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Parshat Emor
May 12, 2017 -  16 Iyar 5777
Day 31 of the Omer
Shabbat Candle Lighting - by 8:09  pm
Shabbat Ends - 9:18 pm
DVAR TORAH - Thoughts from the Principal & Educational Director

At the onset of Parshat Emor, we read about the laws that pertain to the kohanim, the priests during the time of the Batei Hamikdash. At the end of the Parsha, we read about the festivals and how they were to be celebrated in Jerusalem. At first, it is unclear why these two sections are juxtaposed with one another. However, when one thinks about the festivals as they were celebrated in the Temple, it is clear that they are deeply tied to the service of the kohanim. The kohanim were an exalted people. They were able to serve Hashem in ways that others were not allowed. But when you read about the festivals it does not seem that their lives were exalted ones. While the rest of the nation gathered, the kohanim worked. When the rest of the nation feasted, the kohanim worked. And when the rest of the nation sinned, the kohanim bore the burden of their repentance. 
In the role of the kohen, we see the role of the Jewish leader. The role of the Jewish leader is to serve. If you are given a gift, you must use that gift to lead and to serve. At Hillel we are creating the future leaders of the Jewish people, our students will grow to lead like the kohanim and lead through service to the community and through being an inspiration to everyone whom they encounter. 

Shabbat Shalom!

Rabbi Weinberg

Rabbi Weinberg can be reached at sweinberg@hillelpgh.org .
Middos Program -  In memory of Morah Shirley Dorsey, OB"M

Our daily Sefira program is -   לעילוי נשמת שרה בת דוד - In memory of Morah Shirley Dorsey, OM"B

May 12th, Day 31 of the Omer
"הֶוֵי דָן אֶת דְבָרֶיךָ עַד שֶׁלֹא תוֹצִיאֵם מֵפִּיךָ"
"Judge your words before you say them"

May 15th, Day 34 of the Omer
"גְדוֹלָה אוֹנָאַת דְבָרִים יוֹתֵר מֵאוֹנָאַת מָמוֹן"
"Hurting a person through words is greater than hurting with money"

May 16th, Day 35 of the Omer
"הַמַלְבִּין פְּנֵי חֲבֵרוֹ בָּרַבִּים כְּאִלוּ שׁוֹפֵך דָמִים"
"If a person shames his friend in public, it is as if he killed."

As part of our daily Sefira quote program, we have added a suggestion jar by the front desk with each day's quote. Students are encouraged to write down their thoughts and suggestions about each quote and place it in the jar. Every day at lunch, we will share some of the suggestions with the students.

Additionally, all of the learning and acts of kindness associated with this program are l'ilui nishmas (in memory of) our beloved friend and colleague, Morah Shirley Dorsey a"h. May our students' learning and acts of kindness be a merit for her soul and legacy.

Rabbi Levy

Rabbi Levy can be reached olevy@hillelpgh.org

Rabbi Brodie - 50 years teaching tomorrow's leaders today

Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh is proud to honor Rabbi Ahron Brodie. For 50 years, Rabbi Brodie has dutifully instructed thousands of students. His patience and care has reared generations of educated and dedicated Torah minded Jews in Pittsburgh and around the world.  Show your support by placing an ad on your own or with a group in this year's dinner journal.  http://bit.ly/RabbiBrodie50Years


On a bright and crisp Sunday morning we broke ground on the Herman Lipsitz, z"l, Bartlett Street Building as the start of The Campus for the Jewish Future. Mr. Kraut, along with James Joshowitz, Rabbi Weinberg, Barbara Katch and Corey O'Conner addressed all those gathered. 

One point Mr. Kraut shared was that Donald Butler's, "vision of Jewish continuity and a single campus of cohesion which will be a cause of pride for Hillel Academy and the Pittsburgh Jewish Community" is close to becoming a reality.  This building will house the boys in the middle and high school grades and return them back to the main campus. Mazel Tov and thank you to all who made this a reality.

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Stay Current 

The 8th grade boys traveled to D.C. with Rabbi Rosenberg and Mr. Sutton this past week. 

While studying the Civil Rights Movement in Mrs. Wimer's US History class, the 10th and 11th grade girls were visited by MLK and Rosa Parks, who shared their life stories!
This week we caught up with Katriel Camp.  


If you could have a picnic with anyone who would it be? My cousins from FL
Best part of Shabbat? Going to shul
Favorite part of Hillel Academy
My class
Favorite color?

