In 1986, a group of families gathered around a common vision--a school that would offer an excellent secular curriculum, integrated with a vibrant, modern Judaic Studies curriculum; a vital institution in their community that would unite local families; a place of learning that would graduate confident, well-rounded children, with love and pride of their heritage and life-long thirst for knowledge. The families united to create the first Jewish Day School located between San Francisco and San Jose. The school (formerly the Jewish Day School of the North Peninsula) opened its doors to 21 Kindergarten through 2nd Grade students in the Fall of 1986. More than 24 years later, the Wornick Jewish Day School has flourished and grown to over 215 elementary and middle school students and successfully maintained its founders' original vision. Today, the Wornick Jewish Day School resides on the beautiful North Peninsula Jewish Community Center Campus in Foster City.
Ronald C. Wornick--a true Jewish Role Model
Wornick Jewish Day School is proudly named for one of the Peninsula's most prominent community leaders, Ronald C. Wornick.
Mr. Wornick was co-chair of the North Peninsula Jewish Campus major gifts campaign, and instrumental in forming the concept of a community Jewish Campus in Foster City. Mr. Wornick has served on the national board of the Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, CLAL, and Jewish Education Services of North America. Locally, he has served on the boards of the Bureau of Jewish Education, Stanford University's Jewish Studies Department, Jewish Vocational Guidance, the Jewish Home, the Jewish Museum of San Francisco, COPIA, California College of the Arts, Koret Israel Economic Development Fund and as an officer and director of the Jewish Community Federation.
Mr. Wornick is the recipient of the prestigious Ner Tamid Award for Jewish community service.
For 25 years, Mr. Wornick served as chairman, president and founder of the Wornick Company, a food processing conglomerate specializing in serving the U.S. Defense Department, the State Department, the U.N., and other international Agencies, and the U.S. Space program. Prior to founding the Wornick Company, Mr. Wornick held a number of management positions at Clorox Company and United Fruit Company. A native of Malden, Massachusetts, Mr. Wornick earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Tufts University and a Masters of Science at MIT.
A gifted wood artist himself, Mr. Wornick and his wife Anita are also world-renowned collectors of wood art.