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The story behind our new logo Meet our new Dean of

Student Learning

Inside Science Two teachers per classroom:

we’re not kidding!

Welcome From the

Table of

CONTENTS BREAKING NEWS: See page 26! 4. Better Together

28. Annual Campaign

Hillel leads 21st- century day schools

Why your support matters

8. Meet the Dean

29. Annual Dinner Honorees

A conversation with our new dean of student learning

Annual Dream Maker Dinner to honor Miriam and Fred Ferber and Dr. Aaron and Rochelle Lupovitch

10. Differentiated Instruction

30. Annual Report

Why we put two teachers in each classroom

Mastering digital and information literacy

Those schools are having difficulty retooling their educational system for this century. Why? There are two primary reasons. First, these schools are successful and measured by the number of graduates who attend college, as well as the scores on standardized tests. Secondly, successful parents were educated in similar settings and if it worked for them, it must be right for their children.

At Hillel, we are taking our excellent program and transforming it into an educational program for this century. Some call us progressive; we believe we are simply doing what is right for our children. The skills our children will possess upon graduation will enable them to be flexible and innovative learners, no matter the environment. Most importantly, in this ever-changing world, the gift of a Jewish education will help them to navigate the complexities of a 21st century global society through the moral lenses of our Jewish tradition.

17. Meet the Faculty Dawn Straith blazes a trail for accelerated math students

An in-depth look at our K-8 curriculum


hink back over the past thirty years. Is the world the same or has it changed significantly? Is change happening more quickly than when you were a child? I am certain that everyone reading this is answering yes to these questions. And yet, in our country, education has remained basically the same. Most schools are still structured and deliver the curriculum for the last century. Sadly we can understand why schools in poor areas and in inner cities are challenged and underachieving. But what about schools in affluent and high achieving areas?

As Prakash Nair, President of Fielding Nair International, recently said at an architectural visioning seminar at Hillel, “The cars your parents drove in the 1950s were very good cars, why are we not still driving them today?” Clearly, just because something was excellent at one time does not mean it is best for another time. Our students may do very well under the current system, but is the current educational system preparing our children for the world they will inherit? All too often, the answer is no, and America is in jeopardy of losing its edge.

14. What’s the Buzz

20. Inside Science

Head of School

A Jewish education helps students navigate society through the moral lens of our Jewish tradition

Divrei Hillel a publication of HDS

25. Student Activism

MANAGING EDITOR Gabriella Burman

Seventh graders set sights on ending proverty

ART DIRECTOR Melanie Weber

27. Alumni Spotlight

Copy Editor Cathy Fridson

In this issue of Divrei Hillel, you will read articles that reflect the kind of school we are becoming. From our symbolic changes in the school logo and brand messages, to substantive changes in the classroom that provide challenging and authentic learning opportunities, you will gain a glimpse of how exciting it is to be a learner at Hillel. The changes we are making as we grow and progress as a “this century” school are motivated by our deep desire to provide our current students with the best educational experience possible. More than that, we feel a sense of urgency to create a school so outstanding that Jewish families will have to consider us a compelling option in their decision-making process. As Detroit bounces back, we want our school to be at capacity because the more Jewish children we can educate, the better are the prospects for the next generation to have a vibrant and committed Jewish community. Hillel would be a great school regardless of the size; it is even better for the Jewish community and Jewish future if Hillel is full.

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Steve Freedman, Head of School

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better together Hillel Positions Itself As A Leader Among 21st-Century Jewish Day Schools By Amy Schlussel, Director of Admission


he cover of Divrei Hillel features our new logo and tagline. Where did they come from and what do they mean?

Last spring, Hillel engaged Creosote Affects, an educational marketing firm, to develop our brand and a new creative expression to help advance our mission. The Creosote team conducted individual and group sessions with many members of the HDS community, including faculty, students, parents, staff, administrators, alumni and trustees, and followed up with an online survey. Many common themes emerged through this discovery process. From the decline in the Jewish population to the increasing trend toward secularization among the general population, including Jewish families, the challenges are clear. However, the commitment from parents to providing their children with an exceptional Hillel education remains ever strong. The spirit of collaboration and teamwork among our teachers and the overwhelming sense of kindness and hospitality throughout the school were continually noted as “very impressive.” Hillel’s strong commitment to Judaic Studies is a clear distinc4 | Divrei


tion and strength, as is the commitment to providing an innovative education with small classes and a supportive climate, which now includes two teachers in the K-4 classrooms to differentiate instruction and meet the needs of all students. Repeatedly, the phrase, “We just need to get people in the door to see how great this school is” was conveyed. Creosote drew upon these strengths to develop our new school logo. The iconic “H” provides a forceful, demonstrative visual of Hillel’s strengths, the joining of mind and soul centered on the symbol of Judaism, the Star of David. The pillars of the “H” also represent the power of our dual curriculum. Our tagline, “Mind and Soul. Better Together.” reinforces our belief that Hillel’s dual curriculum is a complementary, rather than competitive, duality. Academic skills and innovative technology are as much a part of the Judaic Studies curriculum as faith and values are part of the general studies curriculum. In fact, a Hillel education is better precisely because it combines Judaic Studies with general academics to develop the whole child. To be successful professionally and personally, one needs both knowledge and ethics. Every facet of the Hillel experience is, indeed, better together.

For media consumers on the go, an interactive viewbook was created as an innovative way to experience the Hillel story on a mobile, web-enabled channel that allows users to explore whatever part of Hillel they’re curious about, and for as long as they like. If you have not yet seen it, I strongly encourage you to view it at Geared to drive engagement with prospective Hillel families, the viewbook offers a robust look at Hillel, from outcomes to athletics, using eye-catching photography, videos, testimonials and facts. Prospective parents are now able to ‘peek’ inside our classrooms from anywhere, using their computer, smart phone, and/or tablet. The viewbook is intended to be shared infinitely. Anyone who views it (including you) can share it with friends, families, and contacts with one click, via e-mail and social media. While we continue to utilize many strategies to market Hillel today, including these beautiful new marketing pieces and social media - from Facebook to Twitter to blogs to YouTube to Pinterest, the number one marketer for our school is YOU! The word-of-mouth conversations that happen in our kitchens and living rooms, in our playgroups and synagogues, next to the office water cooler, on the sidelines of soccer and baseball games, at gymnastics and at the dance studios, are the most powerful tool for telling our story. Please be proud to rave about Hillel – outstanding teachers (including two teachers in the K-4 classrooms), small class sizes, technology, differentiated instruction, the powerful dual curriculum, and the focus on values and doing good. Share our interactive viewbook. With all of our efforts, together, we can ensure that more Jewish children in our community will benefit from a Hillel Day School education. Mind and Soul. Better Together.

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The Backstory Five years ago, Hillel became re-accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States, a membership organization of more than 230 schools across the Midwest. As part of the accreditation process, the board of trustees was tasked with revisiting the mission of the school, which since its inception had been a Conservative day school and affiliated with the Solomon Schechter Day School organization since the 1980s. “Through the accreditation process, it became clear to us that our mission was broader,” said Bob Canvasser, president of the board of trustees, and a board member at the time. “Steve Freedman recognized our purpose as a community agency, to be an inclusive community, and to educate as many Jewish children in metro Detroit as possible, regardless of what they practice at home.” Reflecting the growth of the Reform and Orthodox movements in Detroit and nationwide, and with Hillel drawing more and more families from each of those denominations each year, Canvasser is convinced the school made the correct decision. “It was the obvious step to take,” he said. “Fostering a love of Israel and forging a strong Jewish identity are more important than a single denomination. We’re the Jewish people first.”

Reflecting on Five Years as a Community Jewish Day School By Rabbi Jonathan Berger, Rav Beit HaSefer


ntil five years ago, Hillel Day School was affiliated with the Conservative movement—and if it still was, my life as the school rabbi would surely be a lot easier. After all, I grew up going to a Solomon Schechter Day School and to Camp Ramah; I was active in U.S.Y., and studied for the rabbinate at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Before coming to Detroit, I had taught at two different Solomon Schechter schools, and served as a rabbi in a Conservative synagogue. It would be easy for me to be the rabbi of a Conservative day school. In a sense, it would be easier for everyone in the community—we’d

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all know our place. The school’s goal would be to create a community where Conservative standards and practices were the norm. At the same time, families with other affiliations might feel like guests in the Hillel community.

We invite rabbis of all streams to visit our school, engage with our broader community, and teach our students. Our commitment to halakhah (Jewish practice/law) creates a communal culture that is inclusive and comfortable for all.

But easier is not always better. As a community Jewish day school, we face many challenges—but the opportunities are glorious, and the rewards are inspiring! Instead of defining ourselves by a label, we define ourselves by our core Jewish values. All families who seek to be part of the community can call it their home; none are mere guests.

Consider an example of our success. Two years ago, an Orthodox student asked if we could establish a minyan with separate seating. As a Conservative school, we never would have faced such a question—if we had, the answer would have been a clear and simple “No.” Instead, as a community school, we had the opportunity to consider the question.

We began by asking our parents to talk to their seventh and eighth graders about the proposal; we wanted our students to make a values-based choice. We asked them to tell us which minyan their child would attend so we could plan. As they told us their preferences, it became clear that we would not be able to support such a minyan. At that point, I received a phone call from a Reform rabbi who suggested piloting a boys-only minyan and a girls-only minyan. This arrangement would allow for interesting conversations and meaningful prayers, but would avoid the poten-

tial implications of a non-egalitarian minyan which troubled the Reform rabbis. It was a great solution! We began offering such minyanim in our special Choice Minyan framework, where they have been engaging and successful. The suggestion helped solve a real problem. More importantly, it exemplifies all that is exciting about being a community Jewish day school—collaboration and respect across the denominational lines that so often divide the broader Jewish community. At Hillel, we are proud of our big tent; anchored by our values, we foster a tremendous

sense of K’lal Yisrael, the unity of the Jewish people. Five years ago, Hillel Day School began operating as a community Jewish day school. The path has not always been easy—but it has been tremendously rewarding for our community. I am proud to serve as its rabbi.

“Instead of defining ourselves by a label, we define ourselves by our core Jewish values.”

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not being turned in, and therefore, we will support the student in getting that assignment completed.

What success are you seeing?

with Dr. Jennifer Friedman, Dean of Student Learning Why is it important to have an educational psychologist on school premises? The role of the educational psychologist is to keep the big picture of our learning community in view at all times, while paying attention to the varying needs of each individual student. It’s a vision that incorporates student learning, teaching and pedagogy, multiple intelligences, and the social-emotional well-being of all students. In addition, it’s critical to have an educational professional who has the understanding of children’s cognitive, social, and emotional development, as well as how to assess and appropriately intervene with students in a variety of ways.

What is your role at Hillel? At the macro level, I work with the instructional leaders, from the Principal and Dean of Judaic Studies, and the Head of School as the visionary, to the curriculum director and coordinators. My role is to contribute to the overall vision of Hillel to continue striving to be an exceptional school. At the micro level, I am working to ensure that we are identifying exactly what each student knows and assisting teachers to create plans for the students that need further enrichment and remediation. All of this work is toward the ultimate goal of producing successful 21stcentury Jewish learners.

We now have resource teachers assigned to one or two grade level teams, and they have become an integral part of those teams in collaborating in the best interest of the students. We are identifying student needs in a more appropriate and timely manner, and intervening as early as possible. We are also seeing a decrease in missing assignments in the upper grades, and the students who require additional support are receiving it.

How do you maintain confidentiality? There are some things that are always kept confidential, such as private matters and family struggles, and anything that is requested to remain confidential. However, because we are all in this Hillel learning community together, and every student has a need at one time or another, we are stressing Derekh Eretz and acceptance of people’s differences. Our mission is that every student will get what he or she needs, and we don’t want to hide that some kids need extra help or enrichment. Hiding it means there is something to be ashamed of, and that is not the case. We believe that all kids can learn at high levels and do so at different rates

and in different ways.

How do you choose resources that best suit a child who needs support? We use research-based strategies and programs and match the need with the specific intervention that will best suit the need and the child’s learning style. Hebrew and English literacy skills are the most common reason a child requires support. For example, if students are having trouble with reading comprehension, we teach them strategies that they will be able to apply to anything they read so that they can become a more successful reader. In addition, we have several subscriptions to web-based resources like IXL and Raz-Kids, which we use because they are interactive, repetitive, and reward-based. These allow kids to practice and improve their skills in a fun, engaging way. The bottom line is that we are committed to finding what works for each child in order for the child to be a successful learner who feels confident in his or her learning.


