanced imaginative outdoor playground with shade covering. ($120,000)
Background Statement

The Justin Lee Wiesner preschool program was establish at Temple Beth Sholom in 1974 as classes for baby play and children of all faiths up to 4 years old. The program grew into The Justine Lee Wiesner Learning Center, and then expanded in 1992 with the development of The Goldie Feldman Academy, an interfaith independent Jewish day school. In 2015, with generous support from the Hershorin Schiff Community Day School incorporated as an independent community day school under a new name. Community Day School is extremely proud of both its heritage and longevity within our community and currently serves as the only independent Jewish day school in southwest Florida and one of the fastest growing Jewish Day schools in the country.


Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments Located in downtown Sarasota, Community Day serves students from as far north as Parish and as far south as Venice.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type Religion- Related
Tertiary Org Type Religion- Related
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

We are living in a new age. All of the studies point to it. The Pew study clearly showing the most common Jewish denomination, and growing, is the unaffiliated. The days are gone when amongst the first actions we do on moving to a new community are finding the JCC and joining a synagogue. Many involved in the Jewish community are observing the trend, and asking ourselves how we can evolve to ensure our traditions, heritage, culture, and identity endure. The old models do not work. Would it be a surprise to anybody that the answer to how Hershorin Schiff Schools are Jewish does not fit neatly into a box, but necessitates understanding the evolution of the American Jewish Community?

We are open to children of all faiths, and our Judaism informs and shapes everything we do. We exist to serve the Jewish community, and to be a bridge to the greater Sarasota Bradenton community. While we reach out and work with our local Temples, we are the only point of access to the Jewish community for families who choose not to affiliate.

Beyond being a point of access, we offer a cutting edge, stellar education, preparing our students for success in High School and college, and to be citizens of the world. Our world conflicts have always had at their core intolerance of others – other cultures, other skin colors, other religions, and the list goes on. The Jewish religion and culture has always been one of those misunderstood others. As we serve as a bridge between the Jewish Community and the myriad cultures within Sarasota/Bradenton, we expose non-Jewish families to Judaism, and we teach tolerance and Tikkun Olam – the essential responsibility for all of us to endeavor to improve our world.

Our cutting edge, project based curriculum is designed to teach core secular concepts while weaving in Jewish values, and Israeli and Jewish customs, history, and current events. Kashrut is not just observed, but all students and their families – Jewish and non-Jewish – learn about its origin and details, and is a daily touchpoint as students must identify whether they are eating dairy or meat for lunch. We are creating programming that identifies us as Jewish while simultaneously making every student conscious that we are part of a community of people with different beliefs, inviting discussion and thought. The code of conduct of our students and faculty is firmly rooted in Jewish values, and informs everything we do. Tikkun Olam, as we discuss global warming and the importance of growing and feeding our community organic produce that we grow ourselves. As children study the water cycle, they learn about conservation, and Israel’s settlement of the desert is the model. We are creating bridges between generations – L’Dor va Dor. Our children visit the elders and they create meaningful bonds with one another as they share traditions and history. The list goes on, and grows longer all the time. We seek to partner with Jewish Federation to strengthen the ties of our Jewish community, and to promote goodwill amidst our greater community. And understanding for interfaith families. All graduates emerge with an instinctual understanding of Judaism that will be a part of shaping their individual spiritual beliefs, how they live their lives, and how they interact with the world. And to be even more concrete, will be an essential element of creating tolerance and understanding of Judaism and Israel on college campuses and throughout their lives. We are an indispensable link to the future of Judaism and a cornerstone to creating a more tolerant community and a more peaceful world.

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Welcome to Community Day School! Whether you are visiting our campus for the first time or returning as a proud parent or alumni, you will find that our school is unlike any other in Sarasota. For over 40 years, our goal has been simple: create a safe, small, nurturing learning community where students impact our world as compassionate scholars and global citizens. Our pluralistic Jewish day school celebrates diversity through an inclusive curriculum that welcomes and honors students of all faiths and backgrounds.

As the Head of School and the proud parent of three children enrolled at Community Day School, I am thrilled to share that our reputation for innovation, joyful learning, and academic excellence is well founded. At Community Day School, teaching is hands-on and student-centered. Our unique Learning Expedition program leads students beyond the walls of the classroom as community stewards, cooperatively researching real-world problems with teachers providing guidance, expertise, and assistance. As a Google Chromebook school, we feature programming, graphic design and 3D fabrication and our students are uniquely prepared to lead as the next generation of scholars, innovators, and entrepreneurs.

