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  • Announcing our 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

    At Hillel we take great pride in the accomplishments of our graduates. Our alumni are the school’s living legacy and represent some of the Jewish community’s finest citizens. This year we presented the fifth annual Hillel Day School Distinguished Alumni Award, showcasing the achievements of alumni who are outstanding role models for our students and our community, to Mark Schostak (’77), a fourth-generation owned business leader and father of four Hillel graduates, and Rachel Lutz (’94), a trailblazing retail owner in Detroit. 
  • Announcing the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

    Recipients of the fourth annual Distinguished Alumni Awards will be recognized at the Gala. This year’s recipients are Edward Alterman (class of 1986), Rabbi Jennifer Kaluzny (class of 1991), and Jonathan Ozeran (class of 1997).
  • Distinguished Alumna Returns to Hillel

    Distinguished Alumna Reminds Students "Why We're Here"
     
    Staff and students poured over Lisa Lis’ old yearbooks this week when the Class of 1974 graduate came to school to talk to the seventh and eighth graders about her years at Hillel and subsequent career and activities. As one of this year’s Distinguished Alumni awardees, Lis was happy to return to the school that “planted a seed” that would blossom into a passionate love of Judaism and Israel.
     
    “Hillel led me to Israel, where I met my soldier-husband, Hannan, and then we returned to Detroit to raise our four children, all of whom have strong Israeli names, and all of whom graduated from Hillel,” she said. Now a grandmother, Mrs. Lis said she looked forward to her granddaughter attending Hillel. She also told students about her work at Weight Watchers, and her deep involvement in the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.
     
    After she reminisced about the little red school house and the former gymnasium, she left students with a charge: “We’re on earth for two reasons: to enjoy its splendors – family, friends, and nature. We’re also here to make the world a better place for the next generation. It’s our responsibility as Jews,” she said.
     
    Lis, along with Hy Safran (Class of 1998) and Dr. Charles Schwartz (Class of 1983), will receive the Distinguished Alumni Awards on Sunday, May 17, at the Annual Dream Maker Dinner.
  • Announcing the Inaugural Winners of Our Distinguished Alumni Award

    The first-ever Hillel Day School Distinguished Alumni Award will be given to Steven Winkelman (class of 1983), a director at the Center for Clean Air Policy, Joseph Green (class of 1986), a NASA engineer, and Oren Goldenberg (class of 1997), a filmmaker. All three graduates have demonstrated excellence in their respective careers, as well as commitment to their communities.

    “We applaud the winners for their achievements and for serving as exemplary role models for our Hillel community. Our graduates truly are the school’s living legacy,” said Cheryl Schanes, former director of development.

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