What are some of the programs you are implementing? To start, we have begun to meet as grade-level teams once per month. In addition to all of the grade-level teachers, these meetings include the general studies and Judaic studies resource room teachers assigned to that particular grade level. Teachers bring all of the data their students have generated on assignments, assessments, and other feedback, and we talk about what is working and what needs to change. Then, we create plans to carry out any changes. Teachers are accountable to the students and must intervene in order to get them to master the skills in question. I view these meetings like a brain trust to collect and analyze data and make changes to how we deliver the curriculum for certain kids. Following the response to intervention model (RTI), we are putting more intervention programs into place. We are addressing the needs of learners across the spectrum by differentiating instruction within the classroom and utilizing our teacher resources creatively. We assess, then collect and analyze data, develop differentiated instruction based on the needs we find, and monitor the progress of the instruction and continue the cycle. Eventually the culture will be that no matter what the students are learning or where and with whom they are learning, they will get the support and resources needed to progress. We have also begun the Zeros Aren’t Permitted program in the upper grades, where we are ensuring that students are learning the necessary material in order to be successful. The premise is that we will not accept an assignment 8 | Divrei


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Two Teachers Per Classroom: We’re Not Kidding

By Melissa Michaelson, K-8 Principal


t’s a Monday morning at Hillel, and time for Reader’s Workshop. Ten third graders are spread out across their classroom, curled up with a book from one of the “just right” bins customized for their levels, at their sides. Four other children are working with a teacher in a guided reading group, focusing on a specific skill, and three more students are in conversation about character development, with a second teacher in the same classroom. The students are engaged and focused. A short while later, both teachers make rounds to different students to meet with them, exploring skills such as comprehension and fluency. Scenes like this one, which includes two certified teachers in the classroom, repeat throughout the day in each of our first through fourth grade general studies classrooms. We have made this investment because at Hillel Day School we are committed to instructing students in a variety of styles and at varying paces in order to meet their individual needs. Having two teachers in the classroom helps us reach our goal of providing appropriate support and enrichment in all areas of the curriculum. Research has shown that team teaching has a direct impact on student learning, as it enables one-on-one instruction, small group teaching, and better classroom

management. Teachers themselves attest to its advantages. “For example, in math, a teacher can do an advanced, deeper activity with one group of students, while the second teacher does a reinforcing activity with the other group,” said teacher Cassidy Brody. “We can really meet students where they are and address their needs. The same is true in reading and writing where students also benefit from small groups.” Students are not the only ones who benefit from team teaching. Teachers who are exposed to their peers’ techniques claim to benefit greatly from co-teaching, as they see each other in action, gain a different perspective and bounce ideas off each other. Team teaching demonstrates collaboration, one of the key skills we are teaching our 21st-century

learners, at its best. Teachers are able to plan together and then reflect on lessons and strategize on how to intervene appropriately for students who are struggling or for those who need enrichment. At Hillel, we want our students to achieve their highest potential. The impact of two teachers in a classroom has a powerful influence on differentiation, collaboration, class community, classroom management and, overall, student learning. This investment, in combination with our passionate and enthusiastic staff who teach our students to think critically and creatively, to collaborate and to communicate effectively, makes Hillel Day School an extraordinary place to educate our leaders of the future.

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Advancing Abilities:

New assessment tool helps student achievement By Julie Tigay, Second Grade General Studies Teacher


ecoming acquainted with how well a child reads is the first step in setting students up for success in the classroom. Once a child’s ability is initially established and assessed, teachers can provide targeted instruction in small group settings and through the use of a literacy library. To fine-tune assessments, Hillel has implemented the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark System, a comprehensive program for one-on-one assessment that continuously evaluates a student’s instructional and independent reading abilities. In some cases, a students’ instructional level may be higher than their independent level -- what they’re able to read on their own. Being able to learn at a higher level takes students out of their comfort zone, and pushes them forward. Subsequently, their independent reading level will also rise. The system incorporates a literacy library filled with a multitude of fiction and nonfiction book sets ranging across all levels. As the children advance in their abilities, they choose from the appropriate book level. The books are read during school time, and they can also be sent home. Teachers say the Fountas & Pinnell system is an improvement over previous assessment tools. “Especially at the start of the year, so we know where to start teaching them,” said Nancy Cohen, second grade general studies teacher. “We can assess how they comprehend literal versus inferred information, and organize our classrooms in a way that’s valuable to the needs of each student.” Then again, she adds, “we’re always assessing our kids, even when they’re reading directions, and not something necessarily substantive. But the literacy library is another tool to help us.”

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Hillel is Going Green! By Bonnie Hollander, parent


inked to the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam or “repairing the world,” Hillel is committed to instilling in our children the importance of caring for the environment. We are proud to announce that through our activities to green our school, we are on our way to becoming an officially designated Michigan Green School(http://www.

Makom Shalom

A Peaceful Place with God and Gardening in the ECC By Barbara J. Dworin, ECC Teacher


hen I arrived as a teacher with the freshman class of the Early Childhood Center three years ago, I marveled at our facility, and our program, from the researched-based math activities to the iPads at our disposal. Even the playground was magnificent! Then I noticed something was missing. Living in Michigan, children are not always out in nature every day, especially during the cold winter months. So every moment we spend outdoors matters, from our “hikes” in the woods behind the school to the acorns we collect to add to our science center. A nature lover myself, I wanted to heighten my students’ experience of nature, to hear birds singing, to really look at a tree and notice the details. I wanted them to dig in the dirt and play with sticks. I wanted them to be curious about insects, and I wanted them to experience planting a seed and watching it grow. I wanted our children to notice, observe, appreciate, question and wonder about all of God’s creations.

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This experiential learning does not take place in a vacuum. It is taught within the context of Tikkun Olam, the repair of the world, a core Jewish value we hold dear at Hillel. Even our youngest students can learn about creation and how we are partners with God in perfecting the world. We talk about being kind and nice to all living things, and we consistently practice these life lessons. Through a donation of time and energy by Brian Yaffa, founder of Brilar and an ECC grandparent, we created an outdoor classroom garden that put our core values to use. Once weeded, the natural space behind our ECC playground was transformed into a sacred space called Makom Shalom. It includes a bench memorializing Alexandra Graham, (Class of 1995). Each year we plant vegetables and flowers with lots of love and patience. Our integrated gardening experience is everything preschool should be: hands on, inclusive, socially rewarding, emotionally uplifting, and physically stimulating. Our gardening program connects our children to each other and to the greater Hillel community, when we come together to garden. It promotes sensory exploration and develops fine and gross motor skills. It seamlessly incorporates science, math, reading, social studies, and the arts, and offers opportunities to create and appreciate beautiful things in the world.

about science and help to develop critical thinking and processing skills that are central to scientific thinking. Most importantly, our science and discovery units have become a part of the fabric of what we do every day, appreciating the beauty in all God created.

To achieve this designation, we have convened the Hillel Green Team to build on existing programs, and to create an ongoing plan for environmental initiatives and awareness. As the Hillel Green Team, we work together as a collaborative group of students, parents, and staff to reduce Hillel’s ecological footprint and inspire our community to be ecologically-minded citizens. Environmental action fits with Hillel’s theme of community responsibility, developing an understanding that we are a part of the global community that is our Earth. As we strive to reduce our environmental impact, we encourage students to think of the bigger environmental picture, beyond their school walls and long after they’ve graduated from Hillel. Our students have already ramped up the exising paper recycling program with an awareness campaign to clarify Hillel recyclables and help students understand the importance of conserving Earth’s natural resources. We had a recycling assembly hosted by Peace Love & Planet, and we are planning a Go Green Family Fun Night to celebrate later this year. We want to show our children that they can make choices in their everyday lives that make a real difference. Together, we can teach students stewardship, and safeguard the earth from generation to generation.

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Digital and Information Literacy What’s All the Buzz?

By Joan Freedman, Director of Curriculum & Library


re you drowning in the pool of information overload? Are you feeling muddled by misinformation? Today more than ever, we need to teach our students how to manage this information age. According to the American Library Association (ALA), information literacy is defined as “the set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information.” People who master information literacy “can always find the information needed for any task or decision at hand.” Dana Friedman, our teacher-librarian at Hillel Day School, has written an information and digital literacy curriculum that is being taught during library and technology classes, and in the classroom. This curriculum includes lessons about Internet safety, digital footprints and one’s reputation, privacy and security, self-image and identity, relationships and communication,

cyber-bullying, as well as creative credit and copyright. Beginning in the primary grades, students learn how to find information in alphabetical order. They have ownership of their work, which

Students learn how they represent themselves online has consequences. is why putting their names on their work is so important. These young students begin to learn online safety and how to safely explore websites, “looking for the author and origin of the information, and

whether or not a website URL ends in .edu, which is generally safer,” Friedman says. Students in the middle grades become more critical users of the Internet as they learn how to search for reliable information and cite sources, how to communicate respectfully using online messaging, and how to temper the effects of media that can be so powerful in shaping our thoughts. Middle school students become more responsible Internet users by learning about plagiarism and fair use, by evaluating information for accuracy, and by understanding that how theyrepresent themselves online can have benefits or risks. Good decisions depend on good information. It is our hope at Hillel Day School that our students will access good information in order to use it well.

In Good Times and Bad, We Are One Community By Clara Gaba, Judaic Studies Teacher


ver the summer, my sister-in-law, Mrs. Harriet Drissman, passed away. In the Jewish tradition, we perpetuate the memories of loved ones in many ways - giving tzedakah in their names, saying kaddish, and learning Torah in their memory. I approached Rav Beit Hasefer, Jonathan Berger, and asked him about studying Mishna; he immediately responded by suggesting to open the learning to the faculty.

The response was overwhelming. On October 31st, 25 of my colleagues joined me and members of Harriet’s family to study Mishna. In one short lunch period, all boundaries of gender, age, and even religion were eliminated as we all shared in a common goal of Mishna study in memory of Harriet, whose five children are Hillel alumni. The sense of family that the school and faculty provided was amazing. The experience truly was a reminder that we are all one family, ready to support each other in hard times and in good times.

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Technology Rollout Continues Students Learn When to Use Their Laptops, and When to Let it Snooze By Gabriella Burman, Communications Coordinator


child’s honesty is unparalleled. When asked how they like their new laptop computers, the fifth and sixth graders said they appreciate their instant access to information, their ability to organize their work digitally without losing papers, and the “cool” factor. And then, there was this: “There are lots of rules associated with laptop use, so I’ve been getting into more trouble than I used to.” To which Marilyn Mossman, our normally sunny director of technology, had this to say: “Harrumph. This is part of learning to be responsible.” And so it goes. As for the teachers, overall they are pleased to see their fifth and sixth grade students benefit from Hillel’s 1:1 technology program, which has expanded from the seventh and eighth grades.

“For any kid who has organizational problems, or the potential to lose papers, this is a lifesaver,” says Susie Weiner, language arts teacher. “I have a fifth grade boy who assumes he never has what he is supposed to have. He once assumed he didn’t have an assignment, and it was right there in the electronic binder, OneNote.” Furthermore, she adds, “when they take notes, they don’t lose them. They can refer back to them weeks later. It’s an awesome feeling for them.” Similarly in science, teacher Amy Martin-Crowel says the level of engagement students have with their material “has improved with the addition of the laptop.” In class, they employ software programs to simulate earthquakes, and during independent study, use their computers to create multimedia

presentations and electronic games for their classmates. Teachers emphasize the use of computers as a “tool” that enhances but is not intended to enitrely replace the tactile feel of books and notebooks, or conversations between teachers and students. “Two-thirds of the time, we are talking with one another,” Weiner says. “Because whatever they do in the future, they will need to know how to make eye contact, and to hold a person’s attention. So we’ve learned when to turn it on, use it for instruction, and, also, when to let it sleep.”

Meet the Faculty:

Dawn Straith, K-4 Math Coordinator, Math Trailblazers Teacher


ucked away in her corner of the building, math teacher Dawn Straith works with accelerated math students whose ability in mathematics allows them to follow a curriculum several grades ahead of their peers. This past summer, she completed a graduate-level course on web authoring for educators, resulting in a website to support student learning at Hillel.

My website is being used by Hillel educators, parents, and students as well as by others. Even an administrator from an International Baccalaureate School in Colorado is using my website to help revamp the school’s math program. It is so exciting to have a far-reaching impact on student learning!

