A Safe and Supportive Environment Sets the Stage for Learning

By Barbara Applebaum, Assistant Principal Each Monday I walk into Hillel Day School, and, as I walk towards my office, I often greet four to five people by name. I might ask them about their weekend, or if they’re feeling … Read More

Utopia or Dystopia?

Hardly a week goes by that I don’t come across an analysis that either warns of how automation and Artificial Intelligence are going to wreak havoc on humanity or how they will solve all of humanity’s problems. Either way, our … Read More

Just Show Up!

This past Shabbat we witnessed the deadliest anti-Semitic attack against our people in American history. Eleven gentle souls entered their Pittsburgh synagogue, greeted one another with Shabbat Shalom, and settled into their regular seats they have sat in for decades … Read More

Best of Both Worlds and Our Future

Maddie was a state champion in debate, Seth was an AIPAC intern, and Hannah works for Microsoft while Yoni is at Google. Laurenne recently completed her service in the IDF as a Lone Soldier, Robert was elected 9th grade class … Read More

For the Love of Israel

We live in complicated times where almost everything seems to be politicized. Israel is no exception, and is a lightning rod when it comes to political divisiveness both globally, and more concerning, within the Jewish community.  It is not that … Read More

Why We Tell Our Stories

Do you ever cuddle up with your children and share memories of your childhood – special moments, trips, or family traditions? Do you remember your parents doing the same with you? I clearly remember loving to listen to my parents … Read More

The Walkout Matters

If we measure how the world seems to be going at this very moment, we may conclude it is getting worse. However, Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker makes strong arguments that the world is getting better across many measures, as … Read More

Reflecting on Nearly Ten Years as a Community Jewish Day School

At Hillel, we strive for Jewish unity, not uniformity. Our Jewish traditions and core values help our children grow into knowledgeable, action-oriented Jews who view others with respect and understanding. Children learn by example, so it is imperative that these … Read More

Embracing “The Politics of Hope”

What is the difference between a contract and a covenant?  Our times require us to examine that difference, and to understand it as a step in reclaiming the higher moral ground in our communities, country and abroad. We need to … Read More