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June 3, 2011


1 Sivan 5771


Candle Lighting: 8:26 pm


Havdalah: 9:27 pm


 Parshat Naso

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In This Issue
Chizuk Corner
Article Headline
Did You Know
Food Zone
Food Zone
Dvar Torah
The Hillel Minute
Gemara Update
Special Speaker
Food Zone
Science Fair
Food Zone
Interview with Mrs. Kanal
Hillel Gear Spotted Here

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Jewish History


The Spanish Inquisition prosecuted as heretics, only those Jews who converted to Christianity and later attempted to return to Judaism. 

Jews who remained faithful to their religion were not subject to Church law and were not harmed. However, in 1492 all Jews were expelled from Spain. 

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Chizuk Corner


Through the Hillel Happenings, we try to provide our readers with a sense of the exciting, engaging, and meaningful work that happens at Hillel Academy. Chizuk, which is Hebrew for strength, is vital to Hillel Academy. This section, thanks to the weekly insights of Rabbi Brodie, is intended to give our readers a little extra strength. Click here to send us your feedback.   


Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua Heschel, ob"m, the Rebbe of Kapishnitz said:
"When I was young, my father, ob"m, once told me, "Before you do something, imagine that there is a photographer snapping pictures of you. Years later, you will take out these pictures and examine them. Will you be proud of how you appear? If yes, then go ahead and carry out your plans. Will you be ashamed of such pictures? Then cancel your plans."
This advice is something that we should all consider.   


Want more chizuk? Email Rabbi Brodie at [email protected]

Syntactical Superheroes

The great minds behind Hillel Academy's exemplary English Department would like you to know:


Awhile vs. A while

A while is a noun, meaning "a length of time."
In a sentence, you could say, "I went to the park for an hour;" or "I went to the park for a while."

Awhile is an adverb, "for a time." It describes how something was done and always follows a verb. It is usually followed by a preposition like before, after, since, etc.
In a sentence, you could say, "I studied awhile before I went to bed;" or "I studied diligently before I went to bed." 


For more on good grammar, please email [email protected] or [email protected]

Hillel Academy in the News


Hillel Students in the Library  

Recently, Hillel Academy 10th Grader, Sara Nimchinsky, authored an article about students and technology in The Jewish Chronicle. Click "Hillel Academy students are the best" to see the article. 

Did You Know?   


The faculty/staff team beat the Hillel Academy Floor Hockey All Stars by a score of 15-3. The faculty/staff team included Mr. Davis, Mr. Louge, Mr. Kingman, Rabbi Sacks, Mr. Peters, Reb Shaw, Mr. Brown and Mr. Kraut. 

New Spring Line of Hillel Gear Available
Shira Day Camp


Yay! An extra week of day camp! Shira Day Camp is adding the week of June 27th - July 1st, making 7 weeks of awesomeness!!
There's only a few days left to vote on a t-shirt color on the SDC blog:


What was your favorite part of Shira Day Camp 2010?

Rachel Luzer - Color War!

Rachel Cohen - Balloon day!

Elisheva Unger - Color War!

Chana Kaminsky - Reily's Summer Seat Farm!

Nechama Rodkin - Kennywood!

Elisheva Rosenberg - Swimming!

More Reminders  


U turns in front of the building are a No No and potentially very dangerous. 

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Help Hillel  


Please donate new items to Hillel Academy's Silent Auction. It is never too early to donate, and now is a great time to get it out of your house.  Please bring your tax deductible donations to Hillel Academy. 

Don't have the time, or need an item picked up in the Pittsburgh area?  Please contact Aviva Kelsey at 412-421-5589.  Thank you in advance for your support!
Food Zone

June Menu

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Mazel Tov

Rabbi Avrohom and Mrs. Chaya Gitty Morgan on the birth of a son


Rabbi Daniel and Mrs. Judy Wasserman on the upcoming marriage of their son Aryeh


Hillel Academy 12th Grade Boys and Girls on their graduation from Hillel Academy


Hillel Academy 8th Grade Boys on their graduation from Hillel Academy  


Rabbi Yisroel and Mrs. Tzippy Eisen on the bar mitzvah of their son


 Ms. Batya Moses on her marriage to Mr.