With so many Internet resources claiming to be The purpose of my website is to support students, educationally beneficial, it can be overwhelmparents, and ing to identify educators, quality websites. with particular One of my emphasis on goals is to have students who an easily achave been cessible colidentified with lection of web academic gifts resources for my and talents. The students. I keep National Educaan organized list tion Technology of hyperlinks to Standards for the sites my stuteachers and dents use most. students (NETSThere are many T and NETS-S) engaging activihelped guide ties for children me when choosthat extend ing appropriate their current Please visit often! educational tools experiences, and activities understanding, for my site. Educational technology can enhance and knowledge. I plan to continue to add to the student learning and engage students in the website to help my collection of activities and learning process. I studied the characteristics of resources grow. I also include pictures of students many educational websites which guided me in as they are learning, a wiki about the Math Workthe design of my site. shop model, surveys, and professional development resources.

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New Faculty

Hillel welcomed a talented group of new teachers this year. Here is a sampling with specialties ranging from general studies and Hebrew to music and art. Elissa Tischler

Rachel Steingold “The collaboration here is real,” she says. “It’s great to know teachers are supportive and really have your back.”

“I especially love morning meetings, wherein I really get to know my students – their favorite books, colors, and even their hidden talents! Once I know them academically and socially, learning becomes easier.”

Judy Pagryzinski “Starting mid-year can be hard, but I have felt so welcomed by students and faculty. I look forward to sharing with them my love of music.”

Lori Rashty

Hadass Zaid “I believe in Judaism as a path that shows us the way, with kindness and respect for all. When I hear from former students that what I’ve taught them continues to impact them, this is how I count success!”

“I especially love working one-on-one with each child, developing their reading and writing skills. When that light goes on and reading really clicks, it’s the best part of my job!”

Brittany Borson “If a student is abandoning a word after the first consonant because it is too difficult to decode, I ask them to sound it out using a chunk of the word in the middle. What I’m really doing is teaching them independence.”

Cassidy Brody

Julie Stoller

What amazes me about Hillel is that the students are completing two days’ worth of school work in one day, every day, and they’re focused and doing well.”

“As a kindergarten teacher, you have a big impact on whether or not a child, who is learning routines and forming friendships for the first time, loves school. I want to make each year special.”

Adam Kellert “I love to watch their faces as students discover how to express themselves through art. They truly are able to let their creativity shine in my classroom. The joy they experience inspires me every day.”

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haven’t looked back! Students designed a spacesuit for the trip, made and launched bottle rockets, created a space colony and invented planets for our solar system. It has been a busy time for the third graders but it’s now time to return to Earth. Calling all superheroes, the environment unit is next and we need pollution protection! Fourth graders have been rocking out while exploring sound. With the help of our musical instruments, tuning forks, and slinkies, students learned all about how sounds are created, how sound travels, and how our ears interpret sounds. We’ve been making quite the ruckus so far, and students are looking forward to our next unit, electricity. Students are going to be “shocked” by how much they will learn!

Science Sleuths

Inside our K-4 Science Classes By Aaron Newman and Nicole Nosakowski, K-4 science teachers


he mini scientists who visit room 21 are full of energy, excitement and wonder. In other words, they are young and like to move around! That is why in K-4 science, we keep the lessons inquiry-based and hands-on. Students facilitate their own learning as they are guided through lessons that range from building weather instruments to detective work. Students are encouraged to ask questions, experiment and form conclusions on their own. We teach them to not be afraid to take risks or make mistakes; that is when the learning really begins. This lesson has taken hold. “Even if you are not right, it still makes it fun so you learn from that and next time, you will know!” said Meredith Shapiro, a second grader. In Kindergarten, students have 20 | Divrei


been exploring animals, and have turned into thespians as they mimic elephants, large cats and reptiles, so don’t be alarmed by the sounds you hear as you walk by. We also discovered the amazing chicken life cycle, and how it only takes 21 days for an egg to hatch into a chick. The lesson was accompanied, of course, by the chicken dance. As one student put it, “This was so embarrassing but really awesome.” First graders have grabbed their magnifying glasses and put on their entomologist hats to classify insects. Often times, a creepy crawly is simply referred to as a pest or a bug, but just ask a first grader to explain the difference. We actually made giant insects with our bodies, hosted a live beetle Olympics right in the classroom, and even spent a day to learn about lice. We had a lot of head scratching thinking about

these pesky insects , but don’t be alarmed, it was just the placebo effect! Second graders have been mixing and measuring during our chemistry unit. We have been learning all about potions, acids and bases, and chromatography. We made flubber, invisible ink, discovered how detectives use chromatography and explored density. The screams coming from our class result from their discovery and awe! Third grade embarked on a space journey in September and we

Clearly, our science students are off to a great and “gooey” start, as second grader Neev Schock commented. So we all can agree that Science at Hillel Day School is hands-on, messy and tons of fun!

A Look At Fifth and Sixth Grade Science By Amy Martin-Crowel, 5-6 science teacher


he fifth and sixth grade science curriculum is designed around helping students reach their full potential by developing their creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication skills, as well as helping them develop a positive attitude towards science and strong work habits. Since students learn best in a hands-on environment, the curriculum is built around having students “do” science, keeping the students’ enjoyment in mind. Fun isn’t the ultimate goal, however. Students are continually challenged to reach beyond what is readily noticeable, and to stretch their thinking skills. If all of the answers come easily to them, then they haven’t been challenged to think critically. And we never keep our thoughts to ourselves. There is great emphasis on sharing revelations with others. Students are given opportunities to communicate their multiple intelligences in ways that allow them to think creatively, and to collaborate with others. Consider, for example, the fifth grade chemical and physical change demonstrations, and the sixth grade case study of an earthquake or volcano. During both of these projects, the students work in pairs, researching and collaborating to prepare a creative multimedia project that presents their information to their classmates. “The more projects like these that we do, the more confident I become,” says Hanna Lupovitch, a sixth grader. Collectively, as a class, she adds, working together fosters camaraderie. “We learn to get along with each other,” she says. “Every science project is fun.”

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Cells and Self-Reliance in Upper Grades Science Classes By Leslie Baron, 7-8 science teacher


s students progress through the upper grades, the science curriculum at Hillel continues to foster a love of and curiosity for science, while reinforcing the scientific method and use of experimentation. A combination of hands-on activities and technology enhance and enrich the classroom experience for adolescents, leading many to claim that science is their favorite class.

Students Go Inside the Fishbowl to Share Insights on Weighty Subjects

“It really is my favorite,” says Sofia Klein, a seventh grader. “I like how we learned the basics about cells in fifth grade and then have learned so much more about them in seventh grade. There was so much more to learn than I thought.”

By Dave Venning, 7-8 science teacher

In addition to cells, seventh graders learn about chemical interactions, viruses and bacteria, sex education, robotics and the animal kingdom. Eighth graders focus on genetics, electricity and magnetism, physics and robotics. All of the units uncover the processes and techniques of discovery, while promoting scientific literacy. Students develop effective techniques for observing, questioning, and testing basic scientific principles using the scientific method. Students are encouraged to persevere and to develop greater tolerance for frustration with the more abstract, less specific guidelines inherent in inquiry-based learning activities. A unit common to both grades is robotics, taught via the Lego Mindstorm NXT program. It incorporates programming, applying cause and effect, drawing conclusions, and evaluating outcomes. We teach robotics because it is an excellent tool for hands-on learning in science, technology, engineering, and math, (STEM). Weekly “challenges” enable learners with varied interest levels and abilities to master basic robotic programming or to tackle more sophisticated strategies and maneuvers. The challenges inherent in each scientific experiment 22 | Divrei



become more difficult as students mature, and as they increasingly work with their peers and become accustomed to the teachers acting more as guides than as instructors. This change enables students to develop shared and mutual accountability, negotiating and collaborating skills, and a greater acceptance and tolerance for working with a variety of personalities and ability levels. Ultimately, science in seventh and eighth grade is a comprehensive, inquiry-based approach that integrates the whole adolescent.

aking a cue from improv, wherein actors allow a scene to unfold until they find a point of entry that moves the story along or in a new direction, fishbowl discussions are being used to engender meaningful discussion in eighth grade science. It was most recently employed on the subject of genetics and hybridization, the crossing of two desirable traits to produce one ideal outcome. Here’s how a fishbowl discussion works: tables and chairs in the classroom are arranged around the perimeter of the room. A handful of chairs are left in the center, each one occupied by a student. These students begin the discussion, such as on the topic of nature vs. nurture. Meanwhile, those on the outside

listen. Once the fishbowl conversation begins to die down, those on the outside may “tap out” a student in the center and switch places with him. At this point, a new member of the discussion group shares his insights. Fishbowls help to create a safe forum for discussion. They allow students the opportunity to practice group discussion skills, observation skills, and listening skills. A teacher typically will remain outside of the discussion and act exclusively as the moderator. It is important that students are able to formulate, organize, and articulate their thoughts on their own. When I asked students how they find this forum for discussion, they said it lends itself well to an organized group discussion. “You get to hear other people’s

perspective about things, not only yours. It helps to see different opinions,” Paige Stern said. Seth Kahan likened it to the workings of Congress. “Everyone has to listen to the argument or opinion. It forces us to think about the topic in different ways.” Melissa Michaelson, K-8 Principal, has observed fishbowl conversations in other classrooms, including an eighth grade discussion on the rise of Nazism. “The quality of the conversation was very high, it was really impressive,” she says. Endorsing the fishbowl technique is natural, she adds. “It involves communication and collaboration, and builds character – so many of the skills which are essential to our students’ success.”

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Student Activism Trains Its Sights on Ending Poverty By Sue Shlom, seventh grade language arts teacher


tudents in seventh grade at Hillel Day School are joining peers from Mexico and Grosse Pointe, Michigan to develop a massive step-up in the fight against global poverty. How can children manage such a task when adults have failed to do so? This is no simulation. It is real.

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uses the Internet to pair students with counterparts in other countries to find solutions to 20 global problems. We will work together with our peers in Mexico and Grosse Pointe through the month of May, using the Internet to research the origins and causes of poverty, to communicate with one another, and to formulate an action plan.

Inspired by High Noon: 20 Global Problems, 20 Years to Solve Them, by J.F. Riscard, a former vice president of the World Bank, Challenge 20/20 is a project sponsored by the National Association of Independent Schools. According to Riscard, the next 20 years will bring more rapid change than any other period in history, and traditional governments will not be able to keep up with this change. It will take the will of activists, collaborating and creatively thinking, to solve these 20 pressing issues for the good of humanity. Schools are the ideal training ground to groom the next generation of problem-solvers, Riscard believes.

Naturally, most adults would shake their heads and think of all the obstacles along the way of solving this problem. Children, on the other hand, don’t self-censor. They don’t think of all the barriers; rather, they respond with ideas.

Riscard envisions these future activists as a global brain trust that communicates through social media, which affords new ways of solving problems. Challenge 20/20

to think outside

“Count me in,” said Jacob Klein, one of several students who are up to the challenge. Said Aviva Lupovitch:

“I love when people give us the opportunity

Power Poem By Matthew Chayet, 7th Grader

Power is the best, Power is to overcome something, Power means to be in the hospital 27 times and always doing great, Power means to jump on building like Spider Man to overcome obstacles, Power means having the strength to be the MVP at basketball camp, Power means being sick for five weeks but still doing great in school, Power means no matter what stands in my way I still have a great attitude, Power means to not only think about you, Power means to walk a day in my shoes but still be happy, Power means that whenever I am not happy, I am still happy, Power means to appreciate my strengths.

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Alumni Spotlight: Darrien Sherman (Class of 2005) By Gabriella Burman, Communications Coordinator

Hillel Day School Announces Tuition Grant Program

New structure makes cost of education affordable By Gabriella Burman, Communications Coordinator


s children grow, they become more expensive; that’s one of the inherent truths of parenting. Hillel is providing peace of mind that at least tuition costs will not rise out of reach with its new Tuition Grant Program, which aims to make the cost of Hillel stable and predictable over the long term. Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, Hillel, through generous funding from the William Davidson Foundation, will provide families who opt-into the tuition grant program a $36,000 credit for each first grade child, with $1,000 available for credit against first grade tuition, set at $17,975. As your child grows, your savings grow: families of first graders will receive a $2,000 credit toward second grade tuition; a $3,000 credit toward third grade tuition, and so on. Families whose children are enrolled in higher graders next year will also receive $1,000 in credit per child against the full cost of tuition next year, with benefits growing by $1,000 26 | Divrei


for each year your child remains at Hillel. Lateral entry Hillel students will receive a $1,000 credit against the full cost of tuition in 2014-2015, and then a $2,000 credit the next year, with the credits increasing by $1,000 for every year your child remains at Hillel. The tuition grant program, believed to be the first of its kind in the U.S., is intended to lower the barrier to entry for parents who do not qualify for financial assistance but who nevertheless worry that they will struggle to make tuition payments that are high relative to family income, despite their desire to educate their children at Hillel. “Of the reasons we get from parents who choose not to enroll their children, most often we hear about the long term financial commitment and the uncertain total cost of eight or more years of tuition payments,” said Steve Freedman, head of school. “We believe that we have found the answer in this incredible grant program.”