I encourage you to visit the Justin Lee Weisner Early Childhood wing to see our nationally renowned Reggio Emilia program in action. Our researched based preschool curriculum develops our youngest students’ social and fine motor skills in a joyful academic environment that features play, stories, songs, and projects. Witness our highly trained, veteran faculty structure learning around the natural wonder and curiosity of young minds by encouraging questioning, empathy, and cooperation.

On behalf of our school community, I invite you to visit Community Day School. With our small classes, religious diversity and rigorous, project-based curriculum; you will find that our school offers an academic experience unlike any other. I look forward to meeting you personally and welcoming you to our campus!


Our Interfaith Community Arts and Science program introduces science, technology, engineering, art, and math concepts (STEAM) through hands-on learning experiences for students of all faiths and socio-economic backgrounds. Through partnerships with the Sarasota Y Berlin Branch, the Faulhaber Fab Lab, Mote Marine, Asolo Performing Arts Center and Florida Studio Theater, our interfaith programming brings a diverse cross-section of students from around the community together to learn the fundamental processes, tools, and techniques that promote collaboration, critical thinking, and digital literacy. Students will also take advantage of existing international partnerships with our sister city peer network in Israel. Community Day School students will partner with local synagogue youth groups and the Sarasota Y teen center to learn and exhibit the skills necessary to lead in the diverse workplace of tomorrow. 
Budget $50,000
Category Education, General/Other Education & Technology
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Middle East Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success Expand local and global partners to include all area synagogue youth groups, a broader socio-economic cross section of YMCA teen partners, and more touch points with our international sister schools. 
Long Term Success
Create a diverse, interfaith youth network engaged in hands-on arts and science shared learning experiences.  
Program Success Monitoring Program success will be based on scope and scale of programming, diversity and youth participation. 
Program Success Examples Launched partnership with a diverse array of local and global partners. Engaging students of all faiths and backgrounds in innovative, hands-on learning. 

At Community Day School, we believe that healthy minds and healthy bodies go hand-in-hand. Everyday, you will find our students outside learning key academic concepts and life skills through daily agriculture science classes. Our Papa Ed and Mimi Rosenthal Organic Kibbutz Sustainability Garden and Outdoor Classroom provides students of all ages the opportunity to grow healthy organic produce to share with our community through our service learning program and generate the produce for our Panther Fresh Organic Lunch Program, which is prepared in-house using fresh, organic ingredients grown from our own garden!

Our garden supplies a number of community initiatives including:

  • Fresh produce for All Faiths Food Bank and Salvation Army

  • Organic arrangements for Aviva Senior Center

Budget $50,000
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Sustainable Agriculture
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Infants to Preschool (under age 5) Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Short Term Success This program brings students of all ages together to contribute to a philosophy of care and giving that extends beyond our school community. By growing, preparing and donating what we grow, our students learn the value of healthy living and serving others.
Long Term Success Our ultimate goal is to create a community kibbutz garden that provides need-based subsidized healthy and organic lunches to support our school and our larger community through food bank and assisted living partnerships.
Program Success Monitoring We have local business leaders in the sustainable agriculture community assisted with the budget management and agriculture oversight of the program.
Program Success Examples As of this year, our garden supplies over 20% of our daily produce and multiple donation shipments to local charities. Our garden is 100% student managed and maintained with zero production waist.
Description Our unique, expeditionary learning curriculum features deliberately small classes  that create an environment where every child feels safe and supported everyday. This ratio allows our students to pursue their natural interests by connecting learning to real-life experiences both inside the classroom and beyond the school walls. As a community Jewish day school for students with a vast array of religious affiliations, our curriculum strives to mirror the diversity that exists in our community. We aim to accomplish this goal by visiting and exploring local museums, partnering with like-minded community organizations (Mote Marine, Florida Studio Theater, Kobernick Anchin Benderson House, Faulhaber Fab Lab) and promoting lasting student-to-student relationships through a unique interfaith partnership with the Sarasota YMCA. As a Jewish Day School, Community Day teachers are not illegible for local grants to offset the cost of EDExploreSRQ trips and partnerships. A classroom grant of $3500 will allow all our students in Kindergarten through 8th grade to participate in at least one learning expedition each trimester.  
Budget $3,500
Category Education, General/Other Partnerships in Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Elderly and/or Disabled Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success Service Learning and Community Partnerships are a fundamental facet of the GFA Program. Our Learning Expedition curriculum takes full advantage of our resource-rich community to provide diverse, hands-on learning experiences for students of all ages. GFA students pursue academic goals in a project based environment that fosters fun, the pursuit of individual interests and cooperative learning.
Long Term Success Our long term goal is to build a program that transcends the walls of the school campus with applied, project based learning taking place daily throughout our community. 
Program Success Monitoring As a integral component of our key curriculum, our Learning Expedition program is reviewed annually by our board and administration as well as through our FCIS accreditation process. 
Program Success Examples

Currently we have established successful learning  Learning Expeditions partners with a diverse array  of local organization. 

