Meet the Presidents

January 24, 2014

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Burle Stromberg

Burle Stromberg

Burle Stromberg
President, Hebrew Academy of Tidewater

Profession
Assistant City Attorney of the City of Portsmouth

Education
Virginia Tech, B.S., Public Administration (1981) University of Dayton School of Law, Juris Doctor (1984)

Family
Married to Robin Drucker Stromberg
Three children: Arielle (22); Rachael (12); Sam (8)

Jewish organizations
Hebrew Academy of Tidewater, president
Beth El Synagogue, member
Jewish Community Center, member and youth basketball coach
Weinberg Trust, chairman
Chevra T’helim (Jewish Museum and Cultural Center), board of directors
Beth Sholom Home, board of directors (1997–2003)

Favorite Jewish holiday
Shabbat; we have a Shabbat meal Friday night and attend services Saturday morning as a family (“We might be late for services, but at least we are early for Kiddush”).

Most memorable personal Jewish milestone
My bar mitzvah/the naming of my children and my oldest daughter’s bat mitzvah.

Ties to the Tidewater Jewish community
My parents and siblings were active members of Gomley Chesed Synagogue. My father was involved with the Federation and was one of the founding members of the Hebrew Academy as a community day school.

Most admired Jewish leader
Golda Meir

What other positions have you held with HAT ?
I’ve been on the executive committee for several years and served on the Bylaws, Strategic Planning and Search committees, among others.

Why have you chosen to devote so much time to HAT?
I wish to carry on my father’s vision for the school; I believe in the school’s mission to provide Jewish children with the highest quality Judaic and general studies’ education; and all three of my children have attended HAT.

What would you like people to know about HAT?
HAT educates the child and the family, and provides an excellent educational and moral foundation for the children to succeed in their future educational endeavors and in life in general.

What are your goals as president?
To maintain or increase the number of children enrolled in the school, notwithstanding the assimilation that is occurring in our Jewish community.

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