Q&A: Getting To Know Mr. Ezra Gershman, Administrative Assistant

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Rebecca Silber ’23

Rebecca Silber: Where are you from? 

Mr. Ezra Gershman: I’m originally from Maryland, and my family currently lives right outside of DC. I graduated from Brandeis University this past year. 

RS: What brought you to the city?

EG: I knew that I wanted to live in the city for a few years after I graduated college in order to explore new possibilities in life, and to find out who I am. Luckily, I found a job here at Ramaz once I moved. 

RS: What exactly is your job here at Ramaz? 

EG: My official title is “Administrative Assistant.” I basically do everything that the administration needs me to do in order for the school day to function. For example, I have been ringing the bells for the past few weeks while the bell system was down. I take care of attendance sheets, help proctor tests, organize the test schedule, and arrange fire drills as well. 

RS: What made you choose to come to the Ramaz Upper School?

EG:  I just graduated from college, and I saw that the job was available. I have heard good things about Ramaz in the past, and so I decided to look into it. Also, I have always valued jewish education, and decided that working in a Jewish institution would be a great way to start off my career. 

RS: What do you enjoy about Ramaz so far? What do you dislike? Why?

EG: I really like the social diversity of Ramaz. There are so many different types of people here, and it’s been wonderful getting to know all the teachers and students of Ramaz. 

RS:  Which administrators and/or students do you engage with most on a daily basis? 

EG: I spend most of my day with the administrators who work in the 6th floor office, such as Ms. Chechik. I am very grateful to work with such great people each and every day. With regard to students, I try my best to engage with them. Since I give out most of the late notes and early dismissal notes, many students know me and tend to stop by every now and then. In fact, I was out sick last Thursday, and a bunch of freshman girls came to check on me to see if I was okay, which made me feel really good. 

RS: What are the most enjoyable and challenging parts of your job?

EG: The most challenging part of my job is being able to go with the flow,  because there have been tons of last minute changes this year, which can be hard to keep up with. The most enjoyable part of my job is simply being a part of the Ramaz community — I can tell that it is very special. 

RS: Do you have any hobbies or facts about yourself that you’d like to share? 

EG: I enjoy playing video games, I like to read, and I love singing. In fact, I was in an acapella group throughout college. 

RS: What do you anticipate for the rest of the year? 

EG:  I am very excited for the new schedule to come out — I would love to see how it affects the students as well as the overall flow of the day.