Regardless of income, all families are eligible to participate in the program. Families who currently receive financial assistance can participate if the eligible benefits provided by the grant program are greater than their tuition assistance award. Anyone who receives the grant is guaranteed the grant through eighth grade, “backed and guaranteed by the foundation,” Mr. Freedman said. While the tuition grant program financially incentivizes prospective and current parents to choose and remain at Hillel through eighth grade, it also rewards and celebrates families for their commitment to day school education. “We make significant investments to make our school exceptional,” Mr. Freedman said. “We are also committed to making it financially affordable and attractive to the entire community.”


ou may have heard of Moishe House, the national movement to create home-based communities for Jewish adults in their 20s, including one in Ferndale, but have you heard of the Ramah Bayit, a few doors down? Meet Darrien Sherman, a Hillel Day School alumnus (Class of 2005) and one of three residents of the Ramah Bayit. For the next two years, the house will be her home, as she and her roommates reenergize the camping arm of the Conservative movement by increasing enrollment at Camp Ramah in Canada, one of eight overnight camps run by Conservative Judaism. Ramah camps are arranged geographically, and Michigan campers, assigned to Canada, once flocked there in droves. They came home adding “eh” to the end of their sentences, having made friends from Edmonton, Ottawa and Montreal. But in the last several years, recruitment efforts on the U.S. side of the border have dropped off, and the camp has drawn its enrollment largely from Canadian campers alone. Now the Ramah fellows are in Detroit to recapture some of the previous international flair, and to bring Ramah-style programming, with its emphasis on song, spirit and experiential learning, to schools and synagogues in the metro area. “This is the perfect job for me,” said Sherman. “I love kids, and I love Ramah. Everything I learned at Hillel was solidified at Ramah – my knowledge of tefillot, Hebrew, Jewish values. And the friend-

ships I made at Ramah have carried over into every stage of my life. The community you find at Ramah prepares you to join communities or organizations in high school and college.” Rebecca Starr, a Jewish communal professional who is connecting the Fellows to congregations in Detroit and also acting as a surrogate “mom” to the three twenty-somethings, says Darrien knows the unique benefit of her Hillel education. “You can tell she has a strong Jewish background, and while religion isn’t [usually one’s] career when you are a college student, she’s happy to put it back on the map for herself. Who knows, she may turn this experience into a career.” Sherman, who attended Andover High School and the University of Michigan, recalls several highlights of her Hillel education, from the fourth grade Michigan unit to the eighth grade musical, Pesah seders and the Zimriyah. And she is happy to be back in Detroit, to be part of the city’s resurgence, and also able to call upon her former teachers and walk the halls she once knew as a student. As part of her communal engagement activities, Sherman is participating in minyan activity at Hillel, and she recently accompanied the sixth grade on its Shabbaton. It’s easy to advocate for something she loves, she says. “Just like Hillel, Ramah exposes kids to a religious life that makes them proud.”

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Annual Dream Maker Dinner to Honor Longtime Supporters in Detroit in 1949. Fred put himself through

son Steven’s Bar Mitzvah in 1975, but the

school, continued on to the College of San

rabbi was already seriously ill and could not

Francisco, and earned his B.A. in Electron-

be present.

ics in 1952 from Wayne State University. He

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The Hillel Day School Annual Fund: Why You Are Important By Cheryl Schanes, Director of Development


t Hillel, our mission is to educate as many Jewish children as possible. In order to have a diverse population, we give out over two million dollars in tuition assistance every year to over 50 percent of our students. Your contribution to the Annual Campaign also helps to provide funding for programming and opportunities that enhance and sustain the quality of our educational program for all students. The majority of tuition assistance funds come from the generosity of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, an anonymous donor, the Tuition Grant Program supported by the William Davidson Foundation and the Shiffman Family Tuition Fund. However, in addition,


e are privileged to honor

began his professional career opening up a

Aaron and Rochelle’s involvement with Hillel

small business called Mark & Ferber Televi-

extends beyond being parents and grand-

sion Service. In 1959, Fred founded House

parents here. Aaron, a retired pathologist, or-

of Imports Corporation, which imported

ganized the first tuition allowance committee

electronics from Japan, as well as engineered

at Hillel in 1975, based on the principle that

and manufactured watches and calculators.

no child would be denied a Hillel education

He credits Miriam’s assistance with the

because of financial status; and he served

growth and success of the corporation.

as president of the board of trustees from

Miriam and Fred Ferber with the 2014 Dream Maker Award

1979 to 1981. He also was a member of the A close-knit family, the Ferber’s are blessed

board of trustees of Adat Shalom Synagogue

for their outstanding leadership and vision

with their children, Shari and Alon Kaufman,

and president of Congregation Bais Chabad.

for the future of Jewish Detroit.

Ronda and Ronny Ferber, and Annette Adel-

He graduated from Wayne State University

man, as well as 16 grandchildren.

School of Medicine in 1958, and is a Clinical

Miriam and Fred Ferber have been an

Associate Professor in Pathology. He has

active part of the global Jewish community

served as president of the Michigan Society

for more than 40 years, supporting Zion-

of Pathologists and the Michigan Association

ist causes and educational institutions in

of Blood Banks. Aaron has been extensively

Israel and in the U.S. Locally they have been

involved in the national medical organization

longtime supporters of Hillel Day School,

overseeing quality performance standards.

with their three children, Shari, Ronny, and

this year we at Hillel need to raise $710,000 for the Annual Campaign. A successful Annual Campaign depends on participation from every member of our school communityparents, past parents, grandparents, alumni, friends and our faculty. Your donation sends a strong message to the community that you support what we do. Collectively every gift to the Annual Campaign makes a difference in the lives of all of our students. High participation levels will provide a Hillel education to as many Jewish children in our community as possible. Furthermore, your generosity confirms to our shared belief that we are all better together.

Annette having graduated Hillel. Miriam and

Rochelle, born and raised in Detroit, has

Fred are also dedicated supporters of the

worked as a private piano teacher for 50

American Friends of Magen David Adom, the

years. She was active in the Hillel PTO in the

Holocaust Memorial Center, The Friendship

1970s, and was co-editor of the fledgling

Circle, AIPAC, JARC, Friends of the IDF, and

Divrei Hillel. As a pianist, she served as the

many other organizations and educational

accompanist for many Pesach seders and

Miriam Ferber is a “Hidden Child” of the Ho-


Lupovitch. That kind of commitment to Jew-

Aaron and Rochelle are the proud parents of

locaust who was raised by a righteous Polish

ish education is worth celebrating, which is

Hillel graduates Beth Lupovitch Nadis, Ste-

Catholic family who risked their lives to save

why we are proud to honor Dr. Aaron and

ven, Howard and Jeffrey Lupovitch, all active

a Jewish child. Miriam actively supports the

Rochelle Lupovitch with the Rabbi Jacob E.

with their families in their respective Jewish

Hidden Children Organization, as well as the

Segal (z”l) Award.

communities, and the proud grandparents

institutions. Miriam and Fred are often cited as visionary leaders in Detroit.

n every decade since the 1960s, the

Siddur parties. She is also a past youth com-

halls of Hillel Day School have been

mission chair at Adat Shalom Synagogue.

filled with at least one student named

World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors

of 13 grandchildren in Detroit and Chicago,

of the Holocaust and Their Descendants. She

The Lupovitches, whose four children gradu-

all of whom attend or have graduated from

arrived in the U.S. in 1962, attended Stern

ated from Hillel, and who count among their

Jewish day schools.

College in New York City, and in that same

13 grandchildren nine Hillel students and

year met and married Fred.

alumni, had great admiration for Rabbi Segal, the force behind the creation of Hillel. It was

Fred, a Polish-born Holocaust survivor,

due to his reputation that the Lupovitches

arrived in San Francisco in 1947, and was

joined Adat Shalom Synagogue in 1973. They

reunited with his mother, Rose Ferber, z”l,

hoped Rabbi Segal would officiate at their

The Dream Maker Dinner is Sunday, May 18, 2014. to pay tribute to the honorees in the shulman scholarship journal, contact or 248-539-1483.

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Annual Report 2012-2013

The following Annual Fund Giving Levels recognize those donors who contributed to the Hillel Day School Annual Fund from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013.

Gift Levels $25,000+ Visionary $18,000+ Benefactor $10,000+ Guardian $5,000+ Builder $2,500+ Partner $1,800+ Chai $1,200+ Sponsor $700+ Supporter $350+ Friend Up tp $349 Contributor Visionary Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman Foundation Penny and Harold Blumenstein Karen Davidson William Davidson Foundation Judy and Stanley Frankel Jewish Funders Network Lisa and Gary Shiffman Benefactor Nancy and James Grosfeld Jane and Larry Sherman Guardian Karen and Jim Berger Carol and Ricky Blumenstein Robyn and Bob Canvasser Leora Bar-Levav and Gary Edelson Susan and David Feber Doreen Hermelin Judith Holtz Joel Jacob Sheri and David Jaffa Builder Esther and Harris Bak Elliott Baum Maxine and Byron Canvasser Robin and Leo Eisenberg Shari and Alon Kaufman Ann Newman The Ravitz Foundation Robbie and Scott Sherman Kelly Rogers Victor and David Victor Partner The Bruce C. Abrams Family Foundation Nancy and Jeffrey Adler Jules Altman Lisa and Eric Bronstein Miriam and Fred Ferber Nicole and Barry Goodman Jodi and Robert Goodman Ellen Folbe and David Grey Hilary and Lawrence Handler Jennifer and Brian Hermelin Vi and Martin Jacob Jill and Ramin Javahery The Hannah and Morris Karbal Fund Kimberly and Kenneth Levin Anna and Yale Levin Joy and Allan Nachman Samantha and Ross Partrich Aviva and Jack Robinson Terri and Rob Roth Dorothy and Hershel Sandberg Rachel and Peter Siegel Sigmund & Sophie Rohlik Foundation Michele Friend and Bruce Skolnik Tapper’s Jewelry Malke and Gary Torgow Lori and Steven Weisberg Sylvia and Randall Wolf Andi and Larry Wolfe Chai Beverly Baker Lauren and Eric Bean The Broad Foundation Solomon Cogan

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Elizabeth and Philip Applebaum Ellada and Julian Azariah Deborah Banooni Leslie Baron Anne Beaver Tom Begres Shirley and Marcel Behar TG and Richard Behar Leslie and Sheldon Belenson Laura and Jonathan Berger Cheryl and Kenneth Berger Mechelle and David Bernard Etta and Helmut Bernard Leonora and Roland Beurer Doris and Fred Blechman Jaclyn and Michael Borofsky Michele and Marc Borovoy Bev Borr Michelle Bortnick Beth and Avraham Brandvain Kimberley and Robert Broner Marcia and Larry Brown Marilyn and Alan Chandross Marilyn Chandross Lisa and Michael Cher Angela and Michael Chernyak Gail and Gary Chynoweth Jan and Henry Citron Carol and Stephen Coden Jonathan Coden Dana and Andrew Cohen Nancy Cohen Kathi and Richard Cohen Francy and David Colton Randi and Jason Cooperman Nancy Croitori Amy Martin Crowel Faye and Lou Damraur Debra and Martin Darvick Yvette and Mark Diamond Sue and Leonard Dubin Ann and Gary Duchan Gail and Louis Dvorkin Jackie Eaton Myrna and Richard Edgar Mindy and Scott Eisenberg Alyssa and Eric Endelman Barbara Eskin Deborah and Jonathan Falk Lorraine and Dan Feber Lori and Michael Feldman Dede and Oscar Feldman Pam Feldman Jen and Mike Fink Carrie and Benjamin Fleishman Amy and Jack Folbe Anna Strumba and Yakov Fradkin Jennifer and Stuart Freedland Marcia Freind Brad Freitag Aviva and Moses Fridman Carol Fridson Cathy Fridson Cindy Friedman Dana Friedman Vivian and Eugene Friedman Barbara and Harvey Friedman Melvyn Friedman Pamela and Michael Friedman Julie and Michael Frishman Rochelle and Jerald Gach Nancy and David Gad-Harf Katie and Brian Galin Mary and Abraham Gamer Wendy Miller Gamer and Robert Gamer Lori and Larry Garon Rachel and Ben Geller Erica and Ralph Gerson Laura Gittleman Larry Glanz Yifat Golan Marcie and Ethan Goldstein Marla and Jason Golnick Lauren Gooel Sheryl and Milton Gordon Barbara and Robert Gordon Donna and Irwin Goren Cathy and Michael Graub Bobbie and Shel Green Erica Greenberg Jim Greenblatt Susan and Phillip Greenblatt Cindy and Michael Grey Cheryl and Dan Guyer Sharon and Martin Hart Marisa and Hector Hernandez Leigh and Morrey Herskovic Beth and Larry Hirsch Louise and Robert Horowitz Dana and Larry Horwitz Karen Howard