Schemuel Van Messel
Mr. Barry Faigen and Ms. Debby Eisner on the marriage of their son Seth to Leba Grussgott
Dr. Robert and Dr. Jenny Lebovits on the engagement of their son Daniel Yehuda to Ruchie Wulliger
Rabbi Shimon Baruch and Mrs. Miriam Weiss on the engagement of their son Yossi to Yittie Bayzman 


Refuah Shleima

Mrs. Jackie Stein - Yetta Dina bas Rivka

Fayth Aronson - Faygie Devorah bas Shulamit

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Around Town  

Michael Sohnen is starting a club where he teaches Chinese and then takes your child to pizza for free. Max is 3 dollars cost without tax.  One extra dollar can be brought, but no more.  The club will meet at the Sohnen house from 6:45 pm to 7:30 pm and then go to pizza until 7:45. Afterward, the club will return to the Sohnen house at 8:15 pm for pickup. If your child cannot walk home then you must pick him/her up before 8:15, or you will be charged $1.50.  There are only eight spots available. The club will meet on Sundays June 19, June 26, July 3, July 10, July 17 and July 24. The club is open for students in grades 4-8. 

Women and girls are invited to join Israeli dancing at Hillel Academy. The costs are $3 for adults and $1 student. Beginners are welcome. Classes do not meet every week - please email pittsburgh.israeli.dance
for more information.


Girls Oneg at PZ

Come join us for an hour of Shabbos afternoon fun! Oneg is for girls in Kindergarten through 8th grade at PZ from 3:15 pm to 4:15 pm. Can't wait to see you there!


Interested in attending Shira Day Camp this summer? 
If so, click "camp" for an application.

Check out Shira Day Camp's awesome blog

Who Wants an Awesome Kippah?


Hillel Academy Yarmulke


Have you seen the new Hillel Academy


If you want one click "I want an awesome kippah" or 

email Reb Shaw at [email protected].

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
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Dvar Torah


Michael Sohnen - 6th Grade


Command the Children of Israel to banish the impure souls from the camp" (Paraphrased from Bamidbar 5:2).  


This refers to all people who became tamae (impure) during the times of the Mishkan (Tabernacle).  "From the males to the females should you banish to the outside of the camp, so that the camp that I dwell in can remain holy" (Verse 3). These pasukim (verses) are very simple and easy to understand.  But the next pasuk is not as simple, "And the children of Israel did so, banishing them form the camp, so they did, the children of Israel." Why does the pasuk say "and they did so," twice? The reason the pasuk says "and they did so," twice is because it is trying to tell you that there were two groups, the pure and the impure. Not only did the pure banish the impure, but the impure willingly complied. This shows how righteous are the Children of Israel. Not only can they accept responsibility, but they can also accept consequences. We, too, must be like the Children of Israel. If we all comply with Hashem's mitzvos (commandments), we can speed up the delivery of the Beis Hamikdash (Holy Temple). Feel free to stop me in the street and discuss this topic or others like it. Thank you, and have a great Shabbos.

Check out the final issue of the award winning Hillel Herald by clicking here. A special thank you to Hillel Academy 12th Grader, and editor-in-chief, Benjamin Kohane for his years of service to the Hillel Academy community. 

Mrs. Dorsey to Accept Unsung Jewish Hero Award from AJL


On Sunday, 10 am, June 12th, at the JCC, Mrs. Dorsey will receive an award from the AJL as Hillel Academy's Unsung Jewish Hero. In recognition of this award, and her many years of service to Hillel Academy, we present a special feature on one of Hillel Academy's legendary teachers. 


Mrs. Shirley Dorsey began her career at Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh many years ago. During her early years in the school, Mrs. Dorsey worked primarily in the preschool and kindergarten. Recently, however, Mrs. Dorsey moved upstairs to join the first and second graders. Always willing to assist Hillel Academy, Mrs. Dorsey approached the transition with ease, and asked what else she could do to help the school. "I am always ready to help. The students always come first." Mrs. Dorsey's dedication to Hillel Academy is noted by all, and captured best by a comment made by Mrs. Selma Aronson, who said, "I know that I can always count on Shirley to cover any class  with a smile at a moment's notice. Hillel Academy is very fortunate to have Shirley on our staff."


