Dear Hillel Community,
We are pleased to present Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit’s Return to School 2021 - 2022 Plan.
Our main objective for 2021 - 2022 remains to provide robust in-person instruction and to return to as typical an in-person instructional day as possible at all grade levels. The safety of our precious students, faculty, and community is at the forefront of our decision-making process, in consultation with governmental and medical professionals.
As you read through the many sections of this plan, I ask you to reflect deeply on the teachings of Rabbi Hillel, our school’s namesake, found in Pirkei Avot:
אם אין אני לי, מי לי? וכשאני לעצמי, מה אני? ואם לא עכשיו, אימתי?
“If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I?
If not now, when?”
These three rhetorical questions are not intended to be read independently, one from one another; rather, they are inseparably linked together. Taken together, they teach us to always be mindful of the fact that not only are we responsible for protecting our individual health and safety, but we are equally responsible for protecting everyone within our community, now and for all time. This lesson was the guiding spirit last year and remains so this coming school year.
Our incredible success at sustaining in-person instruction, at all grade levels, throughout the 2020-2021 school year was only possible because all of us (Board of Trustees, Leadership Team, faculty, staff, parents, and students) embodied the famous Talmudic teaching -
כל ישראל ערבים זה בזה / Kol Yisrael Arevim Zeh BaZeh
All of Israel is responsible for one another.
We cared for each other. We watched out for each other. We took health and safety policies seriously so that learning never stopped at Hillel. No matter what the immediate future may hold with respect to COVID, I am confident that we will continue to be successful as long as we face it as one united kehillah (community).
We are excited about opening school for our 64th year, proud of how far we have come, and optimistic about where we are headed. May we continue to go from strength to strength.
Wishing you a restful and joyful Shabbat,
Dr. Darin S. Katz
Head of School