Helene and Arthur Indianer Gary M. Izor Margery Jablin Michelle and Bowie Jacobson Steve Jones Ilene and Doug Kahan Elaine and Richard Kahn Wendy and Michael Kam Jennifer and Keith Kaminski Gabriella Burman and Adam Kaplan Sher and Sanford Kaplan Rachel and Baruch Katz Ronna Kay Adam Kellert Lyn Klein Barbara and Steven Kohler Zieva and Marc Konvisser Gilda and Mark Kopitz Seth Korelitz Sandra Kresch Sherri and Daniel Kukes Rosanne and Thomas Kukes Frieda Langnas Laynie and Michael Langnas Tina and Igor Lanis Jennifer Lanxner Rachel Leemis Ellen and Michael Leffak Lorraine Lerner Adina Levin Hana Levy Heather and Douglas Levy Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Levy Celia and Jerry Liebman Ilana and Zachary Liss Malka and Nachman Littman Jacqueline and Ronald Lorfel Rachel and Harry Maisel Vicki Freedman and John Marcotte James Marcus Frances and Harold Martens Jennifer and Bob Mattler Rachel and Todd Matzkin-Bridger Donna McKerrell Daniella and Igor Mechnikov Ronen Meir Rebecca and Marc Melamed Yaffa Merced Jackie and Ronald Michaelson Veronica Miks Jacqueline and Myron Milgrom Nicole Miller Rochelle and Robert Morais Heather Moss Dianne and Henri Mouradian Maryanne Murawski Alicia and David Nelson Elisheva and Aaron Newman Nicole Nosakowski Virginia and Arnold Pacis Robin Pappas Lauren and Derek Partovich Abe and Geraldine Pasternak Ayala Perlstein Renee and Mark Phillips Roberta Pinsky Tina and Alan Pinter Amalia Poris Amy and Jonathon Rabin Marilyn and Herbert Racklin Rochelle and Ken Radner Sarah Radner Dianna Rashty Randi and Kevin Resnick Steve Richman Beth Robinson Debbie Rones Gertrude Rosen Lucinda and Sanford Rosen Evelyn and Steven Rosen Robin and Roy Rosen Lisa and Richard Rosenbaum Karen and Howard Rosenberg Leemor and Jeffrey Rotberg Liat Rothfeld Craig Rubin Ilanit Rubin Vicki and Paul Rubin Patricia Ruda Edna and Brian Sable Alexis Sack Tony Sanders Susan Knoppow and David Saperstein Jodi and Paul Schaefer Jennifer Schanes Cara and Ira Schlussel Sharon and Bennett Schwartz Laurel and Joel Schwartz Phyllis and Sheldon Schwartz Kay Schwarzberg Janis and Uri Segal

Marcia Seigerman Linda Settler Sheri and Evan Shapiro Helayne Shaw Sandy Shecter Cindy Shekhtman Liz and Aaron Sherbin Rachel and Daniel Shere Susan and Gordon Shlom Lori and Marc Siegel Renee Siegel Lisa and Tal Siegmann Karen Simon Lynne and Bradley Smith Donna and Ira Smith Pamela and Randall Smith Jennifer and Ryan Soble Joanne and Kenneth Sokol Elaine and Sion Soleymani Lisa Bargende Sollish and Elizabeth Sollish Sally and Louis Soverinsky Amy and Evan Sparago Maxine Sprung Arlene and Lloyd Starr Aaron and Rebecca Starr Michelle Akler and Jonathon State Jessica Stempek Lauren and Jonathan Sterling Barbara and Milton Stern Elissa and Andrew Sternberg Marcy Spitz and Douglas Sternberg Dawn Straith Karen and David Stryk Polina and Steven Stryk Mary and David Tessler Magdeline and Marcel Thirman Julie and David Tigay Beth and Sanford Timen Alicia and Paul Tisdale Carolyn and Larry Tisdale Risa Tisdale VanDerAue Katarina Tkac Lindsay and Aaron Tlumak Zach Toliver Tamar Traub Andrea Trivax Debby and David Tukel Sandy and Jonathan Tukel Beryl Turner David Venning Dottie and Donald Wagner Sarah and David Waldshan Melanie and Bradley Weber Rita and Art Weinfeld Jodi and Robert Weinfeld Meredith and Adam Weingarden Brooke and Matthew Weingarden Jennifer and David Weinstein Michael Weinstein Ellyn and Mark Weiss Melvin Weisz Michele and Geoffrey Weitzman Niva and Benjamin Wilner Jordana Wolfson Ariel and Aron Wolgel Rina and David Yaari Irina Yufa Brenda Zales Karyn and Barrett Zeff Dr. and Mrs. Jay Zeskind Mary Lou Zieve Debra and Bob Zivian Lila and Stephen Zorn

Gifts to the Endowment Visionary Frances and Kenneth Eisenberg Endowment Fund for Professional Development Frances and Kenneth Eisenberg Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this report. If an error has been made, please accept our apologies.

To make a tribute contact: The Advancement Office

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Sefer Torah 2012-2013

The following Sefer Torah Levels recognize those donors who contributed to the Hillel Day School Sefer Torah Project from July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013.

Gift Levels $36,000 + $10,000 + $5,000 + $3,600 + $1,800 + $1,000 + $ 500 + $ 360 + $ 180 + Up to $179 36,000 + Mandell L. and Mandeleine H. Berman Foundation in memory of Bill Davidson The Blumenstein Family Book of Deuteronomy Joel Jacob Book of Genesis Jane and Larry Sherman and Family, Robbie and Scott Sherman, Sylvia and Randall Wolf Book of Exodus 10,000+ Robyn and Bob Canvasser Parshat Ki Tavo and Parshat Vayikra Sol Cogan and Dresden Cogan Ten Commandments in Book of Deuteronomy Gretchen and Ethan Davidson Parshat Vayeshev and Parshat Ki Tisa Shari and Alon Kaufman Ten Commandments in Book of Exodus 5,000+ Beverly Baker - Parshat Lech Lecha Gundavaram Bhaskar - Parshat Yitro Lisa and Eric Bronstein Robin and Leo Eisenberg Susan and David Feber - Parshat Bereishit Clara and Arthur Gaba - Parshat Ki Tisa Madhu and Ron Gaba - Parshat Noach Ellen Folbe and David Grey and Family Rimonim Crowns The Hermelin Family Foundation Karen and Jerald Kaufman – Silver Breast Plate Ilana Gaba Maine and Gabriel Maine Parshat Lech Lecha Cheryl and Steven Schanes Rivka and Dov Schuchman - Parshat Bo 3,600+ Im Polevoy Family Foundation Sheri and David Jaffa - Torah Mantle Lisa and Jason Klein - Sh’ma Nancy and Rob Reed - Song of Moses 1,800+ Lauren and Eric Bean Eden and Kevin Elbinger - Silver Yad Julie and Brad Feldman Jennifer and Lowell Friedman and Stacy and Jason Vieder Hilary and Lawrence Handler Lin and Ronald Klein Karen and Tony Levin, Anna and Yale Levin and Jennifer and Steve Teper Lisa and Hannan Lis Ann Newman Jennifer and Saul Rube - Numbers 12:13 Michele and Eli Saulson Eli Scherr Barbie and Ira Zaltz 1,000+ Karen and Jim Berger Norma and Michael Dorman Rosalind and Richard Keith - Torah Gartel

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Alice and Stephen Mendelson Barbara and Milton Stern 500+ Lorraine and Joel Elbaum Jennifer and Aaron Ellenbogen Lilly and Howard Jacobson Linda and Stephen Jacobson Beth and Ronn Nadis Elaine and Harvey Sabbota Peggy and Mark Saffer Ilana Glazier and Lowell Schmeltz Beth and Sanford Timen 360+ Barbara and Peter Alter Kari and Eddie Alterman Amy and Adam Brode and Family Marilyn and Alan Chandross Amy Goodman Jodi and Robert Goodman Natan Harpaz Marci and Andrew Klein Barbara and Steven Kohler and Family Marni Foster and Howard Lupovitch and Family Marilyn and Robert Mossman Vicki and Jeremy Salinger Sheri and Evan Shapiro Buddy and Gerrie Sollish Michelle Akler and Jonathon State Jennifer and David Weinstein 180+ Charlotte and Robert Abramson Elaine and Harvey Aidem Karen and Allen Amber Anaruth and Henri Bernard Marianne and Robert Bloomberg and Family Nancy and Phillip Bortman Maxine and Byron Canvasser Ruth and Morton Cash Fawn and Adam Chayet Janice and Henry Citron Rena and Jerome Cohen Sarah and Steven Cohen Amy and Ezra Cutler and Family Yvette and Mark Diamond Barbara and Jeffrey Dworin Alyssa and Eric Endelman Renee and Craig Erlich Alan Feldman and Lonni Reich Millie and Mort Feldman Rita Folbe Anna and Yakov Fradkin and Family Jennifer and Stuart Freedland Aviva and Moses Fridman and Family Rozanne and Bernard Friedman Wendy Miller Gamer and Robert Gamer Ellen and Sidney Glen Yifat Golan Sonia and Sheldon Gonte Gail Goodstein, Franci Goodstein and Sam Shanbom Sheryl and Milton Gordon Cathy and Michael Graub and Family Ela and Kevin Homer and Family Melissa and Martin Hortick Rochelle Iczkovitz Gary M. Izor Laurie and Gregory Katz Sabrina and Brian Kaufman Daniel M. Klein Elena and Andrew Kollin and Family Susan and Joseph Krakoff Terran and Roger Leemis and Family Sharona Shapiro and David Lerner Andrea and Jay Levin Kimberly and Kenneth Levin Bruce Liebovitz Randee Lipman Ilana and Zachary Liss Rochelle and Aaron Lupovitch Alissa Citron and Jeffrey Lupovitch Nancy Glen and Ralph McDowell and Family Jacqueline and Myron Milgrom Elissa and Jason Miller and Family Rochelle and Robert Morais and Family Nicole and Daniel Morof Cindy and Larry Nagel Hazel and Len Nakisher

Sarit and Robert Nakisher Pamela F. Opperer Robin Pappas Marilyn and Herbert Racklin Pessie and Al Rosenberg Karen and Howard Rosenberg Alita and Hal Rossen Leemor and Jeffrey Rotberg David Salama Susan Knoppow and David Saperstein Cara and Steven Schafer Shaarey Zedek Sisterhood Gordon and Susan Shlom Michele and Arthur Siegal Judy and Kent Siegel Rachel and Peter Siegel Aimee and Richard Simtob Susan and Larry Slabotsky Pamela and Randall Smith Lisa Bargende Sollish and Elizabeth Sollish Danielle and John Sprecher Aaron and Rebecca Starr and Family Marcy Spitz and Douglas Sternberg and Family Polina and Steven Stryk and Family Yolanda and David Tisdale Sandra Cherrin Tyner Kelly and David Victor Jodi and Robert Weinfeld and Family Sandee and Paul Weinstein Adela and Jack Weisman Ariel and Aron Wolgel Margo and Karl Zakalik Jeffrey Zaks Susie Zaks Sue and Charles Zaltz Esther and Richard Zekman and Family Up to $179 Barbara and Ernest Abel Elana and Sandor Adler Asher Aisner Ava Aisner Susie and David Aisner and Family Dalia Albert Hadassa Albert Rachel and Evan Albert Shimon Albert Yonah Albert Midge and Jerry Appel Elizabeth and Philip Applebaum Leslie Baron Linda and Murray Baruch Talia Begres Lily Behar Nissim Behar Nigist and Ricky Behar Leslie and Sheldon Belenson Yaackov Yehoshuah Ben Yair Yossef Chaim Ben Yair Rachel Berg Laura and Jonathan Berger Allyson Berman Ben Berman Laura Berman Michelle and David Bernard Naomi Bernard Rebecca Bernard Leonora and Roland Beurer Gracie Bleiberg Erin and Marvin Bleiberg Allison Bloomberg Will Bloomberg Alana Blumenstein Jacob Blumenstein Julia Blumenstein Reuben Blumenstein Jerry Borsand Michelle Bortnick Shelley and James Boschan Debra and David Bradley and Family Isabel Bradley Tami Brown Jonathan Cher Lisa Yufit and Michael Cher Angela and Michael Chernyak Brie Cherrin Emma Cherrin Helene and Marvin Cherrin Marni and Daniel Cherrin Spencer Cherrin

