The Dark Side of the Internet – A True Story

This past fall I received a call from the F.B.I.  That was a first. The investigator told me that the agency had recently arrested a pedophile, and confiscated his computer. On it, investigators found pictures; one was of a boy … 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

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

Hope in These Challenging Times

I am a news junky, and I have to break the habit before serious depression sets in. Corruption, income inequality, sexual harassment, threat of war, uncivil discourse, potential foreign interference in our elections, an assault on free speech. And that … Read More

Wrong, Wrong and Wrong Again!

Over the weekend, I read the New York Times bestselling book, “The Subtle Art of Not Giving A…: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life,” written by Mark Manson. In it, he points to studies that show the human … Read More

The Verdict – No Homework

We can no longer ignore the data showing that there is little to no correlation between homework and achievement in the elementary grades. Prof. Harris Cooper of Duke University has done extensive research on homework. Cooper compiled 120 studies in … Read More

The Power Within Us

Our words and actions can impact the entire world – really!  A kind word or an act of helpfulness in a child’s life or an adult’s life can literally change the trajectory of that person’s path, and we may never … Read More

Why Jewish Education Cannot Fade Away

By Robert Victor, 8th grade student at Hillel Day School I bet at one point you have been asked, “What are the necessities of life?” Your response most likely sounded like this: “Food, water, and shelter.” Yet you have never … 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