Vivian and Ted Zablotsky share a common belief: to sustain a strong Jewish community, you need Jewish day schools that educate students in mind, body and soul. For Greater Hartford, they envision an immersive learning environment in which inspirational teachers are constantly challenging students and enriching their spiritual and intellectual growth through innovative ways.
“Education is a big part of our lives and we want to make sure it is sustainable,” explains Vivian. “We want education to focus on the spiritual aspect in developing the whole person . . . so students can learn about being good people.” Vivian and Ted are building and investing in the community through their leadership service and strategic philanthropy.
The Zablotskys moved from Norwich to West Hartford over 30 years ago hoping to be part of a vibrant Jewish community and to lead by example. All four of their children went to Hebrew Academy and Hebrew High School (now New England Jewish Academy), and their grandchildren attend Solomon Schechter Day School. The couple has given more than 60 years of combined volunteer service to Jewish education. Vivian has served in various leadership roles at Hebrew Academy, and Ted is on the board of New England Jewish Academy.
In addition to volunteer work, Vivian and Ted give generously and wisely. Even though the couple makes annual donations to support educational programs, they have committed to a legacy gift with the Jewish Community Foundation through their life insurance policy to ensure the future of their beloved Jewish community. “I was very motivated for this community to stay strong when we moved here, and I believe it is getting stronger,” says Ted.