Joshua Chynoweth Rachel Chynoweth Rebecca Chynoweth Sarah Chynoweth Dana and Andrew Cohen Jonah Cohen Leah Cohen Nancy Cohen Elisha Cooper Tammi and Scott Cooper and Family Randi and Jason Cooperman Gabe Cozetto Nancy Croitori Amy Martin Crowel Lisa and Josh Cutler Vicki Davidovich Bobbie Defrank Dianna Rashty Ella Dines Iris Dines Eric Diskin Ilana Diskin Julia Diskin Cara Dones Gail and Louis Dvorkin Jackie Eaton ECC Staff Jacob Edelson Laura and Kyle Edwards Anna May and David Eisenberg Andrew Eisenshtadt Skylar Elbinger Feige Engelsberg Beatrice Epstein Deena Epstein Barbara Eskin Ava Farber Tessa Fayne Jeremiah Feiner Johanna Feiner Mia Feingold Tali Feingold Shani Saks and Daniel Feld Maddie Fink Linda and Robert Finkel Carrie and Benjamin Fleishman and Family Eliyah Fradkin Noah Freedland Rachel Freedland Vicki A. Freedman Marcia Freind Brad Freitag Irina and Alex Fridman Michael Fridman Cathy Fridson Carol and Ross Fridson Janis Fried Cindy Friedman Pola and Howard Friedman Hayden Frishman Rachel Galazan Mary and Abe Gamer Susan Gartenberg Anna Gartman Rachel and Ben Geller Brian Ginsberg Laura Gittleman Gail Gnesin Barbara and Shai Goel Marcie and Ethan Goldstein Marla and Jason Golnick AJ Goodman David and Annise Goodman Jacob Goodman Noah Goodman Sara Goodman Eli Gordon Gabriel Gordon Joseph Gordon Adam Gorman Emily Gorman Hannah Gorman Ronald Gothelf Amy and Bryan Gottlieb Avi Graham Susan and Bill Graham Rosalind and Michael Grand Marilyn Grant Bobbie and Shel Green Susan and Phillip Greenblatt and Family Anne and Eugene Greenstein Lauren and Daniel Gross Irina and Aleksandr Gurevich Nicolette Handler Jacob Hartman Marisa and Hector Hernandez Elijah Herrera Molly Horwitz Carmela Ifraimov Michal Liora Ifraimov Raphael Ifraimov

Shoshana Ifraimov David Ingber Elad Izrailov Margery Jablin Emma Jacobson Terry and David Kahan Jeremy Kahan Noah Kahan Seth Kahan Barbara and Irvin Kappy Shelley and Dennis Kash Jadyn Kaufman Lisa Kaufman Ronna Kay Lisa and Ryan Keller and Family Shelly and Gregg Kepes Nia Kepes Pamela King Ruby Kolender Zieva and Marc Konvisser Seth Korelitz Julie and Jeffrey Kowalsky Lilley Kroll Marlee Kroll Chase Kukes Sherri and Daniel Kukes and Family Eileen and Leonard Lachover Beverly and Arnold Lantor Avery Owen, Jonah Owen and the Lazar Family Noga Leibovitch Sandra and Joshua Lerner Adina Levin Daniel Levin Aaron Levine Ethann Levine Charlene and Robert Levine Seann Levine Celia Levy Heather and Douglas Levy Hana Levy William Levy Jeffrey Lipsky Malka and Nachman Littman Eileen Litwak Judy Loebl Adin Lofman Aliyah Lofman Sami Lofman Jacqueline and Ronald Lorfel Naomi Lupovitch Zeev Maine Adam J. Marcotte John E. Marcotte Noah R. Marcotte Logan Marx Jennifer and Bob Mattler Rachel and Todd Matzkin-Bridger Lev Mechikov Rebecca and Marc Melamed Sandi Mellin Jill and Craig Menuck and Family Yaffa Merced Melissa and Jeremy Michaelson Jackie and Ronald Michaelson Veronica Miks Jacob Miller Jonah Miller Josh Miller Nicole Miller Talya Miller Tania Miller Michelle and Drew Millman and Family Barbara and Larry Millman Joshua Millman Noah Millman Zachary Millman Jacob Mills Jodi Mills Rebecca Mills Nathan Morais Yael Morais Logan Morof Ethan Mostyn Shayla Mostyn Dianne and Henri Mouradian Paige Murav-Radner Aaron Newman Elianna Orel Lori and Matthew Orel Avery Owen Jonah Owen Joanne and Joseph Paholak Jeremy and Abbie Pappas Margaret Parr Blake Partovich Jackson Partrich Lauren Partovich Tatum Partrich Alen Peysakhov Renee and Mark Phillips Roberta Pinsky

Tina and Alan Pinter Sam Plotnick Sandra and Stewart Plotnick Amalia Poris Russell Presser Tyler Presser Amy and Jonathon Rabin Rebecca Rabin Issabelle Raykhinshteyn Riley Raznick Isaac Reed Hannah Resnick Randi and Kevin Resnick Sandra Ribiat Jill Rivkin Aria Rogers Miriam Rogers Rona Rones Micah Roseman Rafi Roseman Doris Rosen Gertrude Rosen Robin and Roy Rosen Jeremy Rosenberg Marjie Zacks and Joel Rosenberg Marty and Simon Rotberg Talya Rotberg Ethan Rothenberg Liat Rothfeld Ari Rubenstein Robin and Steven Rubenstein Tali Rubenstein Ilanit Rubin Ashton Shea Rubin Edna and Brian Sable Alexis Sack Lili and Eugene Safta and Family Elliot Salama Sarah Radner Bebe Schaefer Jodi and Paul Schaefer Jennifer Schanes Amy and Jeff Schlussel Jacob Schlussel Lindsay Schlussel Paul Schmitz Donna Schock Geil Schock Neev Schock Lauren Schostak Kay Schwartzberg Janis and Uri Segal Sara Seid Thea Seid Marcia and Chuck Seigerman Diana Selochnik Diana and Scott Seminar Miry and Daniel Serlin Daniel and JoEllen Schwartz Helayne Shaw Rachel and Daniel Shere Joseph Shumunov Paul Siegel Amit Siegmann Maya Siegmann Julie and David Sklar and Family Lev Sklar Michele Freind and Bruce Skolnik Garret Smith Lilly Soble Jennifer and Ryan Soble Joanne and Kenneth Sokol Amy and Evan Sparago Ryan Sparago Shoshana Sprecher Ayal Starr Caleb Starr Paige Stearn Lauren and Jonathan Sterling Elissa and Andrew Sternberg Steve Jones Karen and David Stryk Hannah Stryk Jason Teper Melanie Teper Ari Thackray Julie and David Tigay Tamar Traub Andrea Trivax Sandra and Jonathan Tukel Risa Tisdale VanDerAue Carol and Sanford Vieder and Family Sarah and David Waldshan Melanie and Brad Weber Rita and Arthur Weinfeld Ilana Weinfeld Emilie Weingarden Maya Weingarden Asa Weinstein Jesse Weinstein Cont. pg. 34

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Max Weinstein Jordana and Allan Weiss Marla and David Weiss Blake Weitzman Michele and Geoffrey Weitzman and Family Niva and Benny Wilner Craig Wilson Bradley Wise Adena Wolf Aviv Wolf Jonah Wolf Miriam and Steve Wolock and Family Josh Zack Sam Zack Isabel Zaltz Zoe Zaltz David Zauberman Amy Jacknow and Jeffrey Zauberman Dane Zeff Debra and Joseph Zeff Luke Zeff Aaron Zekman Jonah Zekman Debra and Bob Zivian Stephanie Zeskind and Adam Zuckerman Bradley Zuckerman

Bat Mitzvah of Emma Jacobson BY: Ricky Behar

Fall Tributes June 2, 2013 through December 15, 2013

Leslie Rosenblatt BY: Beverly & Arnold Lantor


Leah Baum BY: George H. Pastor & Sons BY: Karen & Richard Minkin

Melissa Michaelson BY: Sue Ellen & Art Berlin Birthday of Marilyn Mossman BY: Fran & David Grossman Birthday of Saul A. Rube BY: Bobbie DeFrank BY: Ron Elkus Graduation of Lisa Weiner BY: Lori & Larry Garon DOUBLE CHAI TRIBUTES In Memory Of: Leah Baum BY: Lisa & Rob Entin, Sammy, Dylan, Sydney, Randy & Erica, Evan and Emma BY: Ben Schwartz, Harper Associates Marilyn Dorfman BY: Elliot Baum

Lillian Ruskin BY: Shelly Rottenberg Mary Schwartz BY: Mindy & Harry Siegel

Dr. Eli H. Kuhel BY: Rachel & Peter Siegel

Cindy Barish Shifman BY: Terrie & Len Goren BY: Joyce & Kimberly Lemkin BY: Janice, Ashley & Marty Stoneman

Edith Roth BY: Lisa & Dan Weiner and Family

Hilda Silverman BY: Schanes Family

Cindy Barish Shifman BY: Jessica Koren, Amanda, Callie, Melissa, Steph & Sarah

Arlene Starr BY: Sara Braverman

Arlene Starr BY: Ann Newman BY: Mr. & Mrs. Harvey Sosin Emily Tukel BY: Beth Kuhel In Honor Of: Mel & Audrey Goldberg BY: Ilana, Adam & Talia Block

Jerome Stein BY: Ilana Ben Ze’ev & Family Malka Strumba BY: Ruben Family Dr. Eli H. Kuhel Emily Tukel BY: Jacknow/Zauberman Family BY: Saulson Family

BY: Sarit & Rob Nakisher, Danielle, Isabel, Emily & David BY: Robbie & Scott Sherman and Family Marvin Chaben BY: Tukel Family Sol Dahan BY: Geller Family BY: Mattler Family Menachem Glaser BY: Paul Fischer David Gildenberg BY: Eileen and Stuart Eisenberg Rosaline Gilson BY: Susan & David Feber Fred Gluckson BY: Jodi Beals Joyce Golinsky BY: Gail & Louis Dvorkin BY: Diane & Henri Mouradian, Karen & Danny Diskin and Family Myron Joyrich BY: Elena, Andy, Elijah & Lily Kollin BY: Schiffer Family Emery Klein BY: Susan Knoppow & David Saperstein, Miriam, Sammy and Josh BY: Rochelle & Rabbi Rob Morais Zalman (Zoli) Kohen BY: Paula & Lou Glazier BY: Margot & Jerry Halperin BY: Arianna Gordon & Stephen Goutman BY: Marion & Eduardo Phillips Dr. Eli H. Kuhel BY: Doris & Eric Billes BY: Carol Sue & Steve Coden and Family BY: Vivian & Eugene Friedman BY: Shirley & Murray Levin BY: Jackie & Myron Milgrom BY: Phyllis & Rick Morganstern BY: Lisa Weinbaum & Family BY: Richard Zirkin Frances Leuchter BY: Margaret & Joel Shere Karie Levin BY: Trotsky Family

Asher Brode & Eli Brode BY: Marjorie & Morry Opperer

In Honor Of: Bat Mitzvah of Emma Jacobson BY: Michelle, Bowie, Charlotte & Emilia Jacobson


B’nai Mitzvah of Nicole & Noah Kahan BY: Michele & Marc Borovoy

George Orley BY: Michelle, Bowie, Charlotte & Emilia Jacobson

Carole Aaron BY: Judy & Stanley Frankel BY: Suzy, Danny, Alexander & Blake Orman

85th Birthday of Saul Saulson BY: Margaret & Mark Eichner

William Schumer BY: Belle & Jerry Kohen and Family

Birthday of Eli Scherr BY: Schechter Wealth Strategies

Grandmother of Shauna & Scott Schwartz BY: Roseman Family

Wedding of Ronit & Joel Jacob Engagement of Lauren Schanes to Ryan Strickstein BY: Robyn & Bob Canvasser

Mary Schwartz BY: Lori & Larry Garon

Joe Greenberg BY: Cheryl & Steve Schanes Dr. Eli H. Kuhel BY: Lois & Mark Shaevsky Sylvia Miner BY: Rebecca, Andrew, Noah & Zachary Gruber Cindy Barish Shifman BY: Lisa Goldberg, Ian Goldberg & Ashley Wenson Arlene Starr BY: Marcia & Bradley Berk Diana Tobin BY: Howie, Jeff & Steve Lupovitch and Family

