You’ve Got To be Carefully Taught 2.0

I originally wrote this blog in 2015, and feel it is necessary to update and share again within the context of the violence of these last several weeks in Pittsburgh, Tallahassee, Thousand Oaks, and this week in Israel. It is  … 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

Will Your Children Be Ready?

The tension between the realities of the future and the comfort of a reliably perceived past are palpable.  Put another way, the security of “this is the way we have always done it,” versus the uneasiness of preparing for an … 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

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