Vadim Avshalumov is a member of the class of 2003, the school's first graduating class. As a student, Vadim embodied the values of the nascent school and endeared himself to classmates and staff, alike. Vadim could often be found collecting signatures for birthday cards which he created to celebrate the birthday of everyone at the school. He enthusiastically participated in just about every varsity sport and worked on the stage crew for the school's first musicals. Vadim inspired classes of students after him to participate in a day of community service projects called “Vadim Day”.
Born in Baku, Azerbaijan (formerly part of the Soviet Union), Vadim grew up in Haifa, Israel, before moving to Metro Detroit with his family in the mid-1990s. He has a master’s degree in urban planning and a real estate certificate from the University of Michigan as well as two undergraduate degrees, a B.A. in urban studies from Columbia University and a B.A. in Jewish history from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is also a proud graduate of Hillel Day School (class of ’99).
Vadim joined the William Davidson Foundation in 2016 and - in that time - has held various roles. Currently a Program Officer, Vadim evaluates grant opportunities and stewards grantees and partners across the Economic & Cultural Vitality and Jewish Life portfolios. Previously, Vadim served as Program Manager for the Downtown Detroit Partnership, where he was responsible for vital programs for the Business Improvement Zone. Prior to that, he worked as an Urban Planning Associate with Rock Ventures, focusing on placemaking initiatives in Detroit.
A well known leader in the Jewish community, Vadim is the Immediate Past President of the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue (IADS). Vadim’s strategic vision helped usher in a new era for IADS which included an unprecedented $5 million comprehensive campaign to reimagine IADS as a hub of activity for Jewish Detroit . He has previously served on the boards of the Frankel Jewish Academy and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. Additionally, he served as the President of the Columbia Alumni Association of Michigan.
Vadim resides in Birmingham, Michigan with his wife Rachel and children, Sonia and Hemi.
Eric Rapp attended Oakland University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and a minor in physics, in addition to his secondary teaching certification. Now in his tenth year at FJA, he teaches Calculus and Physics and is the Mathematics Department Chair. Eric is also a newly appointed Adjunct Professor in the Department of Math and Computer Science at Lawrence Technological University (LTU). Beginning in fall 2023, he will teach dual enrollment Calculus 1, enabling FJA students to receive college credits in Calculus from LTU while enrolled at FJA.
Motivated to help students develop the math skills that will benefit them in the next phase of their lives, Eric also hopes to create an atmosphere where they are comfortable with math.
Eric specifically loves two things about FJA, the students and the class sizes. He appreciates that the class size allows the teachers to get to know the students on an individual basis. The bonds created last well beyond graduation. Years later, he still meets with a group of past students to see the latest Star Wars movie whenever a new one is released.
Eric lives in Commerce Township with his wife Kimberly, daughter Lainie, and son Eric. Lainie is a sophomore at Purdue University, and Eric is a junior at Walled Lake Northern High School. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family in the outdoors, specifically hiking and camping.