Lovingly referred to as "Morah Dorsey," over her tenure at Hillel Academy, thousands of students have benefited from Mrs. Dorsey's kind demeanor and gentle teaching style. While showing care and warmth to all of her students, Mrs. Dorsey notes the particularly fine relationships that she developed with a group of Russian immigrant students at Hillel Academy in the late 1980s. Upon their arrival at Hillel Academy, the students knew little English and less Hebrew. Mrs. Dorsey worked tirelessly with them to develop Hebrew language skills. She reflects with fondness that not only did many of the students eventually have bar mitzvahs, but that she learned a little Russian along the way.


Mrs. Dorsey's involvement in Hillel Academy has included teaching, fundraising, overseeing hospitality, working with the PTA, and participating in various committees to support the school. Similarly, she has devoted much of her life to helping Congregation Shaare Torah. Serving as President of the Shaare Torah Sisterhood for over thirty years, Mrs. Dorsey also taught, and served as Principal, in the Shaare Torah Hebrew and Sunday Schools. After completing her twenty-fifth year as President of the Shaare Torah Sisterhood, Mrs. Dorsey received several proclamations from the city, state, and federal government.


Mrs. Dorsey takes great pride in teaching her students to love Torah and Mitzvohs; and through her gentle disposition exemplifies the Middos (character traits) with which we should strive.


On behalf of the school, and our readers, we wish Mrs. Dorsey a hearty mazel tov on becoming an Unsung Jewish Hero, and wish her many more years of happiness and health, while enjoying her successes at Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh.  


Mrs. Shirley Dorsey

The Hillel Minute

With each section of the Hillel Happenings, we try to convey the excitement and energy that fills the classrooms and hallways of Hillel Academy. While we all know that Hillel Academy is the greatest school in the world, there are certain aspects of Hillel Academy that are largely unknown. In this section, titled "The Hillel Minute," we present a minute long video dedicated to a particular aspect of Hillel Academy. The objective of "The Hillel Minute" is to provide our readers/viewers an opportunity to enjoyably learn more about one component of Hillel Academy. If you would like to see something featured in an upcoming "Hillel Minute," please email [email protected] . 

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Hillel Academy Dinner 

Mr. Reinherz - [email protected]

On Tuesday evening, May 31, nearly three hundred attendees gathered at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum for the 64th Annual Hillel Academy Dinner. While guests enjoyed inspiring remarks by Hillel Academy administrators, including Mr. Dan Kraut (CEO) and Rabbi Avrumi Sacks (Principal and Educational Director), Hillel Academy President Mr. Macy Kisilinsky garnered several sets of applause when thanking the many parties who promote Hillel Academy. In saluting the evening's honorees, Dr. Robert and Mrs. Lillian Brent, both Dr. David Brent and Mr. Jacob Brent offered congratulatory reflections on their family's support of Hillel Academy. Dr. Robert Brent echoed these sentiments in his acceptance speech, shared his vision for Hillel Academy's future, and encouraged all to support the growing school. During the aforementioned addresses, awards were presented to Mrs. Gertrude Brog, for a lifetime of service to Hillel Academy, Mrs. Aviva Klein, as a young leader in the Hillel Academy community, and Reb Danny Shaw, as the Donald and Chantze Butler Teacher of the Year.  

Although each of the speeches stressed Hillel Academy's successful efforts in developing the next generation of Torah observant Jews, a beautiful film substantiated the message. Directed by Mr. Will Zavala of the Pittsburgh Filmmakers, the dinner video aesthetically and effectively articulated Hillel Academy's role in contemporary society.    

Special thanks are in order to the dinner's Master of Ceremonies, Dr. Lee Weinberg, who ensured that the attendees enjoyed an expeditious and meaningful event. Additionally, a special thank you to Mrs. Judi Kanal and Mrs. Marilyn Swedarsky for their assistance with the dinner and ad journal, and to Ms. Deena Ross and Creative Kosher Catering for providing a delicious cuisine. Finally, much thanks to Mrs. Linda Joshowitz and Ms. Shoshi Butler, whose work as Dinner Chairs afforded everyone Hillel Academy's greatest dinner yet.  


Please remember that if your normal dismissal arrangements change, please notify the office by noon of that day, by phone or email.

