Jewish Tuition Organization selects Wabnik as new board president

Fred Wabnik (submitted photo)

Fred Wabnik (submitted photo)

The Scottsdale-based Jewish Tuition Organization announced Fred Wabnik as its newly elected board president.

Mr. Wabnik will take the reins from outgoing Board President Dan Postal.

“While it’s sad that Dan’s term has come to an end, we feel very fortunate to have Fred step up to his new role for the JTO,” said JTO Executive Director Linda Zell, in a press release.

Mr. Wabnik has been on the JTO board for two years, is past board president of Jewish Free Loan and has served on the boards of the American Jewish Committee and Beth El Synagogue. Educated as a ceramic engineer and mathematician, Mr. Wabnik’s business career was as a bank officer and consultant, specializing in business planning and the re-engineering of business operations to achieve competitive advantage.

Mr. Wabnik has been a resident of Phoenix for more than 35 years, and has witnessed the growth and evolution of its Jewish community, the release stated. Mr. Wabnik is an advocate for Jewish education as the foundation of Jewish continuity.

“I know I am passing the baton on to very capable hands with Fred,” said Mr. Postal in the release.

The board expressed both gratitude to Mr. Postal for a terrific job as president and excitement for Mr. Wabnik as Mr. Postal’s successor.

The JTO is a student tuition organization that raises funds to provide need-based scholarships for children to attend one of six affiliated schools: Desert Jewish Academy in Chandler, Pardes Jewish Day School in Scottsdale, Phoenix Hebrew Academy, Shearim Torah High School for Girls, Torah Day School and Yeshiva High School of Arizona, all located in Phoenix.

Nearly 600 need-based scholarships were provided this year. JTO scholarships are evaluated for need by a third-party, and, because they are need-based, the JTO does not accept designated support for any specific child or school.

Any child who attends one of the JTO-supported schools is eligible for scholarships regardless of their background as long as they meet the criteria for need, the release stated.

The JTO is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) and can accept donations outside of the tax credit. For more information contact the Jewish Tuition Organization offices at 480-634-4926 or visit www.jtophoenix.org.

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