At age 5, Meryl Rich created lessons and report cards for her dolls in the Bronx, NY, and so began her dream of becoming a teacher. She received her BS degree in Education from the University of Maryland and taught in public schools in Maryland, New Jersey, Wisconsin and Massachusetts before coming to Cohen Hillel Academy 32 years ago. Meryl taught her mantra “Think Beyond Yourself” (TBY) to all her classes and helped each student find his or her own path to tikkun olam, making the world a better place.
Meryl has worked with numerous charitable organizations including: SUCCESS, a fundraising organization for the Swampscott Public Schools, the Special Care Nursery of Salem Hospital, Marigold Charitable Trust Foundation which supports children who are victims of abuse and/or suffer from PTSD, and the Boards of Temple Sinai and CHA. She volunteers at the Shapiro-Rudolph Adult Day Center and at Camp Miracles and Magic. Meryl is an avid reader and belongs to two book clubs. Her happiest time is with her husband, Julian, their two sons, Howard and Nathan, both of whom attended CHA, Nathan’s wife, Miriam, and Howard’s girlfriend, Lauren.