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

My Encounters with an Incredible Man: Bill Farber

On a sunny day in October, 2013, Rabbi Harold Loss of Temple Israel came to visit me with an essential question. I remember it clearly: “I have a potential donor who would like to know what transformational dream do you … Read More

I Won’t Back Down – And Neither Should You

In the past month, two anti-Semitic incidents impacted me personally – two more than in my entire life, and I am 58.  The first was the bomb threat at school, and this past week, the Jewish cemetery that was desecrated … Read More

The Future Is in Our Memory

One of my favorite twentieth century Jewish thinkers is Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel.  I found a poignant quote attributed to him as I read reflections in a  Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Mahzor (prayer book): “The authentic individual is neither … Read More

The Theology of Hope: Embracing our Future on the Shoulders of our Past

If you are one who reads the news and is following the presidential primaries, then it is sadly easy to understand why so many people feel that we live in “the worst of all possible worlds!”  Much of the collective … Read More

Shepn Nachas (Not Nachos)

As head of school, shepn nachas from our students and faculty, much in the way parents and grandparents do from their children, and grandchildren, is something I do on a daily basis. And if you’re not familiar with the term, … Read More