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

Face Time, Not “FaceTime” – By Robin Pappas

Any time a child spends looking at an electronic screen – a smart phone, an iPad, a computer, a television – is considered screen time.  How much time does your child spend looking at a screen? Research shows that children … 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

What a Standardized Test Can’t Predict is What our Students Need to Learn

The Atlantic, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, World Economic Forum, and Scientific America run stories routinely about what students need to learn and do to be successful in the future. An endless stream of studies, counter-studies, information, … 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