The Small Family Grows The KSDS Small Scholarship Fund


Krieger Schechter Day School (KSDS) is thrilled to announce that Drs. Donald and Lauren Small have significantly grown their existing scholarship fund to ensure that KSDS remains accessible and affordable to those desiring a stellar Jewish education.

Their story and reason for giving is best told in their own words:

We were both born in the 1950’s, in the shadow of World War II and grew up hearing stories about relatives who were murdered during the Holocaust. Growing up, we went to schools with very few Jews. Our Jewish education came through synagogue/temple attendance and Hebrew school. We experienced the frustrations of attending school on Sundays or weekday afternoons. We also knew what it was like to experience prejudice from non-Jews. Being Jewish and sustaining the Jewish people were among our highest priorities. We wanted something better for our children.

When we moved to Baltimore and started a family, we joined Chizuk Amuno Congregation. All of our children went to nursery school there and then moved on to KSDS. We chose KSDS for many reasons. We were impressed with its academic excellence. We were in favor of a bilingual education for our children, and wanted them to be comfortable in Hebrew. We travel to Israel frequently, where we have family.

At KSDS, our children were able to experience their Jewish identity and education as part of the normal school day. Inside the Jewish community, keeping kosher and observing Shabbat and holidays were routine. Thirty years later, many of the friends our children made at KSDS are still among their closest friends. And we made friendships with other parents at KSDS that continue to this day. We are now proud to see our grandchildren attend Jewish day school, where they feel comfortable in their Jewish identity, gain an excellent education, and grow up with Jewish values.

We want every Jewish family that desires a day school education to be able to afford one. When we were ready to start charitable giving, KSDS became a natural focus. We wanted to open a scholarship fund in the name of Lauren’s grandparents, Abe and Vera List, who were prominent philanthropists. But Vera, with an eye on the future, insisted the fund be named for our children. And so we established the KSDS Adam, Sara, and Benjamin Small Scholarship Fund. We have supported that fund for decades and are happy to continue to do so. Seeing KSDS thrive with new generations of Jewish children is one of our greatest pleasures.

We are extremely grateful for the Small family’s deep and abiding commitment to our school.

If you are interested in joining the Small family in supporting the KSDS Endowment, please contact Liz Minkin Friedman, our Director of Development, at lminkinfriedman@ksds.edu or 410-824-2050.