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Joseph Kirschner GrowTorah Garden Field Report 2021-2022

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Joseph Kirschner GrowTorah Garden

We are excited to announce the launch of the new Joseph Kirschner GrowTorah Educational Garden at Hillel Torah – an amazing new educational initiative that combines STEAM and Torah learning. The Joseph Kirschner GrowTorah Garden is a hands-on vegetable gardening program located at the southwest corner of the school, with plenty of sun exposure, encouraging outdoor learning, exploration, and connection…

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Five Students Accepted to the Truman Scholars Program

We are excited to announce Hillel Torah’s participation in the Truman Scholars Program, an 18-month program for outstanding 7th grade students in Orthodox Jewish Day Schools. Five of our 7th grade students, Ami Gavant, Aaron Koenig, Josh Koplow, Natan Miller, and Aiden Rich applied and were accepted to this inaugural program from the Tikvah Fund.  …

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Sixth Graders Participate in JUF’s Partnership Together Program

This school year, Hillel Torah Day School is participating in JUF’s  Partnership Together Chicago, Kiryat-gat, Lachish Shafir,  a program of the Jewish Agency for Israel that links communities in the Diaspora with communities in Israel.  Through this program, a pilot group of sixth grade students from Hillel Torah, led by Judaic studies teacher Lior Kakon, …

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Making Birkat Hamazon a Fun and Exciting Part of the Day

Fourth grade general studies teacher Shainy Peysin saw an opportunity to increase student engagement during Birkat Hamazon and took it upon herself to make Birkat Hamazon a fun and engaging part of her students’ day.  Here is her story: When I first started working at Hillel Torah, one of my responsibilities was saying Birkat Hamazon…

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Connect the Dots – מחוברים

This week we kicked off our theme of the year:  Connect the Dots – מחוברים! After building much anticipation last Friday with a staff polka dot day, Kindergarten through eighth grade gathered for a zoomsembly on Monday. The theme was announced and the students played a school-wide game making connections with each other from classroom…

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A Torah thought as we approach the Yamim Noraim

Dear Friends, What is taking place at Hillel Torah right now is nothing short of incredible. We are so grateful to be back in school, in person. Seeing children playing and enjoying being together (with masks and socially distant of course) and the voices of Torah and tefillah filling the classrooms and hallways has been…

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Student Leadership Seminar

A group of our 8th graders was privileged to represent Hillel Torah at a Student Leadership Seminar held at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center this past Wednesday. Entitled “The Power of One: Choosing to Make a Difference,” this all-day seminar included student leaders from over thirty middle schools throughout Illinois. The sessions and…

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Author Talks

Third and fourth grade students were treated to an author presentation from our own Mrs. Shainy Peysin, assistant teacher in fourth grade General Studies. Mrs. Peysin told the students about her love of words and writing, and how she wrote her chapter book Bold and Brave, published by Hachai. Students learned about where she gets…

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Random Acts Of Kindness

Teaching and developing kindness, in a way that children will understand and internalize, is an essential part of educating our students. Hillel Torah’s second-grade general studies teachers, Ms. Alison Fink and Ms. Katie Goodman, are doing just that with their innovative Random Acts of Kindness initiative.  The second graders are learning about and practicing using…

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Chesed Is Part of Our Everyday

The Emuna Shir Weiss z”l Chesed Program at Hillel Torah provides unique opportunities for students of all ages. Partnering with organizations around Chicago, including the ARK, Keshet, Junior Yachad, and many more, students can experience different ways to give to others. We learn that donating money is only the tip of the iceberg when it…

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NEW Physical Education Program

Chai Athletics was founded in 2017  when I recognized that there was not a consistent professional athletics company dedicated to teaching Jewish values such as confidence, courage, and leadership. Chai Athletics was created to help provide the Jewish community with Jewish values along with excellent youth sports coaches and programs.  This year’s P.E. teacher is Wes Baker.…

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What is HT Maccabia?

“Ma-cca-bi-a.” It’s what our Middle school students chant from the moment they walk into Hillel Torah’s doors at the beginning of the school year. The anticipation and excitement build up until it is finally announced in a legendary breakout. But what exactly is the hype about the HT Maccabia and what makes it so special?…

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