6th Grade Gemara Update 

Michael Sohnen - 6th Grade

In my 6th grade gemara shiur, we are learning about the last case in Elu Metzios. The last case of the mishna goes as follows. "If you find a lost object in an area which is rented to others, you may keep it, even in the house."  The hava aminah (first thought) of the gemara was that the item had been through so many tenants that you don't know whose it is. The gemara has a question and states in a mishna in maseches shkalim, "If you find money in the streets of Jerusalem, if it is near a holiday, it is maiser sheini; if it is not near a holiday, it is not maiser sheini. Rav Shamaya bar Zeara says that the reason is because the streets of Jerusalem are cleaned every day, and therefore the money was lost at the last possible moment. The gemara derives from this, that just like the streets of Jerusalem are cleaned, so are the apartments (when vacated). Accordingly, the item must have been lost recently. Therefore, shouldn't you have to return it to the last owner? The gemara gives a simple answer, saying that instead of a normal apartment, it is a boarding house that three people share. The reason the owner will be miyayaish is because he cannot get either of the others to admit taking the item.  There is much discussion on the topic, and I will explain further in my next article. 

Michael Sohnen

Hillel Academy + Talmud Torah = Happy Smiling Students.

Mr. Gottesman Visits 8th Grade 

Rabbi Rosenberg - [email protected]

This week, the eighth grade boys were privileged to share an hour and a half with Mr. Sam Gottesman, a community member who survived WWII as a prisoner and a laborer under the Nazis YM"S. Mr. Gottesman described his experiences, taking the boys with him through ghettos, selections, horrifying train rides, death marches and slave-labor camps. The boys sat spellbound as he made these experiences so real for them. He shared his struggles, fears, the hope that sustained him, and the Divine orchestration which saved his life so many times. He told of the time he risked his life to obtain an extra bowl of soup, and then had to choose between eating it and satisfying his own starvation, or sharing his find with his father who was also with him. The boys will remember this moving event for the rest of their lives. Thank you Mr. Gottesman for your time and effort that so enriched the students' perspective on this crucial period of our people's history.

Volumes of Rotation 


Mr. Logue - [email protected]


Recently in AP Calculus, we worked on an application of integration called Volumes of Revolution.  The process of finding the volume starts with a designated region (the green area), which can usually be found between two or more curves, and a specified line to rotate around (the dotted line).  Once both of these parts have been identified students had to decide between which of the two methods for finding volume they should use. The first was 'disc method' which would be used when only 1 radius was needed to rotate around the specified line; the second was 'washer method' , which requires 2 radii.  If we use the disc method we get a filled in 3-D solid.  If we use the washer method we would get a hollowed 3-D figure.  Which method do you think we need to find the volume of the figure on the right?  Once we have decided which method to use, how to describe the radius (radii), and where the region starts and stops, we use a formula that is a combination of Geometry and Calculus to find the volume.  Once the 11/12 girls started to learn how to visualize the 3-D objects and how to identify the radii, this particular application became much more interesting!



Mr. Logue gives two thumbs up to Hillel Academy and math.

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Intramural Hockey Update (and Finale)


Boaz Bachrach - 5th Grade


This Tuesday was the Hillel Cup. The teams were the up and coming comeback Thunder Bolts and the undefeated, unbeatable heavy (when I say "heavy" I mean Killer Whale heavy) favorites the Bobcats. The game was close at the beginning until Jacob Wiesenfield scored 5 straight goals. By the end of the second period, it was 6-3 Bobcats, and looked like it was going to be another blowout. But, we forgot to tell that to the Thunderbolts. First, the destruction crew (nickname for the Thunderbolts offense) came in and made it 7-5, then goalie Boaz Bachrach made a string of game saving saves; and, to put the cherry on top, Evin Jacobs scored to make it 7-6. The winner of this nail biter was the Bobcats. The three stars of the game were Jacob Wiesenfield, Boaz Bachrach, and Evin Jacobs. The MVP of the league was Jacob Wiesenfield. The most improved player was Yitzchak Grossberg. 