  • Our Learning Expedition curriculum takes full advantage of our resource-rich community to provide diverse, hands-on learning experiences for students of all ages. GFA students pursue academic goals in a project based environment that fosters fun, the pursuit of individual interests and cooperative learning. Our Learning Expeditions and community partnerships include:

    • Sea Camp in the Florida Keys
    • Historical Visits to Saint Augustine
    • Overnight Science Action Research Hikes
    • Leadership Trip to Peace River
    • American History Excursions to New York City, Washington DC and Boston
    • Florida Studio Theater
    • Sarasota Film Festival
    • Fusion Dance
    • Selby Gardens
    • Mote Marine Laboratory
    • Ringling Museum of Art and Design
    • Spanish Point
    • Something 3D
    • Childrens First
    • All Faiths Food Bank
    • Embracing Our Differences
    • Kobernick Anchin Pavilion
    • Salvation Army, Senior Friendship Center
    • Vintage Paws
    • Humane Society
Description The goal of the Kol Yeled Scholarship program is to provide financial assistance to academically qualified students in need. We utilize a third party, School and Student Services for Financial Aid, to process our need applications and to help determine a family's ability to pay. Requests for aid generally outpace funds available, and are allocated based upon merit and spots available within a division or grade.
Budget $150,000
Category Education, General/Other Student Financial Aid
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees
Short Term Success Serve a broader socio-economic cross section of community looking for a diverse, Jewish education for students of all faiths. 
Long Term Success Create sustainable, endowed financial assistance for any family who qualifies based on need. 
Program Success Monitoring

Applications and progress will be reviewed annually by the Scholarship Committee and remain confidential within that group. Recipients of aid awards are also expected to maintain confidentiality regarding any award they receive or they may have their award revoked.

Program Success Examples
Program’s success is based on a set of outcomes that include home educational engagement in alignment with the mission and instructional philosophy of the school, positive trends in student motivation and engagement and instructional characteristics that include AP/IB academic readiness. Building upon the school's  curriculum that promotes social justice and embraces diversity, GFA scholars will be expected to demonstrate leadership traits that contribute to combatting intolerance and anti-Semitism in high school, college and beyond.
Description Our aim is to create a safe and accessible all-inclusive outdoor playground that fosters imaginative play and developmental learning where all children of all ages and faiths can play side-by-side in an environment of acceptance and understanding of differences.
Budget $25,000
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Short Term Success Provide access to safe, developmentally appropriate out-door play space for physical education, outdoor fun and active learning available to students of all ages, faiths and backgrounds. 
Long Term Success Enhance campus wide programing that includes community interfaith after-school care and summer camp with partnership with neighboring Sarasota Y.
Program Success Monitoring Active supervision of usage and tracking community participation. 
Program Success Examples Success will be measured according to the degree of year-round school and community use. 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Daniel Ceaser
CEO Term Start June 2015
CEO/Executive Director Email DCeaser@CommunityDay.org

 Dan Ceaser is a nationally recognized school leader with over a decade of administrative leadership experience. He is a graduate of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and the Fisher School Leadership Institute at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Dan also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from American University and a Bachelor of Arts from Colorado College. In addition, Dan serves as a board member on the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Principal Center Advisory Board and works to create professional development offerings for outstanding school leaders around the world.


Before being appointed the first Head of School of Goldie Feldman Academy, Dan was the Middle School Director at the Kentucky Country Day School, a coeducational, independent school for grades JK-12, located in Louisville, Kentucky. Under his leadership, the Kentucky Country Day middle school has become a national model for 21st century innovation and project-based learning. Dan established a partnership with Google to become the first independent middle school in the nation to implement a 1:1 Chromebook platform. A hallmark of Dan’s leadership is his daily connection to students and families. In addition to his administrative duties, Dan enjoys serving as a teacher, mentor and faculty advisor. He has worked closely with teachers and parents to design a program regarded for balancing academic rigor while supporting the social and emotional needs of children.