Favorite sport?
Favorite stuffed animal?

My stuffed bear

What did you recently learn in class? We learned how to find the volume of the shape
What are you looking forward to in 7th grade?
Being in the LL
Anything else you want people to know about you?
My favorite food is pizza and I am excited for my bat mitzvah party!

Many years ago a poor shepherd boy 
watched the sheep all day.
Akiva didn't know the aleph beis
Which all of us can say.
Rochel his smart wife
Gave him good advice.
This is what she said:
It's never too late to start learning Torah
If you use your head.

Bella demonstrated her rhythm skills during Music Club.

Weekly Photos

On Sunday, Hillel Academy, along with members of the community, participated in a program for Yom HaZikaron. People from all over the world split up all of Shas, with each group learning in memory of a different soldier who was killed in one of Israel's wars or victims of a terror attacks. 
This week, Rabbi Smith went to the Torah Umesorah Pre-Convention seminar, featuring Mr. Kim Marshall, of the Marshall Memo, to learn more about using teacher observations to help teachers improve.  

Middle school Language Arts: Each one is a Shakespearean sonnet - 14 lines of iambic pentameter  with an abab cdcd efef gg rhyme scheme. 
By Chaya Langer
I know my Chromebook simply doesn't like
The things I try so hard to just access
My hands, devotion, and unknown dislikes
It just ignores the efforts of the best
It seems to think that I'm incompetent
I just can't access all the fun and games
I wonder if my brother can do it
His help is all I have to keep me sane
And yet he sometimes does more harm than good
He somehow managed to hack my account
Although my mother tried, she simply could
Not find a way to fix it without doubt
But I'm sure my computer is at fault
To me, it just dysfunctions by default
Grab a Slice
By Shoshana Kisilinsky
O pizza, pizza with your melty cheese
The cheesier the better steaming hot
The steaming pizza sometimes makes me sneeze
I do not like it when there are some dots
The crunchy bubbles on the crust are best
The slices that are large I'd like to eat
Sometimes it's hard to finish all the rest
The one my mother made cannot be beat
The store bought crust is good to make at home
But in the shop the yummy smell does waft
Sometimes they make the pizza in a cone
It doesn't matter just how much it costs
The finest pizza in the universe --
Of all the food groups, everything is worse
(To clarify potatoes are still the best food I only said that to rhyme.)

Tech Shop Club built catapults this week. 

Morah Devorah's student sing in a "cave" in honor of Lag B'Omer. 

Parents joined their children this week in our first ever "Bring Your Parent to School Week." Here parents watch second grade davening in Morah Tovi's classroom.

Save the Date

Mazel Tov!
Mazel Tov Margi and, alum, Ephy Weinberg on the birth of Emily Dina - Eliana Adina!

Mazel Tov to, alum, Debra  (Reichenberg) and Ben Fishman, Chaim and Yitzy. 

Mazel Tov to Mrs. Lauren Baldel and Dr.  Geoff  Camp on the Bat Mitvzah of their daughter, Katriel!

Mazel Tov to Katriel Camp on her Bat Mitzvah this coming Shabbat Kodesh!

Go Figure
Shovels used during groundb reaking

Months until the Herman Lipsitz, z"l, building is completed.
Catapults made this week in Tech Shop Club. 
Days until the first day of Camp Hillel. 

Tuesday, June 6 - the Joshua L. Sindler, z'l, Night of Art and Music.
Hillel Gear

During one of the inning breaks (at least that's what we assume, no one would get up in the middle of an inning to find a bird) Devorah and Eliana found the Pirate Parrot strolling by the first base side. Devorah is sporting the 2016 Hillel hoodie.  

Do you have Hillel gear photos?  Share them with the hashtags #hillelgear and #hillelpgh or just email them to hillelhappenings@hillelpgh.org
Camp Registration


If you are interested in volunteering or know someone who might be, please contact  dkraut@hillelpgh.org.
Around Town
Bnei Akiva-
"Bnei Akiva: Unfortunately there is no Bnei Akiva snif this week,  May 13th , but on  May 24th  there is going to be an amazing Yom Yerushalayim carnival! See the flyer for more details"

Girl's Oneg: Every week from  3:30-4:30  in the PZ Educational Building.  For all girls in grades K-6.  Special Event!  Shabbos,  June 10th , Mother Daughter Oneg Event!! Oneg will be at its regular time,  3:30-4:30 .  This will be the last week of Oneg.  See you again next year!!

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