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Jewish Life at Hillel

Hillel’s students come from a wide range of Jewish backgrounds and affiliations.  As a community Jewish day school, Hillel is committed to the observance of Halakhah.  Both Hillel families and the school work together to create a welcoming community filled with respect for different levels of religious practice. 

Our policies on kashrut, dress, derekh eretz (respect), and other Jewish values are meant to ensure that every student feel comfortable and welcome at communal functions such as birthday parties and Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebrations.  We also hope that this atmosphere of respect will help students perform mitzvot, and thus deepen their relationship with God.  Therefore, Hillel families, regardless of personal practices, are expected to abide by these standards when planning events involving the Hillel community.
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Kashrut

All packaged food and snacks that students bring to school for their own consumption must be certified kosher. Snacks and lunches at Hillel must be dairy or pareve.

Only kosher foods should be served at birthday parties and B'nei Mitzvah celebrations, regardless of location. Store-bought b
aked goods should be certified kosher by a kashrut agency listed in the "Kosher Symbols" document below, or by a local Vaad-certified bakery. Foods that are prohibited by Jewish law should never be served at a Hillel meal.

Click here for a list of local kosher establishments
:
Kosher Establishments

Click here for a list of common hashgahot (kosher certifications):
Kosher Symbols
 
Dress

Hillel’s dress code aims to create a Jewish, academically-focused atmosphere, grant our students a sense of dignity, and strengthen their Jewish identity. Clothing worn at Hillel must reflect respect for the learning environment, and meet appropriate standards of good taste, cleanliness and neatness. Through proper dress, we create a culture in which kedushah (holiness) extends throughout our curriculum. Both General and Judaic Studies classes are conducted in an atmosphere of respect.
Dress
Hillel’s dress code aims to create a Jewish, academically-focused atmosphere, grant our students a sense of dignity, and strengthen their Jewish identity. Clothing worn at Hillel must reflect respect for the learning environment, and meet appropriate standards of good taste, cleanliness and neatness. Through proper dress, we create a culture in which kedushah (holiness) extends throughout our curriculum. Both General and Judaic Studies classes are conducted in an atmosphere of respect.
Dress

Hillel’s dress code aims to create a Jewish, academically-focused atmosphere, grant our students a sense of dignity, and strengthen their Jewish identity.  Clothing worn at Hillel must
reflect respect for the learning environment, and meet appropriate standards of good taste, cleanliness and neatness. Through proper dress, we create a culture in which kedushah (holiness) extends throughout our curriculum.  Both General and Judaic Studies classes are conducted in an atmosphere of respect.
Celebrating Milestones

Hillel encourages students and families to celebrate their smahot, special joyous occasions, with the school community.

Birthdays—Children in the elementary grades are encouraged to share a special kosher snack on their birthdays. Arrangements are made by the parents through the classroom teacher. Baked goods should come from a Vaad-certified bakery.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebrations—On the Monday or Thursday before the Bar or Bat Mitzvah, parents and grandparents are encouraged to have an aliyah as their child reads from the Torah at the 7th-8th Grade morning minyan. It is a special moment for the family and our community.
Derekh Eretz—How We Treat Each Other

At Hillel, pursuit of academic excellence is built upon the foundation of derekh eretz, respectful interpersonal relations. The entire school community—students, educators, staff, and parents—seeks to act in ways that reflect kindness, caring and concern; to use language that is respectful and sensitive; and to always treat each other with respect.

Every day at Hillel, as our students act with derekh eretz, they learn the importance of taking responsibility for their actions. Through clearly defined expectations, and rational consequences, our students mature into self-directed young people who possess a well-developed sense of judgment and self-control. Our goal is to create and maintain a community of Jewish learners who value their place in our school.
Critical Thinking חשיבה ביקורתית
Creativity יצירתיות
COLLABORATION שיתוף פעולה
COMMUNICATION תיקשורת
CHARACTER אישיות
COMMUNITY קהילה
CORE JEWISH VALUES ערכים יהודיים עיקריים
Welcome to Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit, a vibrant community Jewish day school filled with joy, rooted in core Jewish values, committed to halakhah, and devoted to academic excellence. Our families are diverse in their beliefs, affiliations and observances; we work together to create a welcoming community based upon mutual respect and shared values.
Early Childhood Center, Ages 2-5 | Day School, Grades K-8 | 248-851-3220 | 32200 Middlebelt Rd. | Farmington Hills, MI 48334