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Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh 

would like to thank 

Leah'Spa and Salon and Mordy Brown Catering 

for being this year's Athletic Department  

Major League Sponsors.


Thank you as well to: 


Mark  Sindler, Criminal Defense Attorney 
and  Dr. Jeffrey W.  Martz, DMD
for being this year's Athletic Department 
Minor League Sponsors. 
Please Patronize their businesses.

- Leah'Spa and Salon - http://leahspa.vpweb.com
- Mordy Brown Catering - 651.558.1725
- Mark Sindler - Criminal Defense Attorney
310 Grant Street, Suite 2330
Pittsburgh PA  15219-2264
- Dr. Jeffrey W.  Martz, DMD - Dental Anesthesiology - (724) 939-7024

Hillel Academy

of Pittsburgh


5685 Beacon Street

Pittsburgh, PA


P: (412) 521-8131

F: (412) 521-5150




November 4, 2011


7 Heshvan 5771


Candle Lighting: 5:56 pm


Havdalah: 6:55 pm


 Parshat Lech Lecha

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Great Things to Read in this Week's Hillel Happenings:
Chizuk Corner
Food Zone
Syntactical Superheroes
Mazel Tov
Around Town
Mordy Brown Catering
Dvar Torah
Letter From CEO
Early Childhood Reminder
Nursery Update
Chol HaMoed Was Great
English News
Hockey Story
Food Zone
Hillel Herald
Food Zone

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.   


Hashem's instruction to Avram to leave his home, was one of Avram's ten tests.  What was so difficult about this test  Hashem promised Avram seven great rewards. Wouldn't it be obvious that Avram  would follow Hashem's directions? 

The answer is that the Torah testifies that Avram went "as Hashem had told him," and not for any ulterior motive. This was the greatness of Avram. We too can act as Avram, and earn great reward for doing normal things for the sake of serving Hashem and not for any other reason.


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: 


All together vs. altogether 
Students often confuse when to use the words all together and altogether.
All together means "everyone in one place."
We need to be all together before the bus leaves.
Altogether means "entirely" or "completely."
The book is altogether too long.
To learn more about good grammar please contact [email protected] or [email protected]
New Line of Hillel Gear Available

More Reminders  


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

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!
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Mazel Tov

Dr. Bruce and Mrs. Miriam Cohen on the engagement of their daughter, Michal, to Isaac Manaster 


Ms. Michal Cohen on her engagement to Isaac Manaster 


Ms. Gabriela Corcos and Mr. Sol Horvitz on their recent engagement


Rabbi Mordechai and Mrs. Tzippy Rosenberg on the birth of their grandson Eliezer 


Refuah Shleima

Ms. Fayth Aronson - Faygie Devorah bas Shulamit

 Would you like to share something with the Hillel Academy family? 

If so, please email us at 

Around Town  

There will be snif this Shabbat from 4:30 to 5:30 pm at Shaare Torah *Stay tuned for more events coming soon!


Annual Rochel Emainu Women's Gathering 

Tuesday,11th of Cheshvan, 
November 8, 2011

8:00 pm
At the home of Mrs. Leslie Itskowitz
5871 Solway St.
(between Murray and Shady) 


NCSY Yeshiva Fair: 
All 11th and 12th graders are invited to attend NCSY Yeshiva Fair and 
meet representatives 
from more than 30 schools in Israel,  
Nov. 11-13 in Cleveland.  For more information and to register please go to NCSYce.com


CORRECTION: The calendar in the Jewish Women's League Community Directory mistakenly lists the Shabbos end time for this week, November 5, as 6:02. It should have said that Shabbos ends at 7:02. 


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.

Box Tops for Education


Our first collection period has ended. Although we did collect an impressive amount, we have fallen short of our goal. However, the school year is just starting and collections are gratefully accepted. Box Tops for Education has a 13-year history of helping our school earn cash we need - from books and computers, to playground equipment. Take advantage of the bonus opportunities each month in Giant Eagle to earn extra Bonus Box Tops. It is not too late to use October offer (Buy 4 General Mills cereals - get 15 Bonus Box Tops) or you can just clip and save and don't forget to send your collection to the office. Remember that our grand prize is Kennywood tickets, so although it is chilly outside, we can look forward to next summer. 

