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

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

A Way for Our Students to Remember: One Stone at a Time

Welcome to my first “vlog” – video blog, an interview with Mr. Alan Eidelman, Hillel’s 8th grade Holocaust Studies teacher. Watch and listen as he describes a powerful and personal project our eighth graders are creating that demonstrates their understanding … 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

Hillel, Fantasy, Superheroes and Beth!

At Shabbat services last week, Dr. Mitch Parker, B’nai Israel Synagogue’s spiritual leader, handed out a source sheet about God, with this on it: Recently, on Arrow, a highly-acclaimed, fantasy superhero television show, the following exchange took place: (Earth is … Read More

The Problematic Election and Our Children

Elie Wiesel said, “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, its indifference…” As a Head of a Jewish day school, I can … 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

Soft Skills, Solid Values

Recently, in an nprEd article, “Nonacademic Skills Are Key To Success. But What Should We Call Them?” the author, Anya Kamenetz, wrote that more than ever before, people in education and in the workforce agree on the importance of learning … Read More