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DVAR TORAH- Thoughts from the Principal & Educational Director
Dear Hillel Academy Family,

As the remainder of our students trickled out of Hillel Academy last Monday night, I could not help but be overwhelmed by a sense of excitement for the year that awaits us. This past summer, our dedicated faculty and staff worked tirelessly to ensure that the school year was ready to start without any hiccups or glitches. Sure enough, at 8:00 am Monday morning, the halls were filled with the sounds of tefilah, learning, and joy. The excitement grew as the day progressed, and the positive energy was palpable during the first day of school, programming, and orientations. 
In Parashat Re'eh the Torah implores us,  "Acharei Hashem Elokekha teileikhu" - "You shall follow the L-rd your G-d." The Talmud in Masekhet Sota (14a) explains this phrase to mean, "Follow the attributes of the Almighty. Just as He clothes the naked, so shall you clothe the naked..."  One "follows" G-d by following His example of kindness and care and concern for people.

This year we have many exciting new changes at Hillel. We are excited for our expanded Advance Placement offerings including AP Psychology, Statistics, and Computer Science.  We have revamped our Ivrit Curriculum in Kindergarten through High School, by integrating Neta and Tal Am's newest curriculum. And we continue to improve our stem program by offering new science specials in the elementary school, increased robotics and coding courses throughout our school, and integrating maker spaces in our classrooms again this year. With all of these changes and advancements, it can be easy to lose focus of our core mission of  "Acharei Hashem Elokekha Teileikhu." However, no matter what improvements we make to our building, tweaks we make to our curriculum, or how many robots we build, our mission will always be the same. We will remain steadfast in linking our students to three thousand years of tradition by providing authentic Jewish education and strong moral development. We will teach our students to follow G-d through kindness and concern for other people. With G-d's help, this year will be one of growth and bracha for our students, our institution, and our community.
Rabbi Sam Weinberg
Rabbi Weinberg can be reached at sweinberg@hillelpgh.org

Our school Google Calendar is accessible from our website - www.hillelpgh.org  and you can add it to your own Google clendar by clicking here and then clicking the "+" icon at the bottom right hand side of the page.    

The annual Hillel Academy Pittsburgh Pirates game is this Sunday, September 11 @ 1:35 pm vs. the Cincinnati Reds. All tickets are $20 and include a free hat, plus children under 14 receive a  
Kids OYO Gregory Polanco Buildable Mini Figurine. We will sit together in the shade. It's sure to be a memorable event! 

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Elementary Division - Orientation and Middot Program 
The Walk Beside Me Initiative, is a Chessed program that will run from now until Yom Kippur. Each week we will focus on one specific Middah to work on. I will distribute Pitgamim about each Middah with an activity for you to use in your classrooms. You may use that to help teach your students about the Middah. You may also incorporate your own ideas and activities into your lessons, I just didn't want to take out too much of your already busy schedules. 

Each grade will be given a week with a specific Middah to "research." They are then going to present that Middah at the end of the week at the Friday Oneg. They can prepare a song, a skit and some facts/phrases about it. If any of you would like some specific materials, I am more than happy to help. The schedule will be as follows:

Week 1: 8/29-9/9- 4th Grade Chessed (Kindness)
Week 2: 9/9-9/16 3rd Grade Dan Lekaf Zechus (judging others favorably)
Week 3: 9/16-9/23 2nd Grade Emes (honesty)
Week 4: 9/23-9/30 1st Grade Hakarat Hatov (showing appreciation)
Week 5: 9/30-10/7 K Shemirat Halashon (speaking nicely) 

Rabbi Oren Levy 
Rabbi Levy can be reached at Olevy@hillelpgh.org 

Weekly Photos

The first day, the boys' high school along with the seventh and eighth grades celebrated Leiby Schwartz putting on Tefillin for the first time, mazel tov! All the boys davened together and the middle school played a friendly game of hoops.

Stop in Morah Leah's Toddler room on a Thursday and you will find the kids making challah.  It's not only a great way to get ready for Shabbos, it also meets early learning standards in math and science!

The Fayth Aronson Berekowitz Girls High School went on a kayaking trip as part of their orientation to the 2016-2017 year. 
Mazel Tov
Mazel Tov to the Schwartz family on Leiby putting on his Tefilin!
 Tov Amos and Sygal Azaria and the entire family on the birth of a baby girl! 
Mazel Tov to Yehuda and Shira Abberbock on the birth of a baby boy!
Special Welcome to our New Families!
Yonah & Rivky Abraham and their children Ahuva (TT), Chani (K), and Yitzy (N)
Ryan & Hodaya Adeleye and their son Yoni Adeleye (TT)
Larry & Melissa Anderson and their daughter Janet Anderson (9G)
Yaella & Natan Aronhime and their son Nissim Aronhime (I)
Alice & Abraham Azagury and their children, Nathan (8B), Noam (5B), Talia (K), and Yael (T)
Beverly & Zachary Block and their son Benny (TT)
Nachy & Na'ami Eisenberg and their children Menchie (4), Rachelle (2), and Shmulik (6B)
Svetlana & Yakov Eydelman and their children Elana (9G) and David (6B)
Miriam & Ari Finkel and their daughter Naomi (TT)
Tzipora & Eric Ackland and their son Eliezer (3)
Rebecca & Itay Raphael and their children Noa (N), and Adam (I)
Miriam Reichman and her daughter Gaby (5G)
Dorit & Haim Sasson and their daughter Ayala (N)
Avielle & Benjamin Silver and their daughter Lianna (T)
Lauren Statman & David Jacobson and their son Jack (N)
Julietta & Mark Weiler and their daughter Michal (T)
Shana & Aaron Ziff and their children Charlie (N), Julie (2), and Lori (4)
Tomchei Shabbos

If you are interested or know someone who might be interested in volunteering, please contact me at dkraut@hillelpgh.org.
Alumni Updates
Mazel Tov to Shayna (Stiebel) Wolf on her white coat ceremony at Duquesne University!
Dr. Deenie Wasserman,  emergency medicine resident, together with medical student Haviva Garrett in the Temple ER!  
Mazel Tov to Eitan Ernest and his wife Tami on the birth of their second child, Liev Jacob!
Mazel Tov to Robbie Gross on his engagement to Marnie Godles!
Mazel Tov to Benji Gross and his wife Danielle on the birth of twin boys, Joseph and Asher!
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