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

MLK Day – More Timely Than Ever!

While many students were at home on MLK Day, playing games, going to movies or hanging at malls, our children were immersed in learning about and understanding the significance of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Dr. King’s … 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

You’ve Got to be Carefully Taught: A Response to Terrorism

In 1949, Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein won several Tony Awards for their blockbuster musical, South Pacific. However, it also drew its critics and controversy for it covered uncomfortable territory. Its romantic tension was based on interracial romance, a strong … 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

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