John Dewey wrote, “The most important attitude that can be formed is that of desire to go on learning.” Epstein Hillel faculty nurture students’ curiosity and develop their intellect through curricula that engage students visually, orally, auditorily, and kinesthetically. Students learn best when all parts of their brains are actively involved in creating meaning and making connections. Our curriculum is interdisciplinary and includes music, drama, and art. Experiential learning happens in and outside the classroom through field trips which bring our students out into the community for an authentic and realistic context for their education.
The Gemara (a sacred Jewish text) teaches that one can only learn from where his/her heart desires. Our priority is that students be engaged, happy, and active learners. Students’ relationships with their teachers and peers are at the heart of an Epstein Hillel education. Faculty see students’ potential, and help them to see it in themselves so they become comfortable challenging themselves and taking risks with the guidance of their teachers.