Prior to arriving in Louisville, Dan was the Executive Director and Founder of KIPP Tech Valley Charter School, the highest performing public middle school in Albany, New York. Notable highlights from his time in New York include the design and management of a successful student recruitment process culminating in the school’s full enrollment and admissions wait-lists. Dan also oversaw the establishment of multiple public-private partnerships securing philanthropic investments to support the growth and development of the school’s academic program. Additionally, he guest lectured at The State University of New York, Siena College, Bennington College and has written and presented case studies to graduate students at Harvard University. Prior to his work in New York, Dan served as Chair of the Teach For America Corps Member Advisory Council in Washington DC. While in DC, Dan also served on the inaugural Washington Post Teacher Advisory Board and contributed to curriculum for the Anti-Defamation League and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Dr Wendy Katz Mar 2015 - June 2015
Senior Staff
Mrs. Jennifer Glassmoyer CFO
Mrs. Vickie Inglese Preschool Director
Mrs. Amy Meese Admissions Manager
Ms. Iris Starr Director of Resource Development
Mrs. Robin Sweeting K-8 Director
Mrs. Melissa Werbow Director of Jewish Learning
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 37
Part Time Staff 18
Staff Retention Rate % 97
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 8
Volunteers 25
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes

2Our curriculum takes full advantage of our resource-rich community to provide diverse, hands-on learning experiences for students of all ages. Community Day School students pursue academic goals in a project based environment that fosters fun, the pursuit of individual interests and cooperative learning. Our Learning Expeditions and community partnerships include:

  • Music Compound of Sarasota
  • Pathfinders Outdoor Education
  • Sarasota Players
  • Sea Camp in the Florida Keys
  • Historical Visits to Saint Augustine
  • Overnight Science Action Research Hikes
  • Leadership Trip to Peace River
  • American History Excursions to New York City, Washington DC and Boston
  • Florida Studio Theater
  • Sarasota Film Festival
  • Fusion Dance
  • Selby Gardens
  • Mote Marine Laboratory
  • Ringling Museum of Art and Design
  • Spanish Point
  • Something 3D
  • Childrens First
  • All Faiths Food Bank
  • Embracing Our Differences
  • Kobernick Anchin Benderson Assisted Living
  • Salvation Army, Senior Friendship Center
  • Vintage Paws
  • Humane Society
  • Linda & David Reyes of The Sarasota Orchestra
External Assessments and Accreditations
Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC)2016
Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS)2016
Awards & Recognition
Member Good StandingPrizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization                                                                                                                                                                       
Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. Laura Hershorin
Company Affiliation Sarasota Center for Family Health and Wellness
Board Term Mar 2015 to June 2018
Board Chair Email lhershorin@aol.com
Board Members
Board Members
Mr. Mitch Blumenthal Global Organic/Specialty Source
Mr. Andrew Cohen Lawyer, self-employed
Mrs. Stacey Edelman Community Volunteer
Dr. Gregory Farrington retired
Ms. Wilma Hamilton ?
Dr. Laura Hershorin Sarasota Center for Family Health and Wellness
Mr. Richard Hershorin Retired
Dr. Wendy Katz WJK Education Consulting
Mr. Robert Landman Community Volunteer
Ms. Nancy Roucher Arts & Cultural Alliance of Sarasota
Mrs. Rachel Saltzberg GFA, Community Outreach
Mrs. Kyla Weiner GFA, Parent
Rabbi Michael Werbow Rabbi at Temple Beth Sholom
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 6
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Board Meeting Attendance % 78
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Governance Comments by Organization  Board of Trustees leadership is focused on building a strong foundation for the future. We recently completed a governance training through the Florida Council of Independent Schools and are working with local non-profit leaders and mentors at the Community Foundation of Sarasota and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation to ensure that principles of best practice are utilized for fiscal stewardship and strategic growth. 
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month July
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month June
Tax Year End Day 30
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $3,205,416.00
Projected Expenses $3,197,494.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates July 2018 to July 2021
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$1,514,068$174--
Administration Expense$820,366$2,578--
Fundraising Expense$25,651$0--
Payments to Affiliates$0$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.290.01--
Program Expense/Total Expenses64%6%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%----
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$1,357,464$10,257--
Current Assets$878,851$10,257--
Long-Term Liabilities$33,276$0--
Current Liabilities$635,346$12,892--
Total Net Assets$688,842($2,725)--
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountTuition $1,553,137Before & After School $27--
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $1,095,2810 $0--
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountBefore & After School $159,5840 $0--
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.380.80--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets2%0%--
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization Community Day School recently completed our first annual review performed by Pellegrino Honick McFarland & Miller, P.A.
The firm of Kerkering Baberio provides the Community Day Board of Trustees with fiscal oversight and  oversees the preparation of our financial review and audit. 
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information for 2015 taken from unaudited compilations.For 2016, financial information was taken from the organization's Federal 990 and audited review.
Nonprofit Hershorin Schiff Day Schools of Tomorrow Inc dba Hershorin Schiff Community Day School
Address 1050 South Tuttle Avenue
Bldg. 3
Sarasota, FL 34237
Phone 941 552-2770