Posted May 8, 2013
On May 8, 2013, the BHDS Chorus and fourth grade classes from both campuses sang the national anthem at AT&T Park, learning critical skills like preparation and the discipline required to perform for an enormous audience. A great moment! SEE PHOTOS
Posted May 1, 2013
BHDS participated raised more than $20K for the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart program - two valuable programs that promote physical activity for children while contributing to our community. Our K-5 students raised life-saving funds through solicitations and letter-writing. Students Sofie S. (fifth grade) and Jacob R. (second grade) won special menion as "top fundraisers" in the program. "Our students learned a lot about heart health and had a great time fundraising," said said P.E. teacher and program coordinator Nobuo Kotani.
BHDS Honors Outstanding Volunteers with Or Hadash (New Light) Award
Posted April 29, 2013
We are delighted to announce that Louella Neyman (SF Campus) and Cheryl Lazar (Marin Campus) are the recipients of our Or Hadash (New Light) award this year! This Parent Association award is presented annually by the BHDS Board of Trustees to outstanding parents on each campus who give freely and generously of their time to the school community and serve as models of volunteerism, and Louella and Cheryl couldn't embody those values more! LOUELLA NEYMAN | CHERYL LAZAR
Posted April 26, 2013
Nearly 50 people attended the recent presentation by Ken Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group (EWG), who spoke to parents about "Smart Choices for Healthier Living." The event was made possible by the BHDS Parent Association's Environmental and Parent Education committees in honor of Earth Week.
VIEW PRESENTATION (on EGW's website)
Posted April 25, 2013
Our seventh graders on both campuses returned from our annual four-day outdoor education trip this week to the Henry Coe State Park, San Mateo with a deeper connection to Judaism, the natural world and themselves. Our partner, Wilderness Torah, delivered a meaningful program that included hiking through the wilderness in groups; team-building and nature appreciation; activities such as learning how to start a fire, basket weaving and foraging for edible plants; swimming in a natural (chilly!) pool, and a "Shine Your Light" talent show by campfire. SEE PHOTOS
Posted April 23, 2013
Welcome back to our eighth grade class and their chaperones, who just returned to school after an incredible two-week trip to Israel. Our BHDS eighth grade trip to Israel represents the culmination of our program, bringing to life the rich connections to Jewish history and text that our students have been learning about for years and delivering a powerful, first-hand view of modern Israel that cannot be experienced any other way. READ TRAVEL BLOG | SEE PHOTOS
Posted April 17, 2013
Tal Kravitz, a renowned and multi-talented Israeli singer and musician, performed for our students and faculty as a gift from the Israeli consulate, in celebration of Yom HaAtzmaut. Presented by Israeli Consul General Andy David, Kravitz captivated the audience with his humor and musicianship. Kravitz has traveled all over the world, studying indigenous music and collecting rare instruments—such as a donkey’s jawbone from Peru—which he incorporates in his performance. Our students were intrigued by the variety of music he played, as well as by instruments they had never heard, including a saw and a theremin.
Posted April 16, 2013
Neal Biskar, high school placement counselor, eighth grade social studies teacher, and 34-year veteran member of our BHDS faculty, has received the 2013 Herbst Award for Teaching Excellence. The annual award identifies and rewards teachers who engage students in critical and creative thinking...and for those of us who have the pleasure of knowing and working with Neal, he has those qualities in spades...for 34 years, he's been an integral part of our Brandeis Hillel Day School community...
Posted April 10, 2013
In seventh grade, BHDS students devote a major part of their Jewish studies time to researching charitable organizations and donating b'nai mitzvah gift money to meaningful causes, both local and global.The totals are now in, and the news is unprecedented. Not only was the amount raised impressive—$17,646—but a new voting system resulted in funds going to each one of the 17 charitable organizations researched by our students. Organizations ranged from the San Francisco Food Bank to Shalom Bayit. "Through this project, our 7th grade class makes a powerful statement about priorities and learns first-hand how to champion and make a difference for organizations and causes they care about," said Samantha Zadikoff, Jewish studies teacher and Tzedek Project manager....
Posted April 3, 2013
Congratulations to our Brandeis Hillel Day School Class of 2013! We are proud to announce that 95 percent of our students on both campuses were accepted into their first- and second-choice high schools, and that our students will be attending the following high schools...