Following the Hillel Cup, this week, the HIHL (Hillel Intramural Hockey League) concluded its season with a special All-Star Game which featured the student all stars versus the faculty/staff all-stars. The HIHL all-star team featured Jacob Wiesenfield, Moshe Wasserman, Moshe Dovid Luzer, Akiva Skaist, Evan Jacobs, Yaacov Posin, and the Captain, Ben Ungar. I had the privilege of playing goalie for half the game. Mr. Ryan Logue, Mr. Spencer Kingman, Mr. Jeff Peters, Mr. Danny Kraut, Chef Mordy Brown, Mr. Fred Davis, Rabbi Sacks, and Reb Danny Shaw played for the faculty/staff team. The game started off close at 2-2.  Reb Shaw got it clicking by making a bunch of key saves, followed by a string of goals from his teammates. By the start of the 3rd period, the score was 8-3. Rabbi Sacks got in on the action by netting a bunch of goals. Final score 13-3. Thank you to all of the fans who packed the gym. The three stars of the game were Mr. "Bob" Peters, The Principal, and Mr. "D" (Mr. Davis). Big thanks to all of the All-Stars, and a round of applause for Reb Shaw and Mr. Peters for putting this together. Special thanks to our sponsors for making everything possible. We could not have done it with out you! Leah's Spa & Salon, LLC. 651.558.1826 and Greenfield & Kraut Law Offices. 412.261.4466 


Hockey All-Star Game

Among this talented group, we're predicting at least 8 will play hockey for the Penguins.

Hillel Academy Science Fair 

Ms. Oz - [email protected]

Hillel Academy's biennial Science Fair was held on Thursday, May 26, 2011. Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students were required to participate in the Fair and grades 1-5 completed group projects. Middle school students have been buzzing about the Fair since October when they began exploring ideas that sparked their interest. These students received project timelines in January to help them keep on task.  The following areas were included:

1.     Project Subject Area and Title: The area of science the project came from, i.e. Biology, earth science, etc. and a working title.

2.     Project Research Paragraph and Hypothesis: This paragraph briefly described the nature of the experiment and provided enough background information so that readers could understand all of the parts and results of the experiment. It included any definitions, scientific principles or historical context necessary to follow the experiment. The Hypothesis stated what the student sought to show in the experiment.

3.     Project Procedure Outline:  The outline showed what was done step by step. It also included a list of materials used, and how data was collected, or how observations were made.

4.     Raw Data or Observations Abstract: This paragraph or data sheet showed what was actually observed and recorded for the experiment.

5.     Project Board Completed: The display reflected the guidelines from the Science Fair Handbook for content and organization. Creativity was left to the student as to decide how to best present the project.

Students were encouraged to use the Science Fair Handbook they received for guidance on the set-up of their projects and displays. The students were also encouraged to seek advice from Mr. Garwood through every phase of the process including ideas, implementation, materials, or equipment. The judges scored the projects on a variety of measures which included originality, creativity, presentation, use of research techniques, work and organization, validity of information, as well as evidence of knowledge gained. Each project/presenter was viewed and scored by a minimum of four judges (who spent approximately 5 minutes with each student) and everyone received a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place ribbon based on their project's average score, in alignment with PJAS procedures. Additionally, the top three scores were awarded trophies.

The top three prize winners are:

 First Place: Jacob Wiesenfeld
 Second Place: Nathan Kelsey
 Third Place:  Leah Joshowitz

We would like to thank the judges for their participation in the Science Fair:

A contingent from CMU included graduate students: Melanie Sandoval, Yaacov Idell, Ronit Slyper, Daniel Leeds, and Elli Kanal. From Penn State were Eric Lipsky and Victoria Garwood. From California, Berkeley, we had Josh Zweig. And our own Chef Mordy Brown was the first to volunteer. The judges were very complimentary of the overall Science Fair set-up, organization, enthusiasm, and obvious efforts of the students in the preparation of their wonderful projects. We truly appreciate the time and effort that the judges gave on behalf of our students.

The Open House that evening was a smashing success with an enormous crowd of supporters coming to see the fine work of our students.

Finally, thanks to Mr. Garwood for the endless hours he spent planning, organizing, ordering, and purchasing materials/trophies for the Science Fair, and the endless enthusiasm he displays for all things SCIENCE!

Mazel Tov to everyone who participated in the Science Fair!

