For the past 16 years, the Rashes have played a vital role at The Rashi School and have had a profound impact on its development and success. They will be recognized for their exceptional leadership and dedication.

Dena Boronkay Rashes currently serves as the clerk of the Board of Trustees of The Rashi School; she is a former development committee chair and a past co-chair of the school’s $30 million campaign to build its permanent home in Dedham. As a committed and active leader in the Greater Boston Jewish community, Dena serves on the Board, Executive Committee and as a vice chair of the Europe Committee of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). She is serving her third year as chair of the Committee on Development for Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston (CJP), where she is a member of the Board of Directors and of the Israel and Overseas Commission. She is also a member of Jewish Federations of North America’s (JFNA) Board of Trustees and its Israel and Overseas Committee, and is an alumna of JFNA’s National Young Leadership Cabinet.

Michael Rashes is a principal at Bracebridge Capital, a fixed income hedge fund based in Boston. He joined the firm in 1996 and currently oversees the firm’s sovereign credit and rates trading strategies in addition to managing the development and implementation of the firm’s proprietary asset pricing and risk-management models. Michael is a graduate of Stanford University, where he earned a B.S. in chemical engineering and a B.A. in economics, both with distinction. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D., both in economics, from Harvard University. He sits on the board of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and the advisory board of Lives in the Balance, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide vital, accessible resources and programs to caregivers of behaviorally challenging children.


Dena and Michael are the proud parents of four children; three are Rashi alumni and the fourth is a current fifth-grader at Rashi: Emma ’13, Lily ’16, Daniel ’18 and Hailey ’22. The Rashes reside in Newton.

“We are thrilled to present Dena and Michael Rashes with this honor,” said interim head of school Bud Lichtenstein. “Their work on behalf of The Rashi School is truly outstanding. The Rashes embody the spirit of Rashi with their enduring passion, vision, dedication and warmth. It is a privilege to recognize these two outstanding individuals for their ongoing leadership and commitment to Rashi, as well as the entire community.”

At the event, The Rashi School will also present Zoe Jick (Rashi ’02) with the 2019 Tikkun Alum Award, in recognition of her extraordinary dedication to social justice and tikkun olam (repairing the world). Zoe is the associate director of Jewish content at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto, Calif. In 2016, Zoe immigrated to Israel and began her work at BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change. She founded the organization’s first-ever full-time program for secular Jewish learning in English. Zoe earned her B.A. in religion at Wesleyan University and M.A. in theological studies at Harvard Divinity School. She is a Wexner Graduate Fellow and a member of the Schusterman Foundation’s ROI community.

The Rashi School’s Annual Dinner is the school’s largest and most important fundraiser of the year. Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson, Roberta and Irwin Chafez, and Ellie and Barry Shrage serve as honorary chairs of the event. In addition, event co-chairs are Michelle and Darren Black, Rachel and Larry Chafetz, Jessica and Chuck Myers, and Lisa and Neil Wallack.

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