Hillel Academy
of Pittsburgh
Administration and Staff

Mr. Daniel J. Kraut 

Chief Executive Officer

[email protected]


Rabbi Avrumi Sacks

Principal and Education Director

[email protected]  


Mrs. Elky Langer

Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction, Grades K-12 

[email protected]


Rabbi Sam Weinberg

Assistant Principal

Grades 7-12 Boys and Girls

[email protected]


Rabbi Dov Nimchinsky

Judaic Studies and Educational Program Coordinator

Grades 1-6

[email protected]


Mrs. Yikara Levari 

Mashgicha Ruchanit

Grades 7-12 Girls

[email protected]


Rabbi Yisroel Smith

Masgiach Ruchani 

Boys High School

[email protected] 


Mrs. Phyllis Harris

 Director of Special Services

Grades K-12

 [email protected]


Mrs. Barbara Chotiner

Early Childhood Coordinator

[email protected]


Reb Danny Shaw

Coordinator of Athletics and Student Life 

[email protected] 


 Mrs. Selma Aronson

 Executive Administrator

 [email protected]


Ms. Hadar Glazer
Administrative Assistant
[email protected]

Mrs. Adina Shayowitz
Administrative Assistant
[email protected]

Mrs. Chevi Rubin

 Administrative Assistant to the Principal

[email protected]


Ms. Sarah Hartman
Finance Manager
[email protected]

Mr. Adam Reinherz
Director of Community Relations
[email protected]  


Additional contact info for faculty and staff available by clicking here

Dvar Torah


Akiva Skaist - 6th Grade


In the end of Vayivorach Dovid it says, "You are Hashem, the G-d, who chose Avram, took him out of Ur Kasdim, and gave him the name Avraham." Why does it say "took out?" Shouldn't it have said "left?" Chazal explain that this was the name of the furnace that Avraham was threatened by. As we know, Nimrod gave Avraham, then called Avram, a choice. That choice was to bow down to an idol or be thrown into a furnace. Avram chose to be thrown into the furnace. Hashem miraculously took him out from the furnace. Here, at Hillel Academy, our teachers take us out of the furnace of ignorance, and cool us off in the air conditioner of knowledge. May we all receive Hashem's blessings and have a Good Shabbos!
If you're interested in writing a Dvar Torah for the Hillel 
Happenings, please email [email protected]
Message From the Chief


Dear Hillel Academy Parents and Friends, 


As many of you know, for the fourth straight year our enrollment has increased. In becoming Pittsburgh's fastest growing Jewish Day School, we should all feel a sense of pride. There are so many people who have facilitated our growth. Our teachers, staff, volunteers, parents, students, and supporters all deserve a tremendous thanks.


Over the next few weeks, you will see a series of reminders regarding our annual raffle. This event helps support various programming and initiatives throughout our school, including individualized and age-appropriate Judaic and General Studies instruction, innovative curricula, technological advancements, and a myriad of outlets for promoting the unique talents of each of Hillel Academy's students.

Join us in our efforts to become America's greatest Jewish Day School by supporting our raffle. Let's continue growing and providing more students with the warmth and nurture that only Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh can provide.  


Call the office today at 412-521-8131 and be a part of our success. As in past years, your raffle purchase will entitle you and a guest to attend the Annual Awards Night Dinner, December 12, 2011. To house our new families, this year, the event is taking place 

at the JCC's Levinson Hall.  

Have a great Shabbos,


Dan Kraut



Please join Barbara Chotiner and Michel Batch (PATHS* Coordinator), for coffee and conversation on Thursday, November 17 at the Hillel Academy Library from 8:00 am - 10:00 am
R.S.V.P by calling 412-521 -8131 ext 216 
*Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies
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Thank you for your patience.  
Parents, please notify the office and teachers of any early dismissals as far in advance as possible. 

Nursery Enjoys the Letter E


Morah Devorah and Morah Leah 

This week, Nursery students learned about the letter E. We 
discovered that E is for Eitz (tree) which we learned about in the Parsha, Easel Painting, Eggs, which we cooked, matched, and counted, Elephant chain we used to spell our names, Exit (we practiced a Fire Drill), Ezra, our friend in Nursery, and of course an Excellent week in Nursery A and B! 


Nursery Students Exploring
While Exploring, we realized that it might be time for a new prescription.
We are looking for at least one new talis for our shul. Call the office if you can help. 
Chol HaMoed Programs = Whole Lot of Fun


Rabbi Weinberg - [email protected]
Over Chol Hamoed Sukkot, various educational and enjoyable programs took place in the Middle School, and Boys and Girls High schools. Each program was a complete success. In addition to a special learning program for the Boys High School that took place every morning after Shacharit with Rabbi Trachtman, the boys also had a Simchat Beit HaShoeva in the Hillel Academy Sukkah, and a Tikun leil Hoshana Rabbah with Rabbi Smith and Rabbi Trachtman. Similarly, the Girls High School had a Simchat Beit HaShoeva at the home of Mrs. Levari. Like their older counterparts, the Middle School Girls and Boys had their own sukkah parties. While each Simchat
Beit HaShoeva possessed elements such as divrei torah and extremely intense games of zap zorch macfigliano, each division's program was unique. The Boys High School sang, the Girls High School learned Torah, the Middle School Boys played basketball, and the Middle School Girls built candy sukkas. Overall, each party was fun and spiritually uplifting. Personally, I feel very lucky to have been a part of each one.   
Roll of Thunder Hear My Cereal, Huh?



