From Public School to Hillel: Why I Made the Switch, and Where it Got Me

By Julie Tigay, first and second grade general studies co-teacher In the summer of 2012, I was an exhausted public school teacher. I had 30 kids in my class, not enough space and the pressure of the Common Core curriculum. … Read More

My Encounters with an Incredible Man: Bill Farber

On a sunny day in October, 2013, Rabbi Harold Loss of Temple Israel came to visit me with an essential question. I remember it clearly: “I have a potential donor who would like to know what transformational dream do you … Read More

The Courage to Live

Last week I had the good fortune to hear writer and speaker, Brené Brown, a professor at the University of Houston, and the bestselling author of Daring Greatly, speak at the NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) Conference. Brené Brown … Read More

I Won’t Back Down – And Neither Should You

In the past month, two anti-Semitic incidents impacted me personally – two more than in my entire life, and I am 58.  The first was the bomb threat at school, and this past week, the Jewish cemetery that was desecrated … Read More

MLK Day – More Timely Than Ever!

While many students were at home on MLK Day, playing games, going to movies or hanging at malls, our children were immersed in learning about and understanding the significance of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Dr. King’s … Read More

Our Commitment to Constancy – and Change

Over the past several years much has changed at Hillel. The most visible changes are, of course, our facilities.  We have created a learning environment that is truly second to none. But just because Hillel does not look like the … Read More

Death and Life Are in the Power of the Tongue (and Finger)

“Death and Life are in the power of the tongue.”  This quote comes from the book of Proverbs (18:21).   In today’s world, this quote may have been extended to include:  “Death and Life are in the power of the text … Read More

The Problematic Election and Our Children

Elie Wiesel said, “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, its indifference…” As a Head of a Jewish day school, I can … Read More