Open Space. Open Minds: Athletic Capital Campaign


The Athletic Capital Campaign for Hillel Day School

The students of Hillel Day School deserve the best resources for their mind, body, and soul. The Open Space, Open Minds campaign will fund the expansion and enhancement of Hillel’s outdoor athletic facilities. 

Currently, Hillel Day School lacks a quality field that students can use year-round and after inclement weather. The current field is also uneven and Hillel students need a safe playing surface for athletes of all ages. 


Kaufman Family Athletic Field

This project includes replacing the current grass with synthetic turf and enlarging the size of the current field to accommodate 11 versus 11 soccer play. The all-season field will be 107 yards long and 72 yards wide, large enough to accommodate Hillel’s sports teams, yet flexible enough to host youth sports teams. These upgrades will improve safety, extend usage, enhance competitiveness, and engage community use. The field will be multi-use, which means it can accommodate soccer, lacrosse, football, and field hockey, just to name a few. The field will be generously funded by Sue and Alan Jay Kaufman Family. 

A major feature of the Open Space, Open Minds athletic campaign is the installation of a new track. Currently, Hillel Day School does not have a standard running track. Once completed, Hillel will have a two-lane track surrounding the athletic field.
Pogoda Family Multi-Purpose Courts
Another major feature of the Open Space, Open Minds athletic campaign will be the addition of two multi-purpose courts. These courts will provide the opportunity for students to play basketball, volleyball, pickleball, floor hockey, four-square, and other gross-motor sports. These multi-purpose courts will be generously funded by Lori and Maurice Pogoda. 

The Little Red Schoolhouse

The Little Red Schoolhouse, a historical landmark, is synonymous with Hillel Day School, even once housing kindergarten. After a recent flood, the schoolhouse has sat dormant. Included in the Open Space, Open Minds athletic campaign, is the plan to convert the Little Red Schoolhouse into a hub for athletic support and activity. The kitchen and bathrooms will be updated to allow for student-led concessions and spirit wear sales, and to also serve as a renovated meeting place for students, parents, and staff.  

Naming Opportunities

Naming Opportunity Amount Reserved
Field RESERVED Sue & Alan Kaufman and Family
Multi-Sports Courts RESERVED Lori & Maurice Pogoda
Fitness Track $300,000
Little Red Schoolhouse/Hillel Hawk Store & Concession $300,000
Scoreboard $200,000
Courtyard $100,000
Sports Equipment and Storage Barn RESERVED Linden-Schuchman
Bleachers RESERVED The Tapper Family
Bleachers RESERVED The Slatkin Family
Team Player Bench RESERVED Amy & Jared Berman
Team Player Bench RESERVED Sheri & David Jaffa
Courtyard Bench RESERVED Lisa & Eric Bronstein
Courtyard Bench RESERVED  Susan & Larry Slabotsky
Courtyard Bench RESERVED  Robyn & Bob Canvasser
Courtyard Bench RESERVED Beth & Steve Margolin
Community Table RESERVED Sandy and Jim Danto and Julie and Aaron Feinberg
Community Table $15,000
Community Table $15,000
Community Table $15,000
Umbrella Collaboration Table RESERVED
Umbrella Collaboration Table $15,000
Gaga Pit RESERVED The Glass and Goldhaber Families
Chess Table RESERVED Eden & Kevin Elbinger and Sabrina & Brian Kaufman
Chess Table RESERVED Shayna & Josh Levine

Join the Team

We invite the community to make a meaningful gift at any of the giving levels below. All donors will be recognized on an outdoor donor installation. To give, please complete the form below or contact Amy Schlussel at 248-539-1484.

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Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit
32200 Middlebelt Road | Farmington Hills, MI 48334