Graduation of Jacob Edelson Graduation of Jacob Martin BY: Noga Leibovitch CHAI TRIBUTES In Memory Of: Carole Aaron BY: Illana & Danny Greenberg BY: Janet Randolph BY: Schlussel Family BY: Marla & Brian Young

Emily Tukel BY: Barb & Dan Krauss BY: Jonathan State, Michelle Akler, Joshua & Adam BY: Barbara & Irving Tukel BY: Renae & Joshua Tukel

Birthday of Joanne Danto 50th Anniversary of Dr. and Mrs. Larry Ross 50th Anniversary of Rosie and Mark Schlussel BY: Maxine and Robert Carson

Carole Aaron Mary Schwartz Arlene Starr BY: Garon Family Carole Aaron Hugh Greenberg Arlene Starr Alice Tankard BY: Amy & Eric Grosinger and Family Ralph Bernstein David Gildenberg Rosaline Gilson Dr. Eli H. Kuhel Enola Kelly William Saulson Emily Tukel BY: Hilary, Larry, Jakey & Nicolette Handler Carole Aaron Leah Baum Zalman (Zoli) Kohen Dr. Eli H. Kuhel Emily Tukel BY: Doreen Hermelin Daneen Baxter Laynie & Michael Langnas BY: Karen, Tony, Jodi & Brad Levin Carole Aaron Cindy Barish Shifman BY: Beth & Steve Margolin Hugh Greenberg Cindy Barish Shiffman BY: Cheryl & Steve Schanes Harold Berry Joan Provizer BY: Galit & Jeffrey Schock Harold Berry Joseph Allen Bradley Marvin Chaben Joan Provizer Cindy Barish Shifman Arlene Starr BY: Robbie & Scott Sherman Corrine Schwartz Joan Provizer Arlene Starr BY: Pam & Randy Smith

Birth of Lillian Rose Brody Birth of Charley Herskovic BY: Rona & Rob Fidler B’nai Mitzvah of Aiden & Mackenzie Bauer Bat Mitzvah of Molly Efros Bar Mitzvah of Benny Fellows Bat Mitzvah of Arianna Lerner Bar Mitzvah of Josh Siegal Bar Mitzvah of Ari Singer BY: Hilary & Larry Handler Thank you for a great year! Nancy Croitori Amy Crowel Brad Freitag Clara Gaba Laura Gittleman Margery Jablin Malka Littman Nicole Miller Rivka Schuchman Lauren Sterling BY: David Hermelin Bat Mitzvah of Emma Jacobson Graduation of Jackie Pilcowitz Graduation of Ariel Slabotsky BY: Michelle, Bowie, Charlotte & Emilia Jacobson Thank you for a wonderful Year! Lauren Partovich Edna Sable Niva Wilner BY: Sara Marx Graduation of Max Farkas Graduation of Vanessa Farkas Graduation from Melton of Etka Goldenberg BY: Janice, Ashley & Marty Stoneman GENERAL TRIBUTES In Memory Of: Carole Aaron BY: Cheryl & Steve Schanes Leah Baum BY: Carol and Steve Cohen BY: Joyce & Jeffrey Weingarden and Family Sol Dahan BY: Polina & Steven Stryk Harriet Drissman BY: Edna & Brian Sable

Mary Schwartz Alice Tankard BY: Leah Trosch

Dr. Eli H. Kuhel BY: Barbara & Irving Tukel BY: Susan Zweig & Russ Orlando

Arlene Beals Victoria Esther Seigerman BY: Ariel & Aron Wolgel

Joan Provizer BY: Sandy & Jonathan Tukel

In Honor Of: Retirement of Elana Adler BY: Phyllis & Bob Pilcowitz and Family Engagement of Amy Crowel BY: Pam Smith

Marriage of Ronit & Joel Jacob BY: Susan & David Feber BY: Marcie Goldstein & Becky Melamed BY: Weinbaum Family

Daneen Baxter BY: Laynie & Michael Langnas BY: Karen, Tony, Jodi & Brad Levin Joseph Allen Bradley

Alice Tankard

Leah Baum BY: Phyllis & Bob Pilcowitz and Family BY: Sue & Bob Rollinger BY: Miriam & Peter Seagle


Birthday of Eli Scherr BY: Schechter Wealth Strategies

Arlene Starr BY: Elaine & Harvey Aidem BY: Fred & Lois Band, Bev & Sheldon Scharg, Phyllis Seel, Sherry & Michael Surnow BY: Barbara Fink & Michael Wigler BY: Linda and Danny Friedman, Nina, Ian & Lita Sweet BY: Sue & Dennis Kay BY: Carol Meizels BY: Annette & Marty Newman BY: Janet Randolph BY: Rita & Paul Sherr BY: Ethel & Ben Siegel

In Honor Of: Bar Mitzvah of Jacob Bean BY: Barbara & Mickey Nemer

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John Trent BY: Maxine Carson

40th Birthday of Brad Feldman BY: Ilana & Zach Liss

Montague Balbes BY: Gail & Louis Dvorkin

B’nai Mitzvah of Ilan & Yael Elrom BY: Julie, David, Daniel & Lev Sklar

Cindy Barish Shifman BY: Suzi & Larry Dell and Family BY: Hanna Freeman BY: Ronna, Stuart, Melissa & Jessie Gold BY: Sher, Sandy & Molly Kaplan BY: Alan Katz BY: Zieva & Mark Konvisser BY: Mary Robertoy

Engagement of Lauren Schanes & Ryan Strickstein BY: Eileen, Mark & Bubs Kleiman

Gary Sole BY: Jennifer & Aaron Ellenbogen

Emily Tukel BY: Gary, Alan & Ken Droz BY: Lois & Mark Shaevsky

60th Anniversary of Faye & Lou Damraur BY: Sher & Sandy Kaplan and Family

Sylvia Miner BY: Wittenberg Family

BY: Blumenstein Family BY: Cooperman Family

Bat Mitzvah of Emma Jacobson BY: Karen, Tony, Jody & Brad Levin 30th Wedding Anniversary of Jenny Lewis & Marc Bernstein BY: Amy, Jeff, Jacob, Lindsay & Mia Schlussel Melissa Michaelson BY: Sue Ellen & Art Berlin

Cindy Barish Shifman BY: Joan & Mort Jacobs Arlene Starr BY: Renee & Barry Bean BY: Julie Hirsch & Family BY: Ruth & Bernie Moss BY: Lorraine Sallan, Lesly & Andy Sallan BY: Sharon & Burt Savine BY: Sally Shepard Emily Tukel BY: Marcia & Eugene Applebaum Carole Aaron Emery Klein BY: Cherrin Family Arlene Beals Victoria Esther Seigerman BY: Nancy & Dan Cohen Joseph Allen Bradley Rosaline Gilson Sol Lesnick Pesach Rosen

BY: Tammi & Scott Cooper and Family Evelyn Entin Rosaline Gilson Corrine Schwartz BY: Eden, Kevin, Skylar & Zachary Elbinger Carole Aaron Daneen Baxter Dr. Eli H. Kuhel Pesach Rosen BY: Clara & Arthur Gaba Dr. Harvey Beaver William Darmon Walter Stark Malka Strumba BY: Kim & Ken Levin Martin Apple Marvin Chaben Sol Dahan Joyce Golinsky Lorraine Kales Henia Ciesla Lewin Patti Nemer William Schumer Victoria Esther Seigerman Bernie Toby Stanley Weingarden BY: Jennifer & Saul A. Rube In Honor Of: Graduation of Nicole Blumenstein BY: Cheryl, Steve, Jennifer & Lauren Schanes Graduations of Jonathan & Benjamin Cher BY: Albert Family Barbara Eskin BY: Carol Cohen Bar Mitzvah of Jacob Bean Bar Mitzvah of Matthew Chayet Bar Mitzvah of Joshua Chynoweth Bar Mitzvah of Ilan Elrom Bat Mitzvah of Yael Elrom Bat Mitzvah of Hannah Jacobs Bat Mitzvah of Nicole Kahan Bar Mitzvah of Noah Kahan Bat Mitzvah of Natalierose Kaufman Bat Mitzvah of Leia Serlin BY: Michelle Bortnick Bar Mitzvah of Matthew Chayet Graduation of Tyler Presser BY: Eden, Kevin, Skylar & Zachary Elbinger Graduation from FJA of Stephanie Curhan Graduation from FJA of Jonah Folbe Thank you: Nancy Cohen Amy Crowel Clara Gaba Margery Jablin Nicole Nosakowski Dawn Straith Julie Tigay Tamar Traub Michael Wolf BY: Drs. Ellen Folbe & David Grey and Family Hana Levy Sarah Radner BY: Stryk Family Birth of Grandchild to Bobbie Green Births of 3 Grandchildren to Sarah Radner Bat Mitzvah of Grace Trivax Marriage of Sharon Wilner & Jonathan Bensadoun BY: Hillel Day School Sunshine Fund THE EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER In Memory Of: Harriet Drissman BY: Roberta & Stuart Pinsky Dr. Louis Heyman BY: Matzkin-Bridger Family Esther Sirlin BY: Linda Settler Cindy Barish Shifman BY: Sheila Forman BY: Sandy & Michael Robbins and Family BY: Lee, Bruce, Alexis & Evan Sack Arlene Starr BY: Margi & Morry Opperer

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Carole Aaron Charles Eder BY: Tina & Alan Pinter Dr. Sam Fink Corrine Schwartz BY: Jodi, Paul & Bebe Schaefer In Honor Of: Robin Pappas BY: Frishman Family BY: Lily Liss Birth of Aryana Colton BY: Helayne Shaw & Karen Simon Birth of Leo Stern BY: Bobbie & Shel Green BY: Heather Moss & Alexis Sack BY: Robin Pappas Birthday of Lolo Harris Birth of Charley Herskovic Marriage of Julie & Dave Hubbard Marriage of Amy Friedman & Jake Lingemann Birth of Mayer Schuchman BY: Jodi Schaefer THE MORRIS D. BAKER LIBRARY FUND In Memory Of: Marion Gordon-Moskowitz BY: Rena & Jerry Cohen Parent of Janet Leonard BY: Lee Sack THE MARCIA AND MORRY BEDNARSH FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Memory Of: Arlene Starr BY: Marcia & Morry Bednarsh Yahrzeit Of: Bryan Bednarsh BY: Marcia & Morry Bednarsh In Honor Of: 55th Anniversary of Mr. & Mrs. Robert Lichtman 40th Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Doug Peters B’nai Mitzvah of Mara & Leo Sabin 50th Anniversary of Dr. & Mrs. Nison Sabin Special Birthday of Dr. Peter Siegel 60th Anniversary of Dr. & Mrs. Irwin Small BY: Marcia & Morry Bednarsh THE ANARUTH AND HENRI BERNARD SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Memory Of: Leah Baum Dr. Sidney Bolkosky Emery Klein Frances Leuchter Dr. Gary Sole BY: Anaruth & Dr. Henri Bernard THE BLECHMAN SCIENCE FUND In Memory Of: Dr. Eli H. Kuhel BY: Jay Kohler Mary Schwartz BY: Sharon & Marty Gene In Honor Of: Engagement of Amy Crowel BY: Pam Smith THE BLUESTONE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Memory Of: Carolian Aish Mary Sutts BY: Eleanor Bluestone In Honor Of: Birthday of Natalie Newman Birthday of Larry Wayne BY: Eleanor Bluestone THE DINA AND HERMAN BRODSKY SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Honor Of: Ann & Dr. David Rosenberg BY: Trudy & Art Weiss THE SADIE COHN PLAYGROUND FUND In Memory of:

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Carole Aaron BY: Sharon & Mickey Alterman THE JACK CRANIS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Memory Of: Albert Brookenthal Victoria Esther Seigerman BY: Jodi, Scott, Mara & Jordyn Cranis THE WALTER CYKIERT HOLOCAUST EDUCATION FUND In Memory of: Leah Baum BY: Stuart Cykiert SHERI TRAISON DEVRIES, PhD SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Memory Of: Dr. Eli H. Kuhel BY: Lori & David Liner Larry Feuerman Morrie Schwartz Larry Terebelo Diane Tobin Jack Wallach Rabbi Morton Yolkut BY: Barbara & Larry Traison In Honor Of: Barbara & Larry Traison Larry Traison BY: Gerrie & Buddy Sollish 10th Anniversary of Kathleen & Bill Gantz 75th Birthday of Eleanor Garfinkel 60th Birthday of Hartley Harris 60th Anniversary of Mr. & Mrs. Aaron Kreiger 50th Anniversary of Fran & Joel Piell B’nai Mitzvah of Mara & Leo Sabin BY: Barbara & Larry Traison Speedy Recovery To: Marty Karr BY: Barbara & Larry Traison THE PHILIP A. DISKIN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Memory Of: Judge Edward Avadenka Robert Lederman Mary Schwartz Cindy Barish Shifman BY: Cindy & Jeffrey Diskin and Family Yahrzeit Of: Alexander Diskin Philip A. Diskin Irving Disner BY: Allen & Dorothy Diskin Menuck In Honor Of: Dorothy Diskin BY: Pinter Family Engagement of Stephanie Kane & Eric Hochberger Bar Mitzvah of Jordan David Robinson BY: Allen & Dorothy Diskin Menuck

