Na’aseh v’nishma and the Maker Movement

“Na’aseh v’nishma– We will do and we will understand.”  That is what the Israelites proclaimed as they were about to receive the Torah from God. We will be commemorating that moment in the creation of the Jewish nation next week … Read More

ANSWERING THE CALL TO SERVICE

By Michael Schostak,  Hillel graduate (1993), husband of Alexis, and father of current Hillel students, Hayley (K) and Benji (ECC-2). When we retell the Passover story at our Seders this year, we will no doubt talk about Moses and his … Read More

Does a “Loyalty” Tuition Grant Program Work?

Jewish day schools across the country share a mission to educate as many Jewish children in their community as they can. They also share the challenge of finding creative ways to address affordability, reducing barriers to entry, while staying fiscally … 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

Choosing Good

If you had to choose a single attribute to bestow upon your child, would you choose happiness, success, or goodness?  Our Jewish narrative places goodness at a premium.  I suspect, and others have suggested, however, that more people choose happiness, … 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 Homework Question Revisited

Nothing much has changed since the last time I wrote about homework, in 2010. The most recent research supports earlier data that shows little to no correlation between homework and achievement in the elementary grades, with one caveat:  there is … Read More