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

Choosing Good

If you had to choose a single attribute to bestow upon your child, would you choose happiness, success, or goodness?  Our Jewish narrative places goodness at a premium.  I suspect, and others have suggested, however, that more people choose happiness, … 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

Who Needs an IDEA Collaborative Anyway? (And Why It’s Jewish)

Why does Hillel need the Audrey and William Farber Family IDEA Collaborative?  Simply put, we are determined to prepare our children for the 21st  century world they will inherit, not the world of the 20th century. To teach them the way … Read More

Reports of our Demise are Greatly Exaggerated!

This survey of the Jewish population confirms what many have feared. Jews are assimilating at an alarming rate, especially urban, educated and wealthier Jews.  The trend has been established for some time. Jews are increasingly more concerned with fashion and … Read More

No Excuses – Time for Action

The New York Times summed up the recent Pew survey: Portrait of Jewish Americans like this, “[Among Jewish Americans, there has been] a significant rise in those who are not religious, marry outside the faith and are not raising their … Read More