Is your breakfast lacking Cassie-um? Have you tried anything from the makers of Joyful O's? These questions begin to make sense once you know that Ms. Clay's  Seventh Grade English class recently completed reading Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. As a final project, students created cereal box book reports. The final projects have games on the back of the boxes, nutritional information, ingredients, reviews, summaries, and even a prize inside! Some of the boxes are on display in the Hillel Academy Library. During your next visit to Hillel, you should definitely check out the hard work and creativity of Hillel's Seventh Graders!
Hockey Update


Boaz Bachrach - Sixth Grade


In an intense match up, the Vipers played The Beasties. The Vipers were down a player, and the Beastie's captain, Nathan Cohen, played with a pectoral injury. The Vipers scored three straight goals. The Beasties scored a goal to try to catch up. It looked like the game was over when Natan Kelsey scored to make it 4-1. But, everything went downhill for the Vipers. First Natan got hurt. Then Yaacov Brown got hurt. Nathan Cohen then scored a goal, followed by Yeruchom Kagan. Moshe Dovid Luzer scored the game tying goal. With 40 seconds left in the game, Nathan gave a pass to Moshe, who shot it on a one-timer and scored! The three stars of the game were, Nathan Cohen, Moshe Dovid Luzer, and Akiva Skaist.

Hillel Gear Spotted Here Text

During a recent trip to Cambodia (yes, that's right), Hillel Academy English guru Mrs. Susan Finder brought the essentials: vaccines, potable water, and a stylish Hillel Academy t-shirt. Though we have not yet heard from the locals, we are confident that the sight of Hillel Gear has brought joy to many throughout the land. Way to go Mrs. Finder!   


Mrs. Finder in Cambodia
How breathtaking! How surreal! 
And to think that a picture could capture the tradition, majesty, richness, and beauty...
of an awesome Hillel t-shirt.

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.


Weird white space on your email? Click here and read the entire Hillel Happenings. 


Within this section of the Hillel Happenings, you'll find brief updates regarding Hillel Academy. These updates all have GRAVITAS. 



Apples for the Students


$1.1 million dollars in educational awards are available from Giant Eagle. From October 1, 2011 through March 17, 2012, you can earn points for Hillel Academy by registering your Giant Eagle Advantage Card and shopping at Giant Eagle, Giant Eagle Market District, Giant Eagle Express, and GetGo. If you have any questions, please call 1-800-474-4777. 


Now is the Time 


The time is now to support the Hillel Academy Athletics Department. We are putting a wind-up clock in a locked box. At some point, the clock will stop. If you pick the time that the clock stops, you will win your choice of either a complete set of the Schottenstein Daf Yomi Edition of Talmud Bavli or $720 cash. Contact the office at 412-521-8131 or [email protected] to learn more. 

Parents, please call the office by 8am if your child(ren) will be absent or late. Thanks.
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] 

Click above to learn more about Art.
The Hillel Minute is 
Under Construction. 
Don't cry. All of the previous ones are still here.
Watch them here or visit us online at  www.hillelpgh.org







Hillel Academy Library is now accepting volunteers for the 2011-2012 school year.

No previous experience necessary.

Please respond to the school office for more details - (412) 521-8131. 

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Hillel Gear Models  Email [email protected] to get your Hillel Gear today!


Please remember that if your normal dismissal arrangements change, please notify the office by noon of that day, by phone or email.
Hillel Academy Dinner Video 2011

Originally airing at the 64th Annual Hillel Academy Dinner, which honored Dr. Robert and Mrs. Lillian Brent for ensuring the future of the Boys High School, this video demonstrates how Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh, an Orthodox Jewish Day School, is at the forefront of the battle against intermarriage, instills its students with a love of Torah, and ensures a future for the Jewish people. Watch the video that captivated a dinner by reminding people that Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh, with its Jewish Day School education, is the guarantor of a successful Jewish future.

Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh:A Blueprint for a Jewish Life

Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh:

A Blueprint for a Jewish Life

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Create an everlasting legacy with a gift or bequest to the Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh Endowment Fund. The Hillel Academy Endowment Fund insures Jewish Continuity by providing a Jewish education to all children regardless of their financial capabilities. Additional dedications and opportunities are available.