Randy Samuels Edith Roth BY: Susan & David Feber BY: Michelle, Bowie & the Jacobson Girls BY: Schanes Family

BY: Faye & Steve Adelson and Family

Grandmother of Michelle & Jeff Bortnick Sol Dahan Myron Joyrich Edith Roth Arlene Starr BY: Robin Rosen

In Honor Of: Engagement of Lisa Blanck to Peter Graduation of Hannah Stein BY: Bonnie, Mark, Rebecca & David Kowalsky

In Honor Of: 95th Birthday of Leonard Farber BY: Ruth & Norman Beitner Marriage of Sam & Jenny Maxbauer BY: Michelle, Bowie, Charlotte & Emilia Jacobson BY: Lisa Kurzmann & Family Birthday of Terri Roth BY: Tina Pinter Wedding of Joel & Ronit Jacob BY: Sylvia, Randy & Aviv Wolf THE SOPHIE (Z”L) AND MAX FISCHEL SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Memory Of: Harriet Drissman David Gildenberg Harold Gross Patti Nemer William Schumer Dr. Raymond Stoller Alice Tankard Michael Weintraub BY: Barbara, Irvin, Brandon & Michelle Kappy In Honor Of: Anne & Leonard Baruch B’nai Mitzvah of Yael & Ilan Elrom Birth of Isaac Tuvya Birth of Nili Ayelet BY: Barbara Irvin, Branson & Michelle Kappy Speedy Recovery To: Steve Cohen BY: Barbara, Irvin, Brandon & Michelle Kappy THE ARNOLD AND LORRAINE FISHER FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Memory Of: Carole Aaron BY: Carol, Sandy, Brandon, Alex & Nicky Vieder Mark Hutton Steven Slomovitz BY: Eleanor & Katherine Hack In Honor Of: Brandon Vieder’s acceptance to the MSU School of Medicine BY: Tina & Alan Pinter: THE RONA AND HERBERT FREEDLAND FUND FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS In Memory Of: Cindy Barish Shifman BY: Freedland Family


In Honor Of: Andrea Trivax BY: Cherrin Family

Ann Keller BY: Eleanor Hack



Leah Baum Edythe Jackier Emery Klein George Orley Edith Roth Marc Schubiner Hilda Silverman BY: Elyse & Jerry Schostak

David Gildenberg Esther Sirlin Alice Tankard BY: Robin, Leo, Max, Anna & Louis Eisenberg

In Honor Of: 80th Birthday of Jerry Schostak BY: Michelle, Bowie & The Jacobson Girls BY: Angela Mader BY: Dee Dee & Michael Marcellino



Rosaline Gilson BY: Sheryl Lesser, Robin Rosen, Denise Samuels &

Cindy Barish Shifman

Hugh Greenberg Raymond Stoller BY: Bonnie, Mark, Rebecca and David Kowalsky

SAM & SYLVIA ISAACS CHILDRENS AUTHOR FUND In Memory Of: Nancy Karbal Edith Roth BY: Allan & Karen Lovinger SUE & ALAN JAY KAUFMAN LIBRARY FUND In Honor Of:

SHIP FUND In Memory Of: Judge Edward Avadenka Emery Klein George Orley Eleanor Roth Mozen Silver Cindy Barish Shifman BY: Fran & Aaron Martin In Honor Of: 30th Anniversary of Karen & Morris Rottman Marriage of Jasmine & Greg Shumer Special Birthday of Howard Stoller BY: Fran & Aaron Martin THE MILGROM FAMILY MUSIC FUND In Memory Of:

Max and Jacob Friedman BY: Bubbie Susan Friedman

Leah Baum Norman Cohen Arlene Starr Michael Weingarden BY: Jackie & Myron Milgrom



Martha Wolkind BY: Elbinger Family

Arlene Starr BY: Jay Must

In Honor Of: Nancy Croitori, Brad Freitag, Nicole Miller & Coach Tony BY: Saulson Family

Michael Balamut Elisabeth Eis Arlene Starr BY: Louis & Madelon Seligman

Nancy Croitori, Brad Freitag & Nicole Miller BY: Cherrin Family


Alan Jay Kaufman – MSU Distinguished Alumni Award recipient BY: Sheri & David Jaffa BY: Lois & Mark Shaevsky Lillian Kaufman BY: Davis Family, Hunegs Family & Danny Kaufman THE JUDGE GEORGE AND MRS. JENNIE KENT ENDOWMENT FUND In Memory Of: Judge Edward Avadenka Denise Baum Stuart Hertzberg Emery Klein BY: Beverly Kent & Michael Goldenberg and Family In Honor Of: Judge Helene White – Thank You! Levin Family – Happy New Year BY: Beverly Kent & Michael Goldenberg and Family Goldenberg Family Kales Family Anna & Yale Levin Bat Mitzvah of Melanie Teper BY: Carol Kent & Ariel Gluckson THE EDITH AND LARRY KOWALSKY MORNING MINYAN FUND In Memory Of: Edith & Larry Kowalsky BY: Sarah & Sidney Heisler Joan Provizer BY: Jennifer & Bob Mattler and Family Stuart Hertzberg Dr. Eli H. Kuhel Arlene Starr BY: Bonnie & Mark Kowalsky Zelda Bean Dr. Eli H. Kuhel Emily Tukel BY: Julie, Jeff & Louie Kowalsky In Honor Of:: 50th Anniversary of Eugene & Cherna Kowalsky BY: Julie & Jeff Kowalsky THE MAYME AND VICTOR LAWSON SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Memory Of: Daneen Baxter BY: Rachel Lawson Shere THE MINA AND HENRY MARTIN SCHOLAR-

Mother of Beverly Lockshin Harold Michaels Morrie Schwartz Rabbi Morton Yolkut BY: Anaruth & Dr. Henri Bernard In Honor Of: Karen & Jim Berger – recipients of the Rabbi Jacob Segal (z”l) Award BY: Anaruth & Dr. Henri Bernard ROSE AND IRVIN OTIS EARLY EDUCATION FUND In Memory Of: Emily Tukel BY: Linda, Bernie, Elizabeth, David & Sam Kole THE REED FAMILY FUND OF TECHNOLOGY In Memory Of: Malka Strumba Alice Tankard BY: The Reed Family THE JAYNE RUDY SCHOSTAK MEMORIAL FUND In Memory Of: Denise Baum Leah Baum Marilyn Dorfman Dr. Allan Emery Aaron Fenton Hugh Greenberg Dr. Louis Heyman Leah Kaplan Emery Klein George Orley Pesach Rosen Edith Roth Michael Roth Father of Candi Sherman Esther Sirlin Rosalyn Stone BY: Nancy & Bobby Schostak and Family In Honor Of: Jody & Fred Rappaport BY: Michelle, Bowie & the Jacobson Girls 55th Birthday of Elise Schostak BY: Jean & Howard Dubin Birth of Aryana Colton Birth of two grandchildren to Jeanie & Howard Dubin Special Birthday of Doug Hamburger Wedding of Mr. & Mrs. Scott Kantor Special Birthday of Lois Shaevsky

Wedding of Mr. & Mrs. Zachery Siegel Special Birthday of Libby Weingarden BY: Nancy & Bobby Schostak THE CHARLOTTE TESSLER FUND FOR ALUMNI AFFAIRS In Memory Of: Judge Edward Avadenka Gladys Barr Leah Baum Harold Berry Florence Blau Allan Chafetz Rabbi Eliezer Cohen Norman Cohen Sheldon Dworkin Fred Gluckson Anne Cohen Gutman Stuart Harris Edythe Jackier Helen Katzman Emery Klein Rhea Klein Gertrude Left Frances Leuchter Heinrich Mantel Harold Michaels Geraldine Pasternak Leslie Carol Rosenblatt Marilyn Sachs Ormond Sacks Sheila Schussler Patricia Shook Dr. Gary Sole Seymour Subar Lawrence Terebelo Dr. Gershon Weiner Michael Weintraub Fanny Wolf BY: Warren Tessler Mother of Lee Davimes Sam Kunin Mother of Dr. Deborah Lipstadt Mother of Debbe Mizrahi Mother of Rabbi Leon Morris Mother of Zev Pearlman Allen Rosenberg Ira Wolf BY: Rabbi Asher, Rachel, Shayna, Cara, Judah & Gideon Lopatin In Honor Of: Eugene Applebaum – recipient of the Fred M. Butzel Award 73rd Anniversary of Dr. & Mrs. Abe Pearlman B’nai Mitzvah of Leo & Mara, grandchildren of Dr. & Mrs. Nison Sabin 50th Anniversary of Dr. & Mrs. Nison Sabin 50th Anniversary of Dr. and Mrs. Sheldon Schwartz Marriage of Dr. and Mrs. Stuart Sprague daughter, Shoshana Judy Finkelstein-Taff – recipient of the 2013 Covenant Foundation Award BY: Warren R. Tessler Speedy Recovery To: Dr. Jason Golnick BY: Warren R. Tessler FLOYD TUKEL M.D. MEMORIAL FUND In Memory Of: Albert Brown Jeffrey D. Flack Emily Tukel Shirley Zirkin BY: Gail Tukel and Family In Honor Of: Dr. Ronald Trunsky BY: Gail Tukel and Family THE RUBE WEISS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Memory Of: Harold Gross Edith Roth Victoria Esther Seigerman Cindy Barish Shifman BY: Debra & Gary Yashinsky and Family ZIVIAN & ZWICKL FAMILY G’MILUT CHASADIM FUND In Memory Of: Emily Tukel BY: Debra, Bob, Danny & Matthew Zivian

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Head of school Steve Freedman


Chief Operating officer Gary M. Izor

Leadership Circle Event - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Director of Early Childhood Center Robin Pappas

Fashion event and Boutique Shopping- Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at Hillel Day School. 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. boutique shopping and

Principal k-8 Melissa Michaelson

ANNUAL Dream maker dinner - Sunday, May 18, 2014

DEAN OF STUDENT LEARNING Dr. Jennifer Friedman dean of judaic studies Saul A. Rube

For donors of $1,800 and above to the Hillel Day School Annual Campaign.

6:30 p.m. dinner and fashion show.

Congregation Shaarey Zedek

Honoring Miriam and Fred Ferber with the 2014 Dream Maker Award and Dr. Aaron and Rochelle Lupovitch with the Rabbi Jacob E. Segal (z”l) Award. To pay tribute to these honorees in the Shulman Scholarship Journal, please contact the Advancement Office at

Rabbi-in-residence Jonathan Berger director of admission Amy Schlussel director of DEVELOPMENT Cheryl Schanes director of TECHNOLOGY Marilyn Mossman director of programming Michael Wolf

Some things are simply better together.

Sunshine and laughter. Music and art. Sports and waterplay. Exploration and discovery.

Camp Funtabulous Like summer and sidewalk chalk, experience why the above are better together at Hillel’s Summer Camp for campers 2-5 years old. For more information, contact Robin Pappas, Director of the Early Childhood Center, at 248-539-1489 or

Board of Trustees OFFICERS Bob Canvasser, President Brad Feldman, Vice President Kelly Rogers Victor, Vice President David Feber, Treasurer Ellen Folbe, Secretary Ricky Blumenstein, Immediate Past President Trustees Eric Bronstein Kevin Elbinger Julie Feldman (PTO President) Todd Fink Amy Gottlieb Alan J. Kaufman (At Large Member) Jason Klein Josh Levine Howard Lupovitch Beth Margolin Ross Partrich Robbie Sherman Larry Slabotsky Sylvia Wolf Kim Broner (Federation liaison) Important Phone Numbers School Office 248-851-3220 Attendance Line 248-539-1321 Advancement Office 248-851-6950 ‫רשת בתי ספר קהילתיים‬ 38 | Divrei


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Early Childhood Center, ages 2-5 Day School, grades JK-8 32200 Middlebelt Road • Farmington Hills, MI 48334 • (248) 851-3220


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