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December 3, 2010

26 Kislev 5771

Candle Lighting: 4:35 pm

Havdalah: 5:35 pm

Parshat Vayigash
Shh...it's a Silent Auction


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In This Issue
Food Zone
Pizza and Chinese Specials
Mazel Tov
Around Town
Chance for a Glance
Help Hillel by Shopping
Mordy Brown Catering
Go to Israel with Hillel
Dvar Torah
Chanukah Chagiga at Hillel
After School Chanukah Fun
Students Skate
Upcoming Dates
Hillel Culture Grid
Library Wish List
Hillel Gear Spotted Here
Giant Eagle Box Tops
Interview with Mrs. Shusterman
Dvar Torah

Moshe Wasserman

Moshe Wasserman has a marker and an easel, but what is he writing? Perhaps he is composing this week's Dvar Torah. To find out Moshe's thoughts on an incredible moment in the parsha we recommend reading this week's Dvar Torah. 
Teacher Feature

Apple Logo

Mrs. Shusterman has an iPhone and loves her Mac. Reb Shaw applied to be in the newest Apple commercial. To find out other incredible similarities please read this week's interview.
Support the Senior Girls

Need a quick batch of cookies? Support the Senior Girls by purchasing cookie dough.

Click "yum" to find out more details.
Interested in Writing for the Jewish Chronicle?

Please speak to Mrs. Levari for more details.

[email protected]
Food Zone

December Menu

December Order Form
Local Food Specials

Click "Pizza Deal" to find out what's cooking at Milky Way

Click "Chinese Food" to see a menu from Royal Catering
Quick Links
Mazel Tov

Rabbi Yosef and Mrs. Tzippy Eisen on the birth of two grandsons.

 Rabbi David and Mrs. Leah Eisen on the birth of a son.

Rabbi Shimon and Mrs. Tzippora Eisen on the birth of a son.

Rabbi Shimon and Mrs. Chani Silver on the marriage of their daughter Leeba to Yosef Meir Rich.

Ms. Leeba Silver on her marriage to Yosef Meir Rich.


Mrs. Wendy Levin-Shaw and family on the loss of her mother.

Reb Danny Shaw and family on the loss of his grandmother.

Would you like to share something with the Hillel Academy family? If so, please email us at [email protected]
Around Town

The Kollel is offering a women's learning class titled, "Decoding Rashi," on Tuesday nights from 8:10-9:00.
Click "learning" for more details.

NCSY Casino Night is
Saturday Night, December 11th.
Enjoy a fun night out while supporting a worthwhile community organization. To RSVP please contact Rabbi Goldberg at [email protected] gmail.com.
Chance for a Glance

Here's a peek at next week's Hillel Happenings:

Hillel students and Rabbi Sacks take Oneg on the road.

Feast and Famine: Sobering details from the Girls High School's Hunger Banquet. 

Need Flowers for Shabbat?

The Boys High School can beautify your Shabbat experience by supplying you with gorgeous flowers. Click myrtillocactus for more details.
Mordy Brown Catering

Every Thursday night, Mordy Brown Catering will be selling pizza for $16.00 a pie.
$1.00 of each sale will be donated to Hillel Academy.
Help support our school!

Click here for a menu and more details.

Hillel Academy
of Pittsburgh
Administration and Staff

Mr. Daniel J. Kraut
Chief Executive Officer
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Rabbi Avrumi Sacks
Principal and Education Director
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Mrs. Elky Langer
Assistant Principal GHS
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Rabbi Sam Weinberg
Assistant Principal BHS
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Rabbi Dov Nimchinsky
Judaic Studies Coordinator Elementary/Middle School

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Mrs. Deborah Oz-Halbritter
General Studies Coordinator Elementary/Middle School
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Mrs. Yikara Levari
Administrator and Student Activities Coordinator [email protected]

Mrs. Phyllis Harris
Director of Support Services [email protected]

Mrs. Selma Aronson
Executive Administrator
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Ms. Hadar Glazer
Administrative Assistant
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Mrs. Adina Shayowitz
Administrative Assistant
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Ms. Sarah Hartman
Finance Manager
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Mr. Adam Reinherz
Director of Community Relations
[email protected]