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Interview with Mrs. Kanal 


Per your suggestions, this week, Reb Shaw sat down with Mrs. Kanal. Over the course of their conversation, topics including the periodic table, Jewish Day School collaboration, and Albert Einstein were discussed. For the benefit of our readers, excerpts of this conversation have been reproduced below.

Reb Shaw
: How long have you been teaching at Hillel Academy?


Mrs. Kanal: 10 years

Reb Shaw: What does Hillel Academy provide that no other school does?

Mrs. Kanal: Endless entertainment, in all possible forms.

Reb Shaw: This year's dinner is at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum.  Any chance you'll be visiting the museum before the dinner?

Mrs. Kanal: Nope, my babysitter charges by the hour.

Reb Shaw: On Lag B'Omer, Hillel Academy, Yeshiva Schools, and Community Day School, collaborated on a parade and carnival celebrating Jewish Day Schools. Apart from a parade and carnival, how could we celebrate Jewish Day Schools?

Mrs. Kanal: The principals and administrative staff of each institution should get together for a giant game of volleyball, and the winner gets to send one team member to arm-wrestle the CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

Reb Shaw: Who would you rather play dice with: Niehls Bohr or Albert Einstein?

Mrs. Kanal: Are you aware of Albert Einstein's fairly well-known quote, "I, at any rate, am convinced that [God] does not throw dice"?

Reb Shaw: Now that Lag B'Omer has passed, what's the first concert that you're going to attend?

Mrs. Kanal: I actually attended Yitzchak Perlman's recent concert with the Pittsburgh symphony orchestra. They played a magnificent piece by Mendelssohn. You should have been there.

Reb Shaw: I'm just returning from the 8th Grade Boys trip to Washington D.C. What's your favorite monument?

Mrs. Kanal: I really enjoyed visiting the WWII memorial.

Reb Shaw: Squirrel Hill Trivia (because our readers love this stuff): What brand watch hangs outside of Orr's Jewlers on Forbes?

Mrs. Kanal: It's a Nashua KW20 watch, popularized in 1940s. When crafted for wearing on the wrist, a 0.25 carat diamond is used for 12 o'clock jewel. 

Reb Shaw: I'm on the brink of discovering a revolutionary new element belonging to the mysterious g-block of the periodic table. Any ideas for a name?

Mrs. Kanal: Ibetyouwontwritethiswholethingontheperiodictableium.

Reb Shaw: Mrs. Shirley Dorsey is this year's Hillel Academy unsung Jewish hero. Who is the greatest unsung Jewish hero throughout all of Tanach?

Mrs. Kanal: The wife of Noach.  She went on the teiva (ark) for the whole time that Noach was on the teiva and must have helped a lot with the work during that time period, but is given no credit.

Kanal in Lunchroom

Mrs. Kanal is seen smiling in the Hillel Academy Lunchroom.

The Hillel Grid

This week, The Hillel Grid caught up with some of Hillel Academy's students. Check out the great things that these talented young minds offered by reading below.   

Students in the Mix

What are the chances you are staying up all night to learn on Shavuos?

Morah Dorsey is this year's Hillel Academy Unsung Jewish Hero, who is yours?

What is your favorite Rosh Chodesh lunch served at Hillel Academy?

Bracha Berelowitz



My mother

I have none

Shayna Stiebel


I am for sure going to because I will be at the awesome NCSY all night learning

Ms. Tracie Levine


Dan Nimchinsky


99.99% yes

Reb Shaw

Deli sandwiches

Sarah Baila Gordon


100% chance yes

Shayna Stielbel


Yehuda Plotkin 7th

Zero, I love to sleep in, but I will learn the next day.

Mr. Brown, I love everything on his menu.

Anything Mr. Brown makes.

Chaya Sarah Marizan


I will most probably learn all night with NCSY

Rabbi Skaist, because I learned the most in his class and he was amazing

Mexican Taco Salad

Laivi Felder


If I go somewhere I will, but I stay home so not likely

Nate Kelsey because he rocks


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Hillel Gear Spotted Here

During a recent conference, this stuffed bear was seen wearing a Hillel Academy kippah. How this bear got the kippah, or what we should write to describe this photo is completely unknown to us. All we can say is, "Way to go bear!" 


This is surprising even to us.

  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.

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