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A Note from our PTA Presidents


Welcome new and seasoned families to the Hillel Torah PTA! We are so honored and excited to offer so many initiatives that help strengthen our community, improve our facilities, create fun student programs, and of course show our tremendous appreciation for the amazing educators, staff and administrators our children are lucky enough to learn from every day.

We invite you to get involved in one of our many activities that we have happening throughout the year. Join us with your family, become a volunteer, earn your give-get, meet other parents, and support our community together. We would also love to hear any of your new ideas. We are always looking to grow and enhance our involvement with the school and our community.

We are excited for another successful year as part of the Hillel Torah PTA Family. Can’t wait for you to join us!

Lanie Kellman & Tanya Lubin
2018-2019 PTA Presidents


What is the Goal of the PTA?

We aim to help Hillel Torah provide the very best to our children and staff by raising funds that are used to:

  • Show the staff and faculty our appreciation throughout the year
  • Plan family programs that build and strengthen the school community
  • Help the school make needed building improvements and purchase materials that support learning
  • Provide special events and treats for students and staff
  • Engage in chesed activities to benefit the greater community


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Upcoming Events

    Our Programs

    Back-to-School Blast

    A highlight of returning to school in the fall is our PTA Back-to-School Blast. While taking care of back to school business, students love to participate in our entertainment while catching up with friends. Parents can volunteer to head a myriad of activities at this event from paperwork, organizing and many others. This is a great time to get involved right at the start of our year and begin to earn your give-get credit while meeting new families and friends.

    Family Chesed Day

    We are proud of our school’s dedication to Chesed promoting one of our favorite events of the year – The Emuna Shir Weiss z”l PTA Family Chesed Day dedicated in the memory of Miriam Isenberg z”l. This event is a perfect opportunity to get involved a volunteer or as a family, set an example for our children and have a direct impact on the lives of those in need in our community.

    Because of our amazing PTA family of volunteers and with the help of our students, last year we were able to :

    • Arrange and send cookie trays and thank you notes/posters for the Skokie First Responders
    • Sort and bag almost 50 bags of clothing for the Chicago Chesed Fund
    • Make 8 no-sew blankets for the children of Chai Lifeline
    • Decorate and pack over 150 mishloach manot for the families of Chai Lifeline
    • Decorate and pack 20 activity bags for My Kids
    • Enlist 2 potential bone marrow donors
    • Write 66 cards for lone soldiers in the IDF
    • Sort and box approximately 40 toiletries for The Ark
    • Prepare 25 Purim centerpieces for the dining tables at Park Plaza
    • Raise money for matanot l’evyonim

    Parenting Partnership Lecture Series

    We believe strongly in promoting supportive, and informative learning opportunities for parents to build on our parent community with an ongoing series of educational programming aimed at helping build happy and healthy families. We encourage you to participate in one or more of these important programs and join us in shaping the Partnership’s growth.

    Fun Run & Walk

    The goal of the PTA-sponsored Fun Run & Walk is to raise funds for much-needed school equipment — while teaching our kids the importance of fitness, leadership, and character. Unlike a traditional, individually competitive race, the HT Fun Run & Walk is a fun, team-building, physical fitness challenge and fundraiser for grade PN-8, complete with cheering, giveaways, and snacks.

    The Fun Run & Walk usually takes place during the spring on school grounds. Our talented teachers and staff create a custom track on the field behind the school for our students to enjoy. Each grade is a team and teams who raise the most money, display the best sportsmanship, come up with the most creative cheers, and more will win exciting prizes. This interactive event takes place annually and we hope to see you there!

    Birthday Club

    The Birthday Club is a PTA program that helps bring an aspect of tzedaka to your child’s birthday celebration. When your child participates in the Birthday Club, his or her friends have the option to contribute to one gift card instead of giving multiple smaller gifts. Your child will receive 90% of the value contributed to choose one large gift, or a few smaller gifts – the choice is theirs (and yours), and 10% of the money collected will be donated to Hillel Torah in honor of your child’s birthday.

    How It Works for the Birthday Child

    When you send an invitation to your child’s party, indicate that your child is a member of the Birthday Club, fill out the form below and select your child’s preferred gift card – Amazon, Target or Barnes & Noble. Your child will receive a gift card approximately one week after his or her party, including the names of friends who participated, as well as a special certificate acknowledging their mitzvah and donation to their school.

    How It Works for Gift Givers

    Using the form below, let us know that you would like to contribute to a student’s birthday club account. You can make an online payment of $10 (plus 60 cents for processing), or send a check for any other amount to the Hillel Torah office. Anyone can give a gift, not just Hillel Torah families. Please contact Sigalle Shpayher at with any questions.

    Book Fair

    Our school promotes literacy and reading through our PTA Scholastic Book Fair. Students enjoy “shopping” for their book choices and parents can then purchase them at conferences, which also helps raise much-needed funds for our school.

    The fair is a great opportunity to get involved as there are a lot of volunteers required to make this bi-annual event fundraiser a success. From staffing the cash register to setup and cleanup, please look out for dates and be sure to join us!

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