Want to go to Israel?  
Raffle tickets are now available for the upcoming Hillel Academy Awards Night Dinner. Prizes include four round trip tickets to Israel or $4,000 cash, a 37" flat screen television, or $500 in Giant Eagle gift certificates. Purchase tickets online at www.hillelpgh.org or by clicking
Tickets may also be purchased by calling the office at (412) 521-8131.
Dvar Torah

Moshe Wasserman - 5th Grade

When Yosef revealed himself to his brothers they cried with tears of joy. Afterwards, Yosef cried tears of sadness.  He did this because, although his family would now be joining him in Egypt,  he knew that bringing his family down would cause them a lot of suffering. The Midrash explains that the tears shed by Binyamin and Yosef were tears of sadness as they were crying over the destruction of the Beis Hamikdash. Just like the tears, Yosef and his brothers were both happy and sad, so too was our mood while we partied this past Wednesday night during the Chanuka Chagiga. Although we were celebrating the miracles of Chanuka, we still mourn the loss of the  Beis Hamikdash and await the third and final redemption speedily in our days. In Hillel we are taught to be happy and enjoy life, but to always remember that we need to work towards the building of the third Beis Hamikdash.

Have a wonderful Shabbos!
Chanukah Chagiga is Celebratory

Mr. Reinherz - [email protected]

Wednesday evening, students, parents, staff, administrators, and friends of Hillel Academy gathered for a rousing Chanukah Chagiga.  Housed in the beautifully decorated cafeteria, the chagiga enabled participants to enjoy one last night of Chanukah celebrations.  In addition to partaking in the delicious food of resident chef Mordy Brown, chagiga attendees engaged in games, singing, and communally lighting the menorah.  Following the chagiga, several people remarked that this was the best chagiga in recent memory.  A special thank you to Mrs. Levari, Rabbi Nimchinsky, Reb Shaw, Chef Brown, Mr. Ami Marizan, and Mike the Balloon Artist, as well as the many other collaborators who facilitated this enjoyable event.

Chanukah Chagiga
Chanukah Fun After School

Morah Chana's after school Mitzvos and Middos class celebrated Chanukah in a very special and fun way. Children from grades 1-4 enjoyed a delicious Chanukah dinner with yummy food. They also had a very special dreidle cupcake dessert. Some of the comments expressed by the children at the dinner were, "AWESOME!" "GREAT!" "FANTASTIC!" "WONDERFUL!" "FUN!" and "DELICIOUS!" A wonderful Chanukah experience was had by all!

Morah Chana
Students Celebrate by Skating

Last week, Hillel Academy students in grades 1-12 traveled to the Schenley Ice Skating Rink to take part in the annual Chanukah Ice Skating Trip. Students enjoyed music and fun as the weather cooperated for a special day. Thank you to the many collaborators who facilitated this great trip. 

Ice Skating
Different Days, Different Fun

Morah Devorah - [email protected]

The junior chefs in Morah Devorah's nursery class made Chanukah come alive with various activities for the different days. On latke day, the children turned their table into one giant latke and served themselves a yummy latke lunch. On dreidle day, the students made delicious turkey dreidle sandwiches. Menorah day's menu included french fry candles with ketchup flames as well as 3-D banana menorahs for dessert. Yehuda HaMacabee day was also very hands on as the children created their own Yehuda HaMacabee faces. What a yummy  way to celebrate Chanukah!

Menorah Day
Upcoming Dates

December 15 - Awards Night, 6:30pm.
December 22 - Full Faculty Meeting, 4:15-6pm.

December 24 - Grandparents Day, K-12 dismissal at noon, Pre-K regular dismissal. 

The Hillel Culture Grid

Reb Shaw - [email protected]

Due to the incredible success of last week's Hillel Culture Grid, students throughout Hillel have requested to be a part of the Hillel Happenings newest segment. This week, we feature the insightful answers of the sixth grade boys.

Students in the mix
Big Ben's nose looked like a...Favorite addition to Hillel is...What song should Rabbi Sacks sing at the next oneg?
Ezra KrautDisasterPlaygroundPaparazzi
Mendel GrossbergRed ballPlaygroundAd Bli Die
Avigdor FelderMonsterEven times between Hebrew and English classesBeethoven's 9th
Jacob WeisenfeldNimesesMB cookingCandle light
Yeruchom KaganWater MellonTwo gyms classes a weekLa Cucaracha

Hey Hillel Happenings readers, we would like to hear from you. What questions should be asked in future Pop Culture Grids? Please email us at [email protected]
The Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh Library wish list is now available online. You may access it by clicking "book."

