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

From Public School to Hillel: Why I Made the Switch, and Where it Got Me

By Julie Tigay, first and second grade general studies co-teacher In the summer of 2012, I was an exhausted public school teacher. I had 30 kids in my class, not enough space and the pressure of the Common Core curriculum. … 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

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

Why We Need Free Preschools

This past Sunday reminded me why the Detroit Jewish community is special. In the morning, my wife, Joan, and I attended an AIPAC breakfast featuring Dennis Ross and James Woolsey.  Both speakers were amazing – and so was the turnout. … Read More

Hillel Applauds: “Turning the Tide” – A Must Read

Anyone who reads my blogs on a regular basis or has heard me speak knows that I focus passionately on the following topics:  the need for Jewish day school education to ensure the vibrant future of the Jewish people, and … 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