On behalf of the King David Schools’ Foundation, I am reaching out with heartfelt sadness following last night’s passing of Elliot Wolf, a dear colleague, mentor and friend.
Elliot had profound impact in his working life. In his capacity as educator and former Headmaster of King David High School, Linksfield, he shaped the hearts, minds, aspirations, and futures of thousands of students and teachers alike, who passed through King David over the years. His reach was global because the students he inspired have gone on to do great things all over the world – the list is long, the countries numerous and the impact, massive. His contribution to inspiring Jewish values, particularly that of lifelong learning, cannot be emphasised enough.
The scale and significance of Elliot, however, was that he not only did the above – he continued with his contribution to Jewish education in his retirement, specifically over the past ten years as Director of the King David Schools’ Foundation. He was pivotal to the Foundation and its commitment to ensuring that the King David school system – a lighthouse in our community – is excellent, sustainable and has the financial strength to provide a Jewish education to all Jewish children, regardless of their ability to pay. This will reach exponentially more learners in time, on top of those already impacted during his formal career – learners that will go on to change the world in the footsteps of the alumni before them. In fact, his inspired legacy will echo on through every student that accesses the privilege of a King David education which would ordinarily have been outside of their reach.
It is both these labours of love and service – as educator and Headmaster, and as Director of the King David Schools’ Foundation – that make his life an example to us all, and certainly to me.
He will be dearly missed.