Bonnie Morris
Hillel Gear Spotted Here

On a recent visit to potential colleges, Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh 12th Grader Ben Kohane stopped by the Harvard University Hillel. Ben impressed those present with not only his intellectual prowess, but his stylish Hillel Academy sweatshirt. Way to go Ben!
Ben Kohane
Hillel Gear has gone Ivy. How do you like them apples?
Hey Hillel Happenings readers, we all know that Hillel nation extends well beyond Squirrel Hill. So here's our chance to prove it. Send a picture of yourself in Hillel gear (uniform, t-shirt, etc.) to [email protected], and each week we'll select the best picture for inclusion in the Hillel Happenings.
Giant Eagle and Box Tops

Our campaign has slowly but surely started. Please don't forget to drop off your Box Tops in the school office now. gym equipment and computer supplies As usual, our grand prize will be tickets to Kennywood awarded at the end of the school year. Please label your bundle/envelope/baggie with the family's last name. We will be collecting until the end of the year so please remember to clip and save, and your name will be entered in the raffle. Did you know that Box Tops could be found not just on food packages but also on office supplies (Avery) and tissue and toilet paper wrappers (Kleenex and Cottonelle)? Keep on clipping!!!

Additionally, please register your advantage cards at:
Interview with Mrs. Shusterman

For several months, Hillel's newest face has facilitated the success of the Girls High School. With ease, Mrs. Shusterman joined the Hillel faculty and began immediately sharing her immense talents throughout the school. During a recent conversation, Reb Shaw caught up Mrs. Shusterman. Over the course of their discussion, Reb Shaw learned much about Mrs. Shusterman. For the benefit of our readers, excerpts of their conversation have been reproduced below. 

Reb Shaw
: Hi Mrs. Shusterman, it's nice speaking with you. Let me begin by asking you when you began working at the Hillel Girls High School?

Mrs. Shusterman
I started working at the Girls High School right after Succos break, about 2 1/2 months ago.

Reb Shaw: What have you gained from your experience at Hillel, thus far?

Mrs. Shusterman: This has been an invaluable experience for me, B"H, that will have a lifelong impact - for that, I am very grateful to the entire staff of Administrators and Faculty! It is wonderful working together with such dedicated and warm individuals, learning hands-on about updated SmartBoard usage, and seeing daily role modeling of professional caring and concern for every student. It is also been very special to work together with all of the high school girls, most of whom I have known for the past 10-15 years.  It's great to see them continue to grow and to make us and their parents proud.

Reb Shaw: What's surprised you most about Hillel Academy?

Mrs. Shusterman
There have not been any surprises in Hillel Academy. I've deeply enjoyed and appreciated the warm welcome each and every day since Day One.

Reb Shaw: Fair enough. Other than myself, how many other Hillel employees have you baby-sat?

Mrs. Shusterman
I've babysat a number of current Pittsburgh professionals, B"H. As far as Hillel Academy employees, I think that I've babysat for Mrs. Shayowitz, as well.

Reb Shaw: Here's a question that one of our readers requested that I ask, "There's an open storefront on Forbes between Murray and Shady. What are the top three businesses most likely to occupy that location?" 

Mrs. Shusterman: Three most likely are:

1) Coffee shop

2) Vegetarian/Indian Restaurant
3) Frozen yogurt shop

Reb Shaw: Speaking of Pittsburgh, will the Pirates ever dominate the baseball world again? 

Mrs. Shusterman: My opinion would be that the Steelers and the Penguins will likely remain more
successful than the Pirates in future years.

Reb Shaw: Better bus line to Oakland: 61A or 61C?

Mrs. Shusterman: In my experience (from my high school years -- going to the Oakland Library for senior thesis research), the 61C route worked out better for my specific destinations.  

Reb Shaw: In your opinion, is Chef Brown's style more analogous to Mario Battali's or Bobby Flay's?

Mrs. Shusterman: I am not familiar with their cuisine, however some favorites of mine from Mr. Brown's menu are Chef Brown's handmade pizza, veggie burgers, delicious soups, and the delicious sufganiot from the Chagiga!

Reb Shaw: How many people follow your Twitter feed?

Mrs. Shusterman: I do not have a Twitter feed.

Mrs. Shusterman
Mrs. Shusterman is joined by Sara Nimchinsky in the newly renovated Girls High School Office.
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